Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Phoenix and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Arcadia Farms Cafe thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Barrio Cafe, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Houston's
Although part of a national chain, this restaurant is amazingly good. It's not difficult to get in, but there's often a wait for a table, given its popularity. To pass the time, hang out at the bar and enjoy the relaxed ambience and diverse clientele. Then, sink back into a deep booth amid dark woods and brick, and try to figure out what you'll eat from their strong menu. Steaks, fresh fish, roasted chicken, burgers, and salads are among the possibilities. Great for business lunches and after-work drinks too. (602-957-9700)

9 Cold Stone Creamery
This isn't just an ordinary ice cream parlor where a cookies n' cream cone is all cream and no cookies. Cold Stone Creamery offers a broad selection of ice creams, yogurts, and smoothies. The difference is how they provide the toppings. Instead of just throwing a few sprinkles on top, employees thoroughly mix toppings and ice cream on a slab of frozen granite. As a result, you can enjoy Heath bar crunch all the way to the bottom of the waffle cone. Sundaes and malted milkshakes also allow you to indulge. (602-248-9250)

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8 First Watch
Realizing the importance of the first meal of the day, folks here put together homemade fare at outstanding prices. No matter what you have a taste for — pancakes, omelets, fresh fruit, yogurt, or even a bagel — you're sure to find it. Try one of the specialties, like the Bacado omelet (stuffed with avocado and bacon), or a delicious crepe concoction. After 11am, salads, sandwiches, and soups are available. (602-340-9089)

7 El Bravo
Although the decor may leave something to be desired, that small concern is usually left behind once patrons taste the restaurant's terrific Sonoran cuisine. Menu options include burritos, enchiladas, red beef popovers, and tacos. Save room for a chocolate chimichanga for dessert. (602-943-9753)

6 Postino Arcadia
Adapted from what used to be a neighborhood post office, this trendy wine bar is awash in candlelight, earthy colors, and dark wood furniture. It's also distinguished by a glass garage door that blurs interior and exterior space when the weather cooperates. The menu is rustic and flavorful, defined by bruschettas, paninis, antipasti, and salads. Knowledgeable servers are happy to help with wine selections, which hail from across the world and are available by glass and bottle. Great for couples or groups. (602-852-3939)

5 Miracle Mile Deli
It's not named Miracle Mile by accident! This New York-style deli serves sandwiches piled high and demands prices that would make any New Yorker reach for the wallet and not ask questions. Corned beef, pastrami, brisket, meatloaf, and turkey are some of the choices you'll find at the eatery. Side dishes like macaroni and cheese round out the menu fare. (602-776-0992)

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4 The Farm Kitchen
Escape the city and head out to the quaint farm cottage that houses this restaurant. You'll dine at picnic tables shaded by pecan trees, appreciating the freshness of dishes prepared from home-grown ingredients. Crisp salads, homemade soups, and a wide variety of sandwiches appease any appetite. Just make sure to save room for the muffins and scones, baked fresh each day. Somehow they just taste better outdoors. (602-276-6360)

3 Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe
The focus is on the food at this simple, pleasant eatery. Enjoy heaping portions of fried chicken, pork chops, catfish, corn bread, and other homespun Southern goodies. Mrs. White's is a popular lunch stop, so make sure you come early or have time to wait for a table. (602-262-9256)

2 Barrio Cafe
Since it opened, folks have been clamoring to this hopping, no-reservations-accepted restaurant for its inventive southern Mexican cuisine. Abandoned are bland burritos and tacos in favor of lush, richly layered flavors achieved with zesty chiles, authentic cheeses, and complex moles. Start with guacamole prepared tableside and then consider cochinita pibil, a delectable slow-roasted pork dish. Grilled steaks, seared duck breast, and seafood enchiladas are also much-requested. Plus, there's no better dessert than deep-fried fritters with goats' milk caramel — ask anyone. (602-636-0240)

1 Maharaja Palace
Depth of flavor is a hallmark of Indian fare, courtesy of myriad spices and lots of earthy preparations. The cuisine is also marked by juxtapositions of spicy and cool, wet and dry, textured and smooth. Maharaja Palace balances all these qualities beautifully, as evidenced in options like tandoori chicken, shrimp vindaloo, palak paneer, and shrimp korma. Lots of vegetarian dishes are available, and the sizeable menu promises plenty of choices. A great lunch buffet is an added plus, but do know that with a la carte meals, everything is priced separately. (602-547-1000)

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Houston's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: BILTMORE
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Cold Stone Creamery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ice Cream
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
COST: $
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First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
COST: $
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El Bravo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
COST: $
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Postino Arcadia 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Arcadia
COST: $
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Miracle Mile Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
COST: $
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The Farm Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
COST: $
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Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
COST: $
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Barrio Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
COST: $
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Maharaja Palace 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: Glendale
COST: $