"What are you doing for lunch?" your co-worker asks again. You suppress the eye roll. You don't know! You're busy, you're hungry and most importantly you can't decide between a sad meal deal or that dry ham sarnie you packed before leaving for work in the vain attempt to be "good". We're here to slap that outta your hand and point you towards something a bit more inspiring. Scroll down and find something to excite you. EAT.BETTER.FOOD. 

I Love Hoagies

Fresh from South Wales (where the Hoagie has long been king), the infectiously friendly guys at I Love Hoagies have crossed the Severn to take your lunchtime by storm. Offering up some of the wackiest sandwiches in all of Bris in a propery belt-and-braces setting (The café space below Pithay studios is a haven for creatives, start-up companies and all sorts of hungry so-and-sos), the eating experience here is refreshingly blue-collar (odd house-plant and funky graffiti aside, it's decidedly anti-hip in here).

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Lovett Pie Palace

How about a proper British lunch? Lovett Pies offer up arguably some of the best pies in the South West and they have a spectacular lunchtime deal to showcase their skills. Any hot pie (choose between 8 veggie and meaty options) – complemented with any side (think Bubble & Squeak, Minted Mushy Peas or Baby Herb Roasties) and any sauce (house gravy, parsley liquor or house chutney).

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Yume Kitchen

Yume Kitchen holds a special place in Wriggle's heart. It was the first establishment to join the platform back in 2014 and we think it's just fantastic. Selected as one of the Guardian's top Cheap Eats, this is a bastion of quality food at affordable prices. Want a recommendation? Check out their fresh salmon cooked in sweet and sticky soy sauce (Teriyaki), served with a hearty portion of rice & a few nuggets of crispy squid!

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Lucien Gordon of Patty and Bun fame in London has come back to Bristol and opened on Park Row. Heavy on the Bristol and South American influence, he is serving those burgers pink & juicy, using organic, high welfare beef and topped with West Country cheese. Look out for the specials, this month it's FRIED CHICKEN!

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White's Botanicals

Effortlessly chic, elegant yet terribly tasty, White's Botanicals serve the perfect combo of well-being and flavour. You'll probably feel healthier just by walking in to the place, their elegantly hanging baskets of greenery and flowers infusing the room in fresh scents and beautiful colours. Large windows brighten the space and welcome an easy breezy vibe, matched perfectly with the naturally nourishing food.

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Tuk Tuck

One of the most popular venues on Wriggle, Tuk Tuck offer some top-quality lunchtime deals to the Bristol masses. Their usuals are either a nourishing Thai red curry or a bibimbap, the latter being a Korean dish of rice, topped with vegetables, meat and a fried egg. Grab some of their awesome chilli paste and stir it all together. We're no body of health professionals, but we're certain that this helps cure everything from a nasty cold to more self-inflicted ailments. A tucked-away gem in Bristol.

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Chilli Daddy

Quite simply, the food at Chilli Daddy is fantastic. It has to be... After all, how else could it be so amazingly popular despite its curiously-odd decoration and frequently abrupt service. Don't let that put you off – the decoration and occasional bluntness adds to the authenticity – and the food is pure Szechuan gold.

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Pickled Brisket @ Wapping Wharf

The Pickled Brisket cure locally sourced beef farmed on the Somerset Levels and serve it on bread from a local family bakery. They even have their own mustard produced here in Bristol by Gingerbeard's Preserves. Each sandwich is carved to order to provide a hot salt beef sandwich that would be fit to grace the plate of any New York deli. They serve a variety of different hot salt beef treats including their famous Reuben with blow torched Swiss Cheese.

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The Urban Standard

Slick and stylish, The Urban Standard plays a smooth game. Taking inspiration from the industrial-chic feel of New York's Lower East Side, this drinking den is a haven of hedonism. The menu moves away from the well-worn burger and chips combos, and while this favoured combo can be relished, don't be quick to overlook the Sharing Plates (the "All of the Meat" platter is a board heaving with beautifully-cooked meats). There's also a range of lip-smacking Small Plates - such as Fried Whitebait, Vietnamese Prawns and Muhammara.

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Pizza Workshop (North St)

Pizza’s the name of the game in this extremely stylish operation – 100% sourdough bases with no added yeast, slowly risen over 30 hours, resulting in an incredibly light and delicious dough – topped with homemade tomato sauce using San Marzano tomatoes, finest Italian cheeses and extra virgin olive oil. Now that Pizza Workshop have nailed pizza, they’ve added ‘Bocca’ to their repertoire: essentially a pizza sandwich, made from the same sourdough, baked in the oven and served piping hot and oozing with cheese.

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Published -10th January 2018