Panera Bread Company
1624 E 15th St., 583-5454; 5601 E 41st St., 663-1600?; 6981 S Lewis Ave., 499-8808?
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Who doesn't enjoy a warm bagel in the morning? Make new friends and grab an assortment of bagels for your coworkers. Top it off with flavored cream cheeses including: hazelnut, honey walnut, raspberry, sun-dried tomato and veggie. Panera also offers coffee by the gallon, so no one goes thirsty. Don't have an office? Set up shop in one of Panera's comfy booths. Use its free WiFi, and then enjoy a scone, muffin, sweet roll, cookie or brownie.
Desi Wok Indian Asian Grill
3699 S. Hudson, 621-6565
Looking to spice up your lunch? Start things off with some hummus, crispy kabob, dal fry or lollipop wings. From the Indian portion of the menu, choose from chicken, tofu, shrimp, lamb or veggies made with saag, khorma, curry, vindaloo or Tikka Masala. Asian meals come with the choice of veggies, chicken, tofu or shrimp made with honey, schewan, orange, sweet and sour, ginger or teriyaki. Side options include saag, noodles, fresh veggies, cumin rice and lots more.
3228 E. 21st St., 712-1999
There's nothing quite like going to a local pizzeria. Umberto's offers New York-style pies from 10 to 20 inches in diameter with toppings you'd expect like sausage, pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, Canadian bacon, black olives, peppers, onions, etc. If you're feeling adventurous, try some pineapple, Mandarin oranges or anchovies on your pie. If you don't want a whole pizza to yourself, you can get it by the slice. They've also got calzones and garlic knots.
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