Lunch on the go . . .


Where to go and what to eat when you don't have a lot of time

You know the feeling: It's been one of those work days where you've been rushing from one meeting to the other. Or, you've been hunkered down at your desk focused on a document that needed to be finished yesterday. The morning is officially over, you're starving, and you have exactly 30 minutes until you'll be confined to a conference room for the next hour and a half for yet another meeting. What to do? It's time to make a lunchtime dash  that quick sprint for something to eat before your mood and energy level plummet.

As the lunchtime dash is a frequent activity among Rosslyn BID staff, we wanted to share our favorite places for grabbing lunch on the go when we don't have a lot of time to eat. Fortunately, with more than 65 restaurants and cafés within a quarter-mile radius, Rosslyn has lots of choices. Here are our favorite fast-casual spots:

Allspice Cafe & Catering: 1401 Wilson Blvd. There's a lot to like about the fresh lunch options at this locally owned and operated café in middle Rosslyn. They offer homemade soups every day (we're partial to the chickpea rosemary soup). Other choices we like are the chicken hummus veggie pita, which has been their bestselling sandwich for years, and the Greek platter: It's a Greek salad (we add grilled chicken) served with hummus and whole wheat pita bread.

The Brown Bag: 1735 N. Lynn St. This very popular lunch spot has a great "build your own" menu, enabling you to customize your salad, sandwich or noodle bowl. We like their Voodoo Chicken wrap.

Chopt: 1735 N. Lynn St. Chopt has become a Wednesday tradition for a couple of our team members, who go there after every staff meeting and order their favorite salads: the Kabob Cobb salad with chicken, Craisins and Tex-Mex ranch dressing and the Texas Po Boy salad or wrap. The Spicy Santorini warm kale and quinoa salad bowl is also delicious and light. Not far from Chopt is, of course, a Starbucks, so we like to grab a special drink on the way back to the office. If the weather is warm, we order Starbucks' Trenta Mango Black Tea Lemonade.

District Taco: 1500 Wilson Blvd. Who doesn't like District Taco? We are still smitten with this local favorite that opened a Rosslyn location last January. There were lines out the door for their Grand Opening, and this place still draws a crowd, but the lines move quickly and it's possible to make an efficient trip here for lunch on the go. We love the carnitas taco (heavenly!) and the shrimp taco the most, but everything on the menu makes us perfectly happy. The nachos borrachos is great, and we've brought them back to the office many times to share. And, of course, they have excellent guac.

Jefferson Café: 1300 17th St. N. A pay-by-weight hot food bar and a salad bar are the focus of this cafeteria-style establishment. The buffet changes daily, and offers a great variety of choices. There's something for everyone so it's a terrific spot when the team needs to grab food and can't agree on where to go. They also serve sandwiches and burgers.

New York Kabob Food Truck: 1901 N. Fort Myer Drive. Permanently stationed on a traffic island at 19th St. and N. Fort Myer Drive, this food truck is close by our office, and serves up some tasty kabobs, rice, gyros and salad. We like the chicken kabob platter with all the sauces.

Rosslyn Coffee and Deli: 1101 Wilson Blvd. This tiny cafe and market is a great place to grab food on the go. We've been here many times and it's always fresh and delicious. We build our own grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato and honey mustard. They also have an amazing bulgogi steak and cheese and tasty smoothies. Bonus: They have a great selection of packaged snacks, beer and wine, so you can pick up something for happy hour after work.

Roti Modern Mediterranean: 1501 Wilson Blvd. (corner of Wilson and Oak) This is a favorite among many of our health-conscious staff. We like the salad bowl, customizing it with kabob chicken, cauliflower, couscous, grilled veggies, hummus and tzatziki sauce. The True North salmon kabob is also very good and the falafel, in our humble opinion, is among the best we've tried: it's tasty and never greasy.  

Target: 1500 Wilson Blvd. It may not be the first place that comes to mind when you need something to eat, but Rosslyn's Target is a great one-stop shop if you need to make a quick purchase and want to pick up lunch, too. Their sandwiches are good, as are their quick snacks, such as fruit, hummus and pretzels, and sliced salami and cheese. If you're on a mission, you can grab what you need and be in and out of there in five minutes.

Wiseguy N.Y. Pizza: 1735 N. Lynn St. So, for many of us, this place is a guilty pleasure. The pizza is sooo good and sooo satisfying, and it's quick to pick up and easy on the wallet. Once you're hooked it can be hard to stay away. We like the margherita slice with some cherrywine soda. We also enjoy their honey BBQ pizza and Wiseguy pizza, which is topped with some amazingly good homemade meatballs. 


Where do you like to go when you only have a few minutes to grab lunch? Email us at rosslynbid@rosslynva.org and give us your favorites. Or, connect with us on Twitter at @Rosslynva. We'll add your suggestions to this list!


Photo at top: One of our lunches on the go just moments before it was consumed by a hungry BID staffer: Roti's True North salmon kabob, hummus, couscous, grilled veggies, purple cabbage and feta.

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