For me, lunch is probably one of the more difficult meals of the day to make fun, interesting, and enjoyable. But, it’s necessary to break up your work day with a little bite of something happy. Then, you can go back to the work day grind at least with the peace of mind in knowing that you ate something delicious. I work in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas and here are a few spots that I’ve found to be somewhat close to the office and just down right tasty. And so, here are my current top 3 favorites (in no particular order)
If you haven’t been here yet, you are seriously missing out. If you haven’t even heard of it, then you must be living under a rock. Brian Luscher from The Grape Restaurant in Dallas can make a mean hot dog. From an overnight roasted pork sandwich to a sweet and hot Italian sausage, you can’t go wrong. Even the salad is to-die-for delicious. As it says on their website:
We use all-natural, local meats, breads & produce when we can.
We make damn near everything from scratch or get it from someone who does.
2. TEN Ramen
Next up, is the best-ever-omg-mouthwatering-amazing ramen shop. I have only been once…and once was all it took to know that I was in love. Teiichi Sakurai (Tei-An) opened this tiny authentic ramen shop not too long ago and it’s pretty much packed every day. But…considering the fact that it only holds 15-16 customers…it doesn’t take long to fill up. Wear comfortable shoes, you will be standing and slurping your ramen. And wear stretchy pants.
I would normally think to go to San Salvaje (by Stephen Pyles) only for dinner. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to try it out for lunch. But, my friend Maria works close by and suggested we check it out for lunch. And I’m so glad we did! If you are looking for upscale versions of comfort food classics from Mexico and South America on your lunch break, then this is where you need to go. Tip: sit at the kitchen counter…it’s always more fun to watch them in action!