Peg and I were set on seeing a good afternoon movie at the Galaxy in Gig Harbor. We saw a movie (Chappie), but it wasn't good. Just before starting our arduous ten minute drive across the Narrows Bridge I remembered a hamburger restaurant from Your Local Shopper, a neighborhood sales magazines filled with coupons and dining discounts. I had my mind set on a good hamburger for some time, and so we settled on the LunchBox Laboratory.
The LunchBox is just across the parking lot from the Galaxy on Point Fosdick Road. This gave us plenty of time to see the movie, have an early dinner and get back across the bridge before heavy traffic began.
The waitress sat us at a table with comfortable seating along the wall. She came back to our table three times to take our order. It's not that the menu was extensive and took time to read, but rather the decor that took our attention away from making our selections.
The restaurant is decorated with lunchboxes. Some are brand new (Bazinga!) and others are classics. I like the one that just has a picture of Spam.
To our backs was a wall of shelves, again filled with interesting items that grabbed the eye and had Peg and I poking each other and commenting. I kept my hands off the laboratory implements, but pulled down a volume of the American Standard Encyclopedia (1963) and gave it to Peg. I then chose another companion volume from the M section. It was like both of us searching through a tablet or laptop.
I read about mastodons and "Mac." Mac is the Scottish/Celtic word for "son of." So, MacTavish, would be the son of Tavish . . . and a bunch of MacTavishes would be a family clan. Mac or Mc works for both Scotland or Ireland and is akin to the Ap in some Welsh names and the O names of Ireland. Fascinating. For us it was like being at the school library in high school . . . actually in 1963.
Soon our quest for random knowledge ended when our appetizer arrived. I had chosen Gavacho’s Tatchos – "A heaping mound of tots topped with cheesy sauce, crumbled bacon, green onions, sour cream and Satan’s Tears ketchup" for $7.99. I asked for it without the Satan's Tears. I knew that would be too spicey for Peg. But it turned out she only had one bite. Without the spicey kick, the fancy tator tots were okay . . . I guess they were more than okay since I managed to eat more than a handful.
Next time I think Peg and I will just share a salad (they had several that looked good). The tator tot appetizer would be ideal for two couples . . . or more.
Peg didn't order a hamburger, instead she chose an appetizer - Dogsticks, which are more like gourmet corndogs. The mini all-beef corndogs are dipped in a sweet white corn batter and served with an original corndog ketchup and black pepper mustardaise.
I think Peg only dipped into the ketchup and only ate one dog. I refused a bite knowing I was going to have a problem with my burger. I had suggested she try the Mediterranean Marvel, which was a lamb patty, feta, lunchbox onions, pepperoncinis, and a basil pestomayo. She loves lamb.
I chose the Bleu Marble, which had a super-beef patty, bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, lunchbox onions, and sweet chilemayo for $12.99. I was afraid that the bacon wouldn't be enough, so for three dollars more I had an extra four pieces. The slices were not of the paper-thin variety. Peg refused a bite.
I ate the large pickle slice before attacking the burger. I never even added the tomato or shredded lettuce. I couldn't finish it all. I even left bacon. That is a big no-no in my house.
I think my bacon burger eating days have been shoved further along to some time in the future. I may not crave another bacon burger until sometime in 2016. But then, you never know.
For my side I chose the sweet potato fries. There were skinny and cooked dark brown. They were wonderful and I had plenty of them left over.
There are more items on the menu that need to be tried. For example, the Dork has a patty that is a combination of duck and pork. The Churken is of course a combination of chicken and turkey. The Truffle Love offers a black trufflemayo.
I knew the burgers were stacked sky high, so I just asked for a soda to accompany my dinner, but in reality I wanted one of the LunchBox's hand-dipped milk shakes. They even have adult milk shakes like the Key West Pie with vanilla ice cream, key lime juice, graham cracker, a test tube spike of Midori Melon, and Absolut Vanilla for $10. There is plenty to return for.
Pick up a copy of Your Local Shopper for "buy one get one free burger or shake" coupon in Gig Harbor (depending upon the publication). You can download coupons from the website, too. The LunchBox also has restaurants in Seattle and Bellevue.