The Lunch Box
In my line of work, sometimes you go without a dinner break, sometimes you get lucky and find a gas station with a sub shop. Luckily for a co-worker and me, we found the latter the other night.
We were stuck out in the middle of nowhere in Muskegon County with no chance for a break where we could go find someplace to eat. On our drive, we passed a gas station near the US 31 Exit at the Russell Road exit which is somehow still a Muskegon address. We did have time to make the 10 minutes trek back that way. We both needed to find a bathroom and at the very least, grab something to drink and a bag of chips.
I went inside the McCormick Food & Gas on Bard Road, I noticed a little hallway which led in to another room. A sign on the door said “The Lunch Box.” I had no idea what that was, but after grabbing my Pepsi, I headed back down the hall to see what was there.
The Lunch Box is a small “build your own” sub shop attached to the gas station. They’ve only been open a couple weeks, so we got real lucky. We were both resigned to a big bag of chips being dinner, so I don’t think it really mattered what kind of sandwiches we were about to get, it was going to be better than our other options.
The chalkboard behind the counter holds all of your options. I chose to do a 12″ sub, which came as two 6″ subs. The bread is from Morat’s Bakery in nearby (sorta) Hart. I chose to make my sandwich with roast beef, pepperoni, Swiss cheese, lettuce, banana peppers, and Italian dressing. Since I had already bought a Pepsi next door at the gas station, I passed on making my meal a combo which would have included another Pepsi product and either chips, a cookie, or mini ice cream. Instead, I just paid the $8 with cash and headed back to the car to wait for my C.W…..who saw my sandwich then went inside to get one for herself.
We got back to our job site for the evening and once we got settled, I unwrapped the first of two sandwiches. I took a huge bite in to the soft bakery bread that had done a really great job of soaking up the Italian dressing. The sandwich was filled out pretty well and it turned out a six inch would have been more than enough. I turned out not eating the second half right away and saving it for lunch the next morning.
I’m so happy we found The Lunch Box. Both my co-worker and I were dreading the fact we weren’t going to get dinner, but we stumbled upon this quaint little sandwich shop sort of in the middle of nowhere.