Lunch reviews

Find the best Baltimore restaurants for lunch meals.


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Lunch for $10 or less: Roland Park Bakery & Deli

The combination bakery and counter shop is in Hampden now and doing well.

Lunch for $10 or Less: Shapiro's Cafe

For one thing, word got out about Shapiro's specialties, namely house-prepared pastrami that some folks thought tasted like Lombard Street and shawarma that impressed mavens who insisted they knew the real thing when they saw it.

Lunch for $10 or less: Homeslyce Pizza Bar

Homeslyce's focus is on pub food like wings, stuffed sandwiches, and, of course pizza. The basic pizza choice is between premium styles like the Port a Bella and the Strongman Meat Classic and build-your-own creations.

Lunch for $10 or less: Mex

Power Plant Live veteran Mex tries out new dinner items at lunch, and you can, too.

Lunch for $10 or less: Nalley Fresh

Downtown eatery packs in the healthy-eating lunch crowd.

Lunch for $10 or Less: Basta Pasta in Lutherville

Fish and chips, made with local rockfish, is delicious and inexpensive

Lunch for $10 or Less: Towson Best

Baltimore County Chinese restaurant lives up to its name

Lunch for $10 or Less: Corned Beef Factory

This new Highlandtown restaurant holds its own, even compared to the established Lombard Street delis

Lunch for $10 or Less: Luigi's Italian Deli

New Hampden eatery/market has sumptuous sandwiches like the Isabella

Lunch for $10 or Less: DiPasquale's

The tuna diavolo is a tasty, filling treat

Lunch for $10 or Less: Village Square Cafe

Hand-carved turkey club is carefully layered with quality ingredients

Lunch for $10 or Less: Daniela Pasta and Pastries

Microwaved or not, the Lasagna alla Bolognese is a winner

Lunch for $10 or Less: Miller's Delicatessen

Liver and onions, the way mom used to make it

Lunch for $10 or Less: Thousand Kabobs

Chicken Biryani is a fiery but flavorful dish

Lunch for $10 or Less: An Poitin Stil

The Irish pub in Timonium carefully crafts its Backyard BBQ Burger

Lunch for $10 or Less: Banksy's Cafe

Piled high with meat, the R.B.'s Beef & Cheddar is worth a return visit

Lunch for $10 or Less: Manchurian Rice Company

The new Harbor East restaurant's Kung Pao Chicken has a daring, peppery heat

Lunch for $10 or Less: Old World Delicatessen

The Greek cold cut sub is a tasty sandwich, served in a vintage setting

Lunch for $10 or Less: The Verandah

The paneer paratha is a hearty taste of India

Lunch for $10 or Less: Pazani

The Tortellini Boscaiola is an earthy, rustic dish

Lunch for $10 or Less: David & Dad's Cafe

The turkey and cheddar wrap at new Southeast Anchor library location is better than expected

Lunch for $10 or Less: An Loi

This hard-to-find Columbia spot has serious — and cheap — pho and other Vietnamese cuisine

Lunch for $10 or Less: Larry's 1332

The New Orleans-style Muffuletta is untraditional but tasty

Lunch for $10 or Less: Dog Bar

Natty Boh Sausage just one of nearly infinite options

Lunch for $10 or Less: The Corner Stable

The tender meat falls right off the superb baby back ribs at this Cockeysville restaurant

Lunch for $10 or Less: Crush Cafe

The Chicken Wrap Deluxe at this Towson eatery really makes a statement

Lunch for $10 or Less: Suburban House

The Rachel has pink corned beef, sliced thin and stacked high

Lunch for $10 or Less: Beef Brothers

The cheeseburger special is unexpectedly good comfort food

Lunch for $10 or Less: Golden Krust

The bold, decadent curry chicken has a long-lasting spice

Lunch for $10 or less: Urban Bar-B-Que

Grilled and smoked goodies command the spotlight at Sandy Springs restaurant

Lunch for $10 or Less: Egyptian Pizza

Belvedere Square eatery is an unlikely mix of pizzeria and Middle Eastern restaurant

Lunch for $10 or Less: Piv's Pub

The Reuben is a solid selection at this Cockeysville spot

Lunch for $10 or Less: Chocolatea

Wonton Noodle soup is a comforting, filling lunch with layers of flavor

Lunch for $10 or Less: Pratt Street Ale House

While the food is about average, the atmosphere and service are bustling

Lunch for $10 or Less: Subway Kosher

The six-inch schwarma is an adventurous example of the chain's kosher line

Lunch for $10 or less: Martha & Mary's

The half moon-shaped Crab-Adilla at this Reisterstown restaurant is fun, hearty bar food

Lunch review: Don't pass Cabanita's Chicken by

Unassuming Peruvian chicken joint makes you feel at home

Restaurant review: Fresh Fit has tasty sandwiches, no sweat

You don't have to be working out to enjoy this restaurant inside a downtown gym

Restaurant review: Lumbini is a new favorite

Indian/Nepalese restaurant in Mount Vernon has a wide selection of quality dishes

Restaurant review: Scorching salsa, plentiful portions at Mi Casa

This Ellicott City Mexican restaurant has a family-oriented feel

Restaurant Review: Fresh fruits, quick food at Big Apple Tree Café

Who says pay-by-weight buffets are all bad? This downtown spot has more than a few reliable options.

