I work in East Meadow, and the best I've come up with for lunchtime fare is the diners on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Ave. The food is cheap, plentiful and blah. Any ethnic food I've had in E.M. has been terrible. When I go out with work mates, everyone assumes it will be to the diner, where the service is excellent and friendly, and the food is never an issue - just ordered and eaten as a backdrop to conversation. I'm used to a high level of cuisine, so this has been a rough and weird adjustment. Once in a while, if I get a craving for good soup or bread (again, East Meadow, where?), I dash over to Garden City and get take out, eat in my car, and dash back to work. Any alternate experiences, universes, underground gourmet movements that I'm unaware of?