13 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH in South Bay

Susannah Chen
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The Chicken Breast Kebab with white rice, Afghan bread, potatoes and chickpeas, and chutney from Madina Market & Grill in San Jose.

Editor’s Note: This list has been updated with new restaurants as of May 19.

While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).

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Cauliflower Al Pastor

Plaza Garibaldi 

Downtown San Jose

Plaza Garibaldi specializes in a unique taco filling: cauliflower made in the style of al pastor, served with poblano peppers, grilled onion and corn, and fresh cheese and salsa.

Appam & Egg Curry

Indian Street Cafe 

North San Jose

Indian Street Cafe’s lunch buffet is currently unavailable, but thankfully you can still order its Kerala-style dishes, including this Appam, a fermented rice flour crepe, with a stewlike egg curry.

Chicken Breast Kabob

Madina Market & Grill

Cambrian Park

A newcomer on San Jose’s halal scene, Madina Market is already receiving rave reviews for its chicken and beef kebabs as well as bolani, a filled Afghan flatbread. Don’t skip the green sauce!

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Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup

Roll N Noodle 

Raynor Sunnyvale

For sushi rolls and Korean noodles, Roll N Noodle is the right choice. For a break from the usual lunch sandwich, try the Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup—it’s a Korean comfort food favorite.

The Impossible Taco Salad

Mendocino Farms

West San Jose

At this popular lunch takeaway spot, the Impossible Taco Salad, which contains plant-based chorizo as the protein-rich taco “meat” filling—is a great way to witness how Impossible is having a moment.

Kurobuta Pork Xiao Long Bao

Din Tai Fung

West San Jose

Chinese soup dumplings might not be your typical lunch fare, but why not take advantage of lunch delivery from Din Tai Fung, just because you can?

Greek Salad

Nick the Greek

Downtown San Jose

Sometimes all you’re looking for at lunch is a legitimate Greek salad, and this one does the trick. For extra protein, add on an order of chicken souvlaki (seasoned, skewered chicken).

Braised E-Fu Noodles with Crab Meat

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

Lakewood

This Cantonese seafood restaurant is most popular for its dim sum items, but regulars know the #756—noodles with crab and mushrooms—is also a specialty.

Falafel Sandwich

Oren’s Hummus

Cupertino

Oren’s is famous for its namesake hummus, but it also makes some of the best falafel in the Bay.

Poached Chicken Box

Chicken Meets Rice

Santa Clara

Take a trip to Southeast Asia with this modern take on Hainanese chicken rice.

Tuna Lover

Poke House

North Valley

The poke bowl to order if you’re a spicy tuna roll lover.

Gyro (Beef) Sandwich

The Halal Guys

Fairgrounds

Tender gyro meat, white sauce, hot sauce—all the deliciousness you expect from The Halal Guys wrapped neatly into a handheld meal you can eat at your desk.

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Ike’s Love and Sandwiches

Santa Clara

One of Ike’s most popular offerings: roast beef, salami, turkey, provolone, and godfather sauce. Get it on the Dutch Crunch!

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