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Nominated for: BEST Burger
LunchBox Laboratory got started in a 400 square foot building in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle by the MacGyver-like culinary vision of Food Alchemist Scott Simpson. The original concept was born of Scott’s love for his mother. By mixing nostalgic Americana comfort food with an off-the-wall twist, he was able to create that unique restaurant that she would have enjoyed and been proud of. The restaurant quickly became nationally famous for not only its delicious shakes and the “world’s best burgers,” but also for the particular personality that Scott brought to the table and included in all of the products.
In 2011, Scott partnered with John Schmidt’s Neighborhood Grills and Arnold Shain taking the Lunchbox Laboratory to the masses by opening a 5,000 square foot location in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Here they were able to add a full bar with eclectic cocktails that would match the uncommon burger and shake recipes that they were known for in a full service setting. The space also included classic video games from the 80’s, outdoor seating and the opportunity to expand on the already popular LunchBox menu.
Since the passing of Scott Simpson, co-chefs Philip Twiss and Adam Berberich (classically trained in the original Lunchbox Laboratory) continue to strive to uphold the standards of excellence that have brought them continued success. By challenging themselves to “Out-Scott” one another they have built on the success of the “As Seen On TV Dork burger”, the “Burger of the Gods”, the “Astronauts Mimosa” and all of their fantastic shakes with items such as: “Hong Kong Buffalo Wings”, “Goldfish Mac and Cheese” and the “Drunken Elvis” liquor infused shake. They have also been able to bring that same MacGyver attitude and style to a their daily happy hour (Kick Ass Hour!) and private party menu.
Today, Lunchbox Laboratory continues to be a nationally recognized culinary force. With the Southlake Union and Bellevue locations and more planned on the horizon, they will continue to bring you the “world’s best burgers and shakes” for many years to come