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Wheels1 May 26, 2010 12:14 PM

What are your best bets for takeout lunch in the financial district ... It seems like its just one place after another with mediocre food and rising prices. I like the meze bar at Boston Kabob House ( but only when they are running the $4.99/lb sale ) . A new place Theo's opened up on Oliver St. but sandwiches there are below average and they have a memory span of about 10 seconds. I was the only person in there and ordered a plain tuna sub ... about 10 secs later the guy asks me if I wanted a small Italian.. I have been there about 5 times and the same thing happens every time. PLEASE HELP US GET SOME GOOD FOOD IN BOSTON !

  1. gansu girl May 26, 2010 12:29 PM

    Sultan's Kitchen is great . . . otherwise, there are a lot of mediocre, overpriced options.

    GG
    http://www.semisweetonline.com

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    Sultan's Kitchen
    116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

    1. Suze123 May 26, 2010 12:31 PM

      I agree. I do like the vegetarian sandwich at Chacarero (under $6). Soooo tired of Cosi with their $9 salads...I used to like them but the quality has gone down. I did go to Theo's once. It was ok.

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      Cosi
      200 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129

      Chacarero
      101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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        Wheels1 May 26, 2010 12:35 PM

        Very good ... Sultan's and Chacarero are 2 of my favorites... More bang for your buck at Chacarero.... Sultan's prices are a touch high for lunch. You should be able to get a good lunch without shelling out 9 bucks !!!

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        Chacarero
        101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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          JudyHP Jun 9, 2010 11:01 AM

          Just revisited Chacarero (Arch st. location) for the first time in a long time. got a small combo, extra hot sauce, extra green beans, and cut in half - it was as excellent as I remember them to always be. This is a HUGE sandwich. They were very nice about my special requests for the extras.

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          Chacarero
          101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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            Blumie Jun 13, 2010 07:58 PM

            I also ate at Chacarero for the first time in a long time last week. The Arch Street location already had a long line when I arrived just before noon. (Unlike the old Filene's window location, they now have enough space to move people through the line fairly quickly; I was in and out in about 15 minutes.) I had the small beef (I used to always get the chicken, but switched to the beef about a year or so ago) with the works, extra hot. It was huge (even though a small) and it was as amazingly good as ever.

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            Chacarero
            101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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        BackBayGirl May 26, 2010 12:50 PM

        Are you near Sam LaGrassa's? I remember them having great sandwiches.

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          amljml May 26, 2010 01:08 PM

          You should try Delicato Cafe, They have excellent, sandwiches, salads, and hot meals, Their stuff is always fresh and the menu has interesting daily specials

          http://www.delicatocafe.com/

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          Delicato
          8 City Hall Ave, Boston, MA 02108

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            Bob Dobalina May 27, 2010 07:13 AM

            Will second Delicato.

            For the truly adventurous, try the Hungry Traveler around the corner. They claim they will be adding sushi to the menu...maybe....but I had an ok pastrami sandwich there the other day. Not saying it was LaGrassa's but I liked it enough.

            I actually think the salads at Sebastian's are a great value, so long as you stay away from the add-on proteins. If you stick with just veggies, it's a huge salad for something like $6 and kicks Cosi's tail.

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            Delicato
            8 City Hall Ave, Boston, MA 02108

            Hungry Traveler
            29 Court Sq, Boston, MA 02108

            Cosi
            200 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129

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              CreativeFoodie42 May 27, 2010 07:45 AM

              Some of my repeat lunch spots (for sit-down or take-out) include Delicato Cafe for their salads, Sakurabana for their sushi and Sultan's Cafe for their addictive falafel!

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              Delicato
              8 City Hall Ave, Boston, MA 02108

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                CreativeFoodie42 May 27, 2010 09:27 AM

                I'd also have to add Zo at Center Plaza for their chicken gyros!

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            9lives May 26, 2010 04:54 PM

            "lunch is for wimps?"..:)...

            http://www.imdb.com/character/ch00122...

            Here's a link to a thread from last year. All the recs are still good.

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              9lives May 27, 2010 05:19 AM

              whoops, forgot link..

              .http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6229...

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              purple bot May 26, 2010 08:34 PM

              Yep, slim pickings down here, for sure. As others have mentioned, Chacarero is still really good, but otherwise... (I've got nothing, sorry)

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              Chacarero
              101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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                nsenada May 27, 2010 05:44 AM

                I'd say there's quite a bit of good chow in the financial district - at La Grassa alone, you could eat something different each day and it would be awesome, though their Cuban sandwich and pastrami are regulars for me. Sure, there's lots of mediocre stuff out there (boloco, cosi, souper salad, etc.) but look at that prior thread an you'll find a lot. As noted, Chinatown and the North End are not far away either.

