Casual lunch: Vancouver restaurants offer a variety of lunchtime meals that appeal to the new casual approach to diners

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Be well (1012 Washington St.; 360-726-5135) has a similar menu minus the toast served in an airy beach space with comfy couches and relaxing music ($7.25-$8.25 smoothies, juice $7.50 to $8.25, smoothie bowls $9 to $9.75).

Ingrid Murphy-Kenny has reopened the indoor space of her uptown cafe at 1701 Broadway (360-921-7802). Ingrid’s GoodStreet Food & Paleo Grill serves bowls ($13-$15), wraps ($13-$14), salads ($7-$14), and entrees like roasted beet hummus ($8). This off the beaten path cafe is known for its fresh, healthy and tasty meals. I recently ate Ingrid’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad ($14), a generously proportioned mix of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, sweet red onions and Greek olives, topped with juicy pieces of grilled chicken drizzled with tangy tzatziki. From Friday to Monday, Ingrid’s is home to a Funky Fresh Juice Company pop-up featuring smoothies and juices from Vancouver Farmers Market’s popular juice truck.

Gourmet coffee in the Riverview Tower (900 Washington St.; 360-735-5927) serves sandwiches ($8.49-$11.49), salads ($8.99-$10.49) and flatbread pizza ($8.99-$9.49) to eat in the comfy chairs that fill the small cafe and spill out into the lobby. It’s also a good place to take out – order ahead or choose from the take out options on the wall next to the register.

fancy lunch

Amaro’s Table (1220 Main St.; 360-718-2942) is the perfect place for a birthday lunch or a splurge for coworkers to see each other in person. The all-day menu includes entrees like fried Brussels sprouts ($9) and salt-and-pepper calamari ($15); salads like the wild salmon niçoise ($23) or the classic wedge ($11) topped with fried onions and blue cheese crumbles; burgers ($14-$15) and sandwiches ($13-$17); plus entrees like the classic fried chicken ($23) or flat iron steak served with hash browns ($34). Customers, embracing the new lunch ethos, can order a glass of wine ($8-$14) or one of Amaro’s craft cocktails like Groove Is In The Heart ($13) with tequila, Brucato Chaparral Amaro, poblano pineapple, lime, agave and sage.

Discreet

Slow Fox Chili at Columbia Food Park (108 E. Seventh St.; 360-721-0634) offers a low-key outdoor experience. The food cart park has covered tables and a bright mural. The menu includes a variety of quick, delicious and deeply satisfying dishes like Louie’s lentils ($8.50-$11.50) with bell peppers, yams and kale; chili combos like the Cincinnati chili (three, four or five ways, $7.75 to $8.75); and non-chili dishes like Saner ribs ($11.50), rubbed with Recado and slow-cooked.

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