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Marty L. | Nov 7, 2003 03:44 PM

Finally got a chance to try Matchbox for lunch today. Ordered the three-miniburger "appetizer" and the tuna salad. The latter was fine if undistinguished (tuna appropriately rare inside). The burgers themselves were not up to Palena or Colorado Kitchen standards, but were pretty good nevertheless. (Make sure to order them rare to medium-rare -- at this size, they can really become hockey pucks if cooked any longer.) It's ridiculous to advertise the burgers as an appetizer. The plate is a hunka filling food -- especially because of the onion rings, on which more below. Obviously, I didn't have room for the pizza, which looked good and which I'll order next time around.

Let's face it, there are three very compelling reasons to go to Matchbox (not including the pizza, on which I can't yet opine):

1. It's a very comfortable and friendly place.

2. Chimay.

3. The onion rings. Wow. If thin 'n' salty is your preferred style, it doesn't get any better than these. (Colorado Kitchen's are perhaps equally as good, but less addictive, and a slightly different genre.) There's real onions in those (voluminous) thin rounds, and the salt, while perhaps a tad overwhelming, really hits the spot for some reason. (I'd say it was really *good* salt, except that I've read all those posts explaining that all salt tastes the same, and I don't want to start a salty flame war -- or would that be a flamey salt war -- here.) They must have at least two or three fulltime onion slicers on-hand at all times, judging from the sheer number of rings I saw emerging from the kitchen. Sure to be a signature "dish" (or side accompaniment, anyway).

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