Tired of the hustle and bustle of the Loop during lunchtime? The quiet atmosphere of Goodwin's may be just what the doctor ordered. Specializing in healthy gourmet eating, the staff at Goodwin's goes that extra mile to fulfill its "eat fresh, feel good" motto. The extensive menu is almost overwhelming, lined with so many delicious-sounding concoctions it's hard to pick just one. And with names like Monterey, Maui and Santa Monica, the choices become even more tempting (if only we were eating the Maui in Maui, sigh).
Goodwin's serves mostly specialty sandwiches and tortilla wraps, complemented by a number of salads, soups, desserts and breakfast items. We like the sound of the Avalon Salad, your choice of homemade chicken, tuna or turkey walnut salad surrounded by seasonal fruit, and The Fresno, a whole-wheat wrap with asparagus, turkey, tomato, red onion, sour cream and Muenster, served hot. A rotating selection of pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw, potato chips and fresh fruit side the sandwiches, while wraps are paired with salsa, guacamole and chips. Goodwin's provides catering, delivery and even same-day service for those impromptu business meetings.
Located in the historic Lake Franklin building complex, a unit made up of the oldest remaining buildings in the Loop, Goodwin's looks tiny and un-restauranty, and though it's located in the basement, the whole place is rather quiet and conducive to conversation. But that doesn't mean it's boring. With so many lunch choices and a menu that changes several times a year, you have plenty of excuses to drop those greasy fries and pick up a Newport...sandwich, that is!
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Amy Wilschke