PROFILE: L.A. Lunch’er “Arianna”
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 Arianna, a freelance copywriter who doubles as a food truck blogger on the site Foodtrucktimes.com.
Age: (gasp!) 35 (grumble)
Occupation: Freelance copywriter
Where in L.A. do you Work?: From my home in Mid-Wilshire
Favorite Kind of Food: Almost anything Asian. I’m a sucker for sushi, in particular.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Ethiopian
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: Since I write a blog about the LA food trucks (www.foodtrucktimes.com), I’m frequently up on Wilshire, trying new ones. So far, my favorites are Flying Pig (the duck tacos kill me – in a good way), Komodo truck (chicken burrito) and Kassava truck (jerk chicken). Like everyone else on earth, I also love the Kogi truck (currently really into their tofu tacos, but it’s all delicious). There is also an Armenian brick-and-mortar chicken place nearby, called – of all things – City’s Best Chicken (5303 W Pico Blvd). I get their chicken kebab plate; their hummus and babaganoush make me cry (again, in a good way).
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Bool Truck (but I’m not complaining). Also, I can’t get enough of the sandwiches from La Maison Du Pain (5373 West Pico Boulevard). Everything, everything, everything is authentically French. Which is one of the big reasons I only allow myself the sandwiches…
The farthest place you’ll drive for lunch on a normal day? One of the benefits of working for myself is that a crazy car ride for lunch isn’t impossible. One of my friends has been trying to convince me to fly up to Berkeley for the afternoon, just to go to Chez Panisse. I’m almost ready to take him up on the offer. Also, I’m a little bit in love with the crazy good dive sushi at Noshi Sushi (4430 Beverly Blvd) and don’t mind the distance. Met a friend at Lazy Ox in downtown the other day. Would meet you at Capo in Santa Monica (1810 Ocean Avenue), if you’re buyin’
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Reviewing something spectacular, somewhere on the water, very far from home. Because I’m a gypsy, I love spontaneity and adventure, and the novelty of flying half-way ’round the world to focus on lunch is achingly romantic and incredibly exciting. I would also “settle” for lunch at a Premiere Cru vineyard, ‘cuz I’m easy like that.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers in L.A.? Where’s the best pho?! Hook a sister up! Looking for killer fondue, too (please don’t send me to The Grove; if you have to ask why, I’m not going to tell you). Also, if Golden State and Father’s Office got into a food fight, who would win?
So Arianna loves food trucks, mentioned Lazy Ox, and works around Mid-Wilshire. Wonder where she’s going to be eating today!? Got a pho recommendation? Put it in the comments. And if you want to be next week’s Profiled: L.A. Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me- firstname.lastname@example.org.