Lunchtime is a very important time for people who are trying to stay healthy. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find restaurants that offer the right balance of nutritional value and taste.
Thankfully, there are plenty of great lunch spots in Torrington, Connecticut. The vibrant city offers a diverse dining scene which allows for everything from a sit-down business lunch to a quick bite to eat. Here is our list of the five best places to get your midday meal:
We’re starting this list off with a place that has quite the background behind it. Having grown up in the 1940s and 1950s Greece, brothers Gus and Lazaros Saltourides had suffered the aftershocks of World War 2 and the Civil War. Along with his wife, Gus took most of his brothers, including Lazaros, to America, in the hopes of finding a better life.
In September 1984, the brothers finally realized their dream when they opened their own New York diner. Though Gus has since passed, Lazaros is still very much alive. It’s an impressive history, and the menu itself is very remarkable considering how simple servings of coffee for less than a dollar have expanded over the past three decades to include maple syrup pancakes, rolls, crispy bacon strips and more.
Even if you’re not in the mood for physically attending this restaurant, you can still order online and have your food and drink delivered to you in your home, condo, or apartment, so there’s no reason to miss out on the delicacies of this exquisite diner!
2. Café 38
Café 38 is regarded as being the best Torrington lunch spot when both ratings and customer reviews are taken into account, and it’s easy to understand why people love it so much.
Lunch bites are cheap, traditional, and simple for your choosing here. A Turkey & American cheese sandwich will only set you back $6 and even the Mandarin chicken salad only costs $10.50.
There’s also a wide selection of drinks to help keep you awake and lively throughout the afternoon. Iced teas and coffees clock in at around $2 with smoothies, milkshakes, and frozen hot chocolates slightly higher at $5 on average.
If you’re looking for something warmer to keep you going, there’s a soup and chili menu for you as well as a range of $7 wraps such as the Buffalo chicken wrap, BLT wrap, Chicken salad wrap, and more.
3. Sol Café
Sticking to the category of hot food, Sol Café takes cuisine in a slightly different direction by building its’ menu around a Spanish food theme.
This café is praised for its’ music selection, friendly service, and perfectly fried rice. All food is cooked fresh and, with Spanish cooks in the kitchen, you can be assured that all dishes are authentic and have a genuine taste of Latin America as well.
The establishment itself is still rather small, so you may find yourself needing to order and takeaway, which won’t be a problem if you’re in a rush to get back to the office or to go anywhere else for that matter. Simple meals such as chicken chunks, rice with beans, and pork shoulders are available to order, as are more acquired tastes including ‘carne guisada’ (Latin beef stew) and spicy Cuban burritos.
4. Hometown Pizza
If you’re not a fan of pizza for lunch, don’t be put off of this spot just yet. Whilst Hometown Pizza is very much a pizza place, there’s also a variety of other options on the menu, so stick with us for a moment here.
Keeping things simple and filling, you can order a Mozzarella Cheese Pizza for just $9, or switch to a gluten-free cheese pizza for two dollars more if you have dairy allergies. There are also more exotic pizzas here such as the ‘Mona Lisa Pizza’ which does away with the cheese layer and instead tops the tomato sauce with broccoli, olives, roasted peppers, garlic, and eggplant.
For those wanting something lighter or just anything other than pizza, there’s a big appetizer menu at Hometown Pizza – One of the biggest we’ve seen at any pizza place which is why it’s earned a spot on our list. Buffalo wings, fried calamari, mozzarella sticks, and chicken fingers with French fries are all available for less than $10 each, and those are just a few examples of what non-Pizza options you can find here.
Furthermore, there are also special soups available for $3 each, with the ingredients changing on a daily basis.
Our last spot on this list is a place that operates as both a venue and a restaurant, meaning that you can book the entire place out for yourself and any number of guests if you’re looking to host a grand lunch such as a wedding or anniversary celebration.
La Monica’s is a family-owned restaurant that opened in 1976, and since then it has been providing customers with the finest specialty platers, cold & hot sandwiches, salads, sides, and club sandwiches in all of Torrington.
On the hot sandwich menu, you can grab yourself a simple grilled cheese sandwich or hotdog here for just under $6 or a BLT sandwich for one dollar more as well as a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato, ham, or bacon. Each of these sandwiches is served with potato chips by default, but for $1 you can swap the chips out for French fries instead.
The cold sandwich menu, which is why we recommend this spot, is even larger, with options such as cheeseburgers, patties, roast beef, clam strips, and veggie burgers all available with either French fries or the side of the day.
The 5 restaurants we’ve mentioned in this article are all worth a try and will provide you with some variety when it comes to lunch. Whether you want hot food or something lighter, there’s an option for everyone on this list.