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Bored of options for lunch in Financial District

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mosboa Oct 5, 2007 10:21 AM

I work on Federal street in the Financial District, and I am simply bored with options.
I have now tried and tested and not thrilled with:
The dreaded cafeteria... blah
Paci's
Panini at Boston Coffee co
The chains: Au Bon Pain, Super Salad, Rebecca's, D'Angelo, Starbucks
Elephant and Castle
Chinatown (kinda far)

Oh yeah, I know there are Langhams and Hyatt.. but we are talking lunch here.. not on expenses...

Help!

  1. Chrispy75 Oct 5, 2007 10:26 AM

    I like Al's on State Street and Sultan's Kitchen, which is right next door.

    1. lissy Oct 5, 2007 10:36 AM

      I feel your pain, I'm in 100 Fed and I hate the cafeteria here. Other places I go to on occasion are Sebastian's for salads, Viga for a slice of pizza, salads or sandwiches at Sam LaGrassa's, Chacarero and sometimes Mediterranean Cafe. If I'm venturing further afield, on a nice day like today I might trek to the North End to Artu.

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        vballgal Oct 5, 2007 11:38 AM

        I second Sebastian's! Great sandwiches and a huge, fresh salad bar. And for the amount of food you get, a really great deal!

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        Bostonbob3 Oct 5, 2007 10:44 AM

        Okay, NOT fancy, but for a pretty darn good burger, and absolutely some of the best fries around, try Biddy Earlies.

        Their fries are spectacular. Really. And they give you approximately 25,000 of them at a time.

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          Boston Scene Oct 5, 2007 10:47 AM

          I am not sure what your budget is like, but there is also Houstons. It can be a bity pricey to some, but maybe on Fridays you could treat yourself there. Just go early (at opening at 11:30) or later after 1:30 unless you like waiting 20 minutes for a table! I also agree to, if its nice venture to the North End the park just opened up so its a pleasant walk.

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            mosboa Oct 5, 2007 10:55 AM

            I should have added Al's and Sultan's. Both good and consitent. (though saltan's is a bit heavy for lunch). I will try Biddy Earlies. Houstons is good, been there.. but again bit far to walk.. gets all the State Street crowd and the like. I am almost by South Station folks! bit of a hike when you are targeting an hour.

            1. kobuta Oct 5, 2007 11:27 AM

              May not be an every day option for lunch, but I loved going to Sakura Bana on Broad St for lunch every once in a while. If you're by South Station, Chinatown really isn't far at all. I used to work in the Back Bay and was able to get take out back to my desk within 30-40 minutes.

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                urban_myth Oct 5, 2007 11:41 AM

                If you feel like Thai you can go to Rock Sugar on Batterymarch. The place has seating, but is a little small so I call ahead so I won't have to wait around.

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                  Bostonbob3 Oct 5, 2007 11:52 AM

                  Have you tried Andale?

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                    wontonton Oct 5, 2007 11:53 AM

                    Try Felafel King in on Summer St. near the Park St. T stop. It's not that long of a walk, but it's good and super cheap. Only thing, you have to get it to go because there's no place to eat there. Also consider Lambert's on Tremont, where it's a pretty straightforward deli experience. Additionally, Ottimo on High St makes a decent Italian sub and chicken parm, and it's also cheap at like $5.50 per sandwich.

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