6 Spots to Grab a Great Lunch in The Fenway

“Did you bring lunch today?” It’s a common question among colleagues when noontime rolls around at work. So, what happens when you didn’t, in fact, bring something from home to fuel up on? Maybe you and your work friends head over to the same one or two spots around the corner from your office. Or perhaps you get pizza delivered. Our advice? Stop it! There are so many great lunch restaurants in The Fenway! So, why on earth would you limit your options or deprive yourself of what could very well be the highlight of your work day? Here are a few delicious and affordable lunch spots worth stopping into. Bon Appétit!

 

Rod-Dee 2 Thai

94 Peterborough Street

Spicy food, a little sunlight and fresh air? We’re in. Rod-Dee 2 Thai’s menu is stocked with mouth-watering appetizers like Thai Spring Rolls, Tofu Triangles and Chicken Satay, satisfying soups and mild to mouth-on-fire curry dishes. You will find something supremely satisfying for under $10.

Mei Mei

506 Park Drive

Mei Mei? More like, YUM YUM! No, but seriously. Mei Mei means “little sister,” which makes perfect sense for this sibling-run restaurant. This trio’s modern approach to Chinese American cuisine is a must-try, with Scallion Pancake Sandwiches, Dumpling Bowls, and delicious dishes like Sweet Corn Fritters, Charred Cabbage Salad and Piggery Farm Rib Tips. Its lunch menu is served up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Want to make vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free modifications to something the menu? Just ask!

 

Saloniki

4 Kilmarnock Street

They say beware of Greeks bearing gifts. This does not, however, apply when said gifts come from the Saloniki kitchen. With local ingredients and authentic Mediterranean flavors—not to mention items like roasted pomegranate-glazed eggplant, spicy whipped feta and braised honey-garlic maine pork shoulder—you’d think this place would be out of your daily lunch budget. Not so. You can enjoy anything on Saloniki’s menu for $10 or less.

By Chloe

100 Van Ness Street

If you’re looking to eat clean and please your palate on your lunch break, head directly to By Chloe—do not pass go, do not collect $200. This vegan and kosher restaurant’s menu is comprised of 100 percent plant-based cuisine made fresh everyday. Everything from the Grab + Go section is gluten free, as are the pasta dishes (hello, Mac n’ Cheese made with sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce and shiitake bacon). They even have juices and a stellar section of vegan burgers and sandwiches, including a Guac Burger, Whiskey BBQ and Smashed Avocado Toast.

 

El Pelón

97 Peterborough Street

Don’t have time to head out? From house made burritos and taquitos to carnitas and tostadas, all kinds of authentic Mexican dishes from El Pelón can be conveniently ordered online delivered to your office door. Otherwise, grab a picnic table outside and enjoy a carefully and quickly prepared lunch. Like many of the other lunch spots on our list, El Pelon offers gluten-free and dairy-free options, and can make other dietary modifications as requested.  

 

Regina Pizzeria

1330 Boylston Street

If the team consensus is pizza, you’ve got to go with Regina. Regina Pizzeria has been blessing Boston with its brick oven-baked pies for 91 years. And thankfully, they’ve added a location in The Fenway, so you don’t have to trek to the North End to get yourself a mid-day slice. Not up for a divine specialty pizza or creating your own? Grab a wrap, salad or calzone.

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