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

10 Spike's Junkyard Dogs
You may learn about some new ways to "dress a dog" at Spike's. From the signature Junkyard Dog (tomato, pickle, scallions, pepperoncini, and Spike's mustard) to the Samurai Dog with teriyaki sauce. There are even veggie versions of all dogs. Eat at least six dogs in an hour and a half and you gain entrance into the prestigious Spike's kennel club (see store for official details). Also seen at Spike's are huge Hub Caps (chocolate chip cookies). (401-861-6888)

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9 Geoff's on Benefit
How about taking a pickle from the pickle barrel as you walk in the door? It's ok! That's what they're there for! Geoff's, home of some of the best sandwiches in town, can get pretty busy at lunchtime, so plan on going early or late. Service is generally with that typical New England wit! (401-751-2248)

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8 Olga's Cup and Saucer
Sometimes locals forgo shopping retreats and just meet at Olga's for lunch and an extended chat session. It's an inviting cottage-like space that serves up the freshest breads baked daily. The lunch menu includes everything from muffins and bagels to pizza, pasta and calzones. And the salads are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. There are also plenty of fresh cakes, pies and cookies from which to choose. (401-831-6666)

7 Brickway on Wickenden
The Brickway is usually stuffed with locals and tourists stuffing themselves with the all-day breakfast offerings such as creative omelettes, eggs any style with home fries, and pancakes, as well as sandwiches and salads. (401-751-2477)

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6 Z Bar & Grille
The classy Z Bar says "let's chat," and regulars do. They also enjoy the mixed Mediterranean menu that focuses on wild game yet includes selections such as grilled lamb tenderloin and roasted fresh halibut. The kitchen uses locally grown ingredients, and there is a private patio in the back of the restaurant. (401-831-1566)

5 Mediterraneo Caffe
With its casually hip atmosphere, Mediterraneo Caffe is the place to be. The menu is eclectic with a definite Mediterranean influence. Features more than 150 Italian and Californian wines. Celebrities are known to frequent, and the service is top notch. (401-331-7760)

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4 P.F. Changs
This Asian inspired bistro chain not only offers different dishes from all over the far east, but also an extensive vegetarian and gluten-free menu to boot, making P. F. Chang's a standout for anyone with a discerning diet. The lunch and dinner menus are both the same and rife with Chinese and Japanese options, but a few Southeast Asian meals are also on hand. For an all around menu and a full bar, there are few places that can match what Chang's has available. ((401) 270-4665)

3 The Cheescake Factory
With its beginnings in a small baker's shop in 1940's Detroit, The Cheesecake Factory has grown into one of the most recognizable names in cakes and just about everything else. TCF packs a menu more varied than most high end restaurants and regardless of what your taste buds are craving, you can find something to sate your appetite. Meatloaf sandwiches, fried calamari, big juicy burgers, and of course all kinds of cheese cakes are just a few things to pick from for a nice lunch or dinner. ((401) 270-4010)

2 Café Paragon
The Mediterranean and American menu at this Thayer Street stop includes soups, salads, pizza, and sandwiches. Also features good desserts, an extensive wine list, and seasonal sidewalk dining. Extremely popular with Brown and RISD students, the restaurant gets packed on weekends. (401-331-6200)

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1 Tazza
This restaurant, lounge, and cafe offers customers some of the finest coffee in Providence to get your day started. For lunch there is an extensive menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. To wrap up your day Tazza has fresh seafood brought in daily and all of the New England classics are on deck. Located in the middle of the arts district and within walking distance of the three major hotels in downtown, Tazza is sure to be a stop for everyone looking for a quick and delicious bite to eat. ((401) 421-3300)


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Spike's Junkyard Dogs 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
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Geoff's on Benefit 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Delivery, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
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Olga's Cup and Saucer 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Brickway on Wickenden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $
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Z Bar & Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ethnic, European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $
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Mediterraneo Caffe 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Federal Hill
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P.F. Changs 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Fusion
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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The Cheescake Factory 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Café Paragon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $
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Tazza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
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