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The Anti-Brown Bag

Block out some time -- you've got two more places to spend your lunch hour



    Under the Tucson Sun
    Courtesy of Tapas Valencia
    Tapas beat Tupperware every time.

    While Chicago is undoubtedly filled with an awesome array of restaurants, it's sometimes hard not to fall in a rut for your lunch hour destination. Two restaurants -- one brand new, one recently reopened -- have added lunch menus to their daily operations, giving us all more reasons not to hit the drive-thru once again.

    The contemporary hot spot Tapas Valencia in the South Loop, which just opened its doors in February, has already added an extensive lunch menu to its already-lengthy selection of Spanish dishes served at dinnertime. Mark your calendars for Monday, April 20, when lunch service will start, offering a daily-changing menu of soups ($3.50), salads ($4.95-$9.95) and entrees ($7.50-$12.95), along with more than 40 different hot and cold tapas options ($5.25-$17.95 for grilled filet mignon). Tapas Valencia will serve lunch from 11:30AM until 5PM Monday through Friday.

    River North favorite A Mano, which made its triumphant return in March after renovations due to a burst water pipe, has also added a lavish lunch menu. Conveniently located for both Loop and River North office dwellers, A Mano's authentic Italian trattoria feel offers a welcoming afternoon sojourn, including several communal tables and more intimate areas for business lunches. A deluxe antipasti bar, replete with cheeses, crostini, frittatas, soups and more ($12) is A Mano's take on the standard salad bar, and chef John Caputo's variety of salads, pizzas, pastas and paninis ($8-$14) are also satisfying lunch options. A Mano will feature its lunch menu from 11:30 until 2PM Monday through Friday, and all items are also available for carryout. 

    Now, you just need to find time for an afternoon nap.