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Sharing the Best-Kept Secrets…To Lunch Meeting Menus

Organizing agendas and documents for work lunch meetings can be stressful. Planning the meeting's lunch doesn't have to be, not when so many downtown Rochester restaurants have prepped great lunch meeting menu options like these!

Did you know Benedict's, known for their fantastic breakfast, is also hot spot lunch spot? Whether you enjoy a meal there or place an order for a lunch meeting, Benedict's has you covered for a full meal deal! Their recommended turkey avocado sandwich or grilled chicken sandwich comes with choice of chips or salad. Perhaps a salad is more your style, for which the suggested delicious steak salad will fit the bill.

Order deadline: for large orders, call 507-261-1208 a day in advance.

Blue Diamond Indian Restaurant
Ordering the best of India cooking is right at your fingertips. Blue Diamond Indian Restaurant in downtown Rochester provides options like butter chicken, chicken 65, and lamb curry to take your lunch meeting to the next cuisine level.

Order deadline: one day in advance of your meeting by calling 507-292-9009 or ordering from Uber Eats.

Café Steam - Doubletree location
Need a quick lunch for a walk and talk meeting? Pick up something from Café Steam Doubletree's grab-and-go case, where you know something delicious will be waiting! Try a Boar’s head maple glazed turkey on pumpernickel bread with an herbed mayonnaise and smoked Gouda cheese. How about a creamy dill egg salad on a sage and chive herbed focaccia bread? Perhaps a classic peppered white meat chicken salad with leaf lettuce on a butter croissant will hit the spot.

Order deadline: none! Walk right up and take your pick. With any questions, call 507-258-9060.

Cameo Restaurant
Spice up your life and your lunch meeting with an order from Cameo Restaurant. Fill up with the Korean Fried Chicken sandwich, a tasty concoction of fried chicken, gochujang sauce, pickle, and kimchi mayo served on a brioche bun. For a milder but still flavorful choice, the Maple Chipotle Chicken sandwich is a take on a new classic, complete with bacon, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, and cheddar cheese.

Order deadline: 24 hour notice. Call 507-361-2070 or email to place your lunch meeting order from Cameo.

Chester's Kitchen and Bar
No need to go south of the border for a Sante Fe chicken sandwich or a variety of tacos. Just head to Chester's Kitchen and Bar in downtown Rochester. Serving up a plethora of fantastic food selections, they do lunch right. Try the turkey avocado melt, a succulent rotisserie turkey breast, basil mayonnaise, tomatoes, Monterey Jack cheese, and creamy avocados on multi-grain bread. Why not add bacon to this delicious sandwich for just $2 more? Sounds like the perfect lunch to us!

Order deadline: by 10:30 a.m. on the same day as your meeting. Call 507-424-1211 for your lunch order from Chester's.

Dairy Queen
Tacos...from Dairy Queen? Yes, that's a thing! They have a menu to please: from house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and convenient dessert options. Popular items include a barbeque pork sandwich and a cup of soup, soft shell beef tacos with all the fixings, and Maid-Right seasoned beef sandwiches. All of the above can be prepared buffet style or in individual box lunches.

Order deadline: as late as three hours before your meeting. Call 507-282-6633 to order your lunch.

Dooley's Pub
Connected to the pedestrian skyway and quick choices are both great reasons to order lunch from Dooley's Pub. Mix and match your meal pairings with their "pick two" option, which includes your choice of a half sandwich, a cup of soup, or side salad. A favorite from Dooley's menu is the homemade ham and potato soup.

Order deadline: same day of your meeting by calling 507-208-4085.

Garden Express
As its name suggests, Garden Express offers fresh Mexican food, salads, and wraps for your lunch meeting. They handle all types of requests and dietary allergies.

Order deadline: anytime by calling 507-322-0686.

Grand Rounds Brewing Company
From international sensations to traditional eats, Grand Rounds Brewing Company offers a variety of menu items that can be tailored to fit the vibe of your lunch meeting. Try the Thai peanut salad with Roasted chicken tossed in curry, Thai peanut dressing, mandarin oranges, fried onions, and roasted peanuts. The Cubano combines slow roasted pulled pork, shaved ham, Dijon aioli, pickles and gruyere cheese on a ciabatta roll. Or double down with the Royale, a double-pattied burger with pickles, onion, lettuce, American cheese, and special sauce.

Order deadline: as late as the day of your meeting. Simply order online or call 507-250-4523.

Jerk King
Bringing the taste of the islands to you, Jerk King provides fresh Caribbean food for your next lunch meeting! Go for the classic Jerk chicken or go for the bold curry goat. A variety of sides ranging from curry chick peas to rice complement your lunch meeting meal.

Order deadline: stop in to Jerk King and pick your meal from their steam table. With questions, call 507-258-4451.

Lettuce Unite and Guerita's Window
Sometimes it's about location, location, location; other times, it's about options, options, options. At Lettuce Unite and Guerita's Window located in the Shops at University Square food court, it's about both! Their 12 signature salads are incredibly delicious and are dressed and ready to be enjoyed, making it a convenient lunch meeting route. For the hungrier party, tacos (meat, vegetarian, or vegan alternatives) come in sets of one, two, or three and are served with rice. What's better: your lunch meeting menu order can include salads, tacos, or a combo. How's that for ease and flexibility of order? (P.S.: they have soup, too.).

