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Best Downtown Lunch Spots

C. Simon | Mar 7, 2002 09:26 AM

At lunchtime, I often walk from my dowtown office to Chinatown or the North end for culinary delights. When I am less ambitious, I am restricted to the downtown area itself. It's a little bleak. Some of my favorites spots are:

1. Sultan's Kitchen -- reliably delicious pita sandwiches of grilled kebabs of lamb or chicken. Also, lots of interesting Turkish vegetarian salads/enrees.

2. Sam LaGrassa's -- great pastrami on rye.

3. Cosi -- despite the "pre-made" taste of some of the ingredients, solid sandwiches on great freshly made flat bread.

4. NY Soup Exchange -- decent soup.

5. Sushi time - reliable, if not inventive, sushi.

6. Margo Bistro -- sit-down bistro that can be hit-or-miss but more often hits than misses.

I have tried, but am not thrilled by:

1. Vici -- mediocre chicken parm

2. Real Taco -- good effort, but lacking the flavor of some of the Somverville faves (Lupita, etc.)

3. Chacaracero -- Chilean sandwiches. Chicken or beef. I had the chicken (VERY bland) but I am told I should have had the beef.

4. That deli on Devonshire with the roast turkey. So-so.

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