PROFILE: L.A. Lunch’er “Alaia”

As is customary on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we’ll profile a random reader to get their recommendations for the best spots to lunch near their work. This week it’s Alaia, a consultant looking for some good mac and cheese.

Name: Alaia

Age: 25

Occupation: Professional Dot Connector/Business Consultant

Where in L.A. do you Work?: I run my own business (One Organized Business) as well as a local networking group for entrepreneurs (The Entrepreneur Connection). I travel all over Los Angeles for clients and events, but I primarily work out of my home office in Silver Lake

Favorite Kind of Food: If it involves carbs, or cheese – I’m there!

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Tofu, eggs, and avocados

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: Gobi Mongolian BBQ in Silver Lake (2827 W. Sunset) . They have long lunch hours (perfect for a workaholic entrepreneur like me), and I can really pile on the pasta and fresh veggies. No matter how much I try to chow down, I always have plenty of leftovers around for my 11pm dinner… And, even though they took their amazing potato skins off the menu (my reason for living….why?!?), I still stop in at Home Los Feliz (1760 Hillhurst Ave) for Mom’s Meatloaf Sandwich with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. Yum!

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz (1831 Hillhurst Ave). Hours of my life have been lost in that place. What can I say? I can’t resist the Myrtle. Yes, I said it, the Myrtle.

The farthest place you’ll drive for lunch on a normal day? West Hollywood (20 minutes) – Skewers (8939 Santa Monica Blvd) and Basix CafĂ© (8333 Santa Monica Blvd). Both have great, friendly staff. Fairfax District (20 minutes) – Buddha’s Belly (7475 Beverly Blvd). Fresh delicious food. Can’t get enough of the Eight Veggie Friend Rice and the Shao Bing. Downtown (10 minutes)- Bottega Louie (700 S Grand Ave). Everything’s delicious! El Sereno (20 minutes) – Hecho en Mexico (4976 Huntington Drive South) – any time is a good time for papas con chorizo!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? San Francisco or New York – endless food options within walking distance. I can walk off my food coma before going back to work!

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers in L.A.? So many places either take mac & cheese off their menu or make it so horribly that they SHOULD. Any tips on where a gal can score some amazing mac?

Got tip for Alaia? Put it in the comments. And as always, if you would like to be next week’s Profiled: L.A. Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me-


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