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                  9lives May 27, 2010 11:54 AM

                  Pizzeria Rico on Bromfield, right by SLG makes a great roast turkey, stuffing, gravy sandwich...Thurs only. Everything's pretty solid there. Also sell that thin bread pizza that someone was looking for and pizza dough.

                  For sit down, Marliave or Silvertone are good options

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                  Silvertone
                  69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

                  Marliave
                  10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

                  Pizzeria Rico
                  32 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

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                    CreativeFoodie42 May 27, 2010 01:03 PM

                    When I was in law school, I would treat myself to one of Pizzeria Rico's ginormous macaroni and cheese lunches. It made for a great lunch and dinner!

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                    Pizzeria Rico
                    32 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

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                Ralphie_in_Boston May 27, 2010 08:23 AM

                Don't forget the Pace's location in the Financial District. In my rare visits to that area on weekdays, I find it great for grab-n-go stuff plus a selection of their hot dishes.

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                  omarba May 27, 2010 09:40 AM

                  Hererra's burrito cart is great. Also love Chacarero & Al's. Hot Tomatoes is pretty good but pricey.

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                  Chacarero
                  101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

                  1. MC Slim JB May 27, 2010 09:51 AM

                    A lot of my faves already mentioned, but let me add:

                    Pita Kabob -- Persian sandwiches, salads, plates. Excellent kubideh.

                    Karo's -- two street carts, one near Macy's, the other near the Old City Hall. Armenian chicken kabob sandwiches, really tasty and cheap.

                    Falafel King -- in the food court on Winter near Tremont. Very fine falafel sandwich.

                    Chinatown isn't too far away. Quick takeout options include banh mi (Mei Sum Bakery, Mike's, 163) and Chinese BBQ plates (Vinh-Sun, for one).

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    Pita Kabob
                    2 Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111

                    City Hall Cafe
                    695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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                      scratchie May 27, 2010 10:20 AM

                      Agree wholeheartedly (stomachally?) with the Falafel King and Herrera's suggestion (glad to hear that Herrera's is still around).

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                        jgg13 May 27, 2010 12:17 PM

                        Is there any discernible difference between the two Karo's? I've been talking it up to some friends who want to meet up there, but the DTX one will probably be more convenient for us as a group than the one over by state st, which i go to.

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                          MC Slim JB May 27, 2010 12:22 PM

                          I imagine the two Karo's are essentially identical: same family, same equipment, one menu item (chicken) with a few slight variations, the same sauce.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            jgg13 May 27, 2010 12:36 PM

                            That's what I figured, but worth checking. Wouldn't want it to suck and have egg on my face.

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                            9lives May 27, 2010 12:27 PM

                            FYI, I walk by the DTX branch and they usually have a pretty good line. Worth it but just a heads up.

                            There's also a new pita stand that opened next to them and Herrera's. haven't ried it yet. I think it's called South End Pita..cart from a larger shop ala Black Seed Cafe?..which I'm a fan of.

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                              bostonbroad May 28, 2010 09:15 AM

                              I tried the falafel from the South End Pita cart recently and didn't love it - especially not with Falafel King a block and change away - a bit gritty and overly herbed for my taste. Will go back to try the other offerings soon; for the time being they are a much quicker option than the very long Karo line (it could be there's a reason no one is in the South End line, or just that most people stick with what they know).

                              Not mentioned, Deli One on Arch Street has some decent options.

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                              Deli One
                              85 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

                        2. nsenada May 27, 2010 10:13 AM

                          I finally went to Karo's chicken cart at the intersection of State and Washington, and am totally hooked. I had chicken kabobs on salad with "everything" including pickled jalapenos. That garlic sauce is unbelievable.

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                            MC Slim JB May 27, 2010 10:30 AM

                            I included Karo's in a street food piece I did for Stuff Magazine last summer (it was a struggle to come up with just a handful of options to cover), and the owner and I talked about that sauce. I assumed it was an aioli or perhaps yogurt-based sauce, but he said it has no eggs or dairy: just oil, garlic, lemon, vinegar, black pepper and other spices (I guessed cumin and allspice).

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            Fly May 27, 2010 11:21 AM

                            Back when I worked downtown (years ago now), I always liked Susan's Deli Of Course.

