Happy Labor Day! With summer coming to an end, have you had time to catch up with friends? If not, schedule a lunch date. Or take the kids out for the day and stop for lunch at one of our local restaurants with healthy menu options. Here are 3 places to get yummy sandwiches that are healthy, too.

Plain Nuts – This is a popular place for lunch off of the Covington Square, Plain Nuts is a deli that offers sandwiches like smoked turkey, chicken salad and Albacore tuna salad on healthy choices like sourdough, pumpernickel, or a spinach wrap. If you don’t want the bread, try a gourmet salad such as a Mediterranean or egg salad. For a full menu, visit www.plainnutsdeli.com/deli.

Bread and Butter Bakery – Located right on the Square, they offer delicious products made from community based wholesome ingredients. Their sandwiches on homemade bread will excite your taste buds. Try items like the Turkey Cranberry sandwich with hand carved turkey, a cranberry goat cheese spread and spinach on our herb focaccia bread.If you want a vegan option, try the veggie sandwich filled with roasted veggies (bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, Portobello mushroom) and a hummus spread on our herb focaccia. To view their full menu, visit www.breadandbuttercovington.com.

Perk Avenue Cafe & Coffee House – This comfortable cafe offers simple, healthy fare for lunch if you are in the Downtown Madison. Their menu offers a great selection from salads, soups, paninis, hot wraps, croissants, and deli sandwiches. The Sunshine Salad has Mandarin oranges and baked chicken, craisins, walnuts, grapes, feta cheese on a bed of fresh spinach, served with balsamic vinaigrette – yum! Or try the Pita Pocket Crunch – ground garbanzo hummus, spring mix, artichoke hearts, jalapenos, black olives, herb tomato and tortilla chips stuffed in whole wheat pita. See their full menu at perkave.com.