Sunday, September 24, 2023

Lunch Break: A Meal for Every Day of the Work Week

Forget your lunch at home? We’ve got fast and affordable lunch options available for every day of the week.


$15 or less


There’s something about making your own bowl that hits the spot for lunch. At Bolay, one of the original make-it-yourself spots, go down the line to choose your base, vegetables, proteins, add-ons and sauces just the way you like it. The entire menu is gluten-free, and for those with allergies and food sensitivities, this is a great way to ensure a safe meal as well. 5030 Champion Blvd. G1D, Boca Raton; 561/609-1781;



Crab Cake Sammy at Loch Bar

To make major business inroads over a meal, you need a place with a little panache—but that won’t keep you there all afternoon. Enter Loch Bar, which has an incomparable $14 lunch special. Scoot into the leather tufted booth seats, pull out your Very Important Meeting notes, then take your pick of an appetizer, entree and soda. With easy street or garage parking at Mizner Park during midday, you won’t be rushing back to the office. 346 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561/939-6600;


$16 or less

Ramen Lab

For days you’re in need of some warm comfort food, order a bowl of scratch-made noodles from Ramen Lab, which offers slurp-worthy dishes in pork broth, miso soup, soba noodles and even vegan options. If you’re not in the mood for noodles, there are poke bowls and a menu of tapas such as steamed Asian buns, pan-seared gyoza, Nana’s wings and spicy Korean cauliflower. 100 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton; 561/750-4448;


$15 or less

Tropical Salmon at Farmers Table Express

When there’s no time for a sit-down healthy meal, try Farmers Table Express. Choose from a healthy menu of wraps, salads, grilled salmon, chicken, beef short rib and sweet snacks, as well as an extensive menu of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes. If you love the food, check out the restaurant’s meal plan program. The express store is on the side of the restaurant, so it’s convenient to pick up and go in a matter of minutes—even faster with an online order. 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561/417-5836;


$18 or less

Cuban Sandwich

We’re going to share a secret—a cozy hole-in-the-wall diner, Caribbean Grill Cuban Restaurant, serving up all our Cuban favorites, from crispy flat-pressed media noche sandwiches to Cubans, tostones, black bean soup, fruit smoothies, classic desserts and more. Before you leave, order a Cafe Cubano to ward off those late-afternoon sleepies. 1332 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton; 561/362-0161;

Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly is the former web editor at Boca magazine, where she enjoyed battling with web coding and community reporting—the more off beat, the better. An award-winning journalist, she is the president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter and a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

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