Lunch is possibly one the best motivators of getting through a morning at the office, especially if you're dining out. With so many offices moving to the West Loop, there are tons of options to choose from. Working in the West Loop for the past couple of months, I have developed some favorites. Below are my top 5 go-to's:
- Cruz Blanca: This Mexican influenced pub-like establishment by Rick Bayless is on point. With communal tables and an open kitchen, queue up to the back of the room and place your order. Begin with salsa and or guacamole, because that's part of the reason one craves Mexican cuisine. The tacos will fill you up and the make-your-own style allows for sharing too. The tostada, which is nearly the size of a large pizza, is genius. So wide in diameter, patted so thin, with all the toppings you are craving makes it the dish.
- J.P. Graziano's: What makes Graziano's unique is not only providing some of the best imported meats and cheese and providing fresh baked bread, but it's no fuss. Serving some of the best Italian sandwiches in the city in its purest form has people from all over the city paying a visit. Keep it classy with the turkey or go bold and try the Mr. G. It's great to take it to go if you work in the area and need to head back to the grind.
- Jefferson Tap: A quaint neighborhood bar off the beaten path of restaurant row in the West Loop, serves great casual bar food and offers outdoor seating. It's a great spot to spoil yourself on a Friday, have some drinks on the patio and cheers to the weekend. J Tap offers a Dog-friendly patio too.
- Bar Siena: One of the best establishments in the West Loop, Bar Siena is consistent and never seems to disappoint. The lunch menu offers something for everyone serving freshly made salads, pizzas that are worth it, pastas for the hungry ones and epic sandwiches like the chicken parmesan. Finish with the gelato, homemade and so worth it.
- Parlor Pizza Bar: One of the most popular and trendy restaurants in the West Loop, Parlor serves a great weekday lunch menu. The 'Parlor Pizza Pack' offers your choice of Pizza and a salad. It is $12-16 dollars and enough to share. The pizzas are thin crust and have creative toppings so you can step outside of your comfort zone. And, the kale cobb is one of the best I've had and disguises kale so well.
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