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Where to eat lunch in downtown Boston?

Hey everyone,

I've just started a job in Downtown Boston and, after a few weeks of trying out various places with mixed success, I'm wondering: what's the best place for lunch in downtown Boston?

There are some previous threads that address this question, but they are out of date. For instance:
The last comment here is 2007: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/457785
Last comment here is 2011: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/506024

So where would you recommend? Specifically, I work on Summer St between Downtown Crossing and South Station.

So far, my favorites are:
Red Tomato for sandwiches
Kingston Station
Clover
Sebastian's (good salad bar
)Viga (mixed bag)

Where else, what am I missing?

Thanks for the guidance.

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Kingston Station
25 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111

Kingston Station
25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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  1. Here are a bunch of quick take-out options.

    Chacarero on Arch St.
    Foumami on High St.
    Bon Me and Momogoose trucks in same spot as Clover
    Figaro's on Beach St.
    Andiamo on South St.
    Sandwich Express on Kingston St.

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    1. re: mkfisher

      Back when I used to use Yelp, I was the Duchess of Chacarero ... IMO, the best time to go is not for lunch, but rather for an early dinner before they close (because they'll grill the meat to order!).

      So sad I don't work down the street anymore.

    2. Sam LaGrassa's (pastrami etc)

      Zo (gyros etc)

      Panera (a chain, I know)

      Irashai (Japanese)
      Regina's (by the slice) in South Station

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      1. re: barleywino

        Pita Kabob on Avenue de Lafayette (it's easy to miss but worth finding).

        1. re: barleywino

          Just wanted to give a +1 on Zo. I tried it for the second time today (first was two weeks ago -- why did I never go earlier?!?), and both times had what were quite possibly the best sandwiches I've ever eaten in Boston. I had the "original gyro" (pork) both times, and given how good it is I don't think I'll ever try the chicken variety. Highly, highly recommended.

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            Quite good stuff - I am usually more of a pork person, but I do think the chicken is even better.

            1. re: nsenada

              Okay, I guess now I'm forced to try the other one. Life is tough!

            2. re: davis_sq_pro

              I really enjoyed the "original gyro" I had last week.

          2. Trade on Atlantic Ave has some delish flatbreads if you have time for a longer lunch.

            1. Falafel King in that little food court on Winter near the Park street station. I love the combo plate and they always give you a nice fresh falafel in line to sooth your hunger.

              Penny
              http://www.bostonzest.com/

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              King Falafel Restaurant
              48 Winter St, Boston, MA 02108

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              1. re: BostonZest

                There's a new Falafel King on Washington, across from b.good and the new Qdoba and Potbelly's.

              2. Cafe Latino
                Al's
                Razdora
                Pizzeria Rico

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                  1. re: CportJ

                    Huge loss to the area. Especially closing in the middle of winter. Perfect crispy pork weather. *sigh*

                    I wonder why they closed? Always had long lines whenever I was there, so it certainly wasn't due to lack of business.

                    1. re: davis_sq_pro

                      They've been closed for months at this point. Staff moved over to Binney St. in Cambridge at the new Discovery Cafe (which will eventually be right in the middle of the Alexandria Center). The menu is all generic soups, salads and sandwiches and they no longer serve any of the wonderful Puerto Rican food from Cafe Latino.