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The Lunchbox

620 East Main Street, Meriden, CT - (203) 238-0313
Posted By Bart Gullong on 10/2/2012 10:40:00 AM
Ted's may be the original but The Lunchbox is what the steamed cheeseburger was always meant to be. The burger is fresh and sweet, with no freezer or cheap-meat taste. The cheese has a Black-Diamond-style aged cheddar bite that counterbalances the beef perfectly. And the bun fits the burger in both size and texture, encompassing the meat and cheese but giving way to your bite, delivering the perfect balance of resistance and surrender, rendering every bite a perfect ratio of flavorful goodness.

I know to many it may seem like blasphemy, but the Ted's emperor is naked. The beef is inferior and the 372 satellite is embarrassingly bad. I'm still a powerful disciple of the steamed cheeseburg as uniquely Connecticut fare, but when I have guests in from out of town, the Lunchbox is the place I take them to show off the qualities of multicultural working class food that makes our little nutmeg melting pot what it is.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The Lunchbox’s steamed cheeseburg is incredibly juicy, and its molten cheese is wonderfully tangy.
"The Lunchbox’s steamed cheeseburg is incredibly juicy, and its molten cheese is wonderfully tangy."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Some people say that central Connecticut's steamed cheeseburger is an acquired taste. The Lunchbox is an ideal place to acquire it: this is one sensationally good burger.
"Some people say that central Connecticut's steamed cheeseburger is an acquired taste. The Lunchbox is an ideal place to acquire it: this is one sensationally good burger."
Michael Stern


Donna said she had made the chicken soup just that morning. I believe her. It was homey and delicious.
"Donna said she had made the chicken soup just that morning. I believe her. It was homey and delicious."
Michael Stern


Jenny, whose husband is from Texas, added migas to the menu.
"Jenny, whose husband is from Texas, added migas to the menu."
Michael Stern


Steamed Cheeseburger Omelette - Great new meal for breakfast or lunch
"Steamed Cheeseburger Omelette - Great new meal for breakfast or lunch"
Charles Peach


The restaurant won “Most Creative Burger” in Meriden’s Battle of the Burgers competition.
"The restaurant won “Most Creative Burger” in Meriden’s Battle of the Burgers competition."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Waitress Donna, owner Anita, and waitress Jenny: the Lunch Box crew stands behind a trophy won for the great burger.
"Waitress Donna, owner Anita, and waitress Jenny: the Lunch Box crew stands behind a trophy won for the great burger."
Michael Stern


Open only for breakfast and lunch, the Lunchbox is a must-stop while in Meriden.
"Open only for breakfast and lunch, the Lunchbox is a must-stop while in Meriden."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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