Archive for 'Lunch Links'

Lunch Links (The “Welcome Back Murakami Sushi!” Edition)

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This Murakami chirashi bowl cost $11 at their old location

  • FAIRFAX Your first look at the new Plan Check [LAMag]
  • KTOWN Insadong Galbi Noodle is now open and looks pretty good [Squid Ink]
  • KTOWN Bori Chon is a good homestyle lunch place [Squid Ink]
  • MELROSE Murakami Sushi has found a new location! [@dearclarissa]
  • MID CITY Hollywood Pies is back open but not for lunch [Squid Ink]
  • PICO Nick’s Coffee Shop & Deli is the best diner in town [Squid Ink]
  • SHERMAN OAKS Ramen by Omae looks worth traveling to the Valley for [Squid Ink]
  • VENICE Komodo’s new location opening Dec 16th [Eater]
  • WESTWOOD Shophouse’s 3rd branch is now open on Broxton [Eater]
  • LISTS The guide to the best BBQ in L.A. [Eater]

Lunch Links (The “Atwater BBQ” Edition)


Barbecue from The Crossroads. Photo courtesy of Mattouille
  • ATWATER VILLAGE The Crossing is serving up some fine BBQ [Eater]
  • DTLA TLT Food has a new location Downtown [LADN]
  • DTLA Tsurumaru Udon is great (although if you think it’s better than Murugame Monzo, you’re kind of an idiot) [Sinosoul]
  • KTOWN Boo’s Cheesesteaks is now open on Wilshire [Eater]
  • MID CITY Hollywood Pies is gone, but may return [Eater]
  • MID CITY Blaze Pizza is coming soon to the Grove [Eater]
  • MID CITY Get the pork and ricotta meatballs at Sycamore Kitchen [Food GPS]
  • SAMO Shophouse on the promenade is opening Oct. 17th [Eater]

Lunch Links (The “Under the Radar Bossam” Edition)


 Jang Teo Bossam. Photo courtesy of Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
  • DTLA “The Guru” likes the more traditional stuff at Murugame Monzo [LAT]
  • DTLA Besha Rodell is a big fan of JiST Cafe [Squid Ink]
  • HWOOD Tatsu is opening a second location on Melrose [Eater]
  • KTOWN Jang Teo Bossam finally gets discovered by somebody other than us! [LAT]
  • KTOWN A new burger place and a new fried chicken place have opened next to School Food [Eater]
  • KTOWN Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks is getting a 2nd location on Wilshire [Eater]
  • PALMS Skip the banh mi, get the pho at Phorage [Squid Ink]
  • SILVER LAKE Hungry Pig is open and serving up Asian BBQ [Eater]
  • PIZZA 7 of the Best Pizzas You’re Not Eating (with picks from me and my buddy Bernardo!) [LAist]
  • PODCAST Did you know that in addition to being a professional fat guy, I’m also an actor? [Actor's Diet] 
  • EVENT 6 reasons not to miss the Thai Food Fest this weekend at Paramount [LA Mag]

Lunch Links (The “Last Days For Umami’s Mayer Hawthorne Burger” Edition)

If you’re a Mayer Hawthorne fan and a burger fan you’ll be interested to know that tomorrow is the last day his special burger will be available at Umami.  The burger, which comes topped with cognac-infused parsnip puree, cognac fondue sauce, hatch chiles and chile straws, was reintroduced this month to promote his new record “Where Does This Door Go”. The burger is available at The Grove and Hollywood locations of Umami.

Here’s what else is going on in lunch these days…

  • DTLA La Morelianas in the Grand Central Market makes some good carnitas [LAM]
  • DTLA Loteria and Torta Co. coming soon to Figat7th [Eater]
  • KTOWN Cho Man Wan serves up great dumplings and jjanjangmeyon [LAT]
  • LOS FELIZ The Palace has SGV style lunch specials!?! [Clarissa Wei]
  • SILVER LAKE Black Hogg has a lunchtime sandwich menu called Sopressata [Squid Ink]
  • VENICE Look who finally discovered El Huarique! [LAT]
  • WEST LA Sushi Stop is opening a Shabu Shabu place on Sawtelle! [Eater]
  • WESTWOOD 800 To Go opens on Tuesday w/ an expanded sandwich menu [Eater]
  • MOBILE Ricky’s Fish Tacos is the best taco in America… [Daily Meal]
  • MOBILE … and soon they’ll be getting their own truck! [Squid Ink]
  • FOOD IS THE NEW ROCK I podcasted w/ Grant Achatz at the L.A. Food & Wine Fest last weekend [FitnR]

Lunch Links (The “Dipping Noodles” Edition)


Tsukemen from Tsujita Annex. Photo courtesy of Amy Scattergood

  • TSUKEMEN This guide to dipping noodles has a few we missed back in 2011 [Squid Ink]
  • CULVER CITY Smashburger has gone downhill [Mattatouille]
  • HWOOD Fat Sal’s is now open on Highland [Eater]
  • VENICE Pork Belly’s signature sandwich is simple but good [Food GPS]
  • VENICE El Huarique makes one of the best ceviches in L.A. [Serious Eats]
  • WEST LA A famous Japanese tonkatsu purveyor is coming to Sawtelle [Eater]

Lunch Links (The “We Were Nominated by L.A. Weekly for Best Food Blog!?!” Edition)

A little bit of quick news before we get to this week’s lunch links.  Midtown Lunch: LA has been nominated in the Best Food Blog Category of the L.A. Weekly’s 2013 Web Awards!  Our competitors are all awesome, and a few are hugely popular sites we link to on a weekly basis, so we don’t give ourselves much chance of a victory. But if you love us enough to vote (or hate one of the other blogs we’re up against so much you want to keep them from winning) you can do that here.  Thanks.  Now onto this week’s lunch links…

  • CULVER CITY Honey’s Kettle makes some good fried chicken [Mattatouille]
  • DTLA Horse Thief BBQ is now open in the Grand Central Market [Squid Ink]
  • DTLA 3 new food spots are coming to Figat7th [Eater]
  • PALMS New Vietnamese spot Phorage is now open [Eater]
  • WEST LA Daikokuya is soft open but probably won’t open for lunch until Sept. [Eater]
  • VENICE Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop is now open [Squid Ink]
  • EVENT Luckyrice returns next Saturday w/ food from Starry Kitchen, Spice Table, Night + Market, and more [Luckyrice]

Lunch Links (The “Best Dosa in L.A.” Edition)


Paru’s dosa. Photo courtesy of Squid Ink

  • DTLA Where to eat lunch when you have jury duty [Squid Ink]
  • DTLA Blossom is solid Vietnamese food [The Minty]
  • DTLA Your first look at Built Custom Burgers [AHT]
  • HWOOD Paru’s is the best dosa without going to Artesia [Squid Ink]
  • USC Azla Ethiopian has opened in La Paloma Market [Eater]
  • WEST LA Daikokuya is coming to Sawtelle [Eater]
  • WEST LA … and so is Shin Sen Gumi!? [Eater]