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 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.

10 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)

9 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)

8 Mecca
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)

7 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)

6 Neomonde Baking Company Café & Market
In 1977, the Selah brothers, immigrants from war-torn Lebanon, opened this restaurant featuring Middle Eastern cuisine. Delicacies on the menu include stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, kibbeh, and fatayer. Traditional deli sandwiches on just about any type of homemade bread you could imagine are also available. Unless you go early, be prepared for a wait — this place is very popular. Extensive Middle Eastern and Specialty Grocery selections also available. (919-828-1628)

5 Person Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain
Housed in a lovely historic building downtown, this pharmacy has an old-fashioned lunch counter, whcih offers traditional hot Southern breakfasts and lunch fare. Menu items include a variety of sandwiches, soups, burgers and hot dogs. For dessert, try one of their delicious ice cream soda concoctions. (919-832-6432)

4 East Village Bar and Grill
Situated at the corner of Dixie Trail and Hillsborough Street, this restaurant's casual and laid-back atmosphere includes a great patio, pubby interior, full bar with a slew of microbrews, and possibly the best burgers in town. The friendly staff welcomes everyone, from families with kids to college students to power lunchers. If you happen to be there on game night, East Village will no doubt have the game tuned in. A popular hangout for NCSU students, this place gets pretty packed on the weekends. No one under 21 allowed after 10pm weeknights and 9pm on weekends. (919-821-9985)

3 Irregardless Café
Since 1975, Irregardless has been a Raleigh favorite for innovative, healthy cuisine and nightly live music. Lunch fare includes freshly made soups and salads, plus a host of creative sandwiches. Daily specials are always a good choice, with entrees like shrimp with polenta, Philly steak omelette, or Greek chicken and penne casserole. Follow up with a slice of one of their freshly baked desserts — lime chess pie, million dollar fudge ribbon cake, or chocolate amaretto roulade. Regulars love the music as well — live jazz Tuesday through Thursday, "Torch Songs" Fridays, and various dance bands on Saturdays. (919-833-8898)

2 Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
You'll encounter a line, but don't pass on the opportunity to sample the good Southern cooking dished out at this local treasure. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast amid the rustic surroundings of well worn tables and antique farm implements adorning the ceiling and walls. Feast on a meat-n-three lunch of fried pork chops, country-fried steak, country ham with red-eye gravy and sides of collards, mac-n-cheese, butter beans and blackeyed peas. Rumor has it that if you visit on Saturday morning, you'll be treated to a Dixieland band playing outside. (919-836-9909)

1 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)


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Brigs Great Beginnings 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Raleigh
COST: $
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Cary Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Greek
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Cary
COST: $
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Mecca 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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42nd Street Oyster Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Live Music
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$$
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Neomonde Baking Company Café & Market 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Pastry Chef, Take Out
COST: $
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Person Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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East Village Bar and Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Raleigh
COST: $
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Irregardless Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ethnic, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Raleigh
COST: $$
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Big Ed's City Market Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Winston's Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Raleigh
COST: $$
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