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.

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)

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)

Fenwick's on Providence
Enter this established eatery and you immediately know you made the right choice. The d├ęcor 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)

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)

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)

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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)

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)

La Paz Cantina & Restaurante
Ask anyone from newcomers to long time locals, "Where is the best Mexican restaurant?" The answer is always La Paz. You can order the usual Mexican fare of tacos or chicken enchiladas, or for the more daring diners, try the blue corn tamales with spinach. The tortilla soup is prepared with just enough spice to justify the fabulous and grande margaritas. Seafood and vegan dishes are also available. The atmosphere is one of a fiesta, and the outdoor dining makes it a great choice for the family. (704-372-4168)

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
When dining in P.F. Chang's, the only clue that you're in Charlotte is from your server's Southern drawl. Otherwise, you could very well be in Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles. The interior is bold and sophisticated, and the service is excellent and personable. P.F. Chang's signature starter is cool, softened lettuce leaves with your choice of vegetable or chicken fillings. The martinis are expertly prepared. Your server is well versed in all of the entree selections, so simply ask!! Lunch and dinner daily. (704-552-6644)

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Harper's Restaurant
At all hours, Harper's draws a crowd in search of huge salads, chicken or burgers, and California wood burning oven pizzas. Festive enough for families yet intimate enough for a date, this destination always ranks high for great service, good food and reasonable prices. (704-366-6688)