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

Kopperman's Specialty Food & Delicatessen
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in a casual environment decorated with rattan and interesting memorabilia. There is lots of seating indoors, and outdoor seating under green market umbrellas is also an option. The extensive menu at this popular restaurant-delicatessen features such specialty breakfasts as lox platters, Idaho trout, and corned beef hash, along with blintzes, croissants, French toast and omelets. (314-361-0100)

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Cunetto House of Pasta
The extensive menu features 33 gourmet pasta dishes, including Cannelloni Bianco (rolled pasta stuffed with veal, chicken, and beef and served in a mushroom sauce) and Spaghettini alla Genovese (pasta and pesto). For the health conscious, Cunetto also features no cholesterol and low salt pastas. (314-781-1135)

This upscale eatery is a favorite stop of the business crowd that enjoys the window-side view of bustling downtown St. Louis. The eclectic menu offerings range from bouillabaisse and gourmet pizzas to baby back ribs and pasta dishes. Live music entertains Thursday through Saturday nights. (314-421-6969)

Bar Italia
The bright decor, offset by the industrial setting, is the perfect scene for the wildly imaginative menu featured at this dynamic restaurant. Calamari salad is made with garbanzo beans and diced beans tossed with a lemon and oil dressing. Eggplant fettuccine is enlivened with a tangy blend of tomatoes, olives, onions and capers and topped with herbed ricotta cheese. Sample the homemade gelato for dessert. (314-361-7010)

Chris' Pancake & Dining
Eat hearty at this popular dining spot, where chicken-fried steak and salsicce are savory breakfast meats. Lighter fare is offered as well, and one tasty, heart-healthy option is the buckwheat pancakes. Dine in a bright and friendly atmosphere on the sunny, glassed-in porch. (314-645-2088)

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Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge
Both the decor and the menu are interestingly eclectic at this laid-back restaurant located near the Anheuser-Busch brewery. While the menu includes steaks, chicken and vegetarian options, Frazer's really specializes in seafood dishes, with crab cakes and Salmon Frazer being standouts. They also feature specialty pizzas with wafer-thin crusts and an array of other innovative menu items. (314-773-8646)

Kaldi's Coffeehouse
This eclectically styled, laid-back coffeehouse features a mural, pressed tin ceiling, concrete floors and colorfully painted walls. Order coffee in limitless variations, including espresso, latte and cappuccino, in single, tall, grande and molto grande sizes. Smoothies are available in most any flavor, along with iced teas, chai teas, lemonades and Italian sodas. A variety of satisfying baked goods helps fill the void in the morning, as do breakfast sandwiches and hot oatmeal. (314-727-9955)

Coffee Cartel
The highlight of this terrific spot is its large selection of homemade desserts, featuring a generous selection of cheesecakes, pastries, pies, muffins, brownies, cakes, cookies and ice cream. Order coffee by the serving, whether espresso, latte, cappuccino, regular or decaf, or buy it by the pound. Imported coffees hail from South America, Central America, Africa, Europe and the Asian-Pacific Rim. Ciders, teas and smoothies are also available. (314-454-0000)

Crown Candy Kitchen
Opened in 1913, this vintage eatery features a nostalgic decor with a 1930's soda fountain, a jukebox in every booth, plenty of Coca-Cola memorabilia, and a candy counter filled with homemade chocolates. Enjoy a sandwich and count on your malt being so thick that it will be a challenge to drink through a straw. (314-621-9650)

Soulard Coffee Garden
Located in an historic brick building in St. Louis's French district, this trendy coffee shop features wooden floors, exposed brick, and purple and green walls. There's a wide variety of tantalizing baked goods to enjoy with your espresso, latte, cappuccino, mocha, tea, or cocoa. Also, select beers, cocktails and spiked smoothies are available. (314-241-1464)

Maps and Directions

Kopperman's Specialty Food & Delicatessen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Neighborhood: Central West End
Cost: $
Cunetto House of Pasta 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Webster Groves
Cost: $
Harry's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Delmar
Cost: $$
Bar Italia 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Central West End
Cost: $$
Chris' Pancake & Dining 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: The Hill
Cost: $
Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: South City
Cost: $$
Kaldi's Coffeehouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian
Cost: $
Coffee Cartel 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Central West End
Cost: $
Crown Candy Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Neighborhood: Laclede's Landing
Cost: $
Soulard Coffee Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Lafayette Square
Cost: $
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