The New Lunchbox Laboratory
- kaleokahu Feb 28, 2011 06:45 PM
I stumbled onto the reincarnation of LL last week and had to try it. Maybe I was put off by the change from grumpy "Order at the Counter" to fake hospitable "Laminated Menu Table Service". Maybe it was the location, in the black heart of Allenville (he and his BG were actually there). Maybe it was the down-sized, up-priced version of the Burger of the Gods w/ cold tots.
Now, the old location was surely a Hole Extraordinaire, and the seating was a joke. But I'm kinda wishing I could go back...
Anyone else agree or dis-?
1253 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109
I'm very fond of actual, individual tables--never been a fan of the communal table thing at its best (and the one at their old location wasn't it). I miss the wildly chaotic and ever-changing menu, but the burgers are still amazing. The full bar is a good thing (even though they're overworking the Tang-based cocktails). And most important, they've survived--and it doesn't sound like they would have done for much longer in the old place.
All in all, I'm okay with the changes. I got my money's worth. I'll go back.
I agree with all of these statements:
- I miss the Dork patty
- felt about a buck-fifty overpriced per burger
- I'm very fond of actual, individual tables
- I miss the wildly chaotic and ever-changing menu, but the burgers are still amazing.
- And most important, they've survived--and it doesn't sound like they would have done for much longer in the old place.
My burger was certainly not amazing; more like 'good' or even 'fine' (there was not even any drips on my plate or that of my companion). And that makes me SO very sad. I hope they can find their mojo at the new spot. But for now, I don't plan to go back. I think I'll try Uneeda tonight.
My wife and I went to LL a couple weeks ago. Never been to the previous location. Burgers were good, tots and fries were hot. Shakes were good. My ONLY complaint is the price. 2 burgers (with tots/fries) and 2 shakes came to $52 with 20% tip. We are more likely to hit up Zippy's, Red Mill, The Counter, or Jak's simply because of the prices at LL.
Christy, my first visit (thanks to Chowhound, btw) got me Burger of the Gods (more like the Oh-My-God's, if you asked me). Though I try not to complain about bounty, I felt an overabundance of blue, but, In the end, I found the thoughtful combinations to be llovely. While I was thinking about the possibilities for balance among all these ingredients, the Boston Cream Shake set my priorities right back in order - taste first, THEN ruminate...
OK, the price was slightly dear, but the quality of attention was purely priceless...
The new menu, new prices, seem more focused on finance than food, but I hope to be surprised.