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May 13, 2010 04:31 AM

Curtis Building Lunch Options

I will be working at the Curtis Building next week- Monday and Tuesday. I was there briefly on Monday but did not see much in the way for lunch.

Can you recommend any quick/take out lunch places near the building? I will be there with a group of 25 and we will not have that much time to go out and eat. So a quick, take option would be great.

Thanks, Dana

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  1. There's not a whole lot near there, and I can't really speak as to which places are quicker and/or offer takeout, but a few options are Chifa, Aqua, and Jones (all at 7th and Chestnut, all open for lunch). In the other direction, also 3 blocks away at 13th and Sansom, are Zavino, Sampan, El Vez.

    Aqua does takeout, so if speed is the main concern that would be my pick.

    1. My wife works in the Curtis Center and for take out, I know she likes Old Nelson Food Company on the corner of 7th and Chestnut for sandwich-type options.

      I'll ask her for other options and let you know.

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      1. re: Philly Ray

        My wife also likes Hamifgash, which has Israeli/Turkish cusine, on Sansom St near 8th.

        If you want sushi, there is also Fat Salmon on Walnut between 7th and 8th.

      2. There is this new places called Jake's Sandwich Board which opend up on 122 S. 12th St just on Monday of this week. Have not been there yet but they do serve all kind of sandwiches and have pork fresh from a whole pig:

        1. EL FUEGO! on Walnut between 7th and 8th. a really great burrito spot.

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          1. re: micreynolds

            Yes, if you like places like Chipotle and QDoba you will love El Fuego. A lot of people like Mao's Falafel, too, especially because of the salad bar.

          2. This one's easy for me, I work in the Curtis Center myself. I second El Fuego, on Walnut Street, if you like burritos. (I also like the soft tacos, there, sometimes a burrito is too much food.) I also second Hamifgash on Sansom Street, between 8th and 9th. For Japanese/Korean: Tampopo, also Sansom Street, but between 7th and 8th. I really like to get the mango tofu as take-out from Aqua (Malaysian/Thai)

            If you're pressed for time, you can call Hamifgash, Tampopo, or Aqua to put in an order and then go pick it up ten minutes later. Philly Ray listed the website for Hamifgash, and here's Tampopo and menu pages for Aqua: Tampopo: ; Aqua: You can't order ahead at El Fuego, but then, it's served assembly-line, and is quite fast, except that the line can be very long if you hit there at peak lunch time, 12:30 - 1:00.

            There is a small take-out cafe associated with the new restaurant, Cooperage, inside the Curtis Center, but it has mostly pre-packaged salads and sandwiches that I have not been much tempted to try. But their small containers of yogurt, that they sell with separate containers of granola are excellent. They tell me that they are made of Greek yogurt, thinned somewhat and sweetened with maple syrup and lemon.

            I'm not a big sandwich eater, but Olde Nelson is popular and would be quite fast.