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 Orlando and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at House of Blues Orlando thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Yellow Dog Eats, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Black Bean Deli
Simple styling and uncomplicated service are the hallmarks of this small place, which serves up fantastic Cuban food. Especially good for takeout, the Deli offers traditional dishes like empanadas and tamales, supplementing them with sandwiches featuring pork, ham and more. As you might expect, the attention given to everything is first-rate, and it shows in the flavor. The black beans and rice, for which the place was named, are particularly good. If it's busy, don't be put off — just order quickly and be ready to eat. Reservations not accepted. (407-628-0294)

9 First Watch
Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast from First Watch. They're well known for their great pancakes and French toast, which come with fruit toppings and an assortment of syrups. They also dish up omelets, waffles and all the traditional bacon and egg combinations. Try a side order of the savory home fries for added sustenance, and wash it all down with strong black coffee. From the diversity of the diners, you can see that all are welcome. (407-682-2315)

8 Little Saigon
Family-owned, this Vietnamese restaurant introduces guests to the subtle flavors and incredible freshness of authentic Asian cuisine. The summer rolls, which are like egg rolls with unfried wrappers, are legendary and come with a terrific peanut sauce. Noodle dishes and traditional soups comprise the bulk of the menu; they feature fresh herbs and vegetables. You'll also find pork, beef, seafood and chicken dishes. A large portion of the restaurant's clientele are Vietnamese, so you can be assured that Little Saigon's doing something right. Give them a try and find out for yourself. Reservations not accepted. Casual dress. (407-423-8539)

7 College Park Cafe
This simple, unpretentious restaurant feels almost like a small-town diner. It has friendly service and consistently good, filling food. You can get breakfast all day long or have a turkey dinner in the morning; plus, a nice cut of pie only costs a few bucks. Most importantly, servers understand the importance of keeping a coffee cup filled. (407-420-9892)

6 Yellow Dog Eats
Formerly a general store and recalling a bygone era, this cafe retains its old-fashioned charm. The menu centers around salads and sandwiches packed with beef, veggies, and chicken. A popular lunchtime destination, it's located alongside the Gotha Country Store, where guests can browse a collection of antiques and gifts while waiting for their meal. (407-296-0609)

5 Infusion Tea
Have a hankering for monkey-picked oolong? Order up, settle back, and fully enjoy the experience. Your tea — loose-leaf — arrives with a little jar of honey, sugar cubes, and an hourglass timer so you can achieve the perfect steepage. Make it a proper tea party with a freshly baked scone with Devon cream and strawberry jam. On Infusion's website, tea expert John happily answers all your medicinal and pleasurable tea questions. (407-999-5255, 866-346-5135)

4 Austins Coffee
The scene? Comfortable, mismatched sofas; organic, fair-trade coffees and teas; tight-jeaned, floppy-haired hipster followers; and, of course, local art on the walls. Go early so you can claim one of the couches and enjoy the quiet. At night, they often show independent movies, have local musicians perform, and turn into more of a raucous hangout. (407-975-3364)

3 903 Mills Market
This neighborhood corner store and deli attracts folks with its low-key outdoor seating. An incredibly relaxed vibe invites you to come for breakfast and then sit all day. If you crave a sandwich, order The Greatful Bread (wheat bread, cranberry mayo, red onion, roasted turkey, and blue-cheese stuffing), and pair it with an Orange Blossom pilsner at lunch. As you nibble, check out the upbeat, funky people who frequent the market. (407-898-4392)

2 Caribbean Sunshine Bakery Restaurant & Lounge
In this peculiar strip mall fixture, the bakery/restaurant shares space with a permanent farmers market, creating a deliciously homegrown Caribbean experience where both patrons and workers converse with a relaxed island cadence. You can fill your plate on the cheap with jerked meats, plantain tarts, ackee-and-codfish patties, and curried goat. Then, before you leave, stock up on mangoes, yams, and callaloo from the market. (407-839-5060)

1 Rice Paper
Elegantly understated, this dining room serves up artful Vietnamese dishes that appeal to both the eyes and the tastebuds. Dig into some rice noodles with stir-fried meat, or splurge for a special like the Chilean sea bass, flavored with ginger and scallions. Other tempting bites, including Pho soup and summer rolls with peanut sauce, provide additional delight. (407-352-4700)

Maps and Directions

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Black Bean Deli 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Cuban, Latin, Vegetarian
Neighborhood: Winter Park
COST: $
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First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Altamonte Springs
COST: $
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Little Saigon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: COLONIALTOWN
COST: $
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College Park Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: North Orlando
COST: $
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Yellow Dog Eats 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Deli
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Live Music, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Neighborhood: Gotha/windemere
COST: $
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Infusion Tea 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, British, European, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: College Park
COST: $
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Austins Coffee 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Group Friendly, Live Music
Neighborhood: Winter Park
COST: $
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903 Mills Market 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Caribbean Sunshine Bakery Restaurant & Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Rice Paper 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: DOCTOR PHILLIPS
COST: $