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The best lunch dishes at Time Out Market Boston

Whether you're on the hunt for a satisfying midday meal or light afternoon pick-me-up, these dishes will deliver.

Olivia Vanni
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Olivia Vanni
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Whether you're still hunkered down at home working remotely or have already made your triumphant return to the office, you're going to need one thing: a lunch break. Fortunately for both Bostonian residents and out-of-towners here on business, Time Out Market Boston offers so many options for everyone's afternoon meal. From light bowls and vegetarian bites to hearty soups and satisfying sandwiches, there's a dish for any midday mood. Check out the best lunch dishes you’ll find at the kitchens of Time Out Market Boston and refuel with some food that’s sure to get you through the rest of the day.

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Best lunch at Time Out Market Boston

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If you’re looking for an easy lunch on the go without having to sacrifice flavor, Anoush’ella has you covered. The Middle Eastern eatery offers an assortment of filling wraps that make eating on the run actually enjoyable—not to mention, neat. The beef kofta wrap is an obvious winner, featuring a spiced skewer of juicy ground beef, hummus, sumac onions, tahini and zhoug all nicely enveloped in pita bread (regular or gluten-free). It comes with a side of baba ganoush because why not?

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Who doesn’t love a meatless, midday pick-me-up? BISq’s Swiss melt is an umami bomb of a sandwich that will fuel you to finish the rest of your workday. Packed with Swiss chard, ooey-gooey Swiss cheese, mushroom XO sauce and pickled jalapenos, this sando is so savory that even carnivores won’t care that it’s actually vegetarian (and if they do, they can always add some bacon for good measure). 

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We love a bountiful bowl for lunch, and Inchu really delivers. While you can’t go wrong with the Asian-inspired eatery’s entire menu of rice- or salad-based mashups, we’re particularly fond of the Korean bibimbap here. Topped with a perfectly ​​fried egg, this dish is loaded with pickled daikon, carrot slaw, cucumber, bean sprouts, spinach and green onions. The sprinkle of sesame seeds and drizzle of gochujang-soy sauce only take this bowl over the top.

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Sometimes, you just need something super substantial to keep powering through the day. Cusser’s comes through for you, with its hot roast beef sandwich. Piled high with rare wagyu beef, this handheld masterpiece can be consumed one of two ways: the 80 Thoreau, with cheddar cheese, pickled red onions and Thoreau sauce; or the North Shore Three-Way, with barbecue sauce, mayonnaise and jack cheese. Both are served on a griddled onion roll. Both make for an insanely delicious lunch.

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he last thing you want is a lunch that drags you down for the remainder of the day. Luckily, Revolution Health Kitchen has a number of healthy, light yet still satisfying dishes that won’t send you into an instant food coma. Any salad or wraps will do, but we’re partial to the loaded avocado toast. Local whole wheat sourdough bread is fully decked out with a vegetable smorgasbord of creamy, house-made guacamole, sweet cherry tomatoes, tangy pickled red onion and cabbage, as well as sesame seeds. It hits all of the right notes, while leaving you energized—not lethargic—and ready to face the rest of your work.

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Sandwiches usually get all of the lunch glory, but Clucks makes a strong case for soup stealing the spotlight when it comes to afternoon meals. An order of the spicy chicken and dumpling noodle soup will make any jam-packed schedule more bearable. The dish features a medley of hot ground chicken, ramen noodles and truffled chicken wontons, suspended in a bowl of flavor-packed bone broth that takes a full 48 hours to prepare. While a normal serving of this stuff will be sure to satisfy, you can always order more goodness by opting for extra wontons or more noodles, or by even adding some karaage fried chicken.

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Veg out during lunch—not after. Obviously, Nu Burger offers plenty of beef-centric options for eager meat-eaters, but its spicy cauliflower burger can compete with (and even beat) the best of them. A veggie patty consisting of a cauliflower, quinoa and cheddar combo is topped with an avocado and pistachio pesto, bright red cabbage slaw and vegetarian “NuSauce.” It’s somehow simultaneously light and hearty, and we are here for it. 

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Lunch is the perfect occasion for a quesadilla, and Taqueria El Barrio is the place to go. Frankly, any of the eatery’s cheesy tortilla creations will do—whether you get one crammed with carnitas, brimming with carne asada or done al pastor. We’d particularly like to vouch for the birria quesadilla, which is stuffed with tender beef and cheese, chopped onions and cilantro—all begging to be dipped into a cup of ridiculously rich broth. Just be sure to grab a stack of napkins.

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Pizza is always a good idea, especially when you face an afternoon of back-to-back meetings. So when it comes to having a pleasant lunch, Monti’s pizza bianca will definitely fit the bill. It’s beauty lies in a cheesy quartet of ricotta, mozzarella, fontina and parmesan. While we appreciate the pureness of this pizza’s original form, lunch-goers shouldn’t shy away from making it their own and adding a whole array of toppings—from prosciutto and crushed meatballs to caramelized onions and mushrooms.

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Leave all of your work worries at your desk and grab a comfort food classic from Michael Schlow’s Italian Kitchen. The chicken parm sandwich from this spot is a thing of beauty. Cradled between two slices of ciabatta, you’ll find a crunchy yet still almost miraculously moist chicken, topped with a generous schmear of marinara sauce and melty mozzarella. If you’re more partial to fork-only food, you can always crush one of the many plates of pasta offered at this eatery. 

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Everyone needs a sugary boost to get through that last stretch of the day, and a Union Square donut will certainly do the trick—and then some. Every season, there’s an entire selection of new confections to try, but you can never go wrong with one of the bakery’s tried and true flavors. When in doubt, go for the Belgian Dark Chocolate, a light and fluffy piece of heaven coated in a rich dark chocolate glaze. It’ll make all of the memories of the morning just melt away.

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End lunch on a sweet note and make a stop by Gelato & Chill. This gelateria boasts a bevy of frozen Italian favorites, with traditional flavors like nocciola (AKA hazelnut) and stracciatella (like chocolate chip, but far better). While we can get behind any scoop at this spot, we’d like to give our stamp of approval to the Ricotta and Fig, a creamy, ricotta-based gelato with swirls of house-made, Mediterranean fig jam. It’s a little piece of paradiso that’ll help you forget you’re about to be back on the clock. 

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