Lunchtime usually finds me so deep in the zone that I can't go out for lunch. Midday is when I'm alert and the ideas are flowing. No one is standing near me, humming Rihanna songs through her nose or asking how much a house weighs or how many blades of grass are in the average yard. Not that these aren't the happiest years of my life, but you get my drift.
Consequently, I have no idea where people go to get a good, inexpensive lunch. When circumstances require lunching out, I'm all at sea and have to reinvent the wheel, to mix two metaphors.
But I have begun my quest, turning up lunchtime value in some of the most unexpected places. Here are three great lunches I stumbled on in what I hope will become an ongoing and occasionally updated effort to find the city's inexpensive and delicious lunches.
Lunch discovery one: The cafeteria at Nashville General Hospital. Some of the food is homemade, some is Stouffer's institutional entrees, and both are pretty good quality. The $5 sliced chicken sandwich is fresh, soft and nicely seasoned. But the unbeatable bargain is the daily soup: $1.37 for a cup, plus crackers. Every variety is great, but the broccoli-rice-cheese is exceptional.
But you probably don't often find yourself at General Hospital.
Nothing annoys me more than paying a lot of money for a mediocre lunch. Nothing is better than a great lunch at a great price. These are my current lunch discoveries. What are yours?