Writer & Photographer / Julie Yates

This is the final installment of a three-part series on lunching in Greenwood. Earlier, the “Business Lunch” and “Lunch on a Budget” were featured. This article highlights spots that are great restaurants for a “Ladies’ Lunch,” an important way to connect with friends in a busy world.

Many women only see each other at children’s sporting events or school meetings, but when they take time to meet for lunch, they are able to enjoy a meaningful conversation. Meeting for a “Girls’ Lunch Out” strengthens existing friendships and allows new ones to develop. It only takes an hour or so but pays off dividends in fueling happiness levels, as well as satisfying noontime hunger pangs.

As the song goes, “Girls just want to have fun,” and Lucero’s is a great place to do it. Situated in a strip center at 4800 W Smith Valley Road, its unassuming exterior gives way to a colorful party-like atmosphere inside. Sites such as Yelp and Urban Spoon consistently give it high ratings and almost everything on the menu is less than 10 dollars. There is something about sharing a meal of festive Mexican food that sparks conversation and girl talk. Ladies love margaritas, and the friendly staff here will even whip up a non-alcoholic strawberry version upon request.

Vino Villa
Vino Villa, 200 North Madison Avenue, is a bit more pricey and upscale. Located in a stately old home, the establishment’s beautiful woodwork and floors are worth seeing. The patio is lovely in the summer, but the second floor offers cozy “living room” seating if the weather is rainy or cold. The first floor is devoted to a shop selling wine, cheese, meat, oils, vinegars and gifts. As the name implies, this is a place to enjoy a glass of local or imported wine along with specialty cheeses. Also on the menu are several small plate dishes in addition to wraps and salads. Ordering several items to share with a group is encouraged.

Sassafras Tea Room
Just across the street at 229 North Madison Avenue is the Sassafras Tea Room. This quaint restaurant has a traditional Ladies’ Lunch menu: chicken velvet soup, chicken salad and quiche. In addition, there are several sandwiches and salads. Most items are priced around 10 dollars and portioned for a woman’s lunchtime appetite. Everything is served on pretty flowered china and the antique cherry furniture enhances the charming atmosphere. A small area displays gift items for sale. Custom cakes, which are baked in-house, can be ordered if the lunch is for a special occasion.

A woman may be working full-time or busy managing a home and children, but taking time out to have lunch with the girls sends the message to friends that they are worth connecting with. Greenwood is fortunate to have these diverse restaurants that give lunching ladies a choice.

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