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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, our classically trained chefs 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 and private party menu.

Today, Lunchbox Laboratory continues to be a nationally recognized culinary force. With the Southlake Union, Bellevue, and Gig Harbor 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!

What’s in the name?
Homage to the Dick’s Deluxe – The result of Scott’s extreme appreciation for Seattle’s own Dick’s Drive-In. In his heavier days Scott was said to have eaten Dick’s Deluxes by the bagful. What resulted is nothing like the original, but hey, it’s only supposed to be an homage.

Hothead – When the self-described hot-head decided to name a burger after himself, this signature burger was the result.

The Smoker – Is it named after the tangy smoked pepper mayo? Nope, just Scott’s 2 pack a day habit.

The Burger of the Gods – Give it a try and you’ll understand the name.

Le Truffle Love – Like the Burger of the Gods, this creation epitomizes Lunchbox Laboratory. Greasy, All-American comfort food put through the fine-dining filter of a mad scientist.


There’s More to Come… Facts, crazy history, videos… But let’s be honest, those things take time.  Why don’t you just join us at the bar and we’ll tell you some more-