Ditch that limp looking sandwich and sad looking salad and treat yourself to something from our extensive selection of amazing lunch deals in Brighton. From healthy to dirty, vegan to meaty - your lunch needs are covered.

However, if these don't tickle your pickle we've got a whole heap of other tasty lunchtime snacks. 

When the clean eating craze kicked in and flooded our Instagram feeds, along with it came a hundred-year-old recipe - Kimchi. Time for Kimchi is showing us how it’s done with their brand new Korean Deli and Grocery Shop on Church Street. They make their own artisan Kimchi using traditional fermentation methods and create delicious deli-style bowls that can be taken away or eaten at their twee window seat. Whichever you prefer, you can rest easing knowing you’re getting a super nutritious, most likely, more than five-a-day feed. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish, primarily made from cabbage. There are hundreds of other veggie variants and it’s usually mixed with radish, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes - giving it a bold spice kick. Renowned for its immune boosting health benefits, the cabbage alone gives you Vitamins K, C and B6 and because the veggies are fermented it’s an excellent source of probiotics, aiding your overall gut health.

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When it comes to fast food, vegetarians and vegans tend to get a bit of a raw deal. Fortunately, FilFil brings delicious, easy cuisine from the Middle East to our doorstep, sitting right in the heart of the North Laine. Owner Amal grew up in Palestine and uses a traditional Israeli recipe handed down through generations for the falafel that dominates the menu - celebrating the best quick meals the Levant has to offer. Expect more hummus than you can handle, more than enough falafel to fill you up and boundless baba ghanoush and baklava. Drop in on a weekend stroll through town, or refuel after a busy day out shopping – you’ll be more than welcome.

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Oseta Cafe is a small independently owned cafe in the heart of the North Laine. They pride themselves on fresh, delicious breakfasts, wholesome lunches and rich, tasty Brazilian coffee. Their delicious dishes are made fresh daily using only the best local produce and there’s always plenty to cater for meaties, veggies or vegans. Pop in for a lunchtime special or make it a boozy brunch with a bottle of Oseta’s finest. This community led cafe is one of Wriggle’s favourites and a real hidden gem.

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We love PAELLA. And we love STREET FOOD. What do you get when you cross fantastic paella with a street food revolution? ... Nick & Yana's Crocus Paella, that's what! These guys cook everything from scratch and use local produce where possible. The Paella is made from great ingredients, has no artificial colours or flavours & all paella is gluten free. What's the secret? Excellent quality saffron! a.k.a. Crocus Sativus. As proud members of street food collective, Street Diner, (Brighton's hottest weekly Street Food Market) you can find them at Brighthelm Garden, Queens Road on Fridays.

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STOP! Put that microwave meal down and step away from the supermarket aisle... We adore Curry Leaf Cafe and love being able to build our own meals from a plethora of delicious options, whether you’re in the mood for a wrap, salad or rice box, you have plenty of amazing combos to pick and choose from. Don't forget your drink, choose any cold soft drink or medium hot drink!

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For a lighter way to lunch this summer, we implore you to seek out Lost In The Lanes and have yourselves one of their summer lunch boxes. Serving a half sandwich with a side of fresh, zingy salad you've the perfect combo for lunch on the beach, in the park or anywhere away from your co-workers. The salads are always veggie or vegan and change daily whilst the sandwiches have all fillings to suit everyone which are nestled between fresh, artisan brown bread.

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If you haven't been to Brighton's sandwich and salad focused new opening yet, where have you been?! The Social Board team cut their teeth at Food For Friends and have taken over the site of Bona Foodie to bring their board shaped dreams to life. With this Wriggle, enjoy one of their super salads, packed with stuff that makes it feel not like a salad at all and a drink to go with it.

