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Tag: Lunchbox Laboratory Gig Harbor


Burger Smackdown: Three new South Sound burger restaurants

The Ranch Hand cheeseburger at Blazing Onion in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
The Ranch Hand cheeseburger at Blazing Onion in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Since 2008, I’ve taken you on tours of burger stands, bar burgers, highfalutin burgers, fair burgers and the finest handcrafted veggie burgers in the South Sound.

With three gourmet burger joints that have just opened in the South Sound — one in October, two in January — I thought it time for another burger pilgrimage.

Today’s burger trail encompasses the land of “chain restaurants,” a term that usually strikes fear deep in the gut of a dining critic.

Don’t worry. These aren’t those mindlessly homogenous could-be-in-Toledo-or-Tacoma chains. These chains are small and Washington-born and bred: Blazing Onion, Lunchbox Laboratory, and Bob’s Burgers & Brew.

Whose burgers proved best? That designation goes to Blazing Onion for superior burger construction, skilled service and pricing that won’t bust your wallet.

I rated each restaurant for variety, construction and flavor. I ate similar burgers at each: a “classic” cheeseburger, a blue cheese burger, a burger with a smokey flavor profile, and a wild-card burger from the “other than beef” category. Each restaurant was visited twice. Read more »


Opening Friday: Lunchbox Laboratory in Gig Harbor

The Lunchbox Laboratory's homage to a Dick's Deluxe burger comes with bacon. Burger tested at the Bellevue location.
The Lunchbox Laboratory’s homage to a Dick’s Deluxe burger comes with bacon. Burger tested at the Bellevue location.

The burger diner Lunchbox Laboratory is a nod to an era when “Mork and Mindy” inspired our clothing and Fonzie-isms entered our vernacular. Retro lunchboxes and ‘60s-‘70s themed toys rule the dining room. There’s a picture of the Six Million Dollar Man on the menu. Tang appears on the menu – as an actual beverage option.

The Seattle burger chain’s Gig Harbor outpost opens Friday on Point Fosdick Drive in the same shopping complex as Safeway. Lunchbox Laboratory has cloned itself once in Bellevue, but this is its first venture into the South Sound ‘burbs. Read more »


Coming to Gig Harbor: The Hub, Lunchbox Laboratory, Domo Sushi

Gig Harbor,  prepare for a restaurant flurry – three restaurants will be opening between now and November. Here’s what’s on the way – a brewpub with pizza and burgers, more gourmet burgers and a sushi restaurant.  Read on. Read more »


Gourmet burgers coming to Gig Harbor

The bacon cheddar burger with shoetring fries from The Gourmet Burger Shop in Gig Harbor. 2011 file photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

The Gourmet Burger Shop is inching closer to its move near Gig Harbor’s waterfront. Expect a late May opening.

Gone will be the long drive past the Purdy Spit, the propane-heated grill and the painfully tiny dining room.

Sticking around will be chef’s burgers, shoestring fries and beet chips. Buns still will be made by Gig Harbor’s 3 Clouds Bakery.

The two-year-old Gourmet Burger Shop always felt a mismatch – a downscale joint serving upscale burgers. The style and quality of burgers there were something like what you’d find in the bar at Pacific Grill or Crown Bar, both in Tacoma and restaurants that made my top-20 burgers list a few years ago. Read more »


Coming to Gig Harbor – Lunchbox Laboratory

An outpost of the Seattle restaurant Lunchbox Laboratory will open on Point Fosdick Drive. A spokeswoman for the restaurant chain confirmed the restaurant will open in Gig Harbor, but no opening date is scheduled. Read more »