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18 Power Lunch Spots to Fight the Daytime Doldrums

Just say "no" to the microwaved office meal.

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Perhaps you need to impress clients, or you're tired of the sad salad at the desk routine — either way, try one of these power lunch spots today. This isn't your quick, drive-through, midday meal, but a leisurely experience of afternoon sustenance. And if you're feeling really relaxed, add a few adult beverages to the mix. The three martini lunch may be dead, but two glasses of rosé during the day sounds perfectly refined.

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1. 167 Raw

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289 E Bay St
Charleston, SC
Cozy eatery 167 Raw is one of the few places to go if you're craving a lobster roll in Charleston, especially at lunch. Go here if you want super-fresh seafood during the day.

2. Artisan Meat Share

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33 Spring St
Charleston, SC
Sandwiches don't sound like a special lunch, but you'll change your mind after visiting Artisan Meat Share. Try the porchetta or the pastrami for indulgent meaty masterpieces.

3. Chez Nous

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6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-3060
Patrons who visit Chez Nous will feel inclined to order at least one glass of wine, so it's a safe bet to invite a loved one, order an entire bottle, and eschew schedules for the rest of the day. Linger over a multi-course lunch — pretend you're on a European vacation.

4. EVO Pizzeria

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1075 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-1796
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Clear your afternoon and order the Pork Trifecta — plus a few local beers. Thank us later.

5. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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Can't get a reservation at Husk for dinner? Try lunch. The afternoon dishes are just as thoughtful as the ones served in the evening — and they always have the decedent bacon-laced burger on the menu.

6. Langdon's

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778 S Shelmore Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 388-9200
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Stop by Langdon's for an upscale lunch in Mount Pleasant. Located in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center, you'd never expect to find beef tenderloin tartare and shaved prosciutto sandwiches in the same strip that houses a take-out Chinese place.

7. Leon's Oyster Shop

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698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
Once the weather is warm again, it may be impossible to stay away from a glass of bubbles and the patio at Leon's. Add crispy fried chicken and charbroiled oysters, and you'll have a sumptuous afternoon of delights.

8. Minero

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155 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
It may be hard to concentrate at work after indulging in queso fundido, wings, tacos, and churros from Minero, but you'll want to try them all. The latest from chef Sean Brock and The Neighborhood DIning Group is drawing crowds in the evenings, so it's sometimes easier to sneak in during the day.

9. Monza

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451 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 720-8787
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At first glance, pizza for lunch may seem everyday, but Monza specialized in wood-fired creations away from the ordinary desk deliveries. They also have creative salad and pasta specials. Photo: Neighbourhood

10. Palmetto Cafe

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205 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2337
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The Palmetto Cafe is a fine dining destination during the day. The ambient light from the outdoor courtyard and white tablecloth service makes for a luxurious afternoon in a fancy hotel setting. Photo: Charleston Place

11. Saint Alban

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Saint Alban is good for a quick coffee and toast or a long, lingering lunch over sherry and a carrot salad. There's Wi-Fi, so you can get some work done between bites.

12. Ted's Butcherblock

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334 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0094
Some may forget that Ted's is more than a place to go for an evening pick-up of butchered goods — they also carry an extensive selection of sandwiches, sides, and salads. This month, try the roasted leg of lamb sandwich with creamy sweet pea and feta spread.

13. The Glass Onion

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1219 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-1717
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If out of town visitors want a Southern experience during the day, take them to The Glass Onion. Try one of the po' boys. There's plenty of parking and choices for classic Lowcountry fare.

14. The Park Cafe

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730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 410-1070
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A convenient stop for Wagener Terrance residents, The Park Cafe has become a popular spot to stop for meetings, coffee, and pork loin hoagies (or avocado toast) during the day.

15. Two Boroughs Larder

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186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 637-3722
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Two Boroughs Larder offers a limited sandwich menu at lunch ( be sure to go when soft shell crabs are in season), but they can also make the entire evening menu, plus the famous noodle bowl. It's a one-stop-shop for hungers of every level.

16. Xiao Bao Biscuit

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224 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
Xiao Bao Biscuit, housed in an old garage, makes for a hip lunch choice. The food is from all over Asia, and the atmosphere is relaxed. For a spicy afternoon, try the mapo doufu.

17. Butcher & Bee

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654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-0202
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The OG sandwich king Butcher & Bee remains the spot for creative takes on protein plus bread. Bring your own booze and share with a friend. There's plenty of options for vegetarians and gluten-free patrons as well.

