Most days when I’m at work, I’m too busy to think about getting in the car and traveling somewhere to eat lunch. I usually try to make lunches ahead of time, but there are days I just don’t feel like cooking either. These days there’s a solution to this problem and it’s called Lunchbox N’ More. Thao Beck, formerly one of the partners of the Mom’s Delicious Dishes food truck, has started a new business.
Each week Thao emails her menu and you pick what you want. She usually delivers once a week to different places around the Triangle. At the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), we have arranged it so that she comes to our workplace each Wednesday (she also goes to several other RTP companies that day). Those who are interested will email her their order and she comes by the office around noon to deliver the meals to each person’s office.
Her food is just as wonderful as it was when she was cooking on the food truck. If you had any of Mom’s Delicious Dishes items, you will be happy to know many of the most popular items are available on her delivery menu. Items change each week though, depending on what is seasonal, or available locally. Thao mainly offers different sandwich items for lunch, along with one hot meal item. You get a sandwich, a side dish and a drink delivered right to your office for only $8. You would pay that much if you went out to most restaurants and this is saving you the time and gas money to travel to and from a restaurant!
The first time I ordered the ABLT, which is a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with avocado slices. The bacon is a thick, crispy piece of apple smoked bacon and it’s served on a big, buttery croissant. It was delicious, but just a bit on the small side.
The next visit, I had the pork sandwich with a side of orzo salad. The pork was tender and had a nice tomato and vinegar sauce that was a mix of Eastern and Western NC barbecue styles. It came on a big Kaiser-type of roll. It was a big too big for me. However, I am totally hooked on her side dish of orzo salad. It is a mix of orzo, red peppers, feta and spinach with some kalamata olives and just a hint of olive oil. It is great!
Veggie and hummus wrap is filled with yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, wrapped in green lettuce and topped with hummus, then wrapped in a spinach tortilla. The side dish was filled with cute little cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil that have been marinating in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. There’s a nice sweetness to this side dish with the basil and the balsamic vinegar. It reminds me of something I would normally eat in the summertime.
The vegetarian lasagna is large enough to feed 2-3 people and has layers of fresh mozzarella, slices of summer squash and zucchini, ricotta cheese, basil, and a fresh marinara sauce topped with some parsley.
I loved her curried chicken salad sandwich served in a pita. The chicken was cut into large, moist chunks and mixed with a curry sauce reminiscent of something I’ve had at Whole Foods. There were pieces of lettuce and apples included in the mix as well. The only problem is the pita was a bit thin, so it tended to crumble under the weight of the meat, which made eating this dish a little sloppy.
If you are interested in having Thao come to your workplace and you live in the Triangle region, email her at: email@example.com.