PROFILE: L.A. Lunch’er “Rob”

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 Rob, a TV exec looking for some good ethnic food in Burbank.

Name: Rob

Age: 29

Occupation: Television Executive for Disney XD

Where in L.A. do you Work?: I work for Disney in the Burbank Center Building on Alameda

Favorite Kind of Food: Hard to pick one but love good Chinese food, Mediterranean, great sandwiches.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Hate canned tuna fish (although I like raw/seared tuna), pineapple, kiwis

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: Olive & Thyme (4013 Riverside Dr) has great sandwiches and salads – I recommended the Middle East Chicken Sandwich or the chopped salad. The best sushi by far is at Yuzu on Riverside. All the fish is fresh, innovative cuisine but the asparagus and corn soup is the must get every time. My favorite cheap eat is wraps at Honeydew (171 N. Maple). Very small place but everything there is really fresh and lots of different combinations for sandwiches.

The “goto” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often? Unfortunately it’s Chipotle. It’s cheap, fast and moderately healthy if you go the salad/bowl route and no cheese. Really wish we didn’t go there as much.

The farthest place you’ll drive for lunch on a normal day? Every once and a while we take a drive down to Langer’s for lunch. It’s usually longer than we should be out for lunch but the half pastrami/matzo ball soup combo is worth being a little late. We once made it to Oinkster in Glendale for their amazing slow-fast food.

Dream job location (anywhere in the world), purely for lunch purposes, and why? I’m taking my first trip to New Orleans in May and despite never being there before, I have a feeling that will be my favorite food place. Fried oysters and gumbo any time.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Need a lot of help in the Burbank area. Particularly, looking for cheap, interesting ethnic eats that hopefully aren’t too far away. Also, what’s the best sandwich out here?

Cafe Columbia is the only place in Burbank I’ve had lunch at (patacon FTW!) But if you can make it to North Hollywood, Sri Siam is one of the better Thai restaurants in L.A. Got your own suggestions for Rob? Put them 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-


Leave a Reply

You must log in or register to post a comment.