10 Best Restaurants for Lunch in Atlanta: Indoors or Out

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

If it is a sandwich with high quality meats you are craving, then you'll definitely want to visit Bocado or Star Provisions. However, if you are trying to eat on the healthy side, visit Metrofresh, Souper Jenny or Urban Pl8. The prior two have both delicious and interesting soups, salads and sandwiches. Urban Pl8, on the Westside, is your source for organic and paleo friendly dining. The good thing is the prices are low and there's something for every kind of palette on the Urban Pl8 menu. 

If you find yourself craving something a bit more ethnic, head over to Toscano and Sons and sample their delicious Italian sandwiches. But for something really out of the ordinary, head to Hankook Taqueria for the Korean / Mexican food. 

10 Urban pL8
Located on the Westside, this gluten-free, paleo friendly restaurant serves up delicious food for brunch, lunch and dinner. One of the most satisfying items at lunch is the Banh Mi burger. It is served up with vietnamese pickled vegetables and is the perfect amount of juicy and spicy. The coconut shrimp and crabcake are good choices as well. The restaurant likes to feature locally sourced produce. Prices are very reasonable for the amount and quality of food served. Don't forget to save room for dessert. The Ellidge, a Krispy Kreme doughnut with vanilla ice cream and peach compote. Service is always friendly and inviting. ((404) 367-0312)

9 Toscano and Sons
Located on the hip Westside of theToscano and Sons serves up some delicious sandwiches full of Italian meats. The sandwiches are not like your average deli in size, but are on the small side. That's how they keep the prices around $4. If you are hungry you could easily eat two. These sandwiches or pressed paninis includee: the Toscano with soppressata, fontina, arugula and the Porchetta made with pork and fontina cheese. Of course there's more traditional sandwiches like the Caprese or the Manzo, made with roast beef and horseradish. After you are done with your sandwich stay and shop for those traditional Italian items you've been meaning stock up on. (404-815-8383)

8 Hankook Taqueria
Hankook Taqueria features an interesting, delicious blend of Korean and Mexican food, and local connoisseurs love this eatery on the westside for its warm, casual atmosphere and one-of-a-kind tacos. No table service is found here - order at the counter and food is delivered to your table. The menu is pretty simple at Hankook. Choices are tacos, burritos (standard chicken, beef, pork, fish, tofu, shrimp) and what they like to call "Street Snacks" which are really what most would consider appetizers. These "Street Snacks" are spicy pork sliders, tempura fried sweet potatoes, fried dumplings and a firedog -- spicy hot dog with kimchee. Standout tacos are the calamari and the beef brisket. Don't miss the tempura fried Korean sweet potatoes. You'll soon see why this top-notch taqueria was featured on the Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate" in 2010. (404-352-8881)

7 Souper Jenny
Patrons are fiercely loyal to this Buckhead establishment. While there are sandwiches and salads on the menu, the gourmet soups are really what gets people returning. Find anything form Tomato Basil, to Chicken Tortilla to the ever popular My Dad's Turkey Chili. Owner, Jenny Levinson seems to always be around making sure things are running smoothly. Levinson closes down the restaurant for a short period each summer to take some time off to relax. During this time, delicious lobster rolls are sold out of the Souper Jenny food truck in the parking lot. The restaurant has become so popular it was even featured on the TODAY show. (404-239-9023, 404-237-7687)

6 Ria's Bluebird
If you plan to have weekend brunch at Ria's, plan to come early, because crowds quickly gather, and the tiny place takes some time to turn over. It is worth the wait as the homemade food is to die for. Breakfast served all day is the real attraction, whether you choose the omelet of the day, banana pancakes, huevos rancheros, or even the unusual but delicious brisket breakfast. An array of vegetarian and vegan options are available, should any guest require that. Expect to see a variety from hipsters to churchgoers. At lunch, find gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, and a few hot entrees, including the brisket white cheddar quesadilla, Reuben Two Ways and Veggie Philly. (404-521-3737)

5 Metrofresh
On the menu of this Midtown lunch spot, expect to find interesting soups like curried butternut squash and corn, lima bean and leek soup. The menu changes daily here, so visitors have to come back often to taste a variety of what they offer. Staff here is very knowledgeable and friendly. They are also very aware of food allergies and do a very good job in identifying ingredients with respect to that. As an added bonus, Metrofresh will deliver within a 15 mile radius. They will also prepare foods to go if you call in advance and order it. Lot of people love this option as it is perfect for a picnic in the park. (404-724-0151)

4 Muss & Turner's
This Cobb County restaurant has been bringing in patrons from far inside the city limits for years now. It is all due to the tasty sandwiches prepared with high quality meats. They make their own pasta, cut their own fries, and even make mayo in house. Walking up to Muss and Turner's you can't help but notice the Big Green Egg they have situated just outside with aromas to beckon you inside. Muss and Turner's interior, with its wooden tables and chairs and soft lighting make for a cozy feeling. Upon entering you'll see the display cases of desserts, cheeses, in case you want to get something to go (it is also an upscale deli. Order the Tuscan Raider, Swifty's Dream or the Dooley. Side orders of fries are huge and good for sharing. (7704341114)

3 Highland Bakery
Although there are other locations to this favorite brunch spot of in-towners, the original in Old Fourth Ward remains a favorite. One of the most beloved dishes on the menu is the sweet potato pancakes. At lunch, the curried chicken salad is a customer favorite. So is the crab burger. Staff is always friendly and courteous to all guests. Waits for tables can be very long on weekends. Many like to bring their dogs and sit on the patio. Don't have time to sit down? Get something from the bakery to go. There are lots of options for vegetarians too. (404-586-0772)

2 Star Provisions
Star Provisions has been pleasing its patrons for years. This is the spot to visit if you are searching for hard to find meats, cheeses and breads. The prices are a bit on the high side, but expect to get quality for what you pay. At lunch order the Shrimp Po Boy, Pastrami Sandwich or the Reuben. They also sell some small kitchenware and gadgets as well as gourmet foodie items for your pantry as well. Do save room for dessert as they have delectable treats you'll want to savor and take home to share with your friends or family. (404-365-0410)

Ask an Atlantan where the best burger in the city is and some will no doubt tell you it can be found at Bocado. The Westside restaurant serves up a deliciously light yet filling burger and is also home to some of the best sandwiches in Atlanta. Bocado serves up a variety of vegetarian and meat-centric sandwiches. While the burger will forever remain a popular menu item, the vegetarian eggplant and cauliflower is wonderful as well. Bocado makes a great spot to meet a friend for lunch and catch up, but it is also good for a business luncheon or meeting too. (404-815-1399)

Malika is the Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta. With a background in marketing, Maika's passion is Writing and Social Media Marketing and she works for various clients in Atlanta. Malika also seeks Atlanta's hidden gems, writing about them on her Atlanta Restaurant Blog.  She believes that an exceptional meal can be found at a hole-in-the-wall joint, as well as in a swanky building.  Exotic travel is also important to our Atlanta expert, who wants to see the whole world. “There are so many great experiences and so much we can all learn from different cultures,” she says.  

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Urban pL8 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Toscano and Sons 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Westside
Hankook Taqueria 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Korean, Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Take Out
Souper Jenny 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Ria's Bluebird 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Local Specialty, Southern
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Grant Park
Metrofresh 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Delivery, Take Out
Neighborhood: Midtown
Muss & Turner's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Vinings
COST: $$$
Highland Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Neighborhood: Inman Park
Star Provisions 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: WESTSIDE
BOCADO 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Westside
COST: $$$