Eating Out: Lunch
Lunch: one of the most nostalgic meals of the day for most. As a kid, it was a simple sandwich or (for me) a Lunchable and a cold Mondo (so 90′s). Now, it’s whatever is convenient – a quick bite out, a salad you’ve successfully thrown together, or leftovers.
Opening up last Spring in Scott’s Addition, Lunch looks to capture the no frills, essential meal of the day. Although the name might imply they’re only serving up midday meals, Lunch serves all day – breakfast, lunch (surprised?), and dinner. The menu’s split up into an a.m. (breakfast) and p.m. (lunch and dinner). This is a bonus, there’s no tricky overpriced dinner menu here.
Lunch has a dive-ish feel with a eat-in kitchen setup. The black and white colors, open back kitchen, and tight fitting tables make for a cool and casual atmosphere.
Everything on the menu seemed to call my name, nearly all offerings were aligned with my own favorite flavors and the prices were impressive. Their specialty? Of course the traditional lunch staple – sandwiches. Around 17 ranging from the Scott’s Addition ($9.5) – burger or chicken topped with pulled pork, cheese, slaw, and BBQ sauce to the Locomotive 231 ($8.5) an open faced meatloaf sandwich served on Texas toast adorned with cheese and tomato glaze.
Wind up here in a.m.? Breakfast basics reign here like egg sandwiches ($4 – $6.5), omelettes ($6.5 – $7.5), steak & eggs ($12) and something called the Train Wreck ($8.5) biscuits topped with sausage, gravy, eggs, and cheese.
Back to dinner … I was feeling like a lady and chose a cup of roasted red pepper and Gouda bisque ($5) and the Full House salad ($9) lettuce, tomato, mushroom, hard boiled egg, onion, smoked turkey, pulled BBQ pork, and bacon with Cannon’s Pig Paint BBQ Vinaigrette. Whew.
Soup was stellar, it was rich, creamy, and boasting with flavor of sweet red pepper and nutty Gouda. My salad was huge, pieces of lettuce were falling off the plate but I didn’t mind, my eyes were fixated on the towering pulled pork. The variety of flavors all at once were actually unique although the ingredients were standard and the protein punch from this salad was satisfying. Though I could only manage to eat 1/3 of my massive salad, I was pleased. You can bring leftover salad home, just order your dressing on the side and drizzle as you go.
My girlfriend was feeling my BBQ vibes and ordered the Loaded Chicken ($12). Loaded was an understatement, this giant chicken breast was piled high with pork, bacon, cheddar, and BBQ sauce. She also got mashed taters and Brussel sprouts that I found to be the best part of dinner. Brussel sprouts are making their way out of the “icky” perception and into something sexier, butter-ier, and bacon-ier.
Dinner at Lunch was fantastic. This is definitely a RVA restaurant worth giving a whirl.
Price: $4 – $14 (awesome prices, big portions)
Ambiance: Casual, close tables so be sociable.
Mentions: Breakfast served until 3 pm
Overall: 4 out of 5
Address: 1213 Summit Ave (Scott’s Addition)
I adore good food; the restaurants that serve it, the energy around it (even the hoopla), and telling others about it. When I'm not grubbing down on a great meal or writing, I'm mixing aromatherapy oils, letting Jillian Michaels kick my ass, and discovering new indie music that eventually goes mainstream (sigh).
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