Order deadline: by 9 a.m. the same day as your meeting; delivery (skyway only) with 24 hour notice. Order online here or call 507-206-4560.

The Loop
What started as an appetizer has become famous (and satisfying) as a lunch menu option at The Loop. The buffalo chicken wontons are filled with cream cheese, shredded chicken, celery and green onion, drizzled with buffalo sauce, and served with ranch or bleu cheese. Looking for something light? The almond cherry greens are a refreshing mix of greens, toasted almonds, dried cherries, sliced apple, parmesan cheese, and creamy maple dressing. The salmon rice bowl is a craveable dish that will fuel you up and keep you sharp for your meeting. It's a combination of steamed rice, zucchini, broccoli, bell peppers, and green onion, topped with freshly grilled salmon and served with sriracha aioli for amazing flavor.

Order deadline: two hours before your expected delivery time. Call 507-226-8644 to reserve your lunch from The Loop.

Nupa Mediterranean Cuisine
Any way you want lunch, that's the way you'll get it when you order with Nupa Mediterranean Cuisine. Build your own pita buffet, complete with gyro, chicken, and falafel, servied with a Greek salad and Greek rice. Or have Nupa assemble kabobs for you. For those in your lunch meeting party with dietary restrictions, Nupa offers gluten free options. When you order with Nupa, they deliver and you get the peace of mind knowing they included everything from plates, forks, and serving utensils.

Order deadline: the day before your meeting by calling 507-218-3130.

Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria
One of the best $5 lunch specials in town can be found at Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria. Get one slice of New York-style cheese pizza, a small cannoli, and an all-you-can-drink fountain soda. (Walk-ins only from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays)

Order deadline: With any questions, call 507-424-7800.

People's Food Co-op
Let People's Food Co-op prepare you and your group a lunch that's fresh and simply one of the best! Their boxed lunches feature a house-made sandwich made with organic bread and nitrate-free meats and served with your choice of two sides (chips, organic fruit or a homemade cookie). You’ll find a selection of classic sandwiches such as the Ultimate Turkey and Vegetarian Caprese as well as some custom creations like the Chicken with Attitude and the Vegan Cuban Bean Wrap. The Co-op’s Own™ Deli Tray options are perfect for feeding a group a little of everything. From meat and cheese trays to veggie trays to their famous smoked salmon tray, the menu is sure to offer a selection to please every palette.

Order deadline: 24 to 48 hours before your meeting. Place your lunch order by calling 507-289-9061, ext. 3041.

Pescara Fresh
Go the classic route of lunch combos like sandwiches, tacos, or salads. Or dare to do lunch on the adventurous side with Pescara's Shrimp Fra Diavolo (angel hair pasta, spicy tomato sauce, and pomorodaccio tomatoes). Whomever you are meeting with for lunch, Pescara's menu will have something to satisfy both your cravings.

Order deadline: by 11 a.m. the same day as your meeting. For lunch orders from Pescara, call 507-280-6900.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Feeding a horde or nourishing a small group is made easy with one order to Potbelly Sandwich Shop. A Potbelly bundle consists of 10 cut-in-half sandwiches of any flavor combination, 10 chips bags, 10 fresh baked cookies, a huge salad, group drink, condiments and plates. For specialized lunch orders, place an order for individual box lunches so everyone gets his/her own lunch box that includes a sandwich, chips, a cookie, and condiment packets

Order deadline: three to six hours before your meeting. Reserve online or call 507-424-1661 to place your order.

Healthy options don't need to be sacrificed to convenience. Saladworks offers menu items that will make you feel satisfied and be on time. The tivoli signature salad is a romaine and iceberg blend, radiatore pasta, baked ham, roasted turkey, pepperoni, tomatoes, provolone cheese, and italian vinaigrette. Try something different with the Asian peanut grain bowl: brown rice, mandarin oranges, chicken, roasted broccoli, roasted carrots, sesame seeds, red peppers, cucumbers, kale, and spicy peanut sauce.

Order deadline: 24 hours in advance of your meeting by calling 507-361-3333 or ordering on

Terza Ristorante
Pick your protein, select your sides, and make your meal with Terza Ristorante. Whether small groups of eight or a large party of 80, they will cater to your every need with starters like avocado bruschetta, salads like their ancient grains, or pastas like penne bolognese.

Order deadline: order anytime by emailing or calling 507-216-9590.

Victoria's Ristorante and Wine Bar
Go your own way or pick a Victoria's staff favorite. Whichever you choose, your lunch will be perfetto (Italian for perfect)! Order the Mediterranean salad, a delicious pairing of grilled chicken, mixed leaf lettuce, naval and mandarin oranges, mangoes, apples, almonds, and sun dried cherries with a side of honey mustard dressing. Or base your lunch on the staff recommendation of Mechi's Chicken: fresh chicken sauteed with house made Alfredo and marinara sauce, green peas, mushrooms and melted mozzarella cheese, all served over pasta.

Order deadline: the day before your lunch meeting by calling 507-280-6232.

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Disclaimer: Although every effort was made to provide accurate information, each establishment has a right to change its menus without notice. Please ask your server, bartender, or manager prior to ordering to ensure the special is still being honored. If yours is an establishment listed in this blog and anything needs updating, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Thanks for reading!