Figuring out what to feed yourself or family can be a daily, and sometimes frustrating, task. Especially if there are multiple picky eaters in your house. If you can’t figure out what to eat for lunch, Tony’s Pizza can help. Here are five fun lunch ideas to consider. Or, if you’re looking for a quicker option, drop by Tony’s Pizza for a delightful slice of pizza, sub, salad, stromboli, wings…whatever you desire! Don’t forget, we’ve got daily lunch specials too.

Go for an International Twist on Old Favorites

According to a recent survey, American’s favorite things to eat at mealtime include:

  1. Mashed potatoes
  2. French fries
  3. Hamburgers
  4. Grilled Cheese
  5. Fried Chicken

Likewise, other top favorites are sandwiches, chicken nuggets/tenders, and salads.

If you have family members who are creatures of habit, get creative! Try new twists on their favorites. Consider ways to make your lunch globally-inspired. Therefore, you can introduce new flavors and/or textures without reaching too far beyond your family’s comfort zone.

Here are a few examples:

  • Opt for teriyaki, jerk-style, or other unique international dipping sauces for chicken.
  • Add a bit of brown gravy and cheese curds to french fries and create the beloved Canadian dish poutine.
  • Make a grilled cheese or other type of sandwich using less traditional cheeses. Use Spanish Manchego, Dutch Gouda, English Cheddar, or another type of delicious melty cheese.

If you get creative and add in a few interesting ingredients, it encourages your family to try new things. Often, they’re less likely to turn up their noses at something completely unfamiliar when it’s fun.

Make a Meat, Fruit, and Vegetable Tray

For good reason, charcuterie boards are the thing to do. They’re flexible and encourage people to try a wide range of foods during a single meal. As a fun lunch option, make a version that your kids will love too.

Typically, a charcuterie board showcases upscale cured pork products. Moreover, many also include nuts, cheese, fruits, vegetables, crackers, spreads, and dipping sauces. On your lunchtime charcuterie board for the kids, add:

  • Rolled lunch meat and sliced cheese
  • Baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced cucumbers, broccoli, and other raw vegetables they enjoy
  • Crackers (Ritz, goldfish, saltines, or anything else in your pantry)
  • Peanut butter
  • Sliced applies, berries, orange slices, grapes, and other fresh fruits
  • Raisins
  • Pieces of bread or toast, cut into strips
  • Pretzels

Likewise, add any other snacky foods in your house as well. Experiment with a few more unusual options to encourage picky eaters to try new things. Give foods such as hummus, kiwi or other tropical fruits and pickles a chance to become beloved favorites.

Breakfast for Lunch with a Pancake or Waffle Bar

Let’s face it, mornings can become rushed, so it isn’t always possible to make pancakes or waffles. Make them for a fun lunch instead and include a toppings bar that kids (and – who are we kidding – adults too!) will love. Here are a few fun toppings to try on your pancakes or waffles:

  • Maple syrup of course (and try warming it a bit with some flavoring extract like vanilla for a fun twist)
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings or chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Candied bacon
  • Fresh berries or fruit syrup
  • Jam
  • Sprinkles
  • Sliced bananas
  • Apples stewed with some cinnamon (or use apple pie filling!)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Honey
  • Walnuts or pecans
  • Shredded coconut

Better yet, make your waffle/pancake bar a bit healthier with tasty tidbits like fresh fruit, nuts, and honey. Conversely, you can get indulgent for a special occasion and pull out those delightful candy toppings.

Grill Easy Quesadillas if You Need an Idea for What to Eat for Lunch

A fun lunch alternative to sandwiches and wraps are Quesadillas. Since they’re so easy to customize, you can please everyone. If you want to make tortillas at home, mix together 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup of water, and a pinch of salt. Kids love to help you knead the dough. Once their little hands knead it into a smooth consistency, let it rest for ten minutes. Then, divide it into 8 balls and roll into thin circles. Cook in a greased pan for a few minutes.

Naturally, you can also choose the easier route with a store-bought version as well. Either way, plop one tortilla in the pan and top with your desired fillings. This is a great way to use leftover ground beef, steak, pulled pork, or chicken. Then, top with your favorite cheeses and a second tortilla and grill for a few minutes on each side.

Drop by Tony’s Pizza for Lunch

Occasionally, even the best lunch ideas in the world just don’t sound satisfying. Especially, when a lot of work is involved. When you don’t know what to eat for lunch, bring yourself and the kids to Tony’s.  For lunch, you can choose from full pizzas and pizza by the slice to a wide range of Italian pasta entrees, hot and cold subs, and more. Truly, there’s a little something for everyone, even if pizza isn’t your thing.

If you’re too busy to come by, we also offer delivery via Slice, DoorDash and Uber Eats. Additionally, you can call us for a carry-out order. Be sure to join our rewards program to earn points with every visit!

FAQs About Tony’s Lunch Menu

We’re here to answer any questions you have about the Tony’s Pizza lunch menu. Here are a few FAQs to get you started:

Do you have options for special diets?

Yes! Our menu has gluten-free crust and a cauliflower crust option. We take allergies very seriously, so please tell a staff member if someone in your family has an allergy or sensitivity. Similarly, we also have carb-conscious options, including a wide variety of salads.

