$13 at Bowl
What $13 gets you: A fresh, healthy salad or sandwich that makes you never want to bring your lunch again. The cheerful, inviting interior of this unfortunately out-of-the-way lunch spot is like the office canteen you always dreamed of. Close enough to downtown and the Museum District yet far removed with its relaxing, sunny atmosphere, Bowl is ideal for a quick, delicious weekday lunch.
Inside, you'll see people bent intently over white pieces of paper. They're choosing their toppings for either a Solo (10 toppings) or Doppia (15 toppings) salad, which are $7 and $10 respectively. For an additional $3, you can add your choice of proteins such as pistachio chicken and grilled shrimp. Once you choose your toppings from the vast selection -- which includes your choice of greens, cheese and dressing in addition to the many vegetable and fruit toppings available -- you hand your list over the counter and the salad-makers work their magic. Within a few minutes, you have a fresh salad with one of the signature house-made dressings on the side.
Veggie sandwich with hummus, avocado, portobello mushrooms and more
Bowl has only been open for a little more than a year, and it shares a kitchen with its sister operation, Absinthe (you know, the bar hidden behind those heavy wooden doors that you always wondered about...). In that time, the hours of operation have been expanded to include dinner service (open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays) and a new Saturday breakfast (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Pizza has also recently been added to the menu, including a tomato basil goat cheese and an herb chicken and feta pizza. If they're as good as the pizzas next door at Absinthe, they're sure to be a hit as well.
Interior at Bowl
Bonus points: Bowl has a fax-in menu that you can use to send in your order ahead of time, good for those on the go. And when it cools off outside, the delightfully sunny side patio will be a big hit on lazy afternoons.