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The shiny new vegan offering at Bagelman has been going down a storm! You're invited to come and check out some of our favourite picks, with any of the following vegan bagels and an iced coffee. Options include: Vegan cream cheese, marmite, avocado and rocket; Beetroot falafel, houmous, tabbouleh and pomegranate seeds; Vegan BLT, Seitan, tomato, lettuce and vegan garlic mayo; Veggie sausage, mushrooms, vegan smoked gouda and hash browns (Additional £1 charge in-house). Enjoy any of these delicious vegan options with a soy or oat milk-based vegan iced coffee.

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Smorl’s freshly fried Falafels (2) and Smorl’s Original Houmous surrounded by green salad and chive, beetroot and carrot slaw, pearl barley and cashew tabbouleh, quinoa and puy lentil grain, roast Mediterranean vegetables, cinnamon squash, almond tapenade, beetroot caviar, roast cauliflower hazelnut & pomegranate salad, mint and cucumber tzatziki, tahini and lemon dressing, chilli and lime dressing, finished with organic tamari sunflower seeds.

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Grab yourself a box full of Summer salad goodness from our friends down at Café Trafé. Bursting with flavour, colour and it's amazing value to boot. Pair this super fresh and healthy bite with a refreshing Iced Tea and Lemon, Iced Coffee with Vanilla or Caramel or a homemade Iced Mocktail Summer Cooler. For the coolers, choose between Raspberries, mint and cucumber & peach, lime and rosemary. Both served with sparkling water or lemonade.

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Get down to East Street and try any of Bok Shop's delicious burgers and sides this lunchtime. Choose between Bok Shop spice coated, golden crunchy and juicy thigh chicken fillet sandwiched in a brioche bun and the vegan spice coated faux chicken, vegan mayo, vegan cheese (+50p in-house) and sour dough rolls. Awesome sides include fries, slaw, naked slaw salad, grilled corn & Bok BBQ beans. For an extra £1 in-house upgrade to homemade mash & hot chicken gravy or fried pickles. It's pretty tough to choose just one from that tasty bunch.

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Hells Kitchen is a deli with a difference. Since opening in 1951, this New York-style eatery has been delighting Brightonians with its huge array of “saintly salads” and “mean munches”. There’s no such thing as a small portion at this deli. Go for the seven deadly sins of sandwiches and you’ll be full all day - a particular delight being the Sloth, which is a bacon, peppered-tomato, avocado, rocket and pesto filling in a choice of homemade breads. Hells Kitchen classics The Wrestler, Chairman Mao, Deadly Deb and Paradise Joe are all oozing with mouth-watering ingredients: shredded duck, salt beef, peppered salami and of course, dill pickle and American mustard.

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Found on the vibrant North Laine, you'll always find a friendly & warm welcome in Giu & Su. Here, amongst colourful decorations and tiles, you'll be served all manner of Italian goodies by the lovely Giu & Su - including roasted coffee, Italian charcuterie and cheeses, quiches, tarts, fresh & crusty baguette sandwiches and salads and a wine menu too. Simply divino!

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McStrongs make their sausage rolls, pies & pasties on site at their shop - This Little Piggy by McStrongs, located in the Brighton Open Market and St James' Street. Their pastry is a handmade flaky pastry and they use Sussex free range sausagemeat to make and shape all sausage roll / pie / pasty fillings by hand using fresh and seasonal ingredients.

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If you’re looking for authentic Mexican street food, ​then call off the search party. This place is Mexican owned, with Carlito himself at the helm. Born from a festival stall, Carlito Burrito serves up delicious Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas made with the freshest of ingredients. It’s no wonder The Guardian voted their food amongst the best available at Glastonbury ‘14. There’s a hefty range of Tequilas, Mezcals, and Mexican Craft Beers to sample, and even an Oyster and Tequila Shooter for more adventurous diners. Friendly staff, unbeatable food and fantastic music makes this hidden gem a must-visit for all Brightonians. The fish tacos may well change your life, güey.

