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

10 Cheesecake Factory
This popular chain's New American menu features a broad array of dishes, from avocado egg rolls and Mexican chicken pizza to Jamaican shrimp and shepherd's pie. However, desserts really steal the show, and it's easy to see why once you've taken a gander at Linda's fudge cake, white chocolate raspberry truffle, chocolate mousse cheesecake, and coffee Heath bar crunch cheesecake. The perfect setting for a late-afternoon respite, accompanied by gourmet coffee, good conversation, and one of 40 delectable cheesecakes. (425-450-6000)

9 Pasta & Co
Although take-out is the main business at this local chain, you can also dine in on fresh pastas, meats, sides, and scrumptious desserts. Seasonal changes keep things fresh; past favorites have included penne with smoked mozzarella, beef tenderloin grilled with an herb rub, and parmesan smashed potatoes. Already-prepared frozen foods like black bean lasagna and veal cannelloni are an easy solution for an impending dinner party. Save room for chocolate cupcakes, lemon tarts, and ginger crinkle cookies. (425-453-8760)

8 Shanghai Cafe
Surprising flavor combinations and innovative dishes break the mold of traditional Chinese eats at Shanghai Cafe, making it a welcome departure from the norm. The restaurant's strip-mall facade and casual decor belie the food's quality and presentation. Try an appetizer of chili-spiked cucumber or the "vegetarian goose," which pairs shiitake mushrooms and tofu. Enticing entrees include sautéed sugar peas, a cilantro-tinged dish that combines chicken and jellyfish, and the house specialty: addictive, hand-shaved barleygreen noodles with your choice of meat. (425-603-1689)

7 Pagliacci Pizza
If you're in the mood for great pizza, head to Pagliacci's, where you can walk up to the counter and order a pie topped with everything from sun-dried tomatoes to goat cheese and roasted garlic. WIth over 30 toppings to choose from, you're sure to find something you love. In addition to great pies, the menu features fresh salads and calzones. Leave room for locally made gelatos, too! Besides standard sizes, the Bellevue location offers a 9" individual pizza. (206-726-1717, 425-453-1717)

6 Chace's Pancake Corral
For a down-home breakfast, this place is hard to beat. Known for scrumptious pancakes, it also serves burgers and sandwiches for lunch. If you can't decide among the ten different pancake choices, go for the "Joe Adams Assortment," which includes potato, buttermilk, buckwheat, and strawberry flapjacks. Chace's is located one mile south of Bellevue Square and is a great place for early risers. (425-454-8888)

5 12th Avenue Café
This open, window-lined cafe attracts a steady stream of customers. Shoppers, professionals, retirees, and families all attend, and the menu appeals to everyone. Dinner classics are available, along with huge omelets made with five large eggs and topped with cheese, vegetables, and chili. Also recommended are Mexican eggs, piled high with chiles, onion, cheddar, and salsa and served on a tortilla. Fluffy biscuits are also a hit, and breakfast is served all day. (425-392-5975)

4 Sweet Addition
Take-out business is brisk at this combination sweet shop/restaurant, but the quaint dining room, with its soothing yellow walls and hardwood floors, is also a great place to enjoy a meal. Step up to the counter, peruse the menu on the chalkboard, and then settle into the rustic dining area with something delicious. Traditional breakfast favorites are available, but if you like starting your day with something sweet, pastries and baked goods are unrivaled. Great for coffee and dessert or for afternoon tea. (425-392-5661)

3 Hong's Garden
If you find yourself deep in the south metro with a craving for Chinese, this treasure earns high marks for its friendly service, affordable prices, and excellent Cantonese cuisine. Featured main dishes include duck tongue with assorted vegetables, deep-fried pigeon in spice sauce, shredded roast duck with jellyfish, and stir-fried beef with lychee. Rumor has it that their dim sum lunch special is one of the best deals in the Sound region. (425-228-6332)

2 Udupi Palace
Service is exemplary at this Indian restaurant. In fact, servers happily explain each dish in detail and answer every question. The menu focuses on Southern Indian cuisine and includes flavorful curries and plenty of options for vegetarians and meat lovers. The popular masala dosa is a potato-and-onion-stuffed crêpe topped with savory peanut sauce. (425-649-0355)

1 Dixie's BBQ
Though the restaurant is a bit difficult to find, lunch at Dixie's is worth the effort. Locals recommend the fun establishment for its unique atmosphere and great down-home meats topped with fiery sauces. Try smoked chicken, tender ribs, or a brisket sandwich — if you're feeling adventurous, ask for a dose of "The Man," a five-alarm sauce that will definitely kick things up a notch. Sweet tea and great sides complete the meal. (425-828-2460)

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Cheesecake Factory 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Pasta & Co 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Shanghai Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Pagliacci Pizza 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Chace's Pancake Corral 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
12th Avenue Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Sweet Addition 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Hong's Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Udupi Palace 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Dixie's BBQ 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
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