Atlas Insider: Let’s Do Lunch
When MDK moved from a hip, close-to-downtown neighborhood to the far flung reaches of a more distant one, the commute got worse. But literally everything else got better: more space, more light, more parking and—most importantly—more lunch options.
I love lunch—and not just eating it, but the word itself. If I ever found myself being interviewed about my favorite word, I would definitely say “lunch” without hesitation. It sounds like what it is. Lunch. LUNCH. Lunch. Mmmmm, lunch. I would eat lunch for all five meals of the day.
For miles in either direction of the MDK mothership, there are hundreds of delicious lunch options. We are in the middle of what can only be called the Internationally Delicious District and let me tell you: I am getting my passport stamped with alarming frequency and vigor. Turkish. Kurdish. Greek. Mexican (easily a dozen, plus at least two paleterias). Thai (twice). Ethiopian. Peruvian. Indian (vegetarian twice and non-vegetarian about five other times), Venezuelan.
The list goes on, and there are sub-categories within each. Fancy sit-down? Sure. A counter tucked in the back of a market? Check. Food truck? Yep. Last week I ate two pork-and-golden-raisin-tamales served out of the trunk of a Chevy Malibu and they were delicious. Sometimes making a decision can actually be a bit paralyzing. BUT I MANAGE.
There are even a few options for, hmmmm, scaredy-cats, some of your more run-of-the-lunch-mill choices: BBQ, fried chicken, etc. One thing the neighborhood is a little short on—and once you notice it, the omission is quite striking—is the good old-fashioned lunch hamburger. If you drive far enough, you’ll hit a Burger King or a McDonald’s (and one of us here in the warehouse has been known to loudly demand “a flat, non-artisan burger” for lunch), so a hamburger can be had, but only shamefully.
On the days when we decide to order lunch as a group, things can get fraught. There are Definite Preferences and, sigh, there are maayyyybe some picky eaters around here. I am not one of those people and if you tell me we are going to Tripe Barn, I will raise my hand with alacrity and enthusiasm, my order memorized and at the ready.
When on-site MDK events/retreats start up (it’ll happen, we promise!), I’m sure there’ll be some sort of catered option here in the warehouse. But I will gladly shepherd each attendee to all of the magical, delicious places that line the parade route on the way to MDK. It’s a cheap tour (fine print: my Element only seats four, and I count as one of them) and the price of this service is three tacos direct-deposited into my mouth. I’ll send my routing number to you. Bon appetit!
The prize? A small Cocoknits Four Corner Bag and a Leather Handle Kit—you know, for taking home leftovers.
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