Good news, all! I've found a new convenient, affordable, and delicious lunch option. Cafe Medina is a humble little spot on 17th btw 5th and 6th ave that is sure to become a fixture in my lunch repertiore.
I was tantalizingly close to making it a ginormous-cupcake-for-lunch day (and thereby setting a dangerous precedent) when I heard the magical words "sweet potato bisque" float across the room. I followed up, and after rave reviews from some coworkers decided that the cupcake could wait until dinner.
I got the SPB, because occasionally we have to live up to our name here. I'm eating it right now and it is perfect. However, don't be fooled by the fact that I didn't dine in. Medina is set up deli-style, so you don't feel like a sad person eating there alone. I would like to take a certain lunch buddy there with me someday though, as there is just too much variety for me to conquer on my own. From juice & coffee to sammys & salad, Medina is a one-stop lunchathon.