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Feb 17, 2010 05:25 PM

Lunch with conditions in the Financial District?

Meeting some acquaintances for lunch in a week and SO excited to get back downtown (have worked in Quincy since 2002 and REALLY miss being able to walk to great spots for lunch). My dining partners have a few requirements so I am looking for recs for the following:

1) 10-15 minute walking distance from South Station
2) Inexpensive
3) Sit-down area that's not too loud (so we can catch up and network a bit)
4) No MSG/kind of healthy

I am annoyed about #4 as my suggestion was one of many fine, affordable Chinatown spots and I cannot guarantee an MSG-free environment, though of course things like Vietnamese pho should be prescribed for good health. So I'm thinking more deli, sandwich, kinds of things but you know since I am on Chowhound I am not talking D'Angelos.

Anyway - any sane advice would be most appreciated. Don't know if the Chacarero's on Arch St. would fill the bill (wondering about sit-down area and crowds).

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    1. Kingston Station is also good, maybe a little louder than Silvertone.

        1. Bunch of good suggestions here already. I'll add Channel Cafe (over in Southie, tasty sandwiches and salads), Jacob Wirth (good American pub fare, not so great German food), Lucky's (also Southie, good casual American food), Locke-Ober (running a steal of a two-course prixe fixe for $19 these days, though you'd have to meet their dress code), Sel de la Terre (country French, a little pricey, but a bargain at lunch, $10 sandwiches and $15 mains).

          1. Vinalia (try the unusual nachos)...or Sam LaGrassa's (is pastrami healthy? :)

            5 Replies
              1. re: nsenada

                In my heart of hearts, I always *knew* pastrami was a health food! Certainly, LaGrassa's pastrami is a mental health food, in my book.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Yeah, my doctor didn't buy it, though. Then again, he ordered me to stop baking bread, and having fun of any kind. Interesting that the study suggests that this only applies to corn-fed cattle.

                    1. re: barleywino

                      I guess it'll have to be plain old braised brisket when I'm looking to eat healthy.