What You'll Get
As the most recently invented meal, lunch has assumed a position of preeminence in our wired world. Today's deal offers an easier, more reliable method for securing a workday lunch than hiring 365 people with different birthdays and hoping they form a party committee. For $5, you'll get $10 of delicious deli fare and drinks at Urban Lunchbox.
Though it doesn't have that sticker of Punky Brewster on its top like your old urban lunchbox, Urban Lunchbox does have a chef who puts his own twist on the old deli concept. The lunch menu offers pre-fabbed Israeli couscous salads ($1.75–$5.50) as well as entree-sized salads such as the San Rafael (roasted beets, goat cheese, candied walnuts, arugula, and cracked pepper vinaigrette, $6.50). The sandwiches likewise run the gamut from Lunchbox special hoagies (ham, turkey, and roast beef, $8) to specialties such as the Neptune (crab cake, roasted onions, mixed greens and remoulade sauce on a roll, $9). If you can't decide, the safest bet is always the soup and salad sampler, which combines your choice of case salads with the Lunchbox's homemade soup, made fresh every day ($7).
Besides nourishing your body, gifting this Groupon could let your office crush know that you're ready to take that important step from "that person who pretends not to watch you when you get up for more water" to "lunch buddy who can't stop watching you eat that sandwich." Play your cards right and you'll be asking him if they saw last night's 30 Rock in no time.
Pros and Cons of Lunch-holders
Bringing lunch to work is making an enormous comeback, thanks to a government-funded advertising campaign of mildly threatening billboards. With the resurgence of the midday, in-office meal comes a difficult decision: choosing the right lunch container. Here’s a helpful guide for housing your lunch food:
Pros: Great way to reuse bags from groceries.
Cons: Plastic flavor leeches into your foods making everything taste like burning Playmobil.
Pros: Durable, reminder of childhood.
Cons: All of your childhood memories are painful and involve being pushed out of trees.
Brown Paper Bag
Pros: Can be recycled when it wears down.
Cons: Not strong enough to withstand heavier lunches like deep-dish pizza or deep-dish pizza topped with waffles.
Pros: Ensures maximum food freshness.
Cons: Incredibly easy to get trapped inside. Its thick, insulated walls make it nearly impossible for coworkers to hear your screams and difficult to chew through without aid of teeth made out of knives.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 14, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Must redeem in single visit, no cash back or credit. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.