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A Sandwich a Day: Sloppy Drunken Joes at Lot No. 3 in Bellevue, WA

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[Photograph: Denise Sakaki]

Known more for their well-made Manhattans and Old Fashioneds, Lot No. 3 recently expanded their menu to include lunch hours. Now instead of getting sloppy drunk here (which you can still do), you can now order the lunchtime Sloppy Drunken Joe, a from-scratch nod to the classic meal from a can.

This is far richer and more flavorful to the Sloppy Joes of childhood. The ground angus beef is mixed in a "boozy" tomato sauce that tastes like a sweet and sour whiskey barbecue sauce, topped with fried shallots and sage leaves to give it some crunch and round out the sweetness. LOT No. 3 smears the bun with a house-made Dijon mustard; it's spicier than what you'd find at other places, and it gives the sandwich an almost wasabi-like burn. All the bread here is freshly made in-house; a bite of the sesame bun yields a tender, creamy, egg-sweet flavor.

Of course it's sloppy, so don't be shy about using silverware, unless you want to risk wearing your meal the way back to work. The hefty $12 plate (available for lunch or dinner) comes with your choice of kettle chips, mixed green salad, or potato salad; go for the spuds. The hunks of potato and celery are mixed together with a creamy mustard dressing.

While there's no alcohol in the Sloppy sauce, you can still get a little sauced if you're taking advantage of the lunchtime drink specials. Daily beer and wine selections range from $3 to $6.

LOT No 3

460 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue WA 98004 (map); 425-440-0025
lotno3.com

About the author: Denise Sakaki is a freelance writer, photographer and designer, blogging and eating her way through as many adventures as her stomach can handle. When she's not exploring the world of hamburgers for AHT, she's thinking about what burger she wants to tackle next...

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