Favorite Lunch Spots in Downtown Louisville

These are the places I have been frequenting on my meager lunch budget for the better part of the past decade while working in downtown Louisville's legal world of learned lawyers (in no particular order)
  1. Potbelly Sandwich Shop
    Their Italian sandwich is a delicious sandwich when hot peppers are added. It satisfies my usually unquenchable hunger but sometimes makes me feel greapy (greasy and sleepy) at my desk. I eat it with sun chips and an Arnold Palmer.
  2. Another Place Sandwich Shop
    A quaint local place for deli-style food. Great hotdogs and reubens to pair with bean or vegetable soup. The seating is reminiscent of an old tavern or pub and the staff is always friendly. This is the only place where I have been repeatedly told I look like the actor Noah Wyle.
  3. Osaka Japanese Restaurant
    On Fridays it's tough to pass up this sushi bar's two-for-one sushi deal. Their Volcano Roll and Brian Roll are my favorite combo. I sometimes add a miso soup if I am feeling like a big spender who drives a nice car and hires people to do menial tasks on my vast estate.
  4. Boomer's Canteen
    This genteel sandwich shop on the 700 block of Main Street is a newer discovery for me. They serve to-order sandwiches with light sides and have, as far as I can tell, one of the friendliest staffs in downtown. The seating area backs up to a small room with lounge chairs and a tv for a relaxing break from work.
  5. The Eatery on Main
    When you don't mind waiting in a line that often stretches out the door onto the Main Street sidewalk, the Eatery makes your wait worth while. I tend to go with whatever their blue plate special is. My favorite is Wednesday's burger special, it's the only day they serve their burger and it's something to look forward to in the otherwise mundane mid-week work day.
  6. Manhattan Grill
    Speaking of burgers, Manhattan Grill on 5th and Muhammad Ali offers a great option: the half pound "Grand Central Burger." If you're feeling healthy their grilled chicken is also delicious, especially when paired with steamed veggies. This diner is situated between Louisville's historic Cathedral of the Assumption and Seelbach Hotel, known among many other reasons for being my wedding and reception venues, respectively.
  7. Dish on Market
    Dish is my only regular lunch choice that features a sit down meal with the whole hostess/waiter style experience. They offer an affordable "Big Damn Breakfast" plate and various sandwiches to choose from, like traditional fish and chips or fried buffalo chicken.
  8. Safier Medeteranian Deli
    If you like Mediterranean food, check out Safier, located in Theatre Square on Fourth Street. Their shawarma and falafel are great. Add a side of basmati rice if you want the full experience, or a side of french fries if you want the half experience.
  9. Coffee
    If you're craving a post-lunch coffee like I always am, check out one of Heine Brothers Coffee's two locations (Main Street and Fourth Street) or Sunergos Coffee on 5th Street.
  10. Honorable Mentions
    Luigi's Pizza, Queue Cafe, Atlantic 5, Zoup!, Jimmy John's, Zoe's Kitchen, Shiraz, Smashburger, a banana and power bar I brought from home consumed hastily over my desk while reading an article online, any of the food trucks parked on 5th street.