Slideshow: Lunch in the Loop: Dennis' 10 Favorite Bites of 2012

Pastrami Sandwich from Harry's Sandwhich Shop
Pastrami Sandwich from Harry's Sandwhich Shop
It might not look particularly special, but this is a solid pastrami sandwich. There's just something about the combination of the meat, cheese, dressing, and the toasted bread that really makes this sandwich part of my regular lunch rotation. Read more here >>
Lamb Curry Wrap from Bombay Wraps
Lamb Curry Wrap from Bombay Wraps
There really isn't another place like Bombay Wraps in the Loop area. Not only is it Indian food, but it's also constructed for an easy and fast lunch. The lamb curry wrap is one of my favorite items on their menu, because it's so bold in flavor, and because it's made of delicious, delicious lamb. Read more here >>
BLT from NYC Bagel
BLT from NYC Bagel
Sometimes, all you need for lunch is bacon. This prime specimen from NYC Bagel is a heart-stopping, salt-bombing, sandwich of justice. Read more here >>
Spicy Scallop Roll from Kamehachi Sushi Café
Spicy Scallop Roll from Kamehachi Sushi Café
It's just a simple spicy scallop roll, I know. But it's so damn good. It's a lot of scallop, first of all, and the scallop itself is so delicate, dissolving on your tongue upon contact. All you need is that spicy mayo kick to finish it off, and you'll be a happy camper. Read more here >>
Italian Beef Pizza from Luke's
Italian Beef Pizza from Luke's
While it's not an original idea, Italian beef on pizza is definitely a fun concept. But, say, let's make it a mini deep dish pizza, and serve it for lunch at Luke's. It's spicy, layered with a lot of tender Italian beef, and is built with a soft pizza crust, which somehow works just right.
Shardai from Baba's Village
Shardai from Baba's Village
Technically, this isn't a bite. You can take a sip and pretend to chew it, though. But the shardai (pictured to the right) from Baba's Village is a delicious milky and nutty drink, blended with pistachios and almonds. It's sweet and helps cool your mouth down after a piping hot bite of Indian food. It also makes for a great little afternoon break snack, when you just need to get out of the office for ten minutes. Read more here >>
Buffalo
Buffalo "Wings" from Native Foods Cafe
Fake meat, Dennis? Really? Really. Native Foods has changed my mind about vegan food. Imitation meat isn't something I'd normally go out of my way for, but this version, while not 100% like chicken, is damn near close. My staunchly carnivorous coworkers now get absurdly excited when I ask them to come grab a bite at Native Foods Cafe for lunch. That's saying something. Read more here >>
The Florentine from Mista
The Florentine from Mista
I am a sausage and mushroom pizza guy. It's just my favorite combination on thin crust pizza, period. But I couldn't help but try the Florentine pizza from Mista for lunch one day. It's on a barely-there cracker crust, and when I say thin, it's thinner than the little cardboard round it sits on. It's topped with giant spoonfuls of herbed ricotta that make this worth the long walk from my office. Read more here >>