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Lunch at Lima

Posted by Matt on September 16 at 12:36 pm

We love food here at Lima Beads. Who doesn’t? Arguably, the best part of working downtown is the food. The restaurants in Ann Arbor are an eclectic mix of the greatest tastes from around the world. You could easily eat Cuban for breakfast, Middle-Eastern for lunch, and Chinese for dinner all in the same day. The best part is, you’d only have to walk a couple of blocks. Since were sending out new lunch specials today, I’d like to share a little about lunch here at Lima Beads.

For the people who live or have visited Ann Arbor, the restaurants that stand out in their mind are Palio, Real Seafood Co., The Chop House, Gratzi or The Earle. While these are all fine establishments, they’re not exactly “Quick Lunch” material. We love going out to lunch, so while our taste buds may be happier with those restaurants, our bank account wouldn’t.

Lunch at Lima usually takes place at one of the following:

  • Pizza Pino: Great place to grab a slice and a pop. My Favorite is the BBQ Chicken Pizza.
  • Jerusalem Garden: Best Middle-Eastern restaurant west of Detroit. We like the Chicken Shawarma and the Falafel and Hummus sandwiches.
  • Le Dog: Soups to die for! Lobster Bisque on Thursday is a must around here. Also, great Turkey Franks and Jumbo Dogs.
  • Cafe Japon: A mix of French pastries and Japanese cuisine.
  • Sottini’s: Quick and inexpensive sub sandwiches.
  • Kai Garden: Affordable Chinese food. Great lunch combos.
  • Blimpy Burger: The name says it all.
  • Banditos: Love the Enchiladas.
  • Parthenon: Steve and I love their Gyros.
  • Cafe Du Jour: Great sandwiches with fresh ingredients.
Me and Kevin at Pizza Pino in the Ann Arbor News

Me (right) and Kevin at Pizza Pino in the Ann Arbor News

These places are all walking distance from the Lima Loft and offer quality food for less than 8 dollars (usually). As you can see, we have a lot to choose from. Having so many options makes it harder to make a decision on where to go for lunch. On days where we can’t make up our mind, Kevin sends out an email. In this email, there’s a list of restaurants with a blank line next to each of them–like a survey. In our reply, we put an ‘X’ in the blank line next to the three restaurants of our choice. If there’s a tie, it’s his choice on where we’re going for lunch. That’s democracy at its best!

Lunch at Lima is a pretty fun time. We get to relax and talk with each other about what’s happening both in and out of work. Now that I’ve shared our favorite lunch spots, we’d like to hear the same from you!

My menu collection

My menu collection

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Steve
    Steve says:

    My favorite right now is Pizza Pino, although I could always go for Le Dog. And what about Kosmo, home of the Seoul Dog?!?

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    @Steve, You’re right! I completely left out Kosmo!
    I haven’t been there in a while. We should round up the crew and head over there someday. Not only is the Seoul Dog amazing, but they have the best egg rolls and Twigim .

  3. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    We go out to lunch a lot, but when we don’t, sometimes Matt and Steve will bring what I like to call “a basic”.

    A basic is short for “basic sandwich”. It is any sandwich on your basic white bread. Usually, it’s just turkey, ham, or maybe just PB&J. Occasionally Matt will get creative and put some interesting combos together — but, it’s still a basic.

    I always feel left out when they bring a basic, because now that we have Payton — I never have time to prepare a lunch at home.

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    Rachel says:

    Too bad we can’t actually cook lunch at the loft! (yet) That would be much healthier for us! :)

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