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The Lunchbox

620 East Main Street, Meriden, CT - (203) 238-0313
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 3/6/2011 10:14:00 AM
Anita Dufresne knows all about steamed cheeseburgs (New Englanders often drop the –er suffix from burger). She mans the steambox behind the twelve-stool counter at the Lunchbox on East Main in Meriden. Locals certainly have their loyalties to steamed burger joints around town, and those new to town have probably heard of Ted’s across town, thanks to the Food Network. But the Lunchbox is a cut above with a juicier burger, tangier cheese, and a fresh bakery bun to bind the whole package together.

The Lunchbox may be the only steamed burger establishment to serve breakfast, and more often than not, even in the afternoons, you’ll see a few guys digging into plates mounded with eggs, sausage, and home fries. Plump omelets, waffles, and even blue pancakes are available, but the steamed cheeseburg deserves the spotlight here. Anita won the Most Creative Award in last year’s Battle of the Burgers competition, sponsored by Meriden’s Record-Journal newspaper. The “Military Burger” was topped with guacamole, blue cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, and mushroom, though I’ll gladly take just bacon and spicy mustard on my steamed cheeseburg any day. Bonus points for offering both cherry and strawberry Fanta in cans, too! The Lunchbox is open Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Sunday.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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The Lunchbox’s steamed cheeseburg is incredibly juicy, and its molten cheese is wonderfully tangy.
"The Lunchbox’s steamed cheeseburg is incredibly juicy, and its molten cheese is wonderfully tangy."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Some people say that central Connecticut's steamed cheeseburger is an acquired taste. The Lunchbox is an ideal place to acquire it: this is one sensationally good burger.
"Some people say that central Connecticut's steamed cheeseburger is an acquired taste. The Lunchbox is an ideal place to acquire it: this is one sensationally good burger."
Michael Stern


Donna said she had made the chicken soup just that morning. I believe her. It was homey and delicious.
"Donna said she had made the chicken soup just that morning. I believe her. It was homey and delicious."
Michael Stern


Jenny, whose husband is from Texas, added migas to the menu.
"Jenny, whose husband is from Texas, added migas to the menu."
Michael Stern


Steamed Cheeseburger Omelette - Great new meal for breakfast or lunch
"Steamed Cheeseburger Omelette - Great new meal for breakfast or lunch"
Charles Peach


The restaurant won “Most Creative Burger” in Meriden’s Battle of the Burgers competition.
"The restaurant won “Most Creative Burger” in Meriden’s Battle of the Burgers competition."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Waitress Donna, owner Anita, and waitress Jenny: the Lunch Box crew stands behind a trophy won for the great burger.
"Waitress Donna, owner Anita, and waitress Jenny: the Lunch Box crew stands behind a trophy won for the great burger."
Michael Stern


Open only for breakfast and lunch, the Lunchbox is a must-stop while in Meriden.
"Open only for breakfast and lunch, the Lunchbox is a must-stop while in Meriden."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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