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Grass-fed SunChef burger offers zesty experience

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Sometimes you just want a burger and fries. But for those looking to make that craving a healthier, more natural dining experience. SunChef Kitchen should be added to your foodie-truck bucket list.  

The truck’s mission is to serve high-quality, tasty food, including more vegetarian options to Lansing’s dining scene. Chef Andon Grieve-McSweeney brings a robust culinary background, having worked for some of the city’s most prominent leaders and notable restaurants around town.  

If you’re looking for deep fried “fair food,” this isn’t the place for you. But if you’re craving fresh ingredients and made from-scratch entrees you’d expect in a fine dining atmosphere, this place is a must. 

The menu includes both breakfast and lunch options, including breakfast burritos and omelets, stir fry, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, alfredo, pasta, burgers, grilled cheese, wraps, salads and more. Customers can pick their own protein, including organic chicken, sirloin tips, house tofu or house tempeh.  

I ordered the grass-fed SunChef Burger with a side of home fries. The burger itself was very juicy and cooked to perfection. I’m definitely not an expert diner, but moving forward, I’ll be able to tell the difference in taste between grass-fed beef and its counterpart.  

The entree begins with a house-made patty, bun from local bakery Stone Circle, topped with ketchup, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and a lemon garlic aioli. I’m a picky eater, so I removed some of those toppings, but Chef Andon convinced me to taste-test a little of the lemon garlic aioli and, surprisingly, I was a fan. It was a very light flavor, but gave an extra zest to the burger. The home fries were a large portion, flavorful and topped with a melty cheese. 

Another fan-favorite item on the menu is the deviled eggs. The presentation on these is impressive and offers a twist on the classic with cucumber, ginger and a perfect dash of paprika. The side dish includes sweet pickle relish.  

Want to eat while your order is still hot? SunChef has picnic tables and umbrellas out front. The food truck experience can lack when it comes to outdoor dining, leaving you sitting on the curb. Not here. SunChef Kitchen, 5002 W. Saginaw Hwy.,  provides a fresh bright spot in the local food truck scene and also plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant spot in the future.  

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