Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe - 86 Bedford StreetI always get the #4 - Hand Pulled Noodle ($6) with a Cumin Lamb Skewer ($1.50), a green tea juice box, and if I'm there early enough, a small table to watch the chefs "Biang Biang" noodle-making in action and the place fill up with regulars. These thick and wide noodles coated in garlic and chili paste, generously spiced with chili powder and accented with scallions and cilantro are jealousy inducing good, as in, if you haven't tried them yet, I guarantee you are looking at that photo, itching to slurp some up right this very moment. Eating here kind of feels like you are part of a secret lunch club.
Yes, their tacos are excellent, but have you tried their Tortas? A torta is a toasted Mexican sandwich with white onions, pickled jalapenos, avocado crema and black bean spread. Pictured is the Carnitas Michoacan Torta ($6.50) which in addition to the above contains slow braised sweet pork and fresh cilantro. Mexican street food in the form of Tortas, for the win.
One of the first food trucks to hit the streets of Boston, and still one of the best. Their gourmet Grilled cheeses are classic comfort with a twist. On this day I enjoyed the Green Muenster Melt ($6) made with muenster cheese, applewood smoked bacon and homeade guacamole, the Roasted Tomato Soup ($3) and a Blueberry Mintade ($3).
Avery Provision - 571 Washington Street
They have plethora of lunch options here, but the sushi counter for a Maki-Rito ($9.95) is where it's at. Spicy tuna, crunchy tempura flakes, crisp english cucumber and creamy avocado are wrapped tightly in sticky white rice and nori and instead of slicing up the roll, it is left whole to enjoy burrito style. It's a fun take on sushi. Of course, you could always stick to regular maki, though, they tend to be a splurge compared to the options next door in Chinatown. I like the Shrimp Tempura Roll ($11).
Captain Marden's Seafood Truck
This Crab Cake Sandwich, best enjoyed in the summer time when the Cod Squad truck is out and about, is phenomenal. It comes on a lightly toasted bun with crisp lettuce, onions and tomatoes. On the side some equally amazing hand cut french fries and a scoop of zesty coleslaw.
The lunch options in Downtown Crossing and the Financial District are endless, especially with the consistent presence of food trucks in Dewey Square, Government Center and Post Office Square. The City of Boston Food Truck schedule can be found here.