As workers return to the office – or settle into a more permanent remote work reality – more and more of them will likely find themselves searching for healthy and convenient lunch options around the metro area.
From grab-and-go spots to delivery services to brand-new restaurants on the scene, fuel your 9-to-5 with these excellent establishments offering midday meals here.
NEW ON THE SCENE: Find your new favorite go-to office lunch by checking out this trio of options generating buzz locally.
Beets & Bones
Expected to debut in Clayton later this summer or early this fall, the highly anticipated Beets & Bones will reportedly feature cold-pressed juices, organic bone broths and creative, thoughtful spins on popular dishes.
Best known for smart vending machines that dispense freshly made salads, Farmer’s Fridge shifted to delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. A must-try for people looking to enjoy inspired, health-conscious lunches, it now offers home or office delivery in the metro area, with customers able to choose among vibrant salads, bowls, sandwiches and more.
Vitality Bowls (Creve Coeur)
Another soon-to-open destination, the Creve Coeur Vitality Bowls marks the second location in the metro area for the popular franchise. With more than a dozen different bowls featuring ingredients like açaí, kale, strawberries and other fruits and veggies, it may just be one of the best healthy lunch options hereabouts.
GREAT FOR GRAB-AND-GO: Swing by this pair of restaurants best for quick visits between meetings.
The Daily Bread
There’s always a salad (or sandwich) with your name on it at The Daily Bread. Customers can choose from more than two dozen different options – from colorful Italian and summer salads to salmon fillet and BLTs – plus plenty more at this local favorite.
Deer Creek Coffee
So much more than a coffee shop, Deer Creek offers an expansive dining menu of hot and cold sandwiches, sweet and savory salads and tasty snacks like hummus and protein balls. Of course, it never hurts to get a latte or cappuccino from the espresso bar, either.
DELIVERY DINING DONE RIGHT: Hang by home base by selecting bites from any of these three great delivery options.
Crazy Bowls & Wraps
Founded in St. Louis in 1994, this culinary institution lets diners customize their bowl or wrap using an assortment of ingredients and sauces. Not feeling creative? Go with one of the many prefab options – such as the pesto wrap or poke bowl – to satisfy your cravings.
Especially busy? Fit Flavors has you covered. Buy in bulk or by the meal to have freshly prepared dishes delivered right to your door. Each perfectly portioned dish arrives in convenient packaging and can be refrigerated up to seven days, meaning you can plan ahead and have a healthy lunch covered all week.
This 100 percent vegan restaurant offers a little something for everyone thanks to an expansive menu of plant-based dishes ranging from pad Thai to veggie pizza to barbecued black bean burgers. Have whatever you want delivered via easily accessed online apps.
JUICE UP! Fresh fruit and veggies never tasted so good.
Hello Juice & Smoothie
Order in person or online for pickup from this appetizing juice bar, which features more than just cold-pressed drinks. For a heartier lunch, try one of the many delightfully fresh power bowls on the menu or texture-rich avocado toast made with sourdough from St. Louis’ KNEAD Bakehouse + Provisions.
Smoothies, juices or shots – Juice Bar has what you need to get through the end of the day and beyond. With flavors like PB&J smoothies and beachy greens juices, how can anyone resist? The popular brand’s two metro area locations make it easy for drivers to roll up for curbside takeout.