10 Lunch Spots in the Burg You Need to Know About

From great deals to exceptional value, there's no wrong way to lunch in the Burg. We thought we might condense the options and show you how to get the most flavor and food for your buck or doge coin, whichever currency you're operating with. Leave the brown bag, Goosebumps Lunch Pale, and Polar lunch box with the velcro strap at home, this city will feed you well. 

Casita Taqueria

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The prodigal son has returned and they are serving up tender meats with the kind of spices that can satisfy ghost pepper fanatics and meals mild enough to please those less inclined for the heat. Casita Taqueria's specials rotate daily so track their Facebook for the latest offerings. Their Pescaso and Verduros Tacos only cost $3.50 and you can snag an artisan bottled Jarrito soda for only $2. Casita Taqueria 2663 Central Ave. 

The Queens Head

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NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH! The Queens Head, the eccentric Grand Central eatery, known for their fish and chips and monster sandwiches, is open for lunch! Swing by and grab a beer, some bangers and mash and a sinful cut of a mocha marshmallow brownie to get over that afternoon slump.The Queens Head 2501 Central Ave.

SunSpot Fresh Bar

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If you're looking for a quick bite that isn't coated in salt, grease and chemicals, check out Central's new fresh bar. SunSpot offers an array of sandwiches like their MUST HAVE Turkey-Bacon-Avocado sammie. Try a side of their housemade chips or grab a plate and fill up on fresh greens and chicken salad so yo can get your fill the right way. Did we mention the salad bar is pay by the pound? You could fill up with a scoop of chicken, tuna, pineapple, spinach, peppers, grapes, rasins and splash of strawberry vinagrette and still not break a 10. No new notches on that belt, it's summer time. SunSpot Fresh Bar 601 Central Ave.


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Want a gourmet meal at diner prices? BellaBrava serves up exquisite salads, pizzas, pasta and more for lunch that will scintillate your senses. Their Prosciuto Asparagus flatbread is divine. Their Honey-Rosemary Chicken Focaccia reads like poetry and harbors a taste equally profound, did we mention it's only $9.99? When you run out of room in your stomach grab a to go box, these things make for clutch midnight snacks. BellaBrava 204 Beach Dr NE. 

Mickey's Cafe & Organics

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New to Central Ave but a mainstay in the Burg's culinary canon, Mickey's Cafe & Organics integrates gluten-free and vegan-friendly recipes that serve as adequate complements to their beloved CosMickey cookies. Their smoothies and fresh juices are great for grab and go lunches. Mickey's Cafe & Organics 318 Central Ave.

Rollin' Oats Cafe

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Rollin' Oats Cafe, our neighborhood grocery store boasts shelves stocked with fresh, GMO free food that preaches "be kind to your guts." Their cafe just added a covered outdoor seating area so if you want to enjoy a waldorf chicken salad wrap with fresh sprouts, hummus and vegan salted chips there and then, you can. Aside from their cafe there is an array of fruits and veggies you can add to your plate or take home, depending on your appetite. Follow their Facebook to stay in the know about their cafe's latest specials. Rollin' Oats Cafe 2842 Dr. MLK Jr. St. 

Parkshore Grill 

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Parkshore is known for its popular filet mignon and bacon wrapped scallops and while those entrees might fall on the higher end of the price spectrum their menu is full of affordable items that maintain the restaurants up-scale farm-to-fork philosophy. Their Crab & Avacado salad is only $15, Organic Tomato & Buffalo Mozz salad is only $10, their Prince Edward Island Muscles only cost $12 and their excellent Herb Grilled Portabella Mushroom which is only $16. If you're inclined to indulge ask about Chef Tyson's daily specials, his dynamic flavor palate will open you up to a whole new world of food. Parkshore Grill 300 Beach Dr. NE Ste 104. 

Burrito Boarder 

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Burrito Boarder is hard to miss on a Friday night. A line will wrap around the entire block before 10pm. If you want a hand crafted burrito without the wait check them out for lunch. Thier Adobo Chicken Burrito Bomb with fresh pico and an order of Churros that got caught in a cinnamon blizzard will do more than satisfy for your midday hunger. What could make this Burrito joint better? They deliver. Burrito Boarder 17 3rd St. N. 

La V

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La V, voted the best new vietnamese restaurant in the Burg, offers light, exotic delights that fill you up without inducing the much dreaded food coma. The Streets of Saigon Menu is hugely popular with the downtown crowd. Their La V rolls, plated with a few crispy wontons and garlic chicken wings are inspired by Vietnamese street food culture and are made to order. La V's menu is vegan friendly so for those trying to stick a diet need not hesitate when considering La V for their next outing. La V 441 Central Ave. 

Red Mesa Cantina

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In the mood for some roast duck tacos for only $4.25? Maybe a Pork Verde Burrito with a side of sweet Maduros? The nom is on at Red Mesa Cantina. Their beautiful out door patio and their interior, adorned with luchador memorabilia is only trumped by the irreverent dishes they're churning out of the kitchen. Red Mesa Cantina 128 3rd St. S. 

Unfortunately, we can't list every single one of our multitude of faves…so perhaps a part deux will be due. Let us know on the comments below what you think should go on the next installment!

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Still hungry? Check out our past lists about the best spots to grab a Burger, the tastiest vegetarian joints, the gluten free beacons and the most decadent desserts around the city. 

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me