The age-old dilemma: where to go for lunch. There’s nothing better than taking an hour to get out of the fluorescent lights of the office, escape cubical life, and enjoy one of your favorite D.C. lunch spots.Here are our picks for some of the best lunch spots in the D.C. area! Get ready, because each of these choices is delicious!
CAVA Mezze Grill(multiple locations can be found here)We’re really loving this "bowl trend" for lunch. Chipotle paved the way, but no one is really wanting Chipotle for lunch anymore. I mean we all do, but we’re at a point where we want better options. So Cava is a similar concept (in terms of being fast-casual), but it serves up Mediterranean fare. You can get a rice bowl, a pita sandwich, or a salad -- each with your choice of protein, sauces, and toppings. It’s healthy, quick, and really delicious. The full menu can be found here.
Sweetgreen (multiple locations can be found here)Sweetgreen is not only healthy and clean, but it also tastes so good. All products are sourced by local farms, and the company prides itself on exemplifying a healthy lifestyle in all areas. It has a great menu of pre-designed salad options, but you can also make your own. The restaurant concept works similarly to Cava, in that you can pick your choice of greens and then a variety of toppings. Favorite salads off the menu are the Kale Caesar and Hummus Tahini. Head to Sweetgreen if you want something tasty, but also really good for you. I promise -- you won’t feel an ounce of guilt heading back to your cube. The full menu can be found here.
If you’ve ever thought that sushi rolls were just too small and that you may actually want to eat sushi as if it were a sandwich, Buredo has got you covered! They’ve created burrito-sized sushi rolls, featuring an array of flavors. Favorites include the Beatrix and the Sofie. This place gets bonus points because it's local to the area and looking to expand. The menu can be found here.
Panera Bread (multiple locations can be found here)You just can’t go wrong with a classic like Panera. For lunch, you should get the You Pick Two special, which allows you to choose half a sandwich with either a cup of soup or a small salad, as well as your choice of French baguette, chips, or an apple. Favorites include the Frontega Chicken Panini and Creamy Tomato soup, but the menu is constantly evolving. Plus, as a bonus, you can rest assured that Panera uses real ingredients in everything they sell, as they recently cut out all preservatives. Enjoy your meal outside on the patio, if you prefer. You can check out the full menu here.
All of these options have online ordering available, so you can skip the line and go straight for the good stuff. Take one day (or all the days) for yourself and enjoy lunch spots that serve up delicious food quickly and efficiently. What are your favorite lunch spots in D.C.? We want to hear your suggestions in the comments below!