Lunch review: Eccentric Duesenberg's adds flavor to Catonsville

It's not a quick lunch stop, but it's satisfying

Restaurant review: Lenny's Deli makes the most of Inner Harbor locale

With such a broad menu and a great view, the new spot is a welcome addition downtown

Restaurant review: Soup 'R Natural's food lives up to its name

From the soups to the guacamole, the fare at this Parkton restaurant is fresh and comforting.

Restaurant review: It's good to have options at Garry's Grill

This Severna Park staple has thoughtful presentations and choices galore

Restaurant review: Tasty vegan fare in The Land of Kush

This Mount Vernon restaurant doesn't need meat or dairy to succeed

Restaurant review: Cafe Einstein ist wunderbar

German health food not only exists — at this new Fells Point spot, it's pretty darn tasty

Lunch review: House of India hits all the right notes

Columbia strip mall restaurant has fresh, well-rounded lunch buffet

Lunch review: Visit Ethel & Ramone's for a taste of Louisiana

Let the good times roll with regional cooking in Mount Washington.

Lunch review: Crazy John's

Sandwich shop on The Block serves up filling, no-frills fare

Restaurant review: A zesty palette at Artful Gourmet

Owings Mills lunch staple has workmanlike kitchen, unpretentious staff

Restaurant review: Red Canoe is a respite from the daily hustle

You'll find bargain sandwiches and a relaxed feel at this cozy Harford Road cafe

Lunch review: Great expectations, lacking food at Zhong Shan

While the setting feels authentically Chinese, the kitchen doesn't always deliver.

Lunch review: Hummus Corner is a pleasant surprise

Strip mall location offers flavorful, affordable Middle Eastern fare

Restaurant review: Baba's Kitchen is a cozy neighborhood staple

South Baltimore spot has simple, heartfelt takes on Mediterranean standards

Lunch review: East meets Mediterranean at Silk Road Bistro

Don't judge this Reisterstown Road restaurant by its blank glass façade

Lunch review: Maiwand Kabob spices up the suburbs

This Afghan restaurant serves up good food at attractive prices.

Lunch review: The whole enchilada and more at Mari Luna

Inventive menu means you should expand your horizons beyond your standby favorites

Lunch review: Amicci's has neighborhood dining down pat

This Little Italy staple has swift service and well-rounded appetizers and entrees.

Restaurant review: Dick's Last Resort raises the bar for pub grub

Gimmicks aside, this Inner Harbor chain makes some impressive barbeque.

Lunch review: Mouthwatering seafood at Mama's on the Half Shell

The mussels and oysters at this Canton seafood staple are worth the wait — and the walk.

Lunch review: Fast, fun comfort food at Sugarbee's

Downtown cafe dishes near-perfect chicken pot pie in a hurry.

Add Kyodai to your lunch rotation

Towson's rotating sushi bar is good for a quick bite, but you'll be tempted by the priciest options

Lunch review: Akbar offers a transporting buffet

Below street-level eatery provides subterranean comfort

Lunch review: Authentic flavors of Korea in Howard County

Shin Chon Garden offers such treats as Korean barbecue and kimchi

Lunch review: At The Falls, it's what's between the bread that counts

The Falls cafe delivers on atmosphere, service and food, with one exception

Lunch review: At Ban Thai, spice makes all the difference

At Ban Thai, appetizers and entrees are carried by spicy, bombastic herbs and sauces.

Lunch review: One World Cafe is refreshingly reliable

This may be a bastion for vegetarians, but it belongs on every foodie's treasure map.

Lunch review: Smart service, satisfying food at Dogwood

Hampden restaurant's thoughtful, tasty dishes and eclectic décor are pleasant enough to overlook a few culinary quibbles.

Lunch review: At Dukem, hands-on experience is rewarded with flavor

Intimate Ethiopian restaurant in Mount Vernon satisfies vegetarians and carnivores alike

Lunch review: El Nayar

Lunch review: Solid pub fare at James Joyce

Bangers and Mash are swoon-worthy at Irish pub

Lunch review: Max's Empanadas excels at Argentine comfort food

Small neighborhood restaurant is a welcome addition to Little Italy

Liberatore's food matches high-class atmosphere

Still, this is a restaurant I'd like to take my time in, if I were dressed for it.

Fish tacos more than just a surprise

Captain Larry's serves up food that belies the bar's appearance.

Rosina Gourmet offers speedy, tasty sandwiches

Fabulous bread and quality ingredients make for a fulfilling lunch

Lunch review: Clementine reinvents comfort food

Seemingly simple dishes like grilled cheese and a chicken sandwich turn into something fantastic

Lunch review: A cafeteria with a conscience

University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Cafe Bon Appetit is eco-conscious, but still rather bland