The 10 Best Lunch Spots in Connecticut!

Whether you’re looking for a long lunch date with friends or a quick bite on your break, Connecticut has a variety of eateries to enjoy. We’ve covered everything from sandwiches, to soups, salads, tacos, and more, with both trendy options as well as restaurants with a more relaxed vibe. Here are our 10 favorite lunch spots in the state! 

1. Haywire Burger Bar, Westbrook, CT

Haywire Burger Bar focuses on creating delicious, fresh burgers from locally-sourced ingredients in partnership with area farms. They are open for both lunch and dinner, and menu items feature hand formed burgers, healthy yet hearty salads, sandwiches, and larger entrees. Try the delicious sweet potato or zucchini fries to accompany your sandwich or burger—yum!

2. Katz’s Deli and Restaurant, Woodbridge, CT

Grab your order for here or to go, and spend your lunch break savoring a New York-style deli sandwich packed sky-high with meats, cheeses, and garnishes. The delicious hot pastrami is just as it should be and the rare roast beef is beautifully cooked and stacked with an ample amount of meat. This will surely be a memorable lunch break.

3. Mystic Market, Multiple locations

For a quick but flavorful lunch, Mystic Market serves up premade soups and salads as well as made to order sandwiches. Everything here is very tempting, and they even offer delectable desserts and baked goods. If you need a pick me up, Mystic Market also has a selection of hot and iced caffeinated drinks.

4. Bartaco, Multiple locations

Looking for a bit of spice during your lunch break? Grab a creative and flavorful taco from Bartaco. If you’d like something a bit lighter for lunch, Bartaco also has salads, soups, gazpacho, and more.

5. Cohen’s Bagel Company, Madison, CT

Great for both breakfast and lunch, Cohen’s Bagel Company has your sandwich craving under control. On the menu, you’ll find sandwiches and paninis such as club sandwiches, red pepper & roast beef paninis, and hot ham & cheese. Cohen’s also has salads, a soup option, and sandwich and soup or salad combos.

6. Lorca Café, Stamford, CT

Lorca Café is your spot for lunch if you are seeking a nice, yet still quick sit down meal, although they do offer take out. Try the trendy avocado toast, sweet and savory fig, prosciutto, and provolone sandwich, or soup and sandwich combo. They also brew coffee just the way you like it and have sweets such as alfajores or chia truffles for a sweet ending to your meal.

7. Pepe’s Pizza, New Haven, CT

Have guests or colleagues visiting from out of state? Take them to the Pepe’s Pizza to sample some of the first pizza made in the United States. Pepe’s serves coal fired pizza made to order, with suggested toppings such as Pepe’s original tomato pie, white clam pizza, and margherita.

8. El Segundo, South Norwalk, CT

Looking for somewhere a bit trendy for your lunch break? We suggest El Segundo, which allows diners to travel the world through small bites and street food. El Segundo’s menu spans the Americas, Western Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia. Stop by for some banh mi, hummus, and an arepa. 

9. Mecha Noodle Bar, Multiple locations

Enjoy delicious Asian comfort food packed with herbs and spices at Mecha. Menu highlights include steamed baos filled with meat or shrimp, ramen, pho, and banh mi. The delicious pho ga with chicken is sure to have you feeling warmed up on a chillier spring day and the herbed edamame are a great snack to munch on pre-meal.

10. Organika, Southport, CT

Organika is a vegan kitchen open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They aim to serve visitors healthy, organic meals to provide health fuels for the body. Menu items include Asian vegetable stir fry, Italian “meatballs,” acai bowls, salads, and pasta. The menu here is rather large and offers a wide variety of really healthy, delicious items.

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