18. Slightly North of Broad

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192 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-3424
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The top choice for ladies who lunch, and gentlemen too, Slightly North of Broad has been a staple of the downtown dining scene for over 20 years. Chefs Frank Lee and Russ Moore always offer an express lunch for those on the go or indulgent Southern favorites, like shrimp and grits for those who want to linger.

1. 167 Raw

289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC
Cozy eatery 167 Raw is one of the few places to go if you're craving a lobster roll in Charleston, especially at lunch. Go here if you want super-fresh seafood during the day.
289 E Bay St
Charleston, SC

2. Artisan Meat Share

33 Spring St, Charleston, SC
Sandwiches don't sound like a special lunch, but you'll change your mind after visiting Artisan Meat Share. Try the porchetta or the pastrami for indulgent meaty masterpieces.
33 Spring St
Charleston, SC

3. Chez Nous

6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403
Patrons who visit Chez Nous will feel inclined to order at least one glass of wine, so it's a safe bet to invite a loved one, order an entire bottle, and eschew schedules for the rest of the day. Linger over a multi-course lunch — pretend you're on a European vacation.
6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403

4. EVO Pizzeria

1075 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Clear your afternoon and order the Pork Trifecta — plus a few local beers. Thank us later.
1075 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

5. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Can't get a reservation at Husk for dinner? Try lunch. The afternoon dishes are just as thoughtful as the ones served in the evening — and they always have the decedent bacon-laced burger on the menu.
76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Langdon's

778 S Shelmore Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Stop by Langdon's for an upscale lunch in Mount Pleasant. Located in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center, you'd never expect to find beef tenderloin tartare and shaved prosciutto sandwiches in the same strip that houses a take-out Chinese place.
778 S Shelmore Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

7. Leon's Oyster Shop

698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Once the weather is warm again, it may be impossible to stay away from a glass of bubbles and the patio at Leon's. Add crispy fried chicken and charbroiled oysters, and you'll have a sumptuous afternoon of delights.
698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Minero

155 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
It may be hard to concentrate at work after indulging in queso fundido, wings, tacos, and churros from Minero, but you'll want to try them all. The latest from chef Sean Brock and The Neighborhood DIning Group is drawing crowds in the evenings, so it's sometimes easier to sneak in during the day.
155 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Monza

451 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
At first glance, pizza for lunch may seem everyday, but Monza specialized in wood-fired creations away from the ordinary desk deliveries. They also have creative salad and pasta specials. Photo: Neighbourhood
451 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

10. Palmetto Cafe

205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
The Palmetto Cafe is a fine dining destination during the day. The ambient light from the outdoor courtyard and white tablecloth service makes for a luxurious afternoon in a fancy hotel setting. Photo: Charleston Place
205 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. Saint Alban

Charleston, SC
Saint Alban is good for a quick coffee and toast or a long, lingering lunch over sherry and a carrot salad. There's Wi-Fi, so you can get some work done between bites.

12. Ted's Butcherblock

334 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Some may forget that Ted's is more than a place to go for an evening pick-up of butchered goods — they also carry an extensive selection of sandwiches, sides, and salads. This month, try the roasted leg of lamb sandwich with creamy sweet pea and feta spread.
334 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. The Glass Onion

1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
If out of town visitors want a Southern experience during the day, take them to The Glass Onion. Try one of the po' boys. There's plenty of parking and choices for classic Lowcountry fare.
1219 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

14. The Park Cafe

730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
A convenient stop for Wagener Terrance residents, The Park Cafe has become a popular spot to stop for meetings, coffee, and pork loin hoagies (or avocado toast) during the day.
730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

15. Two Boroughs Larder

186 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403
Two Boroughs Larder offers a limited sandwich menu at lunch ( be sure to go when soft shell crabs are in season), but they can also make the entire evening menu, plus the famous noodle bowl. It's a one-stop-shop for hungers of every level.
186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403

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16. Xiao Bao Biscuit

224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Xiao Bao Biscuit, housed in an old garage, makes for a hip lunch choice. The food is from all over Asia, and the atmosphere is relaxed. For a spicy afternoon, try the mapo doufu.
224 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

17. Butcher & Bee

654 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The OG sandwich king Butcher & Bee remains the spot for creative takes on protein plus bread. Bring your own booze and share with a friend. There's plenty of options for vegetarians and gluten-free patrons as well.
654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

18. Slightly North of Broad

192 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
The top choice for ladies who lunch, and gentlemen too, Slightly North of Broad has been a staple of the downtown dining scene for over 20 years. Chefs Frank Lee and Russ Moore always offer an express lunch for those on the go or indulgent Southern favorites, like shrimp and grits for those who want to linger.
192 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

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