The RM Team Shares Their Fave Lunch Locales

RM’s most-loved lunch locales

Why do dinner and brunch get all the hype? We’re all about a midday pick-me-up—and it’s about time lunch gets some of the recognition it deserves. So, we sought the opinions of the RM team for their standout selects among the lineup of loveable lunch spots spanning the city. … At noon, we lunch! 

“In Midtown, I love the patio at Vivace. In Downtown, Capital Club 16—love the windows and watching busy people on the street.”
—Gina Stephens, Publisher, @ginasdawgs

“Sola: good coffee, good sandwiches and close to work. The perfect spot.”
—Liz Comella, Creative Director,

Cantina 18 will always have my heart for lunch—paired with perf patio weather and a marg, and if I’m lucky, my mom as my date.”
—Melissa Howsam, Editor-in-Chief, @mahowsam

“I don’t usually go out to lunch but when I do I’ll go for Happy + Hale. It’s light + delicious!”
—Lauren Kruchten, Associate Editor, @laurenn_nicol

“I am all about a lunch spot with fab flavors and a good outdoor ambiance, so I love a daytime date at Anise Pho or Gringo A Go Go. And a good friend to share my meal with is always a plus! 
—Anna Beth Adcock, Editorial Assistant, @_annabethadcock

Morgan Street Food Hall is already so cool, and Cowbar has a truffle burger to die for (hence its nod on our 2023 Best Burgers list 😉).”
—Cameron Rhinehardt, Account Executive, @camrht

Coquette Brasserie for the consistently good lunch menu and the atmosphere.”
—Debby Serena, Account Executive

David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar is a criminally underrated lunch stop—the crispy spicy wontons are immaculate.”
—Heidi Reid, Contributing Writer, @heidi.laurel

Coquette for their French onion soup!”
—Emily O’Brien, Contributing Writer

“I like Longleaf Swine for lunch!”
—Forrest Mason, Contributing Photographer, @fmasonmedia

“My favorite local lunch spot is Raleigh Times. The fried pickles are a must.”
—Sean Junqueira, Contributing Photographer, @seanjunqueira

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Angela Brown
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