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When I mention I’m looking for a $10 lunch, a girlfriend of mine who lives in Del Mar says, “I’ve got a $10 lunch for you,” and takes me to Urban Plates. This is before I know Mary Beth has already come (and found it underwhelming).

First thing I say to myself when we walk in the door at 1:15 on a Tuesday afternoon (prime time for all Lunching Ladies in Del Mar) is, “Dammit, we should have come at 11:30.”

I don’t care for cafeteria mayhem or lines that clog up the door.


But the choices!

Mary Beth went into detail, so I won’t. What I will say is that I’ve yet to find a quality restaurant with so many options – all for $10 (sandwiches $8).


This $10 lunch* features grilled urban steak (medium rare – yum), beet salad (love), and sesame organic kale (I would go back for this now if I weren’t in my pajamas).

*$10.78 with tax.

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