It goes something like this: Let’s go to lunch next week…

Yes! Where should we go? Is there anywhere new you’ve been wanting to try? Wait are they even open for lunch? Let me google them. What’s closest to you? Will it be too crowded? Do we need a reservation? Do they even take reservations?

It’s hard enough to get time on the calendar much less figure out where to go. This summer, scoop is covering off your lunch dates by the ‘hood so bookmark this list. We start in SOUTHPARK.

Whether you’re looking to sneak away from the office or choosing the perfect place to catch up with a girlfriend, SouthPark has plenty of great options for lunch. Our top picks:

NEW(ish) TO TRY

While they may not have made it into your regular rotation just yet, give these new-ish spots for your next lunch out:

Bar Marcel
3920 Sharon Road, Suite 160 (Morrison at SouthPark)

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Just opened in the Morrison Shops, (the Earthfare Shopping Center) Bar Marcel’s Executive Chef Josh Oakley offers a refreshing spring melon gazpacho, zucchini vermicelli and a variety of salads. View the full menu here.

Worried about the lunchtime rush? Book a reservation online.

Lunch hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pink Cactus
4423 Sharon Rd.

We have our eyes on the strawberry avocado salad, although mid-day tacos may make the workday go by faster! Their patio is also the perfect spot to escape the office A/C and soak up some sun. Scoop tip: easy parking on site!

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

Legion Brewing
5610 Carnegie Blvd.

You’ll want to try this one with a group! Grab co-workers or girlfriends and split the larger-than-life pretzel and the SouthPark dip platter. Wood oven-baked pizzas and the grilled Carolina trout are also perfect lunch options.

While Legion does attract a loyal lunch crowd, if you’re not part of a large group you should be fine without a reservation. There’s also easy parking right behind the restaurant in the parking deck. Scoop tip: order a Carolina sparkle party for a mid-day alcoholic pick-me up.

Lunch hours: Monday – Friday starting at 11 a.m.

SouthPark Eats Alternative
5950 Fairview Rd.

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Come to SouthPark for the only gathering of food trucks in the area. Every Wednesday, a variety of food trucks from around Charlotte set up at Fairview Plaza.  With plenty of free parking and easy walkability, SouthPark Eats Alternative is the perfect lunch break option.

Lunch hours: Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

SouthPark Grill
4300 Congress St.

We’re eyeing the shrimp louie salad or grain bowl with farro, all-white rotisserie chicken, baby kale, feta, red onion and lemon vinaigrette.

This is a popular SouthPark spot, so reservations during the week are recommended. Make yours online here. There’s also easy parking in the garage directly behind the restaurant.

Scoop tip: head back later in the afternoon for the perfect nearby happy hour spot. Check out their daily specials here.

Lunch hours: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tandur Indian Kitchen
721 Governor Morrison St. (Morrison at SouthPark)

Try the chicken biryani bowl, and don’t miss the spiced okra fries. Bonus: easy parking in the nearby parking garage.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

Bulla Gastrobar
4310 Sharon Rd. (The Village at SouthPark)

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Indulge in the Monday – Friday $18 two or three course prix fixe menu. Make online reservations here, just to be safe.

Lunch hours: Monday – Thursday starting at 11 a.m. Friday at 11:30 a.m.

TRIED & TRUE CLASSICS

If you have time for a leisurely lunch, don’t miss these favorite SouthPark spots:

Bricktop’s Restaurant (Specialty Shops SouthPark)
6401 Morrison Blvd.

A must. Reservations recommended (make them online here). Don’t miss the Palm Beach salad with crab meat, poached shrimp, remoulade, avocado, tomato and chopped egg. Scoop tip: easy parking.

Lunch hours: Open Monday – Saturday at 11 a.m.

WP Kitchen + Bar
6706 Phillips Pl Ct. (Phillips Place)

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While we’re big fans of the chopped salad, the sharable pizzas or the pan-seared salmon entrée would also make a perfect weekday lunch. This spot gets crowded, so consider using OpenTable to make your reservation.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m. Reservations recommended.

Rooster’s Kitchen
6601 Morrison Blvd.

