Downtown office workers and home dwellers can gamechange their lunch routine with today's deal: $10 worth of fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, sushi, soups, drinks, and more at City Gourmet (formerly City Grocers) for $5, good for dine-in or carryout if you're racing against time to rescue the Vice President from a spectacular sinkhole.
At City Gourmet, harried diners can enjoy sandwiches, salads, and soups. Everything is made fresh daily, from the Hill (genoa salami, ham, roast beef, and provolone on a baguette with black olives, banana peppers, and onions with red wine vinaigrette, $7.79) to the Forest Park salad wrap (spring mix with sliced pears and bleu cheese, dried cherries, walnuts, and balsamic dressing, $6.49) to the Olive Street BBQ (pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce and caramelized onions with cheddar on a baguette, $6.49) to the sushi platters. If you hate societal constrictions like menus, bureaucracies, and clothes, you can always choose your own sandwich adventure ($6.79). Everything on the menu can be customized.
If you're one of those oddballs who enjoys drinking beverages, City Gourmet offers a variety of them, including weekly wine and beer features and locally selected and roasted coffees and teas from Chauvin Coffee. When you leave, be sure to load a your pants pockets, pocket books, pocket knives, and pocket bikes with a few gourmet cinnamon rolls and big-head muffins from the bakery; all are prepared on-site by master baker, and presumable Allman Brothers fan, "Sweet Melisa." Whatever you get, your City Gourmet lunch will be a nice change of pace from the over-possumed Mulligan goulash you usually buy from the hobos that live in the basement.
- Have been downtown for 4 years now and don't know what we would do without it. From soups to salad bar to first class entrees, not to mention the sinful desserts, they are all consistently great. – DonHawf, Citysearch
- Great for the whole family! U can even customize your own sandwich!!! – Mary, Urbanspoon
- I know it's a grocery, but the best thing about City Grocer for me is that it is a GREAT place to pick up a quick lunch, go upstairs and avoid the crowds and waits at other lunch spots. – bigbowser, Center'd
Be Our Guest, I Guess
Dining at a place called City Gourmet will probably remind you of the “Be Our Guest” number in Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, where table settings leap out of the cupboard, eager to assist in the gourmet dining experience. The film proved so popular that homeowners began requesting similar enchantments be placed on their own furniture and cutlery, until the program was banned in the early 2000s. What were some of the downsides to living in an anthropomorphized house?
- Singing teapot sounds kind of different when 16 ounces of boiling water are poured into her skull.
- Enchanted bathroom mirror always adds 10 pounds, antlers.
- Entire kitchen just one big thinly veiled threat.
- Stuck-up couch apparently “too good” to have puppies delivered on it.
- Light bulbs die screaming.
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