ISO Good Group Lunch Take Out Downtown
- David Kahn Jul 11, 2006 06:04 PM
About once a month, I need to organize food for a lunch meeting of about 20 people.
So far, I've had people order from Langer's (704 S. Alvarado St., (213) 483-8050, http://langersdeli.com/), which has been great (really good service, excellent food, top notch all around), and today, I'm getting sandwiches from the Eastside Market (1013 Alpine St., (213) 250-2464, http://www.esmdeli.com).
Still, I'd like to shake it up a bit, and many of my favorite downtown area lunch haunts seem like they wouldn't be so good for group take out. Dim sum obviously doesn't work, and Mexican food doesn't seem well suited to take out. Bbq would be great, but given the service hiccups at BBQ King, I'm afraid to try them.
Any other suggestions you guys can think of that would be good and interesting? Needs to be very good food, not too too expensive, and either close enough to downtown for me to go pick up, or else have delivery. An option for the salad eaters is a plus too. (They weren't much happy with today's choice.)
I was in a meeting downtown last week and the host brought in lunch from George's Greek. Greek salad, a plate of gyros meat, chicken kabobs, rice, stuffed grape leaves and baklava. Just as tasty as the eat-in meals we get at their restaurants in LB.
Smokehouse on Spring Street
Mendocino Farms as previously mentioned
Cafe Pinot where you probably go already
www.taixfrench.com has a banquet lunch menu
Izayoi on 2nd and central makes wonderful bento boxes, we know the chef!
Koshiji in weller court (little tokyo) also has great lunch specials, lots of meat and vegetable skewers
Papa Cristo's, www.papacristo.com
There are a couple of places that come right to mind. The first is Suehiro Cafe, the japanese diner. I have done takeout for dinner and their food seems to hold up well. I find their food to be consistently reliable and the service is good. There is a variety of fried, grilled and baked dishes that travel well. Favorites there include the fried oysters, teriyaki chicken, salmon baked in salt, grilled sardines, eggplant stirfry. The other place that comes to mind is the greek place at Fig and 8th. Good salads, variety of greek specialties. A third would be takeout from Engine Company. I find their burgers, chili and some of their specials good lunchtime takeout eating.
Lots of office people are picking up six to eight boxes of the crazy chicken special from Dino's. Half a small char-grilled bird with a fantastic vinegary-garlicky-turmeric marinade, good fries, slaw, and tortillas for about $5. Located on Pico at Berendo, two blocks west of Vermont. Also have good carne asada combos, burgers, burritos and huge pastrami sandwiches, but almost everyone is getting the chicken.
Mangia Mangia (in the rabbit warren below City Nat'l Plaza) will deliver delicious panini sandwiches & straightforward salads to the downtown door of your choice. The Grubster is not a big fan of their overwrought pastas.