On Friday, a couple of coworkers and I went to Lunchbox Eats. The restaurant opened a week ago Monday on Fourth Street a few blocks south of FedExForum.
As we were parking the car, I had the sort of childish tantrum that would have had me sent to the principal's office. Perfect, really, since the restaurant is adorably school-themed.
My fit had unfortunately set the tone so that there were misfires with seating and ordering. But once we all settled in and got our food, we were very pleased.
I got the massive Field Trip Greens ($5.95) — lettuces, tomatoes, roasted corn, capers, banana peppers, pickles, cheese, cornbread croutons(!), and Tabasco onions. It was a delight digging around for all the goodies in this salad.
One of my coworkers ordered the 3rd Period Smoking Birds ($7.95), described on the menu as "slow-smoked black cherry wood pulled Cajun turkey, molasses chicken, succulent duck and veggie slaw stacked on fresh baked 7-grain bread served with tri-bird pan liquor." Needless to say, her plate was cleaned. (And note that it's served on a cute school-lunch tray.)
The other coworker opted for the Broc & Cheese soup ($3.95). No complaints there, either.
The absolute star of the show, however, was the mac & cheese side ($2.29) — a great crust and seductively spicy (jalapenos?). One of the best I've ever had and alone worth a visit to Lunchbox.
Lunchbox Eats, 288 S. 4th Street (526.0820). Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can read more about Lunchbox Eats in an upcoming Food News column.