Cherry Street Coffee House: Five downtown locations.

Ah April, when little buds sprout in garden and office. (Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is April 23.) Why not spring out of your lunch rut with these downtown lunch-hour superstars?

Belle Epicurean What’s not to love about little European salads, warming soups, and melting cheese sandwiches on buttery brioche buns, served on marble tables at the oh-so-civilized Fairmont Olympic Hotel?

Cherry Street Coffee House Enlightened management, cozy quarters, a legendary gyro, and the perfect cup of coffee have made Cherry Street famous at five downtown addresses.

Harried and Hungry You can fax, email, call, or walk in your order, whether it’s a hot chicken pesto sandwich with fresh greens or an individual bacon blue cheese pizza. Efficient and tasty.

Michou A delectable, underpriced lineup of unique global salads and panini and soups and hot dishes accounts for the ever-present line outside this Pike Place Market storefront. Only four counter seats means you’re lucky it’s getting warm outside.

The Other Coast Café This big alt-funky joint in the upper warrens of One Union Square (there’s another in Ballard) is the lunch place in east downtown, offering a long list of drippy subs on crusty French rolls like the outlandish Rajun Cajun, with its sweet spicy mayo and melting pepperjack cheese.

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