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6 Ways to Beat the CBD Lunch Rush

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Published January 17th 2017
Save Time and Your Sanity
There aren't many people out there that enjoy a queue. Or waiting endlessly in line. Or battling their way through an overcrowded food court. Especially when your stomach keeps reminding you that you're famished.

And yet, this is exactly what countless people endure on their daily lunch break. For many the experience has been repeated so often that it has become an accepted, albeit annoying part of their daily routine.

It doesn't have to be this way. There are many ways that people can reclaim a little time and relaxation on their daily lunch break. Here's how:


1. Order online

Technology. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. Some of the more forward-thinking eating establishments are offering customers the ability to order their lunch online. It's as simple and convenient as it sounds.

One such establishment is the Mexican Taqueria, Guzman y Gomez. GYG allows you to order your lunch through their Android or iPhone app or via their website. The full menu is available and the layout and functionality of the website is very user friendly.

beat the brisbane cbd lunch rush order online guzman y gomez mexican taqueria restaurant
Beat the rush and order your delicious and authentic Mexican burrito online. Image from www.guzmanygomez.com

Select exactly what you want (the enchilada is a standout), pay using the secure online payment function and nominate your desired pick up time. Print your confirmation email and leisurely stroll to your nearest GYG and pick up your hot, fresh, Mexican lunch exactly when you want. No lines, no waiting, no fuss.


2. Phone ahead

You remember the old landline phone? If you work in an office environment you'll probably still have one hanging around on or near your desk. Pick up the phone, call your favourite lunchtime eatery and place your order in advance. You'll be surprised just how many establishments offer a phone ordering service.

beat the brisbane cbd lunch rush phone ahead phone order jackpot dining asian cuisine restaurant
One of Jackpot Dining's huge range of lunch options. Image from www.jackpotdining.com.au

One business that does a roaring trade with phone orders is Jackpot Dining. Call, order your favourite dish from the huge menu, wait around 10 minutes and then go and pick up lunch. There's even a separate (and MUCH smaller) queue for those gathering their phone orders. Time saved and great value Asian cuisine.


3. Get lunch delivered

If you're looking for an affordable, healthy lunch alternative that also ensures you beat the crowd, consider Fresh Meals 2 U.


Fresh Meals 2 U is a refreshingly innovative business that prepares fresh, healthy meals and delivers them to your home or workplace. These are market fresh and super-healthy meals that don't cost any more than you'd pay for a generic and decidedly less healthy burger and chips. Fresh Meals 2 U lunch or dinner meal prices start at $8.95. For more information about their range, pricing and delivery arrangements click here.


4. Have lunch earlier or later

Does your employer afford you a little flexibility with your lunch times? If yes, try and make the most of it. The majority of people in the CBD will head out to lunch between 12pm and 1pm. If you want to avoid the worst of the lunch rush, try and line up your lunch break outside of the peak times. Some eateries will also provide discounts on their food if you wait for the rush to subside.

Somewhere like Mos Burger offers significant discounts on selected menu items between 2:30pm and 5pm, and you can order over the phone (if you can hold out that long!).

Mos Burger happy hour discount lunch menu
Mos Burger happy hour discounts - image from www.mosburger.com.au

Not only is this another way to beat the lunch rush, you may even save yourself some money in the process.


5. Bring your own lunch

The oldest and surest trick in the book is simply to bring your own lunch. Set yourself a quota of BYO lunches per week and turn this into a habit. Personally, I have found the most effective way to form this habit is to make a slightly larger amount of dinner and set aside the following day's lunch when dinner is being dished up. Not only is tomorrow's lunch sorted, you're less likely to be heading back for seconds which you probably don't really need. Homemade sandwiches and wraps are also an easy, adaptable and nutritious option for BYO lunches. You'll save yourself a packet if you turn this into a regular thing.



6. Make your own lunch at work

A slight adaptation on the preceding number 5 make your own lunch at work. If you're lucky enough to have a workplace with reasonable kitchen and refrigeration facilities, make the most of them. I'll often stop by Coles in the Myer Centre on a Monday morning on my way to work and stock up on fruit and lunch options for the week ahead. Sometimes it's as simple as buying some lettuce, tomato, avocado and some cold meats with bread, wraps or pita bread. You can mix things up a little by interchanging your cold meats and condiments. Salami and salsa one week, some smoked ham and mayonnaise the next just go where your taste buds and imagination lead you!
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