PROFILE: L.A. Lunch’er “John”

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 John, a media strategist in West L.A. who loves bacon, and delis hidden in gas stations.

Name: John

Age: 25

Occupation: Media Strategist

Where in L.A. do you Work?: MBMG, West LA

Favorite Kind of Food: Bacon (if that’s unacceptable, anything with bacon on it: bacon pizza, bacon wrapped hot dogs, bacon bacon)

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Soup (what’s the point? If I wanted to drink a meal, I’d have a Guinness)

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: Corner Deli (1660 South Sepulveda Boulevard) which is a deli inside a gas station. Weird I know, but fantastic. I love the classic chicken breast sandwich and the ultimate breakfast burrito is great in the morning , but the truly great thing about Corner Deli is that the food is consistent. I think that’s an important factor for any restaurant. Don’t be a Michelin 3 star on Monday but then KFC on Tuesday. Also, Chutney’s (2406 South Barrington Avenue) for their great chicken tikka masala lunch special, 800 Degrees (10889 Lindbrook Drive, Westwood), and Eduardo’s (1830 Westwood Boulevard), which has the best nachos.

The “goto” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often? 800 Degrees (10889 Lindbrook Drive, Westwood)

Places you have discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Tsujita L.A. (2057 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A.)

The farthest place you’ll drive for lunch on a normal day? Food Truck Alley in Santa Monica (2 miles), Subway (anywhere within 50 miles), Honey’s Kettle (Culver City, 2 miles)

Dream job location (anywhere in the world), purely for lunch purposes, and why? Anywhere near a street market because of the variety and affordability at a place like that; you can usually find something really dope for under $10. All things equal, I’d pick Italy because I’m a sucker for pasta. Bacon pasta.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Anyone want to fold my laundry? I’m typing this out at the laundromat and my towels are taking fooooorrrrever to dry.

Probably too late for the laundry thing, but if you want to be next week’s Profiled: L.A. Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d want to nominate), email me-



  • If you like bacon pasta, try the carbonara at spaghetti house on Sawtelle.

  • I love Chutney’s, too, but think the dahi chicken and chicken tikka kebab are better than the curries. Also, be sure to try the beef samosas — awesome.

    I also love Eduardo’s, but more for their border burritos. Unlike most LA taquerias, the chicken is actually the best thing on the menu (though steak is good, too). Also, they melt the cheese on the tortilla before making your burrito, a crucial step many LA taquerias skip. Really, my only complaint with Eduardo’s is they use that crappy orange-and-white cheese mix instead jack.

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