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                              nsenada May 27, 2010 11:48 AM

                              They're still there I think. I was always annoyed by the "Of Course." It was especially perplexing that there was until recently a Floramo's Deli "Of Course" in Pi Alley.

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                                Fly May 27, 2010 11:57 AM

                                Also decent 10 years ago: Trattoria Ottimo near the corner of High St. and Oliver St.

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                                Trattoria Ottimo
                                184 High St, Boston, MA 02110

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                                  mhead Jun 1, 2010 07:02 AM

                                  Ottimo closed a couple of months ago. Yet another Thai place is taking the space, but is not open yet.

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                                  Ralphie_in_Boston May 27, 2010 12:36 PM

                                  There seems about 20 deli's with "of Course" after the name, Alberto's, etc. Always annoyed me too. Of Course, I take my business elsewhere.

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                                    nsenada May 28, 2010 09:43 AM

                                    I don't get it - there's no pun involved, or anything else I can think of that makes "Of Course" seem like an awesome "name-enhancer." Why?

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                                      Fly May 28, 2010 10:48 AM

                                      I never got it either. But they made a decent chicken and rice plate.

                              2. Alcachofa May 27, 2010 11:59 AM

                                Gee, I can't imagine a better place to work in the Boston area for lunch options.

                                Just off the top of my head (probably some repeats):
                                Sultan's Kitchen
                                Al's State Street Subs
                                Sakura Bana
                                Bostone Pizza (OTW)
                                Zo
                                Cafe Latino
                                Burritos Express
                                Hot Tomatoes
                                Herreras
                                Pita Kebab
                                Sam LaGrassa
                                Chacaerero

                                Not to mention Chinatown.

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                                  kate used to be 50 May 27, 2010 12:10 PM

                                  I walked by Al's State Street Subs recently and it appears to be shut down.

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                                  Al's State Street Cafe
                                  110 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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                                    Bob Dobalina May 27, 2010 12:14 PM

                                    The one on State Street - when was this? I ate there two weeks ago.

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                                    State Street Cafe
                                    114 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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                                      nsenada May 27, 2010 12:15 PM

                                      Yikes! I'm going to have to check that out.

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                                        9lives May 27, 2010 12:21 PM

                                        Both locations are open. The newer location closes a little earlier.

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                                      MC Slim JB May 27, 2010 12:23 PM

                                      That has to be temporary: that place is an absolute mill, lines out the door daily.

                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                  2. SaraASR May 27, 2010 12:26 PM

                                    I actually really like the sushi place inside the Corner Mall food court, name escapes me at the moment...

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                                      tysonmcneely Jun 1, 2010 09:13 AM

                                      Sushi Time

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                                      Sushi Time
                                      417 Washington St # 1, Boston, MA

                                    2. Beachowolfe May 27, 2010 12:29 PM

                                      What about Lambert's, Dino's, Figaro's, and Andiamo?

                                      Mediocre: Regal, Kingston Deli (Deli One now), Pita Kabob, Sandwich Express

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                                      Pita Kabob
                                      2 Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111

                                      Sandwich Express
                                      99 Summer St Lbby 100, Boston, MA 02110

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                                        9lives May 31, 2010 09:39 AM

                                        I've got to remention the lobster oll at J Hooks; picnic tables. Great on a nice day, like today and a bargain at $12. I don't care for the cold hot dog roll and just use a fork.

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                                          surferbettygal Jun 13, 2010 04:55 PM

                                          I find the lobster rolls terrible at JHook...I don't know what it is but I just don't find them very good. Their chowder is equally bad. I do buy their seafood because the prices are pretty decent and it's right around the corner from me so very convenient to buy something and cook up that night.

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                                          StacyW Jun 9, 2010 11:48 AM

                                          I deal with this problem all the time working downtown. As a vegetarian though I was THRILLED yesterday to see that the Clover Food Truck has taken up shop outside South Station, where the farmer's market is. Tues, Weds, Thurs - fresh, local, vegetarian fare. Cheap too. It's delicious and way better than anything you could ever get at sebastians or cosi's.

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                                          Clover Food Truck
                                          Amherst St Carleton St, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02142

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                                            9lives Jun 9, 2010 12:08 PM

                                            Not being a vegetarian the menu doesn't excite me but I will try a sandwich or breakfast. I did get some fries there today and they were ok,; tasty but could have been crisper..it is only their 2nd day..so I'm willing to give them another shot and they all seem very eager and hospitable.

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                                            StacyW Jun 9, 2010 11:49 AM

                                            Oh, also if you have a time, a walk across the water over to Flour behind the children's museum never let's down.

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