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Seattle Box Lunch

cburnsi Sep 11, 2007 03:24 PM

I've been using Ingallina's for box lunches for a while now. Good veg/vegan options, great delivery ethic, and in general good meals. But am I missing something great? I have an important meeting coming up and I'm trying to decide between catering and box. Do you know of good box lunch options I should consider? I'd need delivery but I'm just outside the downtown core (Cascade neighborhood).

thanks for your suggestions!


  1. seattledebs Sep 27, 2007 06:44 PM

    I've used That Brown Girl Catering a bunch and like their food. Nice, small, local business.

    Their website has menus.


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      Roo Sep 27, 2007 11:57 AM

      Madres Kitchen delivers to your area:


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      1. re: Roo
        bluedog67 Sep 27, 2007 12:36 PM

        Gourmando is my favorite of all the boxed lunches I have ever had to endure. They have really fresh salads, and baguette sandwiches on really good bread.

        Jack Rabbit is another option not mentioned, but no better than Gretchen's etc.

      2. k
        kristap Sep 27, 2007 11:38 AM

        We do a lot of box lunches at work, and I love Mama's Brown Bags. The lunches are hearty, lots of good choices, and they use brown bags rather than boxes. The lunches come with a little homemade cookie bar, a fun quote, and a couple of Hershey's kisses too. Check them out.

        We recently had box lunches from Metropolitan Market, and I will say they have a great selection and the food was good.

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          chococat Sep 17, 2007 04:24 PM

          Baguette Box (Fremont and Cap Hill) is doing box lunches now-- tasty sandwich with a salad and dessert. They deliver for free with a minimum order.

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          1. re: chococat
            cburnsi Sep 17, 2007 04:53 PM

            I would definetly opt for that if I could get some truffle fries fresh and hot to go with!

          2. knowspicker Sep 17, 2007 03:15 PM

            Gretchen's is good and pretty popular for our lunches. Gretchen's does have good veg/vegan options. Our staff generally likes them a little more than Ingalina. Good ontime delivery. You get to choose your sandwiches on their sandwich platters which is nice.

            Organic to Go is even better and just a little more expensive. They have great veg/vegan options. Great vegan thai curry soup. They have excellent delivery and customer service. The breakfast buffet is also great. If it's a big meeting they would be a good choice.

            In your neighborhood you really might want to try Le Fournil. They are excellent and inexpensive but I have never used their delivery. Box lunches include baguette sandwich or quiche or salad, excellent pastry and drink. http://le-fournil.com/

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              GreenYoshi Sep 12, 2007 12:37 PM

              Specialties also does box lunches.

              Agree that Gourmando is awesome as well.

              1. k
                kkbriggs Sep 11, 2007 07:23 PM

                Gourmando has good box lunches and you can order online as long as you get your order in the day before. They generally arrive earlier than they say they are going to. http://www.gourmondocatering.com/gour...

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                  ilocos70 Sep 11, 2007 03:35 PM

                  3 suggestions: Gretchen's Shoebox, Whole Foods, and Organic to Go (all are easily google-able). I've never used Organic to Go, so can't vouch for it (I guess that makes my suggestion fairly worthless, huh?). Gretchen's is OK. Not mindblowing by any stretch of the imagination, but the have a wide assortment of box lunches, salads, etc.; the food is always ok/consistent; they'll take box lunch orders up until 12 midnight the day before your order is due; and most importantly, they DELIVER WHEN THEY SAY THEY WILL (if not a little bit beforehand). I've used 2-3 different box lunch delivery companies. 1 had much better food, but was inconsistent and worse, late for one of my meetings. The other one had more "foodie" food--but my meeting guests were unimpressed. So, I continue to order from the unimaginative but workman-like and ever-dependable Gretchen's. PS: I'm sure Whole Foods is fine; I have a work colleague who always orders from them when she's organizing her working lunches. I just like being able to order on-line from Gretchen's.

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