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


Step back in time when you enter the Hotel Charlotte through the old speakeasy exterior. Its interior is actually furnished from the old Hotel Charlotte that existed in the early days. The bar is 130 years old and boasts an extensive selection of beers from around the world. Cajun and Creole dishes are the specialty, and when in season, the oyster stew is marvelous. Steaks, chicken, burgers and salads are mainstays, and parents will be delighted with the kids' menu.

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Behind Uptown Charlotte and near the railroad tracks, Price's has been in business since 1962, and it hasn't changed much since opening. Price's is famous for having the city's best deep-fried chicken and flounder plates, served with coleslaw, hushpuppies, and French fries. Two can easily share one plate. Although it's take-out only, you can call up to half an hour ahead with your order.

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If a hot dog is what you're craving, you gotta go to Greens! For 70 years, Green's has served up all kinds of dogs, plain or dressed with slaw, onions, chili, or all the way. At Green's prices, you'll have enough pocket change left over for the house dessert, better known as an ice cream sandwich. On fair weather days, look for the Green's pushcart at First Union Plaza.

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Located in the bustling Arboretum shopping complex, New South Kitchen is a pleasant retreat away from the crowds. The menu focuses on upscale Southern Cuisine, complemented by delicious, hot breads and desserts made in-house. Large wine list.

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Enter this established eatery and you immediately know you made the right choice. The décor is posh, yet the patrons are dressed down to after-work casual. Comfort must be the thing. From the moment a basket of warm, fluffy bread is placed upon your table, sit back and enjoy any of the steak, seafood, or chicken dishes.

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Ask anyone from newcomers to long time locals, "Where is the best Mexican restaurant?" The answer is always La Paz. You can order the usual Mexican fare of tacos or chicken enchiladas, or for the more daring diners, try the blue corn tamales with spinach. The tortilla soup is prepared with just enough spice to justify the fabulous and grande margaritas. Seafood and vegan dishes are also available. The atmosphere is one of a fiesta, and the outdoor dining makes it a great choice for the family.

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You don't have to stick to Uptown if cutting edge cuisine is what you seek. No, tremendous places like Upstream are proof positive that venturing out is its own reward. Here, "dayboat seafood" reigns supreme, and the kitchen rarely fails to impress with its impeccible preparations of miso-marinated Hawaiian monchong and chestnut-crusted wild Scottish salmon with sweet potato gnocchi. Sushi lovers will adore their specialty rolls, and the jumbo shrimp and mango ceviche is a spicy experience worth trying; meanwhile, those with more terrene palates find solace in dishes like brick oven-roasted Carolina quail.

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South Boulevard

Eastern North Carolina style, South Carolina style, forget the distinctions...this is just plain "suey-perb" barbecue. The meat is slow roasted for a smoky, rich and tender culinary experience. You add the sauce (however much or little) you prefer. The hushpuppies are hot, the tea is sweet, and the staff is pleasing! So, bring your appetite and save room for some "nanner puddin'" (banana pudding).

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This contemporary, urban restaurant brings a touch of California panache to the Uptown dining scene, complete with creative martinis, an impressive wine list and impeccable champagne cocktails. Confident and even a touch daring, Sonoma's fare fits right in with the sleek setting, as evidenced by dishes like Kurobuto center-cut pork chop with goat cheese mac n' cheese, Black Angus NY strip with rosemary-parmesan fries, and caramelized halibut with asparagus and fava beans.

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Myers Park

If you slept in late but still want to start the day right, this is the place to go! In addition to receiving high marks for its fun, family-friendly atmosphere, the joint serves breakfast eats and downhome favs like she-crab soup and shrimp-n-grits all day long (that qualifies as brunch, right?). When you go, be prepared to see all walks of life – from judges and CEO's to working men and women – as just about everyone claims Eddie's one of their favorite places for breakfast and brunch.

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