I work in Studio City as well and have eaten at many local dining establishments during the lunch hour. When I'm not opting to walk to Trader Joe's and pick something up for $2.99 to throw into a heating device back at the office, I go to one of these places: (in no particular order)
1. Healthy CA really is the best lunch around. It's the place to go when you don't want to have to choose between healthy and delicious — and frankly, when would you ever? The salads are amazing in variety and ingredients (try the house-made lemon dressing) and they're huge, so share with a friend. The sandwiches are made on high-quality breads, worth the price of admission by themselves. The hot food is also fab!
Bonus: Lots of food for vegetarians. Minus: You have to drive to Lankershim Blvd. in NoHo. Bonus: Forget that, they deliver.
2. Speaking of vegetarians, Vegan Plate on Ventura Blvd., in the strip mall with LaLa’s and Asanebo, is another great lunch spot. Their food is mostly Thai-influenced and really tasty. The lunch specials are a decent deal and their variety of actually delicious meat substitutes is stunning. The tofu chicken satay that is served with side of mustardy-peanut sauce is one of my favorites.
3. Outtake Bistro, just East of Vegan Plate on Ventura Blvd., has good American-style food prepared with care and style. The burger is good. The soups are good. The salads with tiny lamb chops are good. The fish entrees are good. And the turkey chili is a good. Heck, it’s all good.
4. Studio City is the home of Sushi Row, so if you are willing to shell out the big bucks in the afternoon, Asanebo and Tama sushi are wonderful.
5. Art’s Deli always rates high in polls about delis in Los Angeles, but you will have to throw down some bucks for lunch here. On the other hand, the sandwiches are big enough for two.
6. On Tujunga, Aroma Café and Caioti Pizza Café are both good. The chef at Caioti invented the California pizza made famous at Spago and Aroma has good sandwiches, salads, coffee and one of the nicest garden patios in the Valley.
7. If you just want to fill up and are not looking for an afternoon dining experience, there are several other options including:
Dupar’s: Decent coffee shop food and pies that Mildred Pierce could be proud of.
Carney’s: The hotdog joint in the old train cars next to Bed, Bath and Beyond on Ventura Blvd. has good dogs, burgers and truly delicious chili. They even have a vegetarian burger sandwich. Get the chili on top of anything.
Gelson’s Market: At the corner of Laurel Canyon and Riverside Drive, Gelson’s is an upscale market with a high-quality deli. They make fine sandwiches on fresh breads, plus they have a good salad bar and a new hot food bar. The Viktor Benes bakery at the front of the store is as good or better than any stand-alone bakery in the area. Think of them for office birthday cakes.
Was wondering if you mean a sit-down lunch or lunch to go?
Sit-down places --
Mezzomondo -- fantastic and affordable neighbourhood Italian place, on Ventura, nth side, just E of Whitsett.
I echo the rec for Out Take Cafe. Great lunch place.
A good place to eat lunch is ZenChi on Moorpark, E of Tujunga.
I know you said no sushi, but you might like to know about Sushi Don Sasabune, next to the Jack in the Box, nth of Gelsons off Laurel Canyon. Exceptional quality and inexpensive. I prefer to take away, but you can eat there. Cute little place with a few tables.
My hands-down-all-time-best LUNCH rec for this area is actually in NoHo -- HealthyCA on Lankershim, sth of Camarillo. It's a tiny place with a yellow sign. You can eat there, but it's small and a bit of an industrial kitchen. Nice tables in the sunny window, tho.
They will deliver -- for the cost of the tip to the driver (unless that's changed).
4724 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Monday – Friday – 10am-5pm
delivery hours – 11am-3pm
(818) 050-1037 fax
Aroma Cafe (sandwiches & soups) on Tujunga is very good and a cute location, I recommend their turkey burger and any of their soups.
Almost next door to Aroma is Caioti Cafe (pizza & pasta). I would also highly recommend Artisan Cheese Gallery on Ventura & Laurel. Their sandwiches are sooooo good!
Outtake Bistro on Ventura Blvd is pretty good as well.
The Artisan Cheese Gallery
12023 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
4360 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA 91604
Caioti Pizza Cafe.
4346 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, California. 90046
11929 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Haha- it could have been that too, I was actually too busy stuffing my face to really pay attention to the details of what the person was saying... then again, I guess I could buy into a 500 year old cave aged cheese... assuming again that 1) I actually heard what was being said above my incessant crunching and 2) he was telling the truth!
If you could get to Sherman oaks, you could do Il Tiramisu or Clay Oven. ONe is Italian, the other Indian. Satnley's is also in Sherman oaks and has good nosh. Jinkey's is OK and now open for lunch.
Gangadin is good indian in Studio City.
You could also try Boneyard Bistro, La pain Quoitidean, Bollywood Cafe, Risotto (is it open for Lunch?)Vegan Plate