An interview with one of our selected best restaurants in Miami – The Lunchbox
Gourmet Chicken Sandwich
When the Lunchbox opened in 2015, its owners were just barely newlyweds. But taking on a new restaurant and a new marriage was the kind of crazy-busy year Carlos Dorado and Kaleigh Dorado wanted. They’re kinda cool like that.
In fact, the building blocks for the awesome that is the Lunchbox are brought by each half of this creative duo. They approach their restaurant like they approach their marriage – a constant urge to be together, always.
Growing up well traveled, Executive Chef and Owner, Carlos Dorado developed a strong palate and taste for diverse food at an early age. He spent his childhood learning from his mother, a biologist, how to properly care for animals and the planet. This early education and his love for food sparked a passion that continued to grow throughout his career. Dorado followed in the footsteps of his father and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, which has played a huge role in successfully running the Lunchbox, allowing Carlos to treat the restaurant as a business and the business as a restaurant.
From there, Carlos moved on to Johnson & Wales University in Miami, FL where he received his culinary degree. It was there, under the tutelage of experienced chefs and professors that Carlos was inspired to venture into the culinary industry. To this day, Carlos credits his career to Johnson & Wales, the place where he began as a chef and where he discovered his lifelong passion and true calling.
COO and co-owner Kaleigh Pelland’s first foray into the food industry was at the age of 15 working as a barista to collect cold hard cash to feed her shopping addiction. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in fashion merchandising and spending eight years working in the fashion industry, it was when Carlos decided to open a restaurant in Miami that Kaleigh was inspired to break away from fashion and break into the restaurant industry to serve as the Lunchbox’s COO. Kaleigh uses her keen eye for fashion to assist with the visual aesthetics and decor of the restaurant, as well as her background in the restaurant and service industry to assist with any and every need of the Guest.
Outside the restaurant, Carlos and Kaleigh are just two fun-loving Aries who obsess over their two bullterrier dogs, play in the outdoors, and try not to order the same dish at a restaurant. Carlos thinks it makes them look weird.
But judging from the success of the Lunchbox, that’s a great thing to be.
We rotate our menu seasonally but we do have signature items that stay year round. Some of those items include The Lunchbox Curry, which Ex. Chef Carlos learned how to make in Thailand. We use 16+ spices that we roast and grind in house to make our very unique and delicious curry. The Gourmet Chicken Sandwich is another signature item that has earned its spot on the menu year round. We make the sandwich with chicken from Joyce Farms which is all natural and humanly raised. The sandwich is paired with gouda cheese, organic tomatoes & arugula on an artisanal baguette from a local bakery in FL. We pride ourselves on the high quality ingredients that we hand select for each and every item on the menu. We always make honest food with honest ingredients.
Instead of confining ourselves to one cuisine we like to think of ourselves as ‘neo-traditional: traditional recipes influenced by modern thinking’. For example we make a Caesar salad with Kale instead of romain lettuce and we use non-fat greek yogurt for the dressing instead of mayonnaise.
The Restaurant is located in Wynwood which is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Miami right now. It is a neighborhood full of diverse individuals mostly who work in a creative field. It has become one of the most known places in the world with the most street art. It’s an awesome neighborhood to grab lunch, enjoy a drink and walk around to see the different art on all the buildings.
78 NW 25 ST
MIAMI, FL 33127