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Sunday, September 13, 2015

502 Lunch Week Means Cheap(er) Eats

502 Lunch Week is back! For two weeks (Monday 9/14/2015 – Friday 9/25/2015),  24 local restaurants are offering a special $10 or $15/person lunch menus.  It’s a great opportunity try new local restaurants at a great price.  Some of these restaurants are expensive at dinner time ($20 entrees and up), so take advantage of the lunch special to determine if you do want to go back for dinner.

I tried two restaurants last year and enjoyed them both very much, Louis le Francais and Down One Bourbon Bar.  Louis’ cute and cozy French provincial atmosphere is ideal for a  lunch date (I enjoyed the lunch more than dinner).  Down One Bourbon Bar has a cool vibe and a great option for those working downtown.

The 3 Little Pigs from Down One Bourbon Bar
The tomato and onion salad from Louis le Francais
Here’s what you can expect:

  • The 502 Lunch Week menu is smaller than the regular lunch menu.  For more options, you can also order from the regular menu but the price is higher.
  • Expect to pay $10 or $15/person, depending on the restaurant
  • The special includes a 2 course meal (either entrée + side or entrée + dessert) and 1 non-alcoholic beverage.  Taxes and gratuity are not included.

Here’s a list of participating restaurants and their special menus.  I categorized them by ratings on Yelp.

My recommendations:

  • Louis le Francais or Brasserie Provence for French Food.  The tomato salad and ratatouille from Louis were my favorites. 
  • Down One Bourbon Bar for the burgers
  • Captain Quarters for an amazing riverside view and atmosphere
  • Mark’s Feed Store for the honey wings (get this even if it’s not on the special lunch menu!) Free dessert every  Monday.
  • Atlantic No. 5.  Get the curry chicken if it’s on the menu
  • Skip Wild Rita's 

On my radar to try this year:

  • Over the 9
  • Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge
  • Gatsby’s on Fourth