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Try a Waterfront Deli sandwich like the Mesquite Smoked Turkey or the Muffalata. (PHOTO: Eron Laber of Front Room Photography)

In Dining

Waterfront also sports a great salad selection, fresh sushi and desserts. (PHOTO: Eron Laber of Front Room Photography)

In Dining

Creamy broccoli and cheese soup is always on Erbert & Gerbert's menu. (PHOTO: Eron Laber of Front Room Photography)

Downtown lunch delivery guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 24, 2008 at 12:18 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

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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Broadway Bistro
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.

Calderone Club
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.

China Gourmet
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.

Chocolate Factory
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.

Jimmy John's
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.

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chris.houston | Jan. 6, 2009 at 4:27 p.m. (report)

Jimmy John's is still the fastest lunch delivery downtown. I wont even think about going out to lunch during the winter months so I just pick up the phone and my lunch is there in 10-15 minutes. Amazing.

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