By Kena Sosa

If you work or play in downtown Dallas, you know that getting food fast, but not fast food is essential to the rush of downtown life. There are options that can both satisfy the palette and the need for speedy meals on the go.

Dallas Chop House
1717 Main St.,  #100
Dallas, TX 75201

(214) 736-7300
www.dallaschophouse.com

If you are looking for somewhere to lunch downtown, don’t forget to try Dallas Chop House.  As big or as measured of an appetite as you bring, Dallas Chop House has a steak the right size for your mouth. Award-winning wines help sooth the hunger, paired just right with elegant options most of us are not accustomed to in a lunch menu. Seafood and pork chops round up the options for a luxurious midday meal fit for royalty, royalty who have just a lunch break for indulgences. Make reservations in advance to be sure your seat and your hot, carnivorous meal can fit in your lunch break. You will thank yourself for it.

Monkey King Noodle Company
2933 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 713-2648
www.monkeykingnoodlecompany.com

A short lunch can still include long noodles. Monkey King Noodle Company is sure of that. The taste of Northern China is available for you despite the hustle of the lunch rush. All items are made fresh, including soups and dumplings. In Deep Ellum, Monkey King Noodle Company is convenient, fast, affordable and miles away from being junk food. The luscious flavors of noodles and dumplings on a cool fall or cold winter day make for the perfect downtown lunch.

Kalachandji’s
5430 Gurley Ave.
Dallas, TX
(214) 821-1048
www.kalachandjis.com

Legendary vegetarian restaurant, Kalachcanddji’s has meals good for the body and the soul. Specializing in traditional Indian techniques, only fresh ingredients are allowed. Although it sounds like you’d need to wait long for your food, it’s quite the opposite. Served buffet style, eating here is as simple as parking, entering, serving yourself, basking in the goodness of eating food in an open sky garden and feeling grateful and satisfied. The refreshing buffey-style meal comes with water or tea, and plentiful healthy options like rice, bread, chutney, veggies, salads, soups and dessert. The menu changes daily too so make Kalachandji’s your new healthy habit for lunch you won’t need to break.

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Tanoshii Ramen
2724 Commerce St.
Dallas, Texas 75226
(214) 651-6800
www.tanoshiiramen.com

Winter is coming and what better time would there be for a quick bowl of soup for lunch? Tanoshii Ramen has culture, heat and perfectly cooked ramen! Don’t get this ramen confused with the packaged variety, this is real ramen soup cooked all kinds of ways with a gallery of seasoning and fresh ingredients. Tanoshii means “fun” in Japanese, so yes, the atmosphere here is friendly, fun and flavorful. Kick your old image of ramen to the curb and give Tanoshii Ramen a go.

Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop
2713 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX  75226

(214) 653-8237
www.uncleubers.com

Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop is an integral part of culinary life in Deep Ellum. With mentions in D Magazine, this casual quick establishment has a reputation for thick, delicious sandwiches that stretches throughout the metroplex. From grilled cheese, to chicken breast to veggie options and even try an infamous Cuban sandwich, these hand-held options are zesty, vibrant and of zing for your taste buds. Now a staple in the downtown area, stop by for a quick lunch or just a treat any day of the week.

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