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

5 Mother India
Mother India offers freshly prepared Indian favorites that are cooked to order. Don't come if you're in a hurry; you may have to wait, but it's worth it. On the lower floor, checked tablecloths and jarred condiments lend a homey feel. Upstairs, the fireplace blazes in winter and the furnishings are charming antiques. All of the classics are here, from aubergine pakora to ginger chicken to the best curries in town. Plenty of fish, beef, and vegetarian dishes as well as a child's menu. (0141-221-1663)

4 Pizza Express
This well-known European pizza chain has a modern, minimal look with black leather and chrome. Pasta dishes, salads, and desserts are available, but the real draw is the pizza. The variety of pies makes it difficult to decide. Try the thin-crusted American Hot, with blazing chilies, or perhaps the more authentic Sicilian, with artichokes, ham, mozzarella, and garlic. A quick, inexpensive and satisfying stop for lunch. (0141-332-6965)

3 The Drum and Monkey
The atmosphere here is comfortable and cozy. You can actually curl up on leather sofas in front of a large fireplace. Other unique touches include a quirky collection of stuffed animals on the walls, dark carpeting, and leather seating throughout, which lends a gentleman's club feeling. You can grab a quick lunch here or have an extravagant three-course meal. Try homemade pancakes, smoked salmon, deep-fried haddock, or roast chicken with black pudding. Check the blackboard for daily dessert specials. (0141-221-6636)

2 The Horseshoe
The Horseshoe takes its name from its U-shaped bar. At more than 100 feet, it is the unmistakable focal point of this establishment, where the crowds also show up for the lowest-priced beers in town. But during the day, the ambience is calmer, and you can enjoy a fine pub lunch such as macaroni and cheese or Scottish pie and beans while soaking up traditional pub atmosphere. Casual dress. (0141-229-5711)

1 Thai Fountain
Considered by many locals and critics to be the best Thai restaurant in Glasgow; some say it is the best in Scotland. Green and red curries, chicken parcels, and weeping tiger beef are as beautiful to see as they are delicious to eat. Relax in the elegant, peaceful dining room and enjoy a tropical dessert such as bananas in coconut milk. (0141-332-1599)