As the marketing plan for the “It’s Just Lunch” dating service shows, nobody can shy away from a good lunch date, meeting or get-together. For many working souls, lunch is the favorite part of the day. So relish in it, and try something new. Here are some of our favorite places for passing by the beloved lunch hour—long lunch hours with friends, in particular.
Bambara: (202 S. Main St.) Upscale dining experience takes a nice turn for lunch. Menu items include Pan-Seared Atlantic Salmon, Grilled Chicken Caprese Wrap and Beef Tenderloin Tip Fettuccini.
Cafe Trio: (680 S. 900 East) Quaint cafe puts a nice twist on regular lunch favorites with BLTs with parmesan aioli and club sandwiches with fontina and pesto.
Citrus Grill: (2991 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake and 219 E. 12300 South, Draper) Great half-size plates of pastas and salads. Tasty selection of wraps and grilled-cheese sandwiches, too.
Finns: (1624 S. 1100 East) This no-dinner diner has great little sandwiches. We’re especially fond of the Reuben.
House of Bread: (2005 E. 2700 South) Fresh deli sandwiches (served on freshly baked breads) and salads at a fair price. Soda served in the can, only.
Kyoto: (1080 E. 1300 South) Lunch specials include tasty tempura and must-have noodle bowls. Cute building, too.
Paradise Bakery: (1010 E. 2100 South) Get the tomato soup and Caesar salad. The meal comes with a chocolate chip cookie!
Red Rock Brewing Co.: (254 S. 200 West) Guys and gals alike can’t go wrong with a Red Rock Burger and a side of carrot chips.
Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta: (1063 E. 2100 South) Despite the name, we like to head here for the variety of sandwiches and salads—like the “Chopped” salad with salami, fontina, Cajun chicken and tomatoes in basil vinaigrette dressing.
Sawadee Thai: (754 South Temple) Cool new digs and a great lunch special, too.
Thai Siam: (1435 S. State St.) Serves up fantastic lunch specials for as little as $6.95. Fast service and ample portions of an authentic cuisine.
Zinn Bistro: (2020 E. 3300 South) A little finnicky place, call to make sure shop’s open before you head over. And making a reservation is never a bad idea. We love the bread selection.