Fast lunch at a great price

Fast lunch at a great price
Fast lunch at a great price
Fast lunch at a great price

When most people think of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, date nights, special occasions or Sunday dinner usually come to mind. And while the restaurant offers a great atmosphere for those “fancier” occasions, it also has a wonderful lunch menu to choose from all week long. Since this past summer, Carrabba’s has been serving delicious Italian cuisine specifically designed with the lunch crowd in mind. The restaurant boasts expedited service at a price you and your wallet will love.

“We can get you in an out in 9 minutes for under $9,” said owner and manager Bret Baumgartner. “Our customers come first; just let the server know you are in a hurry, and we will do everything we can to get you on your way.”

Baumgartner has been the managing partner of the Beaumont location for over six years, and has transformed the well-known establishment into what it is today.

Pasta, pizza, salads sandwiches. Oh my!

Carrabba’s lunch menu offers nearly 50 different items to choose from, and while many are favorite dinner options, specialty Italian sandwiches are unique to the mid-day selections.

Five fan favorites including Chicken Parmesan, Steak, Meatball, Caprese and Chicken Bryan are transformed from an entrée to a sandwich – perfect for enjoying the best of Carrabba’s on the go. Three famous pizzas – Margherita, Carnevalea and Quattro Formaggi – are also available and served with either a cup of soup or side salad. The usual suspects – spaghetti, different fettuccines, calamari and a host of soups and salads – can be found on the vast menu as well. For those who come with larger appetite, full-sized chicken, steak and seafood signature dishes are ready for the ordering. Don’t forget the dolci! Treat yourself to a chocolate dream with Sogno di Cioccolata, or enjoy the warm, roasted rum pecans in a John Cole. On the chillier afternoons, brighten up the mid-day blues with a cannoli and cappuccino to go.

What we ate

Decisions, decisions, delicious decisions! True to our carb-loving selves, we started the meal with Carrabba’s freshly baked bread and herb-infused dipping oil. Following the warm loaf, we sampled a newer item, Arancini, and a seasonal salad. When we thought the meal couldn’t get any better, the main event was delivered; three different types of signature sandwiches and a side of Cavatappi Amatriciana and soup. Wow.

Arancini

Crispy bite-sized balls filled with risotto, Italian fennel sausage, red bell peppers and Romano cheese are hand-breaded and fried to perfection. Served with house-made marinara. We thought these were going to be the run-of-the mill fried cheese balls, but boy were we wrong. The crispy round bites were filled with crumbly goodness and bursting with flavor.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Salad

Arugula, roasted grape tomatoes and slivers of red onion are tossed in lemon vinaigrette topped with planko and parmesan-crusted chicken slices and parmesan shavings. This was the best salad we have sampled in a while! The arugula leaves were lightly glazed with the tart lemon dressing, and blended wonderfully with the bite of the onion and cheese. The chicken was juicy and flavorful, and surrounded by crunchy crumbs. The roasted tomatoes were a nice touch of both color and taste.

Half Steak and Chicken Bryan Sandwich with Cavatappi Amatriciana

The steak, a wood-grilled sliced sirloin, was topped with fontina cheese, mushrooms, prosciutto and Lombardo Marsala wine sauce. The chicken was grilled and topped with basil goat cheese, sundried tomato aioli and arugula.

These sandwiches are perfect for enjoying your favorite dishes while on the run! We love the flavors and textures of Chicken Bryan, so being able to carry it around is a major plus. The steak was so tender and smothered in Carrabba’s famous Marsala sauce and melty cheese. MMMmmmm! Both sandwiches are served on a flakey, baked ciabatta loaf. We tried the house side, tender macaroni tossed in a tomato sauce, and it made the entire meal heavenly.

We can also recommend the Chicken Parm sandwich and tomato soup. It really is a tough decision to pick from the great menu.

The service is friendly, the food was fast, and the meals are delicious. Catering and online orders are welcome, as well as car-side to-go orders. Come in a try Carrabba’s new lunch menu where the taste and quality Italian cuisine can’t be beat.

 

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