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Quite literally, tucked away on Trafalgar Street is an awesome little takeaway sandwich and coffee bar. Their baguettes are freshly made each morning and filled with delicious toppings such as Bacon, Brie and Cranberry or Mozzarella, Pesto and Tomato. For less than the price of a supermarket meal deal they also knock up a killer curry that comes with rice and salad. Whether you’re after a quick snack or a nutritious lunch, you can rest assured that all of Tucked Away’s tasty dishes are made with heart and a true passion for good food. Pop by and say hello, there’s always a friendly face waiting to greet you.

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Neighbourhood is a charming cafe bar, offering 100% veggie and vegan food. If you’re looking for something laid-back and friendly, it’s the place to be! Their altruistic vision is angled towards looking after our planet and its people. They love fresh organic food, the School of Life, yoga, Permaculture, cycle rides, being in nature, ethical spending, and sometimes no spending at all. They’re all about those local, seasonal, and high quality ingredients and of course, sustainability is at the heart of the business.

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Dirty Mac is an artisan mac n' cheese pop-up kitchen serving up delicious twists on the classic dish. These guys are popping up all over the place, creating bespoke dishes to complement events and host venues. Wriggle is particularly impressed by their Mac Bites and Loaded Fries, not to mention their specials and eccentric toppings - from spicy taco meat or crispy pancetta to broccoli and caramelised onions, these guys spoil you for choice. It's good to know that a Dirty Mac is an accommodating mac - they always have plenty of meaty, veggie and vegan options!

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Wolfsmouth are hitting their second burger menu at London Road favourite, The World’s End. Unlike their sister burger pop-up, the burgers here will have a heavy weighting towards vegan and vegetarian burgers and snacks. Their plant based delights are just as delicious as their meaty counterparts and the homemade seitan has a big part to play. Using their extensive experience, knowledge and open-thinking, Wolfsmouth focus on ingredients which are often overlooked and strive to make them extraordinary.

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Lavash is a traditional Middle Eastern flatbread with a chewy yet crisp texture, typically served with dips. It’s also, coincidentally, the name of our new favourite purveyor of Middle Eastern-style wraps, tucked away in the North Laines. An independent deli café-come-restaurant, Lavash are dishing up the tastiest, freshest wraps we’ve gobbled up in a long, long time. Packed full of locally, sustainably sourced ingredients which are prepared to traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern street food methods, these bad boys are seriously tasty. Everything is homemade – from the fresh, light lavash flatbreads to the punch-packing sauces and dips and the vibrant fillings. Lavash is the perfect spot for grabbing a casual bite to eat with your closest pals – enjoy your wraps with a properly tasty craft beer, or why not go all out with a bottle of wine? The vibe at Lavash is chilled out and relaxed, but the service is second-to-none, making it a truly lovely place to spend time.

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Head over to Crunch & Co and experience for yourself a fantastic selection of grilled sandwiches and soup. Crunch & Co specialises in making artisan grilled sandwiches and a killer soup. Their grilled sandwiches contain the finest ingredients, such as slow cooked vegetables and marinated meats. These ingredients are toasted with their special customised mix of cheeses, to give you a great taste experience! So what are you waiting for?

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Mrs Fitzherberts, the woman, the bar. Brighton’s original cougar, who captured the heart of a king, is back in the heart of central Brighton. Sited two minutes from the Royal Pavilion, where the Prince wooed his sweetheart, and seconds from the Theatre Royal and the Dome concert hall, like the original tale, this pub's story is one of passion and infatuation. A passion to provide great local craft beers, simple but quality local pub food and showcase the best of live local talent. Set in an environment that is Fitz for a king, the newly refurbished Fitzherberts boasts two great heated and lit outdoor terraces. Their street terrace on Brighton’s premier pedestrianised thoroughfare, New Road, is the BEST place to watch Brighton play. At the first floor discover the ‘Lost Gardens of Fitzherbert’ roof terrace, complete with outdoor fireplace and disco shed, providing the best setting for breakfast or an after work cocktail under the stars. With a fantastic retractable roof, the terrace is open whatever the weather.

