Best Lunch Specials

LENNY MULLINS
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Gold Winner Cha Baa Thai, downtown

Silver Winner Mic Mac Bar & Grill

Bronze Winner Ko-Doraku

At Cha Baa, co-owner Wen Dao approaches the lunch special strategically. The choices on offer are a selection from the gold-winning Best Thai Restaurant’s full menu—“We take all the best-sellers,” says Dao—served in a less expensive, lunch-sized portion. Most of the 12 or so options come with rice and spring rolls, making for a satisfying plate. “Make it easy, make it simple,” says Dao. “People spend less, so it’s easy to eat every day.” Yes, some customers do lunch at Cha Baa several times a week. No, they don’t necessarily explore the whole menu. One person has been ordering cashew chicken for seven years. “They never change,” Dao says. “It’s amazing.”

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