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 Birmingham and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Diplomat Delicatessen and Spirits thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat O'Carr's Delicatessen & Catering, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

Irondale Café


The inspiration for the Whistle Stop Café in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," this cafeteria-style eatery sits beside train tracks and does, in fact, serve fried green tomatoes (between 60 to 70 pounds of them a day!). The menu changes daily...  Read More

Diplomat Delicatessen and Spirits


Hungry either early or late, you can find great deli fare at the Diplomat. Over 500 different wines and beer are available. The tables are situated in the middle of what appears to have been a convenience store at one point. From ties to...  Read More

Franklin's Homewood Gourmet


More than just a sandwich shop, Franklin's offers a variety of pastas, sandwiches, salads and more. The grilled chicken roll-up with vegetables, served with a side of bowtie pasta is extremely tasty. Perfect for take-out if you don't want to prepare a meal at home.

Niki's West Steak and Seafood Restaurant


Located in an area full of heavy industry and down the street from the farmers' market, Niki's West delivers the best vegetables in Birmingham. You'll see everyone from lawyers to truck drivers at lunch. If you can eat $10 worth of food here, you may need a doctor

Zoës Kitchen


The slogan at Zoës Kitchen is "Eat Smart. Eat Fresh," and they take it seriously. The customers are the primary beneficiaries, of course, thanks to tasty choices like lean turkey and Swiss cheese pita to the homemade pimento cheese with lettuce...  Read More



Locals June and Cameron Carr own and operate this fun, friendly delicatessen in Homewood, where the mantra "food by color" translates to an emphasis on balanced portions, fresh fixings, and plenty of nutritious choices. Go for one of their...  Read More

Gus's Hot Dogs


Sometimes simplicity is the best bet, and Gus's quite simply makes the best hotdogs in town. Started by Gus Alexander back in the late 40s, this casual downtown joint always draws a packed house during the lunch hours as locals just can't seem...  Read More



A terrific international option if sandwiches and salads have become a touch ho-hum. Check out the Greek specialties, which include wraps, gyro platters, pasta salad, and the like. Dine and take-out orders are welcome. There are also locations...  Read More