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 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)

9 Galleria Umberto
This lunch-only Italian eatery, located in the North End, enjoys more than its share of popularity among area business types, as the long lines will no doubt attest. Don't fret, the line moves much faster than you might expect. The reason for the restaurant's popularity is two-fold: the Italian food is tremendous, and the prices are among the most reasonable in town. Try one of their excellent calzones (the spinach is best) or, if you're really hungry, their hand-tossed pizzas which are always a winner. (617-227-5709)

8 Caffé Vittoria
This Italian coffee house, located near Commercial Street in the North End, serves some of Italy's most notable desserts. Be sure to try their award-winning tiramisu along with a deliciously rich cappuccino. Don't miss their signature gelati, the sensational Italian take on ice cream. Wine list features Italian wines and liquers. The interior space boasts a jukebox stocked with the old crooners and a quaint tin ceiling. (617-227-7606)

7 El Pelon Taqueria
This location is closed due to renovations until Spring 2011. Hungry for authentic Mexican cuisine? Head to El Pelon Taqueria, and you'll be satisfied with both the taste and the prices. In fact, some diners secretly wonder if they've forgotten to update the prices on the menu! Try the quesadillas, fish tacos, or the cheese enchiladas, all are savory and spiced to perfection. This restaurant is quite small so don't plan to bring a crowd or linger over dinner. However, warm weather provides for extra seating outside. The interior is quite festive with the tables and chairs painted in a variety of light pastel colors. (617-262-9090)

6 Sorella's
Sorella's is all about big portions of very filling breakfast food. Locals know that this is THE place to come get your morning started off right with a heaping helping of French toast or something a little more inventive like the gingerbread flapjacks. Their omelets are their specialty item, and they have a variety of different kinds. Sorella's also serves a light lunch until 1:30pm (heaven knows that, if you ate here for breakfast, light is probably all you could handle for lunch!). (617-524-2016)

5 Greta's Great Grains
Homemade scones, cakes, muffins, and pastries fill the cases at this inviting bakery with European owners. It's a great place to sit and relax over a tasty treat and a cup of coffee or tea. Approximately 45 miles from Boston. (978-465-1709)

4 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)

3 1369 Coffeehouse
This trendy little coffee house attracts an artsy, eclectic crowd who come to enjoy coffee or tea on a work break or with friends in the morning or evening. 1369 also offers a menu of light fare, including soups, sandwiches, and scones. A perfect place for quiet conversation and catching up with an old friend or for an intimate chat with someone special. Get there early to catch a table, which fill up with students and laptops. (617-576-1369)

2 Boloco
Popular "burrito" bar serves up scrumptious tortilla wraps that ranging from the classic bean burrito to the Asian-inspired Bangkok. (617-357-9727)

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)


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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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Galleria Umberto 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
COST: $
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Caffé Vittoria 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North End
COST: $
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El Pelon Taqueria 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
COST: $
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Sorella's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $
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Greta's Great Grains 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Austrian, Bakery, European
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
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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1369 Coffeehouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Cambridge
COST: $
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Boloco 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Financial District
COST: $
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Slugger's Dugout 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ice Cream
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
COST: $