Burger, Tap & Shake’s famous Apache Sweat Lodge burger is made with fire-roasted green chilies, pepper jack cheese, smoked onions, and a spicy house-made sauce. The entire menu is full of American classics like homemade shakes, French fries, and an array of burger choices that will have you in and out in no time with quick counter service. 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-587-6258
DC Coast’s jumbo lump crab cakes served with sweet corn succotash and Carolina grits are among the restaurant’s signature dishes on the lunch menu. Or, try the new seafood-infused express business lunch menu at the bar from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., offering two courses for $22. 1401 K St. NW, 202-216-5988
The oyster loaf sandwich at District Commons includes four to five fried oysters with lettuce, tomatoes, and a spicy remoulade sauce on two pieces of brioche bread. Try this one or any of the other appetizing items on the daily Sandwich Board, which offers a different option each weekday. 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-587-8277
At Ceiba, the $20 express lunch menu centers on a collection of South American-inspired items, such as the hot pressed Cuban sandwich. Entrees are served with an appetizer and a non-alcoholic drink, such as fresh-pressed juice. 701 14 St. NW, 202-393-398
PassionFish’s express lunch menu offers a three-course meal on one plate, perfect for a quick and filling bite. Try the daily fish entrée served blackened with green salad, seafood gumbo, and a caramel crème brulee. The popular sushi menu is also available for lunch. 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston, 703-230-3474
The new tacos and tortas menu at Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is inspired by authentic street cart dishes from Mexico City. The tacos al pastor served with marinated pork and pineapple-serrano salsa are a tasty option. 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 571-970-2180
Pop in to Acadiana for its Louisiana-inspired lunch menu, including the trio of deviled eggs topped with crab ravigote, Benton’s bacon and blue cheese, and crawfish remoulade. Don’t miss the $10 po’ boy lunch combos, which include a half serving of the po’ boy of the day, red beans and rice, and an Abita draft. 901 New York Ave. NW, 202-408-8848
Leaving your desk to soak in a little bit of sun when grabbing lunch can be a nice break from the office. But between deadlines and endless e-mails awaiting your replies, it’s not always possible to simply enjoy your midday meal on a beautiful summer day.
Thanks to chef Jeff Tunks of Passion Food Hospitality, however, you can now grab a gourmet lunch in 45 minutes or less, while enjoying all the comforts of a sit-down restaurant. Tunks has added tasty express lunch menus, fixed daily specials, and blue plate-style meals to his seven DC-area eateries.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT SUCHMAN (OYSTER LOAF, TACOS, BURGER, SUSHI); CHRIS GRANGER (CRAB CAKES, CUBAN SANDWICH, DEVILED EGGS)