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Jan 12, 2011 08:46 AM

Quiet, inexpensive working lunch in Loop - near State & Monroe


I'm looking for a place that will not be crazy at lunchtime in the Loop so I can meet someone and get a lot of work done at lunch. It also needs to be inexpensive - preferably less than $10 per person.

It can be counter service with quiet booths or tables, or waiter service with same.

Any brilliant ideas?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Well, the inexpensive places are not likely to be quiet, so there isn't a huge selection. But you could try Berghoff's downstairs cafe on Adams, which is cafeteria-style. The dining area is relatively calm and you can probably sit as long as you like.

    4 Replies
    1. re: solon

      Ditto that. Park yourself in a corner of their Bavarian paneled basement and you'll be fine.

      1. re: ferret

        Thanks so much for the suggestion! I've been to Berghoff, but not since they redid everything! I'll check it out!

        1. re: wrigley32

          Just be aware that the line for food gets long between 12 and 1, although it moves quickly (and the line is generally for the salads; you can cut ahead for cold and carved sandwiches or pasta). Beyond that you can generally find seating for 2 and nobody will rush you out.