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Situated on Preston Road, Cafe Rust is the perfect hideaway for those looking for beautiful breakfasts & light lunches. This is the brainchild of the mind behind Lala’s Cafe over in Hove - another spot well worth checking out for that right-on cafe experience. Rust is full of shabby chic charm - which you can soak up over a cup of locally sourced, RedRoaster coffee, or one of their freshly-made quiches, salads and delicious sandwiches. If it’s sunny out, try and nab a seat in their beautiful patio area and escape the hustle and bustle for a few minutes. Also hosting grea​t pop-up dinners in the impressive cellar, Cafe Rust - whether night or day - is a must visit.

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Taking the title for the UK’s first plant based pizzeria, is Brighton’s very own Purezza! Their menu consists of exciting vegan pizzas such as the Parmigiana party (smoked mozzarella, fried aubergines, sliced sausages, topped with basil and nutritional yeast), Here Comes Truffle (Black truffle base with mozzarella, wood smoked tofu, mixed wild forest mushrooms and finished with micro herbs) and SEASON.4.PIZZA.1 (Mozzarella, artichokes, kalamata olives, wild forest mushrooms and smoked beetroot carpaccio, finished with micro herbs). Pizza bases include tasty sourdough, hemp flour and a delish gluten free option. Those creative animal lovers also have a whole host of cruelty free cheeses - rice-blend mozzarella, coconut, almond and cashew based fromage. YUM. If you’re still feeling munchy after all that, why not try one of their mouth watering vegan puds, the cashew Tiramisu is calling out to you!

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The Walrus is quite possibly one of Team Wriggle's favourite recent additions to Brighton's historic Lanes. The team behind this suave spot have poured oodles of time and effort into the former public house, bestowing upon it a brand new lease of life, as well as some pretty exciting, diverse new features. The sprawling venue now boasts an upstairs restaurant, a two-storey rooftop garden, and even an atmospheric basement live music venue. The part we love the most, though, is the cosy and relaxed yet super-stylish pub that lies at the heart of the building. Full of intimate booths and snugs, the pub is decked out with an open fire, Victorian-style seating and plenty of green leather and red velvet comfy seating. Despite the pub's classic old school boozer feel, the bar itself is well stocked with the finest and tastiest beers, spirits and soft drinks that we all know and love.

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From chicken dunk stacks to heaped bowls of creamy Thudbutt mac & cheese. Expect, a variety of salty snacks to fully compliment the Cloakroom selection of craft beers. A blend of English home-time food and Southern American staples form the foundation of this Lost Boys lovechild.

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Having recently taken over this lovely cafe in Hove, the wonderful team behind Treacle & Ginger are excited to serve the lovely people of Brighton. It's a great place to meet friends and to discover great local art and crafts, with regularly changing wares on display in keeping with the seasons. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or refreshing soft drink and a slice of homemade cake - there are plenty of cakes and savouries to try. Or join for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Offering Sussex sparkling wine, selected local craft beers, Hurstwood cider, Brighton gin and a great Bloody Mary, there's something for all tastes at Treacle & Ginger!

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The George Payne was established in May 2012 by Enterprise Inn’s fabulous tenants Zoe & Steve with the aim of creating a traditional British pub offering a warm welcome, quality drink selection, and home-from-home cooking. This in addition to their friendly, relaxing, inclusive atmosphere is what makes The George Payne so great. The refurbished George Payne – formerly known as The Kendal Arms – has been embraced by the local community from the moment its doors were opened - and it is no surprise why. The lovely folk at The George Payne love getting involved in local community events, and supporting their friendly, creative, and diverse neighbourhood. They apply their warm attitude to pub life too, as they aim to always provide something for everyone.

