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

10 El Meson
For over a decade, this popular restaurant has been serving a diverse menu of Spanish, Mediterranean, and Caribbean dishes. Diners are wowed by the establishment's authentic Latin ambience and its regularly changing menu, which offers a new theme each month. Every Thursday night is paella night, when chef-owner Herman Castro shares his Colombian culture and culinary talents with customers. On Wednesdays, a ceviche bar is prominent. Other options include a list of tapas and entrees like Chilean salmon or pan-fried tilapia. (937-859-8229)

9 The Dairy Store
The working farm where this shop is located offers a wealth of fun activities, and it's a sure bet that you and your kids will have a blast. At the store itself, you can sample divine homemade ice cream, baked goodies straight out of the oven, and a variety of tasty sandwiches and burgers. An extensive breakfast menu is also available. When Young's claims that their food is made with ingredients fresh from the farm, they're not kidding! (937-325-0629, 937-325-7009)

8 Central Perc
A traditional English tea in Dayton? Yes, indeed, at much-loved Central Perc, whose British expat owners have brought a little bit of their homeland to Ohio with great success. A steaming hot cuppa is yours for the asking, custom blended and properly steeped, even served in a china teapot. Full afternoon tea includes lovely little sandwiches — Branston pickle with cheddar is highly recommended — plus freshly baked scones and pastries. Mid-morning pick-me-ups and noontime lunches are also worth seeking out, whether you're looking for a quick snack or something more filling. (937-299-5282)

7 Starbucks
Starbuck's is a well-known name that has become synonymous with great coffee. This convenient location is perfect for fueling up before or winding down after a full day of shopping or working. Pastries, cookies, frappucinos, cappuccinos and hot teas all appear on the extensive menu. (937-223-2400)

6 First Watch
Located in the Kettering area, this popular restaurant serves an excellent breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily. Whether you are a health-conscious diner or someone who enjoys a satisfying meal without counting calories, there is something on the extensive menu for you. Specialties include homemade pancakes, sugar and cinnamon apples, and vegetable rollups. First Watch is a great place to begin any day. (937-643-4077)

5 Millrace Restaurant
Found at the site of the nation's largest working gristmill, the Millrace Restaurant is best known for its all-day breakfast menu. The pancakes served here are truly special, as they are made from flour that was ground by the mill. Other specialty items include blueberry oatmeal, fried cornmeal mush, and at lunch, the ostrich burger and spinach squares are good bets. After a delightful dining experience, guests can relax in a rocking chair on the porch and admire the surrounding scenery. Shorter hours in December are due to the Legendary Lights show starting at 5pm every day at the mill. (937-767-5501)

4 Christopher's Restaurant & Catering
Modern-day down-home cooking may seem like an oxymoron until you actually experience a meal at Christopher's. Omelets, burgers and lasagna all have their place on the menu, as do a variety of vegetarian specialties, including vegetarian burgers, garden popovers, and eggplant Parmesan. Excellent desserts such as carrot cake and cheesecake provide the perfect ending to an enjoyable meal. (937-299-0089)

3 La Piramides Mexican
This popular restaurant is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine. Simple decor helps to create a casual, welcoming atmosphere, and more than 30 dishes, in addition to a variety of daiquiris and margaritas, call out to hungry patrons with zesty, robust flavors. All meals are prepared with the freshest of ingredients, and numerous vegetarian dishes are available. In addition, lunch and dinner specials change each day. (937-235-8634)

2 China Cottage
Authentic Szechwan-Mandarin cuisine is served in a casual atmosphere at affordable prices at this award-winning establishment. In fact, the menu features more than 100 selections, bringing flavor and taste in a variety of ways. A full bar allows guests to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine before they're seated, and service is is friendly and accommodating. (937-434-2622)

1 Little Saigon
This quaint restaurant serves an array of authentic Vietnamese dishes, and an entire page of the extensive menu is dedicated to vegan cooking. During lunchtime hours, the place really bustles, but it's much more subdued during dinner. (937-258-8010)