Can I order catering?

Pick up a party tray for your next work meeting, party, or event! Our team can also provide large quantities of pizza, calzones, strombolis, and other items including desserts. Be sure to provide 72-hours notice for catering.

What makes Tony’s different?

Our authentic family recipes bring traditional Italian food to North Carolina. With familial roots in Calabria, Italy, we grew up in Brooklyn before moving south. Read more about our journey here. We hope to see you at one of our locations for an Italian lunch soon!

At Tony’s Pizza, we serve delicious Italian fare using family recipes brought over from Italy. However, sometimes pizza and pasta just aren’t what you’re feeling. Instead, you’re craving a fresh salad filled with veggies and other delightful toppings. If you’re trying to find good salads near me, Tony’s Pizza is your place!

Salads Make the Perfect Meal

It’s a fact, adults should be eating 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day. Notably, the CDC reports that only about 10% of American adults are doing this. Unfortunately, in North Carolina, our numbers are even lower than the national average. About 9.5% of adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables daily. We can help improve that amount now that you’ve found good salads near me at Tony’s Pizza!

Truly, salads pack a lot of vegetables into one meal. Incorporating them into a healthy diet helps prevent many health conditions, including some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Specialty Salads at Tony’s

When you order a salad, add any of the toppings you like from our selection. This includes:

  • Cheese (mozzarella, feta, parmesan, and more)
  • Meats such as ham, turkey, and salami
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers

These are just a few of the tasty toppings available. Likewise, we also offer a variety of yummy dressings.

What’s best to put in good salads near me? You can choose one of our specialty salads. Our flavor combinations range from tried and true such as our Caesar and Garden Salads to unique such as our Craisin’ Cranberry & Walnut. Here’s are our choices:

  • Caesar Salad: Romaine and iceberg lettuce, topped with crunchy parmesan croutons and creamy dressing.
  • Greek Salad: We sprinkle generous portions of olives, pepperoncinis, feta, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on top of our romaine and iceberg lettuce blend. Served with a delicious Greek dressing.
  • Craisin’ Cranberry & Walnut Salad: This salad option has crasin’ cranberries, sugar-coated walnuts, and feta on a bed of spinach. It’s perfect anytime of the year!
  • Garden Salad: Our garden salad option starts with our romaine/iceburg lettuce blend. We then add mozzarella, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olives, and peppers.
  • Chef Salad: This one is for meat lovers! We add salami, ham, turkey, and provolone cheese atop a bed of romaine and iceburg lettuce. Then, we add even more toppings: mozzarella, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olives, and peppers.

Keep in mind, we are happy to customize your salad to meet your exact tastes!

Food for the Entire Family

While our salads are fresh and delicious, some family members may want a hot meal instead. At Tony’s, we have numerous Italian entrees for the whole family. Our menu includes:

  • Baked Ziti
  • Eggplant parmigiana
  • Chicken parmigiana
  • Meat lasagna
  • Baked ricotta cheese ravioli
  • Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce

Naturally, we also offer slices and whole pies of our famous Brooklyn-style pizza along with mouth-watering wings. We make sure that there is something for everyone at Tony’s. Similarly, you can order any of our salads as a side to your main entree.

What makes Tony’s different? We use only the best ingredients for our recipes that were passed down through the generations from our family in Italy, by way of Brooklyn, New York. Therefore, you can enjoy an authentic Italian cuisine experience right here in the Charlotte and Hickory area. And, if you are traveling through the Triad of Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Clemmons or High Point, make sure to check out our sister restaurant, Mario’s Pizza, which has six locations.

More Delicious Options From Our Sub Menu

If salad, pasta and pizza aren’t your thing, we also have a fantastic sub menu. For meals on the go, subs are perfect. Our options include hot and cold. Choose “the Tony’s way” or “Philly style” with a variety of toppings. Of course, we can customize any sub to your tastes. Our three most popular subs are:

  1. Steak Sub
  2. Grilled Chicken Sub
  3. Chick-O-Philly Sub

Ask for your sub served the Tony’s way and you’ll get cheese, banana peppers, onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato, oil, and vinegar. Or, choose it Philly style for cheese, bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Again, we’ll customize your sub with other toppings if you prefer.

We also have 4 types of parmigiana subs (sausage, eggplant, chicken, and meatball), each baked with marinara sauce and cheese. Similarly, you can try one of our other popular sub options: Italian, turkey, veggie, or sausage, peppers, and onions. Be sure to add one of our side salads to include those vegetables in your meal.

FAQs About Tony’s Pizza

We’d love to answer any questions you have about our fare. Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear to get you started:

How can I order good salads near me?

For both dine in and take out, we have the best salads. To order yours, give us a call or use our convenient online ordering system (just be sure to select the location nearest you). We also offer delivery through Slice, DoorDash and Uber Eats from our restaurants in Charlotte and Hickory.

Do you have a rewards program?

Yes, we do! Earn points every time you order good salads near me from Tony’s (or any other meal for that matter). Sign up via our app or let a team member know that you’d like to join our loyalty program.

Where can I learn more about Tony’s menu and prices?

Our full menu and prices are online. Simply select your preferred Tony’s location from the dropdown above to view the full menu.