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

10 Café Brazil
Valter Vitorino, owner of Café Brazil, fell in love with food when he began cooking as a 12-year old in Brazil. In 1969, he traveled to America and honed his skills at some of Boston's best restaurants. With the help of a friend, he opened Café Brazil and has been serving real Brazilian home-cooking for over 20 years. For a taste of the goods, try mineirinho, a Brazilian take on Southern-fried chicken and collard greens, or churrasco brazuca, grilled steak and onions. You'll also find rice and beans, pork, and a classic feijoada, served only on weekends. A Brazilian guitarist adds a pleasant vibe on weekends as well. (617-789-5980)

9 Bova's Bakery
Bova's Bakery, located in the heart of Boston's historic North End, is a one stop take-out shop for Italian delights. Known not only for the fresh Italian baked goods, Bova's makes one amazing sub, overstuffed with meats and cheeses these super sized sandwiches will fill you up. The Sicilian style pizza they serve is a sensational snack anytime of day. Featuring only the freshest breads and baked goods, Bova's is off the main drag making it a little less crowded than other, more famous, pastry shops in this part of town. One bite of a lobster tail or crisp, freshly filled cannoli will transport you from Boston's side streets to Italy's cafes. (617.523.5601)

8 Trade
Looking to linger over a special lunch? Trade's Greenway location allows you to step away from the sites and get more than just a minimal afternoon snack. Trade's focus on local cuisine does not dissapoint. The simple flavors of the fresh ingredients shine through in each of the dishes they prepare. Seasonal changes allow diners to discover the best of what Boston has to offer in each and every season. Whether craving a sampling of small plates, or a full meal, Trade can fuel your after lunch excursions. ((617) 451-1234)

7 AKA Bistro
Lunch is a delightful way to enjoy AKA's expensive eats at a fraction of the price and without the need for a reservation. AKA Bistro has a traditional French Bistro feel but is the menu is mixed with that of a Sashimi bar. The melding of the two menus creates a list of options that work well together to satisfy the toughest customer. The French offerings range from centuries old recipes to more modern and creative French fare. While the Sashimi served here is innovative and serves up seasonally selected fish.The special combinations are outside the ordinary and are extraordinary. (781-259-9920)

6 Thinking Cup
The Thinking Cup is the type of coffee shop that you dream about. Freshly made pastries line the shelves (the scones are raved about by regulars I know), simple sandwiches are available and everyone lingering wants to be (for those in a rush order to go, but be warned rush is not a word that has real meaning inside these walls). A small menu of simple sandwiches are served on their homemade bread, and should be savored alongside one of their sensational beverages (coffee perhaps). ((617) 482-5555)

5 Top of the Hub
Perched atop the Prudential Tower, this restaurant/lounge offers great nightlife. Come after work to enjoy a drink and a fine meal in elegant surroundings, complete with expert service, linen-covered tables, and the best views in the city. Strains of jazz music provide an excellent backdrop to the lovely scene. The dining room also offers an outstanding prix fixe brunch on Sundays that features open-face enchiladas, cinnamon bread French toast and thyme-crusted chicken breast, as well as sweets ranging from warm chocolate cake to crème brûlée. (617-536-1775)

4 Davide Ristorante
This luxurious Italian restaurant is located on the waterfront edge of the North End. Although a little on the expensive side, the upscale restaurant offers delicious nouveau cuisine that locals swear is worth the price. Enjoy tasty osso bucco / risotto from Tuesday through Thursday nights, or dive into other specialties, like veal chops or grilled lobster over pasta. The restaurant has had the prestigious honor of receiving Wine Spectator's Top 50 Award of Excellence and other recognitions. (617-227-5745)

3 Caffe Graffiti & Ristorante
Café Graffiti offers appetizers, pastas, salads and desserts, accompanied by a great selection of coffee, espresso and cappuccino. This stop is a must for the best chocolate-covered cannoli around, and it's an extremely popular hot spot with the locals in the area. Open early and late, so if you want to get going in the morning with a strong cup of java, or you have a sweet tooth after dinner, this Italian eatery is where you can go to start or end your day on a pleasant note. (617-367-3016)

2 Union Oyster House
Established in 1826, this casual establishment is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US and consists of a dark, pub-like dining room, oyster bar, restaurant, and drink bar. John F. Kennedy had a favorite booth here while practicing law in his early days, and you can now reserve it for parties of five or six. The place is said to serve the best clam chowder in New England, along with fresh seafood and excellent Bloody Marys. Oysters are delicious, and diners may choose to sit in cozy booths and order from the menu or find a perch at the popular raw bar. (617-227-2750)

1 Slugger's Dugout
This popular ice cream shop, located in Faneuil Hall, sits at the end of the main building. The place is famous for its "mishmash mixins," a variety of ice creams mixed with basically anything available. You'll find 17 flavors, along with soft-serve, milkshakes, pies, cakes, and homemade fudge. Aside from these tantalizing goodies, Sluggers has a small menu of lunch favorites that includes hot dogs, burgers, nachos, and fries. (617-723-3635)

Maps and Directions

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Café Brazil 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin
Dining Options: Delivery, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: BRIGHTON
COST: $$
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Bova's Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, Italian
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: North End
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Trade 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Waterfront
COST: $$
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AKA Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Ethnic, European, French, Sushi
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Outside the City
COST: $$
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Thinking Cup 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Top of the Hub 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Back Bay
COST: $$$
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Davide Ristorante 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
COST: $$
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Caffe Graffiti & Ristorante 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Roslindale
COST: $
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Union Oyster House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
COST: $$
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Slugger's Dugout 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ice Cream
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
COST: $