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

10 Hotel Charlotte
Step back in time when you enter the Hotel Charlotte through the old speakeasy exterior. Its interior is actually furnished from the old Hotel Charlotte that existed in the early days. The bar is 130 years old and boasts an extensive selection of beers from around the world. Cajun and Creole dishes are the specialty, and when in season, the oyster stew is marvelous. Steaks, chicken, burgers and salads are mainstays, and parents will be delighted with the kids' menu. (704-364-8755)

9 Price's Chicken Coop
Behind Uptown Charlotte and near the railroad tracks, Price's has been in business since 1962, and it hasn't changed much since opening. Price's is famous for having the city's best deep-fried chicken and flounder plates, served with coleslaw, hushpuppies, and French fries. Two can easily share one plate. Although it's take-out only, you can call up to half an hour ahead with your order. (704-333-9866)

8 Green's Lunch
If a hot dog is what you're craving, you gotta go to Greens! For 70 years, Green's has served up all kinds of dogs, plain or dressed with slaw, onions, chili, or all the way. At Green's prices, you'll have enough pocket change left over for the house dessert, better known as an ice cream sandwich. On fair weather days, look for the Green's pushcart at First Union Plaza. (704-332-1786)

7 Fenwick's on Providence
Enter this established eatery and you immediately know you made the right choice. The décor is posh, yet the patrons are dressed down to after-work casual. Comfort must be the thing. From the moment a basket of warm, fluffy bread is placed upon your table, sit back and enjoy any of the steak, seafood, or chicken dishes. (704-333-2750)

6 Upstream
You don't have to stick to Uptown if cutting edge cuisine is what you seek. No, tremendous places like Upstream are proof positive that venturing out is its own reward. Here, "dayboat seafood" reigns supreme, and the kitchen rarely fails to impress with its impeccible preparations of miso-marinated Hawaiian monchong and chestnut-crusted wild Scottish salmon with sweet potato gnocchi. Sushi lovers will adore their specialty rolls, and the jumbo shrimp and mango ceviche is a spicy experience worth trying; meanwhile, those with more terrene palates find solace in dishes like brick oven-roasted Carolina quail. (704-556-7730)

5 New South Kitchen
Located in the bustling Arboretum shopping complex, New South Kitchen is a pleasant retreat away from the crowds. The menu focuses on upscale Southern Cuisine, complemented by delicious, hot breads and desserts made in-house. Large wine list. (704-541-9990)

4 Bill Spoon's Barbecue
Eastern North Carolina style, South Carolina style, forget the distinctions...this is just plain "suey-perb" barbecue. The meat is slow roasted for a smoky, rich and tender culinary experience. You add the sauce (however much or little) you prefer. The hushpuppies are hot, the tea is sweet, and the staff is pleasing! So, bring your appetite and save room for some "nanner puddin'" (banana pudding). (704-525-8865)

3 Eddie's Place
If you slept in late but still want to start the day right, this is the place to go! In addition to receiving high marks for its fun, family-friendly atmosphere, the joint serves breakfast eats and downhome favs like she-crab soup and shrimp-n-grits all day long (that qualifies as brunch, right?). When you go, be prepared to see all walks of life — from judges and CEO's to working men and women — as just about everyone claims Eddie's one of their favorite places for breakfast and brunch. (704-442-0147)

2 Ruth's Chris Steak House
This beloved chain of steakhouses bills itself as the "Home of Serious Steaks," and one visit will tell you that's more than a marketing slogan. Steaks are known for their sizzle, achieved by a dollop of butter dropped on hot-from-the-oven cuts; your choice will still be sputtering when it's placed in front of you. Ruth's Chris isn't intended for calorie-counters; it is a true steak lover's haven. The establishment also takes pride in its great service, extensive wine list and comfortable elegance. (704-556-1115)

1 Sullivan's Steakhouse
Sullivan's greets its clientele with one of the best settings in Charlotte, one reminiscent of 1940s Chicago. The dining room is a magnificent combination of rich wood and crisp, white table coverings that serve a golf shirt just as easily as a bow-tie. Beyond the signature beef entrees, look for sizable lobsters and crispy, fried, succulent shrimp. Bleu cheese lovers should go all the way with simple iceberg wedge salad with crumbled bleu cheese. (704-335-8228)


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Hotel Charlotte 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Continental, Creole
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: MYERS PARK
COST: $$
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Price's Chicken Coop 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: South End
COST: $
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Green's Lunch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: UPTOWN
COST: $
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Fenwick's on Providence 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Ethnic
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: MYERS PARK
COST: $$
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Upstream 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Seafood, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SOUTHPARK
COST: $$$
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New South Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Regional, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (bar only), Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: ARBORETUM
COST: $$
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Bill Spoon's Barbecue 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH BOULEVARD
COST: $
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Eddie's Place 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Diner, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: MYERS PARK
COST: $
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Ruth's Chris Steak House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: SOUTHPARK
COST: $$$
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Sullivan's Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Cigar Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (bar only), Smoking (outdoor area), Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: South End
COST: $$$
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