The Five Best Lunches in Harvard Square

At this point in the year, you must be a little tired of the Spangler cafeteria, no matter how excited you once were about the new sushi bar. So for those looking for a change of pace, here are The Harbus’ top recommendations for quick, casual and delicious lunches in Harvard Square:

1. Darwin’s
Location: 148 Mount Auburn Street
Though it gets chaotic at lunchtime, the lines are well worth it for these gourmet sandwiches filled with amazing cheeses, fresh vegetables and meats. A local favorite, each sandwich is named after a different street in Cambridge. Tip: Go for one of the two daily specials to bypass the lines.

2. Hi-Rise Bakery
Location: 56 Brattle Street
The fresh baked bread makes the sandwiches irresistible at Hi-Rise, which offers cozy upstairs seating in the winter and a large patio for outdoor dining when the weather is nice. Tip: Order some fresh-squeezed lemonade with your lunch.

3. Campo de Fiore
Location: Holyoke Center (1350 Massachusetts Avenue)
The large menu of delicious wood-fired pizzas, paninis and salads has something for everyone. Their homemade roman bread, which comes with soups and salads, is worth the trip. Tip: Don’t miss the numerous specials, which are hard to see up at the cash register.

4. Arrow Street Crepes
Location:1154 Massachusetts Avenue
Just around the corner from its previous location, this creperie has a large selection of lunch crepes as well as dessert crepes that you will definitely want to save room for. Tip: Show your student ID for a 15% discount.

5. Grendel’s Den
Location: 89 Winthrop Street
Don’t overlook this old standby. Its proximity to campus, speedy service and laid back atmosphere make it a great option for a Friday lunch for those looking to get an early start on happy hour. (RCs can easily make it there and back in the 11:40-1:00 break.) Tip: If you’re in a hurry, go for the $3.95 lunch special – a great price for a burger, and guaranteed to be quick.