Lunch sucks. There, I said it. I am sick of my crappy lunch options. I want something new. If one more person suggests stuff wrapped in bread or laying on a mound of greens to me as a suitable lunch option, I think I will hurl a cup of tomato bisque in their face.
As a person who loves food, I routinely disappoint myself with how repetitive my lunch options get. After a while, everything seems to taste the same. I’m craving diversity in my food, but everyone around me is still ordering the turkey club with a Caesar side salad.
This is beige food, people.
Here’s how I’ve learned to get around it.
#1: Order off the sides menu. I get sick of places branded “lunch” places, so I expand my search to more dinner-oriented cuisine. Or breakfast! And then I order a couple things off the appetizer or side order menus so that my lunch has some variety and still stays within my lunch budget. Call ahead and order takeout, and I’m good to go.
#2: Pack leftovers. Seriously, someone needs to eat them, and most leftovers from dinner the previous night heat up really well as a lunch the next day. Invest in some cheap plastic storage containers and save money and stop wasting food. This is pretty much an all-win situation, and keeps you from having to eat yet another sandwich.
#3: If your city has food trucks, utilize them. The great thing about the food truck industry is that they’re trying to do non-boring food, most of the time. Around here there are food trucks with everything from barbecue to crepes. It’s not all burritos and tacos – although there’s nothing wrong with an excellent taco from time to time.
#4: Order something you’ve never had before. Sometimes you’re just stuck going to a traditional lunch shop. But what’s that? The sandwich shop serves gyros? Score! The salad shop is right around the corner from a great new Thai place? Go for it. And if it’s a soup day but you’ll kill yourself if you have to look at one more bowl of tomato or chicken noodle, see if you can track down an authentic Ramen joint or a Pho eatery. They’ll put a nice spin on the old horrific.
#5: Challenge yourself. If really nothing is appealing to you, tell yourself it’s okay to wing it. Choose a few food groups and get the first item from each that you can locate on a short walk; for instance, say, “fruit, dairy, grain.” You might end up with a salad, a reasonable sandwich, or you might end up with an avocado, a block of cheese, and some noodles. So? See what you can make of it. Whoever told you not to play with your food was kidding.