PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Juli”

As is customary on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we profile a random reader to get their recommendations for the best spots to lunch near their work. This week it’s Juli, a consultant looking for good Century City burger.

Name: Juli

Age: 28

Occupation: Consultant

Where in L.A. do you Work?: MGM, MGM Tower, Century City

Favorite Kind of Food: It’s really hard to pick a favorite…things that pop up in my head: pho, fried chicken, burgers, carnitas, the list could really go on and on.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: It’s a stretch to find a type of food I can’t at least appreciate when prepared well, some seafoods would qualify under foods I typically avoid.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: The Stand (2000 Ave Of The Stars) — the chicken club with chips ($9) is rather delicious (don’t opt to get the fries instead of chips, I made that mistake my first time there — stick with chips). Gelson’s Wolfgang Puck Express (10250 Santa Monica Blvd) — I think the pizza and salad is the best lunch deal you can get in LA ($6.49), it’s enough for 2 lunches (it’s not on the menu, just ask for the lunch special). Be prepared for a lot of food: it’s a whole pizza(!) and a generous side salad. The Thursday farmer’s market provides a lot of great food as well, I stick with the $9 combo from the Greek place: a chicken kebab over Greek salad.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? The Century City mall food court. For a mall’s food court there are a lot of options, and most of them are above average quality-wise. But be sure to hit up Courtyard Cafe for something lighter on the lower level for an inexpensive salad bar.

The farthest place you’ll drive for lunch on a normal day? If we want to drive some place one of my coworkers and I are big fans of the food truck craze. We hit up the 26 & Pennsylvania spot often (Lee’s Philly and India Jones are favorites).

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Paris, legit croque-monsieurs on street corners — amazing.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers in L.A.? Where close to Century City has the best burger? Preferably within walking distance the MGM area.

It’s not walking distance, but if I worked where you work I’d be at Apple Pan (10801 W Pico Blvd) at least once a week! Have you got a recommendation for Juli? Put it in the comments. And as always if you want to be next week’s Profiled: L.A. Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d want to nominate), email me-


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