There's something curious (penicillin?) growing in the office refrigerator. The sodium content in your frozen burrito is high enough to treat acute hypotension. And the stench of your coworker's microwave-steamed broccoli is just awful (seriously, guy, it smells so awful, it's wafting throughout the office, will you please stop with that?). But weekday lunches, as it turns out, don't have to be quite so desolate. Behold a short roster of ways to shake things up and kiss your laptop crumbs goodbye.
ATLANTA FOOD TRUCK PARK
Bet you don't readily have access to chicken 'n waffles, pineapple-habanero popsicles, or Korean tacos in your office kitchen. With the Atlanta Food Truck Park's rotating roster of food trucks, there's always something different to try (and enjoy outside before the weather gets too hot.)
LUNCHBOX FROM EMPIRE STATE SOUTH
Well, technically they're called tiffins. Either way, you won't find a note from Mom or one of those godawful, untradeable tuna Lunchable knock-offs. Empire State South stacks their cylindrical metal lunchboxes with all sorts of goodness that you most definitely won't find in any takeout menu. Go with a $12 sandwich box that might bring pimento cheese or Creole egg salad, or a $16 superfood salad that'll fill you up without requiring a hiding-under-the-desk, food coma-induced nap. And no matter which you choose, you do get a cookie with your order. Which is close enough to an embarrassingly encouraging note from Mom.
This much-needed organic grocery didn't just provide an oasis in the middle of a food desert for Castleberry residents—their sandwich bar serves local deliciousness for just under $10, with vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore-friendly options. Sidle into the bench of the communal table, sip a coffee or a lavender soda (for real), and enjoy a little moment of quiet in the middle of the city. It sure beats watercooler talk and the stench of that one guy's steamed broccoli.