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.

T. Cook's
T. Cook's rests within a 1920s-era mansion (now a luxury hotel) constructed by New York financier Delos Cooke. The property's elegant restaurant is considered one of the best in the state. The menu consists of Mediterranean-inspired dishes like sautéed Maine lobster with tortellini and asparagus, seared duck breast with butternut squash risotto, and spit-roasted chicken with toasted almond couscous, dates, and olives. The adjacent lounge is cigar-friendly and an ideal spot for a relaxing aperitif. (602-808-0766, 866-579-3636)

bistro 24
This airy French bistro sports wicker furniture, colorful local artwork, and hardwood floors. The lunchtime business crowd is attracted by fresh pâtés, entree salads, and gourmet sandwiches. Delectable main dishes include lobster and potato gnocchi, chicken fricassee, steak au poivre, and steamed halibut en papillote. Outdoor dining lets you enjoy the weather, and the large bar makes a great hang-out for after-hours drinks. (602-952-2424)

San Carlos Bay Seafood
A popular haunt for locals, this quaint establishment keeps mouths mesmerized with tasty Mexican seafood. Veracruz-style filleted snapper (with olives, onions, tomatoes, and peppers), an octopus cocktail, and culichi-style pescado (oven-baked fish with a tangy green sauce) are among the menu options. Many patrons agree that the decor leaves much to be desired, but the food is so delicious that the surroundings disappear in comparison. (602-340-0892)

Husband-and-wife team Tony and Susan Makridid share authentic Greek dishes with Phoenix locals at this popular establishment. A variety of foods is made from scratch following old family recipes. Appetizers include taramosalata (mullet roe blended with lemon and olive oil) and saganaki (kefalograviera cheese flamed with brandy and doused with lemon). Shrimp and lamb dishes dominate the selection of entrees. Diners can enjoy the tasteful decor inside or on the refreshing outdoor patio. (602-265-2990)

Sometimes you need to add a little spice to your life, and this is the place to do just that. Featuring the flavors of New Mexico, Richardson's satisfies hungry mouths until late into the evening. Chiles rellenos, quesadillas and wood-fired pizzas make up the traditional fare, and grilled pork chops (stuffed with spicy chorizo), chimayo chicken (stuffed with spinach, dried tomatoes, poblano chilies, and asiago cheese) are other local favorites. Perhaps the signature dish for weekend brunch is eggs Benedict with jalapeno hollandaise. (602-265-5886)

Texaz Grill
Don your boots and cowboy hat, and you'll fit in just fine at Texaz Grill. Music from the jukebox adds energy to the place, Texas-themed artifacts adorn the walls, and aromas of chicken fried steak make your mouth water. T-bone steaks, catfish, and chili also populate the menu. The inviting ambience and satisfying food come together beautifully for an experience rooted in good times. Just be sure to save room for pecan pie — it could subdue the largest sweet tooth in all of Arizona! (602-248-7827)

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)

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)

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)

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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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T. Cook's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
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bistro 24 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Continental, European, French
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
Cost: $$
San Carlos Bay Seafood 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican, Seafood
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
Cost: $
Greekfest 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: North Phoenix
Cost: $$
Richardson's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
Cost: $$
Texaz Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: North Phoenix
Cost: $$
El Bravo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
Cost: $
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Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Biltmore
Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
Cost: $
Miracle Mile Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
Cost: $
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