by Julia Timakhovich - 7 Reviews - 1 List
If you spend a lot of time in the hub, it pays to know the best downtown restaurants for a satisfying lunch in Boston. Among the slew of options teeming with queues of business suits, where do you turn? Here are five downtown Boston spots that offer more value that meets the eye for any discerning lunch-hunter.
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Updated: June 23, 2010
The concept behind local independent chain Pressed works because it focuses on a single element?panin--and takes it up a notch. By venerating the humble pressed sandwich with high-quality bread, fresh ingredients and constant menu innovations, Pressed offers a fantastic alternative to the ubiquitous soulless cafe.
Sebastians Cafe serves lunch items of every caliber, but its glowing reputation revolves around salads. The $7 to $10 you pay (depending on your choice of protein) is a fixed price per container, rather than by weight, and you can add as many veggies and toppings as are listed on the menu. Portions are hearty, not wimpy.
This fast food joint promises ?baked, grilled or steamed, never fried.? Along with a menu featuring bison burgers, falafel wraps and oven-baked fries, UFood provides an easy-to-follow nutritional guide. Vegetarian, low-carb, gluten-free? You got it. Price runs around $10 with a drink, but fast food that doesn't kill you pays off in the end.
Downtown lunch regulars know to get here early: Lines get long and seats are scarce between 12pm and 2pm as inexpensive options and generous portions attract the local labor force. Don't be intimidated by speedy customer service--at peak hours, hundreds of Hi Spot's delicious sandwiches, pizza and hot wraps are in serious demand.
Note the lines of hungry patrons forming their way out the door. Fabulous prices, fast service and supersized portions of well-sauced Italian staples (think pasta, pizza and chicken parm) make this take-out spot a local favorite. It's unassuming--you order, you pay, you get a heaping of yummies, you leave. You'll be happy until dinner.