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Favorite Healthy/Quick/Cheap Lunches?

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    So… does anyone have a favorite spot for quick/healthy/cheap lunches in the central city? I’ve been cutting back my caloric intake, which makes dining out difficult as it’s more often the norm that a meal is a 800+ calorie adventure. I’m looking for about half that (250-500 calorie range), but also something tasty and something quick (grab and go is best).

    Small sandwiches are good. I grabbed a kielbasa kolache today from Kolache Republic for $3.50, which was perfect on the run. A small pre-made sandwich from Kroger’s deli area is another fast one for $4. Hill’s Market has similar sandwiches or pastries/muffins/etc that work.

    Anyone else have any recommendations? Fast/Cheap/Healthy lunch! Go!



    bumping this because i wish i had suggestions but i just started working downtown a couple months ago myself. i’ve taken the CBUS to the Kroger on Front Street several times, would love to know what other options are around. sometimes a frozen lean cuisine just isn’t cutting it. =]



    It’s not easy, but you already know that.
    My go-tos are the salad bar at Hills-focus on just the green salad mix and then go to the prepared food section and pick out a chunk of salmon or chicken to top it with and some vinegar dressing.
    The other good choice is NM’s Lac Viet and pick the number 7 (chicken pho) or the chicken and cold noodle salad.
    I miss Ray Johnson and his fish house on Main. I used to order his salmon cooked in soy and ginger served by itself.
    When the NM has the pop-up vendor doing kale smoothies-that is a good healthy $5 lunch. Also, while not cheap, you can order just smoked turkey on rye at Katzingers (either location) for $8.50.
    Also not cheap, but so good, is Si Senor’s cerviche. Too bad it’s only available on Saturday. Perhaps the new El Arepazo on S. High will offer daily cerviche-the Gahanna location does but the Pearl Alley (to my knowledge) does not.

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