Be on the lookout for the kitchen’s “bowl of the day” or opt for the classic spit-roasted Joyce Farms chicken. Make online reservations here.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11:30 a.m.

Upstream
6902 Phillips Place Ct. (Phillips Place)

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In Phillips Place, enjoy lunch offerings including maki and specialty sushi rolls, sandwiches like the avocado salmon toast, bento boxes and seafood entrées. View the full menu here.

Scoop tip: Can’t make it for lunch? Enjoy unlimited sushi every Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. at Upstream’s bar and on the patio. 

Lunch hours: Open Monday – Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Harper’s SouthPark
6518 Fairview Road

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A SouthPark staple, Harper’s offers a variety of American fare, from steaks and burgers grilled on live hickory to pizzas prepared in the kitchen’s imported wood-fired oven. 

Lunch hours: Open Monday – Saturday at 11 a.m., Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for brunch.

Sushi Guru
6601 Morrison Blvd.

This neighborhood go-to offers specialty rolls, platters, bento boxes and combination platters.

Lunch hours: Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Village Tavern
4201 Congress St.

It’s hard to choose at this SouthPark staple, but the patio is always our pick. Favorites include the Thai chicken salad and the NC mountain trout. Village Tavern is another popular spot, consider making reservations on OpenTable.

Lunch hours: Open Monday – Friday at 11 a.m.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
4310 Sharon Rd. (The Village at SouthPark)

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Craving sushi? A burger? A little bit of both? The Cowfish has got you covered. Choose from specialty sushi rolls, gourmet burgers and a unique take that combines them both. This is a popular lunch spot, so be sure to download their app to join the digital wait list.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

Paco’s Tacos & Tequila
6401 Morrison Blvd, Ste 8A (Specialty Shops SouthPark)

Head to Paco’s Tacos for a fiesta bowl (layers of cabbage, red rice, black beans, corn, pico de gallo, mixed cheese, avocado with sour cream, plus your choice of shrimp, chicken or brisket) or sharable fajitas.

Reservations aren’t required, but you can make them online if you’re the plan ahead type.

Bonus: easy parking and more than 100 tequila varieties in case the day calls for a mid-day margarita.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

131 Main
5970 Fairview Rd.

Brighten up your workday with a break for the ahi tuna salad: seared and sliced ahi tuna served rare with mixed greens, avocado, mango, red onions and ginger vinaigrette. Make online reservations here.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

Ilios Noche Quail Corners
8426 Park Rd. (Quail Corners Shopping Center)

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Fresh flavors and a sit-down meal that fits into a lunch break? We’re sold.

Build your own 30-minute lunch from your choice of one main and two market sides. Or, opt for the Ilios bowl with cauliflower rice, pickled vegetables, hummus spread, shug sauce and your choice of lamb or chicken skewer.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

LUNCH HOUR

Short on time? With a visit to one of these SouthPark picks, you won’t have to sacrifice flavor.

Reid’s Fine Foods
4331 Barclay Downs Dr.

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At the deli, choose a specialty sandwich or wrap (try the Salmon BLT) or opt to build your own. View the menu here. Bonus: easy parking and mall access if you’re out and about running errands.

Lunch hours: Open at 9 a.m.

Yama Asian Fusion
720 Governor Morrison St. (Morrison at SouthPark)

Lunch specials include a variety of bento bowls, served alongside their regular lunch menu.

Lunch hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

YAFO Kitchen
720 Governor Morrison St. #120 (Morrison at SouthPark)

Build your own creation or choose a favorite signature bowl or wrap.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

Freshii
4625 Piedmont Row (Piedmont Row)

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Get your vegetables in with a trip to Piedmont Row’s Freshii, where you can choose from salads, bowls, burritos and smoothies.

Lunch hours: Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Zoës Kitchen
6100 Fairview Rd.

Try the cauliflower bowl with salmon: Chilled cauliflower rice with house-made tzatziki, Israeli skhug, feta, cucumbers and fresh dill. Order ahead online for a quick and easy (and healthy) to-go option.

Lunch hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

Did we miss one of your favorites? Please comment below so all can see!