Loop lunchers looking for a meal on-the-go can stop their search at CPK/ASAP, the quick n' easy eatery from the folks behind California Pizza Kitchen.
The ideal spot for midday employees who need a break from their Potbelly's and Subway routine, CPK/ASAP offers all the California Pizza Kitchen favorites in a self-serve setting. Forget the nightmares of an overbearing waitstaff and frustratingly slow service—the pick-up counter (lined with droves of CPK's signature yellow boxes) allows you to control your own dining experience.
CPK junkies will happily notice ASAP's menu is nearly identical to California Pizza Kitchen's, offering standards such as BBQ chicken and Japanese eggplant pies. Classic salads run aplenty, including the Waldorf chicken and the smoked bacon and gorgonzola chopped salads. Don't overlook the paninis (herb chicken focaccia and New Orleans muffuletta) or the entire page of breakfast items (yes, "Denver scramble" can be made into a pizza!).
But for all the help-yourself bonuses, beware of long lines, and seek out your spot on the patio early—it's bustling during lunchtime. Catering is available.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Carly Schwartz