Finding a delicious, affordable midday meal in the Loop (and River North) is easier than it looks. Check out one of these spots on your next lunch hour.
A local chain with several downtown spots, Sopraffina offers fresh salads and sandwiches, like beef tenderloin with peppers and cheese.
There are several locations downtown of this local chain, and the pretzel sandwiches are a nice change of pace from fast food subs. Try the serrano ham with manchego cheese, shaved fennel and fig chutney on organic pretzel baguette.
Wow Bao offers quick and easy Asian dishes like bao, steamed buns filled with Thai curry chicken, BBQ pork, and other meat and veggie fillings. I like to get a combo of bao with a side of spicy peanut noodles.
Line up for a healthy spin on lunch, like the delicious quinoa-filled chicken burrito and the chopped salad with organic beef and blue cheese.
Fantastic churros are a must order at the end of a meal, which should definitely involve a caldo or fantastic torta. There are also a range of hot chocolates, like the spicy Aztec.
You can't go wrong at any of the M Burger locations downtown - unless you forget to ask what the milkshake flavor of the day is.
A fun spin on Indian classics, Bombay Wraps takes the parts you know and wraps them up in naan. The paneer sandwich features fresh chunks of cheese with tandoori spices, onions, and chutney
Westminster offers twists on classic dogs, like the spicy Italian, topped with sundried tomato pesto and provolone.
I dream of the tan tan men.
I love the Frenchman banh mi, with duck confit, kumquats and mustard seeds. The pho is also terrific.
Load up a bento box with slow-roasted pork belly, soba noodles, grilled veggies, and edamame, or grab a quick cup of ramen.