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

10 Einstein Bros Bagels
Darn Good coffee served along with "darn good food" including every type bagel you can think of and a great assortment of muffins, scones, and specialty sweets such as cinnamon bun pull-aparts with cream cheese icing. Try a nutty banana bagel with a smear of honey almond cream cheese. Perfect for a quick but satisfying breakfast in a friendly setting. (614-449-2164, 800-224-3563)

9 Golden Delight Bakery
In the mood for some freshly baked bread or cake? If you are, head over to the Golden Delight, touted by many locals as being absolutely the best bakery in the city. Upon entering, you will be greeted by the tempting smells and tantalizing sights of fresh breads, pies, and cakes. They've become well known for their great frosting that is not as sweet and is lower in fat content than many other decorative icing. Also serves deli items such as barbecue pork, hot dogs and ham and egg sandwiches and Chinese dumplings. (614-459-6888)

8 Cup O' Joe Coffee
Why has this coffee house been rated #1 in Columbus? Because it's a great spot to relax in comfy couches and plush velvet seats as you sip on a fine cup of brew, munch on fruit filled croissants, and listen to jazz. Gourmet coffee isn't shipped in, it's roasted in-house daily. They've also made a name for themselves with desserts such as Chocolate Suicide and Luscious Lemon Cheesecake. Oh, by the way, the art on the walls is for sale! (614-221-1563)

7 Broad Street Bagels and Deli
A steady stream of downtown and Statehouse workers file in to this establishment that serves bagels of every type, from cranberry orange to spinach. To compete with the chains, the independent owner offers wonderfully priced bagels and charges just a little more to add toppings such as peanut butter, hummus, or various cream cheeses. Eat on the run or sit at the bar and people watch. Come back for lunch and you can choose your salad ingredients from an extensive salad case — a server will then toss your selections for you in a big silver bowl. (614-224-3596)

6 Mozart's Bakery & Piano Cafe
Named after the great classical composer, this café serves tasty desserts expertly prepared by the hands of a pastry chef and bakers trained in Europe and often accompanied by live music on the piano. Classical and jazz pianists play regularly for patrons who flock to munch on homemade pastries, schnitzel or sandwiches. Mozart's also offers an array of coffee drinks including cappuccino, café latte, café mocha, café au lait and espresso. (614-268-3687)

5 Milo's Deli and Café
Home fries, breakfast paninis, and wraps are a treat, but go ahead and indulge to start you day off right! You can also head this way for homemade pies that are delectable, muffins that include a wonderful Granny apple cinnamon flavor, baklava that is gooey and flaky, and sugar-sprinkled cannoli done just right. Decor is light, airy and casual, quite comfortable for lingering. (614-224-0104)

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4 Tommy's Diner
Reasonable prices and a "rock around the clock" character are just two of the things that keep this retro diner bustling. Black and white checkerboard floors, saltshakers shaped like old-fashioned Coke bottles, red leather booths and stools, and memorabilia on the walls evoke the era of 50's icons. Classic diner fare and great breakfast is served all day and includes cheesy omelets, Belgian waffles, French toast, and steak and eggs. Don't forget to order a thick milkshake to sip alongside your selection. (614-224-2422)

3 Benevolence Cafe
In the artsy Short North district, this vegetarian café offers a peaceful sanctuary from the bustle of city life. The premise is simple-healthy food made from scratch daily and served on rustic community tables. But the hearty soups such as Gypsy vegetable, dense homemade breads such as Grains of the Goddess, and heaping salad plates ensure that simplicity won't leave you hungry for flavor. Top it all off with some of the best cookies, cakes and cinnamon rolls in the city. (614-221-9330)

2 Market Stand Café
This smart café boasts a full breakfast menu with cooked-to-order eggs, sausage, hash browns, and omelets, along with quick Continental choices such as croissants and Danish. The staff is very helpful and friendly. An open floor plan and wide atrium windows provide a perfect view of the Columbus skyline. (614-463-1234)

1 Blue Danube
Not a lot has changed at "the Dube" since it made its debut on the Columbus restaurant scene back in the 1940s. But the draw for a mixed crowd from professor-types and students from Ohio State University, to families is the food. Reasonable prices and well-portioned sandwiches, pizza, burgers and salads, plus plenty of Greek specialties keep them coming back. The bonus: it stays open late, and the jukebox is great! (614-261-9308)


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Einstein Bros Bagels 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: GERMAN VILLAGE
COST: $
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Golden Delight Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, Bakery
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: UPPER ARLINGTON
COST: $
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Cup O' Joe Coffee 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: GERMAN VILLAGE.
COST: $
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Broad Street Bagels and Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Mozart's Bakery & Piano Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, European
Dining Options: Catering, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef
Neighborhood: GRANDVIEW
COST: $
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Milo's Deli and Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Greek, Italian
Dining Options: Catering, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Short North
COST: $
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Tommy's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, European, Greek
Dining Options: Counter Seating
Neighborhood: Short North
COST: $
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Benevolence Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Market Stand Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ethnic
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Blue Danube 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Greek
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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