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There are few more pleasant ways to spend an afternoon (or morning) than on the sun-trap roof terrace at Rust in Hove. Even if the sun isn’t shining, this welcoming café is a favourite for brunch and lunch. If you’re there for the former - try the chorizo, or haloumi, with poached eggs - or the wonderfully fresh smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. The portions are big at Rust, with the jacket potato packing a noteworthy punch. If you’re looking for a slightly lighter (although still generous) option, the salad platter offers a selection of the day’s offerings, plus halloumi, hummus and pita bread – delicious and smug-makingly healthy.

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One of the oldest pubs in Kemptown, the Barley Mow has long been famed for their fantastic selection of real ales and generous servings of quality grub. With the arrival of the pie professionals, you can expect expert offerings of the delicious pub staple, with unique creations matched with British classics. We love nothing more than playing one of the card or board games whilst tucking into a Pieminister pie. The delicious pies on the menu include longstanding favourites like Matador, Deer Stalker and Saag Pie-neer. No pie is complete without a bed of mash to sit on and a pool of gravy to swim in. Yum!

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Nice Buns is the new, tasty act behind Sidewinders kitchen, serving incredible burgers, hot dogs, vegan delights, small plates and some pretty epic Sunday Roasts.

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Zafferelli's has reopened with a fresh new look and menu, inspired by the new owners grandmothers recipies. Offering classics such as pastas, pizzas Zafferelli's aims to please with comforting , home cooked food your nonna might have made years ago.

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Humble Plates represent the finest of the pop-up restaurant scene in Brighton & Hove. Campfire cooking is the concept of going back to the roots of hospitality. The aim to champion an honest yet progressive style of cooking whilst celebrating the experience of gathering around a fire, enjoying great food and sharing with friends. The Hideout concept is based on 'Modern Campfire Cooking'. Essentially, this means going back to the roots of hospitality. It's all about sharing great food as if you were sitting around a campfire with friends. There's a distinctly global flavour to Humble Plates' menus; techniques and ingredients from around the world are incorporated but are served up with a slice of Humble Plates' characteristic edge and innovation.

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Boo Diddley's is a retro gaming cafe and shop in Brighton, who sell video games, serve speciality coffee and delicious cakes and host gaming tournaments.

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The Shameless Kitchen is run by the lovely Carlie, who decided to share her passion for food with the Brighton dwellers, and we couldn't be happier! Shameless Kitchen caters for all: meat-eaters, vegans, gluten-free adepts - the team can accommodate any dietary requirement. Almost everything is made from scratch, with all the love and patience required to make it simply some of the tastiest treats out there. You'll not only find mouth-watering burgers on the menu, but also out-of-this-world fish dishes (the Thai King Prawns are seriously banging) and sweet, oh sweet desserts (brownies, anyone?). Don't be shy, go pay them a visit: they're shamelessly good.

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Harry's Kitchen is run by Ben, who proudly took over the family butchery, perfecting the recipes to make them what they are today: absolutely delicious, and flavour-packed meaty treats. Harry's Kitchen is now settled in the Open Market, where you'll not only be able to nab their speciality treats to cook home but also nibble on some freshly baked meaty pastries and tarts, scotch eggs and more!

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Eden Cafe is that little piece of Heaven that we all need at times: great coffee, cakes that are to die for, and lunch options that just make the whole day better - and all of that veggie and vegan-friendly! Nestled over on Whitehawk Road, Eden Cafe describe themselves as a "Homemade Heaven", and no truer words have ever been spoken. Owners Agnes and Gabor have realised their dream by opening this charming cafe. Having been baking cakes for years now, they felt it was time to share all these goodies with the rest of the world - or well, Brighton. No matter if you're looking for a great lunch, a mid-afternoon cake break (yes, that's a thing) or a morning caffeine-fix, Eden Cafe will always welcome you in their little paradise with a warm smile and good vibes!

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Published -3rd September 2019