Boston’s Best Quick Lunches

July 13, 2012 2:02 AM

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– By Tommy Boudreau
Need to find a quick, great place to get lunch? Whether you’re on break or on the run, Boston has some great restaurants that provide fast service and quality foods for cravings of all kinds. Here are a handful of great spots that you need to try.
4 Bostons Best Quick Lunches

Photo Credit Zo’s Authentic Gyro

Zo – Authentic Greek Gyros

Government Center
3 Center Plaza
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-0101

This downtown restaurant is made for the ‘Gyro junkie’. Tucked away near the John Adams Courthouse, Zo is small but brings huge taste and great service at a decent price. Try the mouthwatering Greek rotisserie pork or chicken gyro topped with tomato basil, onion, and Zo’s famous Tzatziki sauce, which is a low-fat cucumber yogurt. Zo also offers a variety of pita wraps as well as Greek, Garden, and Mediterranean salads and soups. Expect to wait in line during peak lunch hours. But trust us, it’s worth it.

3 Bostons Best Quick Lunches

Photo Credit Douzo Sushi


131 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116-5297
(617) 859-8886

Steps from Back Bay MBTA station, Douzo sushi offers high-class Japanese dining in style with a menu that’s light enough for lunch. If you’re in a rush but are craving some Japanese delicacies Douzo’s got you covered. Stop in quick for some pre-packaged sushi, sashimi, and special rolls. If you have time to stay for a sit-down lunch, Douzo offers a wide variety of sushi combinations as well as succulent steak, chicken, and fish entrees. Try anything from the Torch Roll with avocado and cucumber wrapped with seared yellowtail and yuzu sauce to duck ravioli and snow crab.

falafel Bostons Best Quick Lunches

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Falafel King

48 Winter St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 338-8355

If you love falafel and need a quick pick-me-up, Falafel King is your best bet. This hole-in-the-wall in Downtown Crossing may look a little unpromising on the outside but when you step inside your perceptions will soon change. Greeted by the friendly staff along with a free falafel dipped in hummus to nibble on, you’ll be happy with your choice. In addition to their famous falafel wrap – falafels, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and hummus – is an array of meat, vegetarian, and salad dishes along with some fantastic sandwiches. Prices average about $5-$8 bucks for a meal. It’s hard to go wrong.

2 Bostons Best Quick Lunches

Photo Credit Viga


275 Washington St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 742-8442

Craving Italian? Hit up one of Viga’s several locations. Downtown Crossing, Financial District, and the Back Bay all boast a quick in-and-out experience you’ll appreciate on a busy workday. Viga’s has tons of great entrées and sandwiches to choose from. Throw in pastas and zesty salads to pizza and luscious calzones, Viga puts the ‘It’ back in Italian. They also offer some scrumptious cookies and pastries to top off your meal.

1 Bostons Best Quick Lunches

Photo Credit Blunch


59 East Springfield St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 247-8100

Not sure if you’re in the mood for breakfast or lunch? Blunch in the South End was named for this exact situation. Show up and your nose will be teased with the cinnamon scents of fresh-made granola and infamous chocolate chip cookies – which probably won’t help you make up your mind! Whether you’re feeling an egg sandwich or a pressed sandwich, Blunch’s menu will have your taste buds quivering with excitement. Try ‘The Provencal” pressed sandwich. It includes fresh Vermont goat cheese, tomatoes, black olive puree, artichoke hearts, crisp greens, and basil pesto all on a crusty baguette for $7 and change. The Eggwich on a bread roll lets you add anything from bacon and black forest ham to roasted red pepper and artichoke. Soups and fresh salads round out the menu. This place is the perfect neighborhood gem. If you’re in the area make sure you stop in.

5 Bostons Best Quick Lunches

Photo Credit Ernesto’s Pizza


69 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-4639

This North End pizzeria has been in business for almost 30 years for a good reason. Go in for a slice or a full pie. You’ll be blown away by your choice of toppings. Ranging from the original cheese pizza to shrimp scampi, steak, and chicken pizzas; your options are limitless (and delicious). Slices are huge, averaging the size of two standard pizza slices you’d find anywhere else. Full pizzas sell for $15- $20. Ernesto’s pizza isn’t easy to spot so be on the look out!

Tommy Boudreau is a Suffolk University student interning with the CBS Boston Digital media team. You can follow him on Twitter @Tommy_Beee