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10 Best Places to Grab a Quick Lunch in Downtown Boston

Here at Boston Offices, we understand that when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat during the day, convenience is key. At times, hectic schedules and back-to-back meetings can leave you tempted to run outside and into the nearest fast-food chain to satisfy your hunger.

However, we believe that it is our duty to inform you that by visiting these fast-food chains, you are depriving yourself of some of the best taste experiences that Boston has to offer. So, step away from the McMuffin – we are here to help! We’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite spots to grab a quick lunch in the Downtown area.

Noodle Lab, 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02108

Located in Boston Public Market on Hanover Street and just a quick five-minute walk from our offices!

Noodle Lab is a fast, casual restaurant serving fresh and uniquely crafted Asian dishes to the Boston community. Audrey Yap, the establishment’s co-founder, discovered her passion for food after spending countless summers in her grandmother’s kitchen in Malaysia. Noodle Lab showcases some of her family’s generation-old recipes, along with regional dishes originating from South East Asia. If you decide to make a lunchtime trip to Noodle Lab (and we highly recommend that you do), you can’t go wrong with their curry ramen.

 

Viga, 245-275 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108 

If you are a big fan of Italian food, like us, you are sure to love Viga! It has a broad menu with everything from soups, sandwiches, and salads to pizzas, calzones and pasta dishes which are sure to satisfy everyone.

One of the best things about Viga is that it is just a stone’s throw from our One Boston Place location, which means that you can get your Italian lunchtime fix no matter what the weather – rain, hail or snow. 

 

Anthem Kitchen and Bar, 101 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109

A comfortable neighborhood restaurant tucked into the heart of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.

For lunch, Anthem serves a range of dishes from salads and wood-fired pizzas, to juicy stacked burgers, and overflowing lobster rolls served hot with butter. However, we highly recommend that you try our personal favorite lunch dish – a bowl of their award winning New England clam chowder!

 

Legal Sea Foods, 225 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Continuing the seafood theme – our next lunch is Legal Sea Foods, located at 225 State Street, and just a 5-minute walk from our Exchange Place location.

Whether you choose to eat-in and enjoy an ocean-side dining experience, or to call ahead, you won’t regret ordering from Legal Sea Foods. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line, and sinker for this place. 

 

Shed’s BBQ, 32 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

Shed’s was founded by brother and sister team Shawn and Edward Wilson, built upon the recipes they grew up eating and perfecting.

Shed’s brings authentic Texas BBQ to Boston, using the best ingredients and the finest meats available. Although BBQ is the main event, Shed’s serves a range of dishes including mac & cheese, salads, and chili, which can be ordered online for pick-up or eaten in. When grabbing a quick lunch at Shed’s, we recommend you try the smoked chopped brisket sandwich. It’s perfect for eating on the go! 

Bonapita, 49 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110

A local Bostonian quick service restaurant that serves fresh, delicious and highly nutritious Mediterranean inspired food that will leave you craving for more!

Served alongside thick and scrumptious pita bread that’s baked daily on the premises, Bonapita, which is just a 5-minute walk from both of our office locations, serves food that will delight meat, vegetarian and vegan eaters alike. Eat-in or order a nicely packaged mini style buffet to go and share with coworkers or guests. 

 

Saus, 33 Union St, Boston, MA 02108

Saus serves inspired, made-from-scratch street food in a casual counter setting.

Started by three local university grads that were ousted from their company due to the 2008 recession, a dream restaurant was born with the help of their friends and families. The people behind Saus believe in the power of the condiment, which is why they have over 15 unique sauces on their menu, including homemade mayo, hot beer sauce, bacon parm, avo-goddess and gravy. Saus serves salads and sandwiches, along with a large selection of poutines with an array of toppings including carnitas, sambal and, our personal favorite, – kimchi. 

 

Falafel King, 260 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108

Since 1999, Falafel King has been serving delectable Mediterranean dishes to Boston locals and visitors from all over the world.

With locations at Tremont Street, Washington Street and Summer Street, it’s a super convenient spot to grab lunch during a hectic day. Try their delicious falafel, which is crispy on the outside and surprisingly soft on the inside. You can also never go wrong with the chicken and rice plate, served with a creamy tzatziki sauce. You won’t regret it!

 

Zo Greek Cuisine, 92 State St, Boston, MA 02109

An authentic Greek restaurant that serves gyros, salads, spinach pies and a range of other Greek classics. At lunch-time, the line is usually quite long.

However, do not let this put you off! The staff is amazing and the line typically moves at a super-fast speed. You’ll be in and out in no longer than ten minutes! The seating area is quite small, so we recommend that you bring your order back to the office or, better yet, take a stroll to Faneuil Hall, sit on a bench and enjoy your food while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. 

 

Sam La Grassa’s, 44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

Last but certainly not least we have Sam La Grassa’s, a family-run sandwich shop located at 44 Province Street and just a four-minute walk from our One Boston Place location.

Sam La Grassa, the establishment’s founder, was born and raised in Boston’s North End. The restaurant, which has been at the same location for over 50 years, serves a selection of equally delicious specialty sandwiches. However, we suggest you start with the Cuban Diablo- herb-crusted roast pork and honey glazed ham with bacon, monterey jack cheese, hot cherry peppers, thin sliced bermuda onion, chipotle mayo and BBQ sauce grilled on an Italian Roll. 

So come visit us here in the Financial District and when it’s time for lunch, take a bite out of the list we’ve dished out for you!

-Leanne Horgan