It’s about that time. Your stomach is growling at you, that morning coffee has totally lost its effect, it’s past noon and you’ve had enough of work (well, for the time-being). You’re going to need a strong boost of fuel to push you through the rest of the day. The right food can get you that energy you *desperately* need. A healthy lunch can be a total game-changer, so we’ve scoped out some of the major hotspots around town for a quick, rejuvenating bite:
1. Kornerstone Cafe and Juice Bar
This all-natural cafe has a variety of healthy, protein-filled lunch options to eat in or take out (*peep the new Larkin location). AND, they’ve got a super impressive juice and smoothie bar, brewed in-house kombucha, and a full-blown coffee bar for your afternoon caffeine fix.
75 Main St. #4, Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info
From cold pressed juices to wraps to matcha bowls, this place will have you refueled and ready to go in no time for those last dreadful hours of the workday. You can even get an extra shot of caffeine in a cold brew or their high performance coffee- let’s be real, you need it.
3 & 4. Fresh Catch Poke Co. & Fresh Catch and The Galley Lounge
Plenty of healthy options here- in fact, I don’t think anything on their menu would actually qualify as unhealthy. You can order a signature or deluxe bowl (that is, if you’re not creative enough to make your own), which includes greens or rice, a protein (mostly from the sea), healthy toppings and veggies, drizzled with one of their own yummy sauces!
5. Scripts Cafe
2 East Ave, Lockport, NY 14094 / More Info
Soups, salads, quinoa bowls and THE BEST sandwiches, wraps and paninis. The options are literally limitless on the menu- and if you don’t see something made exactly the way you want, you can customize it yourself!
6445 W Quaker St, Orchard Park, NY 14217 / More Info
Just walking through the doors will give you a clean detox. Although they’re known for their tasty smoothies and juice, they also serve nutritious snacks and meals that are perfect for those on the go!
650 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052 / More Info
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Greens, grains, and more greens- all fresh, and straight from local farms! They’ve got a variety of salads, grain bowls, soups, wraps, and smoothies made with seasonal produce. Most menu items can be tweaked to be vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free!
8. Prima Oliva
1 Buffalo St, Hamburg, NY 14075 / More Info
This is where it’s at for a fresh, rejuvenating lunch. You can build your own acai bowl, grain bowl or salad- or of course, choose from Prima’s signatures. Toppings? Endless (literally). And a Prima experience always calls for a refreshing cold-pressed juice to pair with your bowl.
9. Mojo Market
3030 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo / More Info
Mojo Market is a family owned cafe and neighborhood market located in the heart of the Kenmore Village. The owners once owned Williamsville’s O3 Cafe and are dedicated to sourcing local produce and featuring products made in Western New York with a menu consisting of egg sandwiches, all day breakfast, soups, salads, wraps, paninis, coffee, tea, juices, smoothies, and more.
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This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.