7 Reasons to Hate L.A. (Lunch’ing, That Is)

I try to be positive here on Midtown Lunch… and I freakin’ love this city.  The food is amazing, and there’s no better place to be a “Midtown Lunch’er”.    But as much as I love much of the food in L.A. (and will defend it to the death against any outsiders, or natives with an inferiority complex) there are some things about eating lunch in this town that really annoy me.  Here are 7 of them, LAist style, for your enjoyment…

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1. No lard!?  You are a Mexican restaurant.  In what crazy pants world is “no lard” a selling point?

2. Don’t celebs eat Midtown Lunches?   Or, do the good cheap ethnic spots in L.A. just not have PR people to spread the word.  Just once I’d like to see something like “Paris Hilton spotted eating brain sandwich at Attari in Westwood.”

3. Why do so many all you can eat Korean BBQ places not allow for parties of 1?  (Or, they allow it, but then charge solo diners double.)  It makes no sense. It is my god given right to stuff my face alone- and lord knows I’ve done it on a number of occasions. Is it because lonely people eat more, and they’re afraid of being put out of business by a influx of friendless fatsos?

4. Why is it when you ask restaurants in L.A. what the  best thing on their menu is, they always point to the chicken.  Was at a Burmese restaurant the other day with lamb, fish noodle soup, and fresh made samusas.  Their best dish, according to the cashier? Tandoori chicken.  Really?  Really.  Really?  Really.

5.  In a related story, according to an employee at the Pinches Taqueria in the Santa Monica Place Mall, their chicken burrito has become a bit of a problem.  Because they use dark meat, the burrito will often get returned by customers who don’t believe it’s chicken. I would think that people who don’t eat beef or pork would be excited to find a place that makes chicken good enough you could confuse it with beef or pork!


6. Can somebody explain to me why the Peruvian stand at the 7th and Fig farmer’s market does not put french fries in their saltado?  Is that even legal?  Because it shouldn’t be.

7. The Beef Dip sandwich at Mendocino Farms lasted only three days but “because of popular demand” the vegan mushroom sandwich is staying all winter!?

Now that you’ve let me vent, it’s only fair that I should I have to listen to your complaints.  Got something that pisses you off?  Feel free to sound off in the comments…



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