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shadysider023 Mar 4, 2010 08:36 AM

I work downtown (on Grant Street) and am always looking for new lunch spot recommendations. Sometimes lunch might be quick take-out but other times it might be a sit down affair (sometimes casual, sometimes not) with my coworkers.

What are your favorite spots? I feel like there are places I may be missing. In my crowd, here are some go tos.

Take-out: Mixstirs on Grant Street - salads, wraps, smoothies, etc - pretty decent and generally fresh although I don't recommend the tuna or chicken salads (dont appear to be made on site - sweet and goopy and blech)

Sit down - fancier: Nine on Nine (service is very good, food is OK for lunch - perhaps a bit overpriced), McCormick and Schmicks (yes, a chain, but everyone always seems satisfied and the prices are reasonable)

Sit down - casual: Chinatown Inn (I am torn on this place - not the best, but very quick lunch turnaround and tons of under $10 lunch deals), Mark's Grill (I like this place - totally old school, cheap, and not fancy, but the food is good)

Please let me know what little places I might be missing! Any good deals or lunch specials I should take advantage of?

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    Burghfeeder RE: shadysider023 Mar 4, 2010 12:37 PM

    The new Buon Giorno Cafe in Market Square is kind a a nice place for lunch, and with all the construction there now I try to patronize those places when I can.

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      meatmaster RE: Burghfeeder Mar 4, 2010 01:48 PM

      A few of my lunch spots:

      Small takeout chinese place on Forbes between Wood and Smithfield. Greasy and you smell like it but cheap and tasty.

      Fish sandwiches at Oyster House in Market Square.

      Burger at the bar at Ruth's Chris

      Sirloin salad at the bar at Capital Grille.

      Mike and Tony's for Gyros - you will smell after you leave.

      Apollo Cafe for hummus and good homemade soups.

      Madonna's for burritos and great chicken nachos.

      Mexico City for more authentic mexican food.

      Zorba's for unhealthy, french fry covered salads.

      Cheap and quick sandiwches in the cafeteria under the church on Oliver. Very good chicken salad.

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      KatieCulinaire RE: shadysider023 Mar 5, 2010 08:45 AM

      The PA Culinary Institute recently opened a restaurant in the Clark building called Azure 18. It's open for lunch weekdays, reservation only. The 3 course meal is only $12. I recently looked at the menu, and it looks wonderful. Anyone tried it yet?

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        k squared RE: shadysider023 Mar 10, 2010 01:22 PM

        I haven't worked downtown in over a year, so I'm not sure that all these places are still open, etc...

        Sree's for cheap Indian style food. I say style because pita is used rather than nan. Many of the bike couriers used to eat lunch here. Tuesday and Thursdays are yellow rice days, IIRC.

        The Indian buffet near the Highmark Building. Good nan.

        The mexican place in the basement of the USX Tower.

        Mexico City.

        Grilled cheese at Mahony's.

        Pizza from Villa Reale

        Franktuary

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