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

Oakwood Café
Family-owned and -operated, this little café in downtown Raleigh has been serving authentic Argentinean and Cuban food since 1999. In addition to favorites like hand-cut, Argentinean-style churrasco steak with chimichurri sauce, daily specials go far to keep customers happy and choices varied. For dessert, dive into ricotta cheesecake or tiramisu. On tango night, you'll get a treat of dancing, singing, and music. (919-828-599)

Brigs Great Beginnings
Brigs Great Beginnings offers some of the area's best breakfast fare. If you have a hankering for a traditional Southern-style breakfast, this is the place to go! Generous portions of bacon, eggs, grits, and pancakes smothered in maple syrup are just waiting for you to call their name. Should you miss the most important meal of the day, never fear — you can order breakfast all day. They also serve tasty sandwiches and have a great kids menu. On weekday mornings, from 7am-10am, enjoy an omelet, waffle or pancake combo plate for $6. (919-870-0994)

Cary Café
This family operated restaurant/catering service is an excellent and inexpensive choice for breakfast or lunch. They serve a variety of omelets, quiches and homemade baked goods. (919-469-9415)

Since 1930, this family-owned downtown eatery has served some of the best burgers and country-style meals in the area. Hearty Southern breakfasts include eggs and grits, biscuits, cheese toast, and good coffee. If you are coming here for lunch, plan to arrive before noon or after 2pm to avoid the crowds. (919-832-5714)

42nd Street Oyster Bar
One of the most popular restaurants in the Triangle, 42nd Street features live music Thursday-Saturday, packing in a crowd of eager twenty- and thirty-somethings. The food is great of course, with lots of appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lighter appetites, but plenty of fried stuff to help sop up some of the alcohol. You're sure to find something to love among the 70 beers and 100 wines available. (919-831-2811)

Winston's Grille
Winston's Grille, near the North Ridge Country Club, offers a traditional American grill menu. The atmosphere at this North Raleigh restaurant is casual, and after one look at the menu, you'll agree that their eclectic selection can handle just about any appetite. Mahi-mahi, salmon, t-bone, and blackened chicken alfredo are among some of the favorites. Vegetarian options are also available. Winston's is open for lunch and dinner, and they also serve a good Sunday brunch. (919-790-0700)

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
This restaurant is great for pre- or post-shopping meals. Inside, you'll find a dimly lit dining area reminiscent of a Hong Kong nightclub, with stone statues and dark, earthy colors. As for the menu, chicken with lettuce wraps and the spare ribs are excellent, and the tasty Cantonese chicken arrives at your table accompanied by Mandarin pancakes and scallions. Chang's is a favorite with vegetarians as well. When in need of chocolate fix, the Great Wall of Chocolate is just what the doctor ordered. (919-787-7754)

Glenwood Grill
Accommodating staff and artful, tasty dishes make Glenwood Grill a safe bet for almost any occasion. The new Southern cuisine showcases the kitchen talent with entrees such as shrimp and grits and sirloin steak with pimiento cheese complimented with appetizers of crab cakes, she crab soup, and fried green tomatoes. Several items are available in half-portions, easy on your waistline and your wallet. Bold colors accent the stylish dining room. (919-782-3102)

Margaux's Restaurant
Funky light fixtures and vibrant, abstract art accents the interior of this popular restaurant, and the creativity doesn't end with the décor. Diners feast on novel creations such as grilled wahoo over stir fried baby bok choy, lobster, crab & shitake mushrooms with red coconut lime sauce. A $28 menu offers three delightful courses, from marinated artichoke hearts stuffed with goat cheese to petit filet en croute to tres leche cake with strawberries. Good wine list with limited selection available by the glass. (919-846-9846)

The Pit
Housed in a former warehouse, this winning kitchen offers a wide range of delicacies in a laid-back atmosphere and desirable downtown location. Start off with a cup of Brunswick stew or the spinach salad topped with strawberries, goat cheese, fried green tomatoes and red pepper vinaigrette. For the main course dig into the pulled pork shoulder, baby back ribs, beef brisket or if you can't decide, go for the double combo and pick two selections. Make sure to leave room for the banana upside-down cake with candied pecans and wild turkey ice cream. Soak in the sounds of the night with the libation of your choice, or chill on the outdoor patio. Due to the restaurant's popularity, dinner reservations are advised. (919-829-1212, 919-890-4500)

Maps and Directions

Oakwood Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Argentinean, Cuban, Latin
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Brigs Great Beginnings 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: North Raleigh
Cost: $
Cary Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Greek
Neighborhood: Cary
Cost: $
Mecca 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
42nd Street Oyster Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$$
Winston's Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Neighborhood: North Raleigh
Cost: $$
P.F. Chang's China Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Neighborhood: Raleigh
Cost: $$
Glenwood Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southern
Neighborhood: Glenwood Avenue
Cost: $$
Margaux's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Neighborhood: North Raleigh
Cost: $$
The Pit 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Regional
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
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