Gallery: Top 10 Most Popular Lunch in the Loop Posts of 2013

#1: Blackwood BBQ
#1: Blackwood BBQ

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"Blackwood BBQ is the first barbecue joint to show up in the Loop, and they're serving some of the best lunch downtown, especially for those surprisingly low prices." Read more here >>

#2: Tortas Frontera
#2: Tortas Frontera

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"For those of you who work in the Loop, Rick (I'll pretend we're on a first name basis now) has another little stand in the food court in the Chase Tower. Tortas Frontera focuses mainly on the art of the Mexican sandwich, the delicious torta. I'm used to the version served at a lot of Mexican restaurants here in Chicago—the messy, wear-on-your-face version with meat, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and avocado. But Rick's versions are different, both elevated and rustic at the same time." Read more here >>

#3: U.B. Dogs
#3: U.B. Dogs

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"If you guys are looking for a place to mow down old favorites, U.B. Dogs is a great place for the usual suspects, like the decked out Chicago dog or the Italian beef, along with some well executed fries. But when you head towards uncharted territory, like with the Joey Dog, all bets are off. And if you didn't know about gravy bread, now you know, and you look like a pro. If you already knew about gravy bread, then, well, high five! Now down low. Too slow!" Read more here >>

#4: Saucy Porka Brings 'Bacos' to Chicago
#4: Saucy Porka Brings 'Bacos' to Chicago

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"Saucy Porka is yet another fusion place, turning Puerto Rican, Southeast Asian, Japanese, and Korean food into its own culinary Frankenstein. It's owned by Amy Le (formerly of the DucknRoll food truck) and Rafael Lopez (formerly of the Wagyu Wagon), and it's like their two trucks came together to have a restaurant baby." Read more here >>

#5: Pret A Manger
#5: Pret A Manger

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"When I first saw Pret pop up in Chicago, all those great travel memories sprang back in full bloom. The sandwiches I remembered were finally here. Don't get me wrong; Pret is just an extremely quick-serve sandwich restaurant. You can be in and out within two minutes, which is perfect for office folks rushing to their next meeting. The ingredients have always been high quality, especially for a volume shop, too." Read more here >>

#6: Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi
#6: Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi is yet another one of those places named after a fine specimen of humanity. The stand is located on the 7th floor of Macy's, where you can shop for designer brand products as well as slurp up a bowl of noodles." Read more here >>

#7: Loop Pizza
#7: Loop Pizza

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"I don't know if the guys behind the counter were having a bad day, but they seemed genuinely annoyed at me when I tried ordering a few slices. Pepperoni? They were out. The pizza of the day (which was an intriguing gyro pizza)? Not available. When I asked for a calzone, they rolled their eyes. Even asking for slices under the heat lamp seemed like a chore for them, which didn't bode well." Read more here >>

#8: Burritos as Big as Your Forearm at La Bamba
#8: Burritos as Big as Your Forearm at La Bamba

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"The interesting thing about La Bamba's burritos is that they're more than the sum of their parts. The steak isn't particularly great. It's usually a bit chewy and dry from sitting in a steamer pan for a while, and the vegetables aren't the best, either. The entire combination of steak, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese only makes for a mediocre burrito. But what improves the package is the La Bamba hot sauce. I've never had anything quite like it; it's a rich red color with small shreds of cilantro. The salsa is salty, spicy, and most importantly, extra savory." Read more here >>

#9: Eppy's Deli
#9: Eppy's Deli

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"Eppy's Deli is a charming place in and of itself (sort of like me, hardy har). It has cute little quirks, like paying for your lunch after you eat, something you see rarely nowadays. The turkey pastrami is delicious and filling, and there's always that wonderfully cheap soup." Read more here >>

#10: Pierogi Heaven
#10: Pierogi Heaven

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

"I've always been especially curious about Pierogi Heaven. Sadly, when you walk in, there are no angels or cherubs made of pierogi, which, now that I think about it, would be pretty creepy. Creepy, yet delicious." Read more here >>