Got Time for a Quickie? San Diego’s Best Counter-Order Joints

Looking for your next workday lunch spot that won’t eat up half your day? Swing by one of these counter-order restaurants for a delicious, quick lunch that doesn’t involve a drive-thru window. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments what San Diego eatery does fast + yummy the best!

Tender Greens has locations all over San Diego County and beyond, but don’t let that fool you: they’re still serving up hearty and healthy meals with a homegrown feel. With customizable plates, sandwiches, salads and more, the options are nearly endless, but the wait won’t be. Try the Mediterranean Steak Salad, loaded with steak, marinated feta, tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, green olives, herbs, baby greens and lemon vinaigrette. Don’t forget a delicious Fresh Baked Cookie to round out your meal!

The perfect mix of Tijuana street tacos and San Diego laid back vibes, The Taco Stand is dishing up freshly made tacos, burritos and other favorites. Go for a classic and order the California Burrito, a local favorite for a reason. Flame grilled angus steak, cheese, fries, guacamole, tomato, salsa and sour cream are all wrapped up in a tortilla. Don’t forget to check out The Taco Stand’s freshly made salsa bar and Mexican flavored popsicles!

For a quick coffee break turned filling lunch, Spill the Beans in downtown is your new go-to spot. After you enjoy your coffee (we love the Basic Sitch, made with caramel, vanilla, espresso and milk), pick out your meal. The San Dieggo Sandwich, made with your choice of bacon or sausage, homemade sweet bun, fried egg, pepper jack and American cheese and a cayenne aioli, will be guaranteed to hit the spot.

With a group of coworkers that can’t decide on a restaurant if they were paid? Let everyone pick their favorite at Liberty Public Market in Liberty Station. With food vendors to suit every taste bud and communal dining tables, it’s the perfect choice for the indecisive group. Wander the halls and check out all your options–we love Mama Made, a Thai food lover’s dream, dishing up to-die-for curries and Thai Fried Rice, made with jasmine rice stir-fried with minced garlic, egg, peas, carrots and onion, plus your choice of protein.

Committed to local and fresh ingredients, you’ll feel good about dining at Napizza, and not just because of the delicious slices! Try a slice of the Truffle Porcini: “The Old World,” a decadent mix of porcini mushrooms, truffle pate, fresh mozzarella and parsley. Finish your meal off on a sweet note with a Cannoli or Nutella Focaccia–or both!

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