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The New Lunchbox Laboratory

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-?

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Lunchbox Laboratory
1253 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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  1. I miss the Dork patty and DIY aesthetic of the old joint. OTOH, I like the proximity and liquor license at the new location. Both felt about a buck-fifty overpriced per burger.

    Best burger in SEA right now is Local 360, by a mile.

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    1. re: terrier

      haven't been to 360, how does it compare with Zippys?

      1. re: terrier

        Better than Palace and Quinn's? I'll have to get our Burger of the Month club on it. We had a great (on par with Palace and Quinn's) burger at 5 Corner Market last month.

        1. re: Lauren

          Yes, better than Palace Kitchen and Quinn's, for sure.

          I will have to try 5 Corner Market.

          Kaleokahu, can't compare to Pb, never went.

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          Palace Kitchen
          2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        2. re: terrier

          terrier: This is comparing the living and the dead, but my all time gold-standard burger in Seattle was the one at the old Pb (Lead) wine bar on 2nd Avenue. Is Local 360's in that league?

        3. 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.

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          1. re: MsMaryMc

            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.

            1. re: MsMaryMc

              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.

              1. re: cburnsi

                Re: Uneeda, I'd recommend getting the regular burger (with or without premium meat).
                Their specialty burgers can be a bit much on the "other" flavors and can drown out the great beef taste.

                1. re: cburnsi

                  I tried Uneeda's plain burger and was very unimpressed. Too bad because they are close.

              2. 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.

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                1. re: Cascadian Connoiseur

                  Agree. Hadn't been to the old LL either but decided to try this location. Good burger and shake, but not quite worth what they were charging. Everything needs to be a few $s less for me to put it into regular rotation.

                  1. re: maybelle

                    maybelle: Maybe it's better you had no experience with the old place. It WAS worth the extra $.

                  2. re: Cascadian Connoiseur

                    Sorry, I need to correct myself. My wife said it was $48, tip included.

                  3. Notice the helpful Google map directing viewers to... Ballard?

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                    1. Do they still have the Boston Cream Shake?

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                      1. re: christy319

                        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.