The lunch struggle is real—save money, eat healthy, keep up with downtown Raleigh’s food scene. How can we do it all? When you need a break from the brown bag at your desk, check out these 5 spots for lunch in downtown Raleigh where you can grab a bite worth Instagramming that won’t hurt your wallet:
Whether you include the margarita is your call, but Centro’s lunch deal is a perfect Taco Tuesday office outing. The Combo Centro is a pick 3 option: from a taco, side salad with refried beans to a torta, cup of soup and slaw, for just $10. Dine in or carry out!
The stylish sushi joint offers an aesthetically pleasing bento box at lunchtime only. Boxes range from $11-$14 and include perfectly portioned sashimi, rolls and more. Dine-in only.
You can visit Garland at lunch for under $13 per entree–or grab the combo of Cheetie’s cravable hummus plus a chili-peanut cucumber salad for just $14. A vegetarian dream!
Known for their pastries and cakes, the hidden gem of this bakery is the lunch box special. For $12, pick two from a seasonal soup, salad or sandwich plus a treat, packed perfectly in their signature yellow box. A balanced meal topped off with a rice krispy treat!
Looking for something hearty on a brisk fall day? You can devour four meatballs plus a side (think smashed potatoes, parmesan risotto or roasted green beans), for just $12.99.
For more of my favorite spots for lunch in downtown Raleigh, check out my “DTR Lunch Spots” list.
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