By Michelle Guilbeau
Chicago is a foodie mecca and finding a quick lunch in downtown Chicago is a breeze. There is a huge variety of food and the options are endless, lunch seekers will never go hungry in Chicago. For those in a hurry and looking for a fantastic lunch, look no further than the following 5 best spots to eat lunch in Chicago.
Knife & Tine
1417 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
Knife & Tine is a hidden gem in Chicago. The variety of exceptional dishes and drinks offered at Knife & Tine are key components in making this Chicago restaurant a must visit for lunch. Knife and Tine also offers quick and efficient service with excellent customer service. Lunch is served Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-4pm and be sure to try the shrimp and grits on the main course of the menu, visitors will not be disappointed.
Service is unbelievably fast at Meli Cafe and food arrives very quickly. Lunch goers who are in a hurry will appreciate the large menu selection along with the excellent service. The food is outstanding and there is a nice selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The smoothies are a must try and they are almost a meal onto themselves. Most of the items at Meli Cafe are made in house including whipped butter and ketchup, it is the perfect place to grab a quick and delicious lunch.
If burgers are top of mind for a quick lunch, Butcher & The Burger is the place to visit. The burgers are fresh, creative and delicious. There is a nice selection of traditional and non-traditional burgers offered along with an abundant amount of toppings to choose from. A must try is the shrimp burger and it can even be made as double. Do not leave without trying the homemade custards and handmade milkshakes, these treats will top off an outstanding lunch.
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The food Eataly offers at their counters and mini-restaurants on the second floor is not considered fast food although it arrives as quickly as a fast food restaurant. The menu items are creative and prepared by very talented professionals. The quality of the food is second to none. The desserts are incredible and it is a great place to have a quick lunch and get some shopping done at the same time.
Appellation’s smoked whitefish tartine (chopped whitefish on a slice of French bread) with apple salad and mustard deviled eggs is a great option for a quick lunch and the poached eggs on top of the warm mushroom & kale salad is definitely a must-try item. Of course, a nice glass of wine just makes lunch that much more enjoyable .Adjacent to the restaurant, visitors will find their retail shop that offers Pastoral artisan cheese, bread, coffee, mustard, wine, and other specialty items. This is a unique combination destination with the retail shop on the left and the wine bar and restaurant on the right.
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