Are you too lazy or swamped with work to leave your Downtown office for lunch? Maybe it's the nasty weather that's keeping you in. Or, could you be a possible "Office Space" character who orders in and doesn't tell anyone else that you are doing so?
Whatever your Downtown lunching pleasure, there are plenty of hard-working eateries ready, willing and able to deliver you a tasty meal in minutes. We piled together a list of our favorites. Please use the talkback feature to list any places we missed.
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241 N. Broadway, (414) 431-2880
From pasta entrees, to large salads to sandwhiches to build you rown burgers, this Third Ward bistro is elegent and eclectic enough to accomdate just about anybody -- even vegetarians. Most lunch items are priced between $8-$12.
842 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-3236
One of Milwaukee's finest pizzas, if not it's very best, is a large Calderone Special with cheese, Italian sausage, mushrooms, black olives and onions. It'll satisfy your entire work team. Spaghetti, gnocchi, ravioli and other Italian dishes are also available. It's $2 for deliveries.
117 E. Wells St., (414) 272-1688
China Gourmet offers a menu with over 100 Chinese dishes. Choose from a variety of delicious chicken, beef, pork, lamb, seafood and vegetable entrees. Order online to receive a 10 percent discount. Delivery charge on all orders.
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0400
The soups, sandwiches and subs make for a perfect traditional lunch. The fresh-baked rolls that hug your sandwich's meats and cheeses are to die for.
Java Corner Cafe
731 N. Jackson St., (414) 847-0033
Let Geralynn and Lisa cater in breakfast or lunch for you and your staff. Great wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups and panini -- all homemade! There's a $5 delivery fee on orders under $50.
767 N. Water St., (414) 227-1166
Enjoy the "World's Greatest Gourmet Sandwiches" at Jimmy John's. Try one of their tasty sub sandwiches or one of their specialty club sandwiches on your choice of homemade French bread or fresh baked seven-grain bread. Side items include giant chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, potato chips and jumbo kosher dill pickles. Delivery charge of $.75 per sandwich.
Joey Buona's Pizzeria Grille
500 N. Water St., (414) 272-8662
Satisfy your appetite with Joey Buona's delicious Italian cuisine, but don't forget the beef. Their menu includes a variety of delicious Italian foods including grilled panini sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, Italian sandwiches, juicy burgers, specialty pastas, thin crust and deep dish pizzas and their signature Buona beef. There is a $25 minimum for delivery orders. It's $3 for orders under $100 and $10 for orders over $100.
Louise's Italian Cafe
801 N. Jefferson St., (414) 273-4224
Enjoy a delicious Italian lunch from Louise's. Their menu features a variety of Italian favorites including sandwiches, gourmet calzones, salads and, of course, pasta. Enjoy a hand-made pizza, or choose from a variety of toppings to create your own favorite pizza. There's a $2 delivery charge on all orders.
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The Meal Mobile is like having the menues of 10 restaurants at your disposal with one phone call. Available every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Meal Mobile works with a variety of restaurants -- including Cold Stone Creamery, Qdoba, Noodles & Company and Chin's Asia Fresh -- to offer food delivery for a $3 to $5 fee. Customers place their orders over the phone -- each restaurant's menu is available on Meal Mobile's Web site -- and the estimated delivery time is 40 minutes. Ouzo Café
776 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 272-6896
Get a taste of Greek cuisine at Ouzo Café. Enjoy exquisite Greek favorites such as dolmades, paidakia made with grilled lamb meat and chicken souvlaki. For a taste of everything, try the combination platter, which features a variety of traditional Greek dishes including gyros, dolmades and spanakopita. There is a delivery fee, so ask when ordering.
1827 N. Farewell Ave., (414) 289-9993
Create your own pizza or try one of their specialty pizzas such as the Philly Steak, Bacon Double Cheeseburger or Thai Curry Pizza. You can also order pastas, fresh seafood, crisp salads, delicious sandwiches, tasty burgers, soups, hot dogs and much more. Approximately $2 delivery charge to all Downtown locations.
Potbelly Sandwich Works
135 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 226-0014
Make yourself employee of the year when you place an order from Potbelly Sandwich Works and cater lunch for your office. Choose from a variety of sandwich options including turkey breast, Italian, vegetarian, roast beef, smoked ham, tuna and chicken salad. The Wreck is great, toasty goodness. Their menu also features a variety of sides including chips, macaroni, potato salad or coleslaw. Yogurt smoothies, shakes, malts and desserts are also available. Delivery charge is $2.75 on all orders.
1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Troc's delivery menu is full of salads, sandwiches (Mr. Crock for this writer), soups, pates, crepes, cheeses and more. Fax orders to (414) 272-0252. Delivery available Monday through Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. Orders under $50 are charged an additional $10 fee, and if you are outside their area, it's $20.
761 N. Water St., (414) 220-9300
Order today and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Waterfront Deli. Try a gourmet sandwich like the Mesquite Smoked Turkey, the Muffalata or the Chicken Salad Wrap. Their menu also includes a selection of salads, fresh sushi, various sides and desserts. It's a $10 delivery charge to all downtown locations.
What's Fresh! Deli
146 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 273-5677
Build your own tasty sandwich for lunch. Choose from a variety of fresh meats, cheeses and vegetables. Add a bag of chips or one of their sides including potato salad or fresh fruit to your meal. There's a $2 delivery charge, and after two miles, it's an additional $1 per mile.