Confession: I almost never manage to pack lunch. Most mornings, I'm doing good if I get out the door with my laptop and a cup of coffee. Luckily, there's no shortage of fabulous lunch spots within walking distance of our downtown office where I can grab a sandwich on the run. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Ocean State Sandwich Company


Ocean State Sandwich Company uses fresh, local ingredients in all of their soups, salads and sandwiches, including rolls from Buono's Bakery. Try the Apple Valley Turkey or the Roast Beef Dijonnaise.

Hope & Main Downtown Makers Marketplace


Stop into Hope & Main's Downtown Makers Marketplace for tea and a tuna melt or grab one of their pre-made sandwiches and salads to go. While you're there, take a browse through the market and pick up some of the local small food business wares launched through their culinary incubator in Warren.

Caffe Nero


Just steps away from the Rhode Island Convention Center and Amica Mutual Pavilion, the newly opened Caffe Nero's coffee game is on point. Even better, you can have your sandwich on focaccia, a croissant or a baguette (not to mention calzones), so you're sure to find something to your taste.

Malted Barley


What's better than a sandwich? A sandwich on a handcrafted pretzel. The Malted Barley serves made-to-order deliciousness like the BLT (go for the garlic aioli) or the meatball on a garlic and parsley pretzel.



In the mood for something a little fancier? Try Ellie's for the Croque Monsieur and a side of Ellie's Poutine. Be sure to save room for one of their scrumptious desserts. And hey, you can always burn off the extra calories with a lunchtime stroll along the RiverWalk. Or just take the scenic route back to your office or hotel room.

With so many great options, you could celebrate National Sandwich Day (Nov. 3) every day of the week.