Everybody loves a good lunch special. Whether you’re a business person looking for a nice mid-day break from work, or a student seeking a delicious summer adventure, a quick and tasty lunch is for you. And for $10 or less, it’s a deal that’s impossible to refuse.
Lunch special: $8.99-$9.99
Bangkok Terrace, located just south of the Gallivan Center, has an extensive lunch menu with 18 Thai dishes to choose from. Each lunch special is served with a salad and a crispy spring roll, and all but the noodle/rice dishes also come with a side of rice.
Monday – Friday 11.00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
61 Gallivan Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
SOMI Vietnamese Bistro
Lunch specials: $9.00-$10.00
SOMI aims to create inspired dishes with seasonal and locally sourced produce. Their lunch specials allow you to choose from a list of various Vietnamese and Chinese options, many of which highlight those high quality ingredients alongside rice, noodles, and meats.
Monday – Friday 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
215 E Wilmington Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Homemade sausage plate: $7.99-$8.99
Siegfried’s Delicatessen serves stick-to-your-ribs German fare for an appealing price, and is central to the downtown SLC area. Every dish on their menu is under $10, and they do serve daily lunch specials that vary from day-to-day. However, a crowd favorite is their sausage plate (served all day), made with one or two of their various homemade sausages. The plate comes with your choice of one to two side dishes from a long list that includes fried potatoes, sauerkraut, coleslaw, or my personal favorite, spaetzle with gravy, just to name a few. Be sure to grab some curry ketchup on the way to your seat – you won’t be disappointed.
Monday – Saturday from 11.00 a.m.
20 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Sawadee Thai Restaurant
Lunch special: $9.75
Sawadee’s plate lunch special is a delicious deal. It allows you to choose two from a variety of curry, stir-fry, and soup dishes, each served in a small portion alongside a salad, jasmine rice, and a deep fried spring roll. There is often a wait, particularly during the lunch rush, but smaller groups are typically seated pretty quickly.
Monday – Saturday 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
754 E South Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Curry Fried Chicken
Hummus plate: $9.99
Although not exactly a lunch special (as they are available all day), the hummus plates at Curry Fried Chicken are cheap and incredibly tasty. Five of the six hummus plates on the menu are under $10, and include hummus, salad, pita, and your choice of meat, falafel or veggie curry. If you find yourself in need of a drink to wash down the spicy meal, consider splurging on a cold and creamy mango lussi (sweet yogurt drink) for an extra $3.49.
Monday – Thursday from 11.00 a.m.
Saturday from noon
660 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Lunch combo: $10
The lunch combos at Skewered Thai are yummy AND they’re a great deal. Much like the other Thai restaurants on this list, they include a choice of two items from an array of dishes and come with rice and a crispy spring roll. These combos allow you to taste two of their many stir fry, curry, and meat dishes for a fraction of the price that it would cost you at dinnertime.
Monday – Sunday 11.00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
575 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Lunch special: $7.85
This lively Salt Lake staple is virtually always busy during weekday lunch, and it’s not for no reason. Their lunch deal consists of any ½ sandwich on the menu, orzo salad or chips, a fountain drink, and a cookie or dessert bite. Just don’t be afraid to wait in line!
Monday – Friday 10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
311 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Michelangelo’s on Main
Pasta dishes: see price below
The lunch menu at Michelangelo’s allows you to create your own pasta dish with your choice of pasta, sauce, and toppings, each of which are individually priced. Many of the possible combinations come out at under $10, you just have to keep track of you order. Additionally, you can add a side salad, soup or fries for an extra $1.99. Here are some examples of combinations under $10:
- Spaghetti + pomodoro + chicken = $9.98
- Macaroni + cheese sauce + bacon = $9.97
- Fettuccine + Alfredo + broccoli = $9.97
- Tortellini + arrabiata = $9.98
Monday – Saturday 11.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
32 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Bento box special: $9.95
With locations in Midvale, and now also downtown Salt Lake City, Itto Sushi is a nice option for weekday lunch. Their lunch menu’s bento box special includes your choice of two from a selection of sashimi, sushi, teriyaki, and tempura dishes, plus salad and rice on the side.
Monday – Friday 11.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
856 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047 | (801) 563-3337
12 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | (385) 522-2603
Daily lunch special: $7.99
Cancun Cafe has locations in Murray, Midvale, and downtown SLC. The downtown location is particularly ideal for lunch, as it is walking distance from City Creek and many offices in the downtown area. It serves simple, cheap, and delicious Mexican food, offering daily lunch specials that include an entree and a side of rice and beans. The weekly schedule is as follows:
- Monday: Cochinita (pork) taco
- Tuesday: Carnitas taco
- Wednesday: 3 beef taquitos
- Thursday: Chile verde burrito
- Friday: Cheese enchiladas
- Saturday: Chile relleno
Monday – Saturday 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Downtown: 123 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | (801) 355-0343
SLC: 885 E 3900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84107 | (801) 269-1177
Midvale: 1891 Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121 | (801) 942-1333
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