PROFILE: L.A. Lunch’er “Matt”

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 Matt, an interactive producer who works on the westside, but is looking for some good shawarma downtown.

Name: Matt

Age: 34

Occupation: Interactive Producer (and blogger at Dig Lounge)

Where in L.A. do you Work?: Where Culver City and Marina Del Rey meet.

Favorite Kind of Food: Such a tough question. Classic American comfort food would fit a lot into one genre I guess. But my first real job was slinging pizzas, lasagna, manicotti, et al, at a small Italian cafe in Whittier, so I would have to say Italian too.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Maybe African. On a Jungle Food Marathon with some other bloggers we stopped in at Nkechi African Cafe and tried some Ogbono Soup and Egusi Soup. It just didn’t agree with my palette at all.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: The newly opened Mendocino Farms in the Marina (4724 Admiralty Way), their sandwiches are so good. Otherwise I go to Taqueria Sanchez (4525 Inglewood Blvd.) The lomo there is outstanding. When a taco joint is filled with the local hispanic residents and workers, you know you’re in the right place. It’s one of the few places you get lunch for under 5 bucks on the West Side.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? There is a cafe in our building. If I have to eat one more chicken caesar wrap, I am gonna go postal. Probably the worst food invention ever, the wrap.

The farthest place you’ll drive for lunch on a normal day? Sometimes we’ll head into Santa Monica for a Godmother at Bay Cities Deli (of course we call ahead so it’s ready when we get there) or we’ll head out to Mark Peel’s joint The Point in Culver City for one of his delicious sandwiches. I love meeting my girlfriend in Downtown for lunch, so many great spots. Langer’s being the number one choice.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Spain. Probably the best food town in the world. I love that style of eating, small plates, olives, cheese, cured meats, heaven. Throw in a bottle of spanish table wine, and you have yourself the perfect lunch.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers in L.A.? Where’s a good spot in downtown to get some good shawarma and falafel?

Got a recommendation for Matt? 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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