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

10 Bread & Chocolate
Sister restaurant of the popular Cafe Latte, Bread & Chocolate has a loyal group of regulars of its own. This Victoria Square bakery specializes in everything that tickles your fancy— crescent rolls, brownies, fudge and all sorts of cookies. For those who like to eat a little something more than dessert at mealtimes, Bread & Chocolate also serves several excellent specialty sandwiches. (651-228-1017, 651-224-5687)

9 Café Minnesota
Sure, the exhibits are excellent, but Minnesota History Center also lays claim to a terrific cafe where visitors can partake of gourmet fare whenever the museum is open. Menu items are prepared using only fresh ingredients, and you can rest assured that your shredded beef chili, marinated chicken tinged with miso and ginger, or Tuscan-style beef with apricots will be scrumptious. Pizza and deli stations provide other options. Free wireless Internet access is available, and menu items are indicated as being gluten-free, low-fat, vegan, etc. for your convenience. (651-259-3000, 800-657-3773)

8 Egg and I
Eggs any way you like them are featured here, including terrific, well-stuffed omelets. Skillet breakfasts, French toast and waffles also appear on the menu. If you're up for a hearty meal, look for the kamikaze pancakes — buttermilk, multigrain, sourdough, or buckwheat pancakes topped with bananas, blueberries and nuts. Egg and I is a friendly, welcoming place to start your day! (651-647-1292)

7 Leeann Chin Asian To Go
If you need to eat on the run, Leeann Chin offers one of the area's best take-out options for Asian cuisine. Creating healthy, innovative dishes, chefs use only natural vegetable oil to keep the options trans-fat free. Leeann's signature dish, lemon chicken, is worth trying, as are cream cheese puffs and orange-peel chicken. (651-292-8776)

6 Mickey's Diner
Open around the clock! Mickey's Art Deco red and cream-colored diner is located in an old railroad dining car and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mickey's own special batter makes the waffles and buttermilk pancakes an extra special treat. Hearty eaters will enjoy their pancakes with the potatoes O'Brien. The omelets are another of Mickey's specialties. Of course, the burgers and fries aren't bad either. (651-222-5633, 651- 698-0259)

5 Copper Dome Restaurant
Walk into this neighborhood favorite any weekday morning, and you'll find reassuring signs: a swiftly-moving waitstaff, lines of locals waiting for a cozy booth, and of course, stacks and stacks of golden-brown pancakes dripping with butter and maple syrup. A glance at the menu confirms you've made a great choice for breakfast — the myriad of combinations and preparations of pancakes, eggs, meat, and hashbrowns guarantee that everyone's a.m. favorites can be enjoyed. Memorabilia from the city's once-booming flour industry lends character to the dining room. (651-690-0993)

4 Cafe Latté
At Cafe Latté, fresh desserts and breads are placed at the beginning of the "cafeteria" line, promoting the yummy idea of starting a meal with dessert. Check out the caramel cashew truffle or the sinful chocolate turtle cake. Special latte creations include the Milky Way Latte and the Irish Cream Latte. Ciders are also featured, as seen in drinks like a Hot Cider Crème with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick. (651-224-5687)

3 Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria
Cossetta's cafeteria-style atmosphere is reminiscent of places you'd find in Little Italy. Indeed, the Italian grocery is St. Paul's oldest such business. Perhaps that's why locals flock here for lunch with such frequency. Award-winning pizzas are hand-tossed and scrumptious; if you're looking for something lighter, select pastas and salads from the deli counter. (651-222-3476)

2 Cheng Heng
Looking for a taste of Cambodia? Cheng Heng has just what you need. This popular restaurant boasts a menu that's at once exciting and exotic. If you stop in for lunch or dinner, try authentic dishes like quob poob (curry noodles soup), plear (a salad of sliced beef and sauce-covered vegetables), or leah chah (mussels sautéed with Asian basil, garlic, and scallions). Don't be put off by unfamiliar names; just dive into the restaurant's terrific Asian fare. (651-222-5577)

1 El Café Restaurant
The area around Holman Field doesn't boast much in the way of good restaurants, but this Mexican eatery is an exception. It's difficult to imagine anybody who wouldn't be tempted upon entering, because the staff casually puts beautifully made burritos, gorditas, and tacos on display. Tastes are as terrific as aromas, and regulars know that the specialty is the torta, a knee-knocking bean-and-beef combo topped with avocado and onion. (651-227-2192)

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Bread & Chocolate 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: GRAND AVENUE
COST: $
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Café Minnesota 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Egg and I 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: MIDWAY
COST: $
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Leeann Chin Asian To Go 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Mickey's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Copper Dome Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: MACALESTER
COST: $
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Cafe Latté 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, Continental, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: GRAND AVENUE
COST: $
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Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Cheng Heng 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Cambodian, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: MIDWAY
COST: $
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El Café Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: WEST ST. PAUL
COST: $
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