Help with takeout in Westwood/405 vicinity
Some friends of mine are moving today to a home up on Stone Canyon, and I offered to bring them dinner around 5 pm. I'm looking for a good option in the Westwood/West LA area bounded more or less by Pico and Sunset and Overland and Bundy. However, other than Zankou on Sepulveda and Bristol Farms on Westwood (which, imo, has the lowest selection of prepared foods of the Bristol Farms in the city), I'm drawing a blank. I also don't want to spend more than 20 per person, which means sushi from Kiriko is out. The other factor is that I don't know what their kitchen will be like, so it probably would be safest to get food that can be served at room temperature.
Picnic at the new place - you're a great friend to take care of them! I don't know what your friends' particular likes are, but since you mentioned Kiriko is a no go given the price range... I know it's not Kiriko, but Nijiya market usually has easily transportable prepared items (bentos, sushi/sashimi, donburi, etc.) and Beard Papa (I'm not a fan of there's though), as does Mitsuwa on the prepared foods (which is a couple miles to the south of your prescribed borders) plus the food court. Obviously, the earlier you go to either, the better. $20 per should get a fair amount of food from either place.
Posters wilafur and karamazov point out Persian which are great options within the price range. My only concern about some of the food items (e.g., grilled meats, stews) is how they will hold up taste-wise by the time you get over to Stone Canyon on a Friday at 5PM. I can see the strong appeal of a nice warm satisfying meal after moving stuff all day - if they have at least a toaster oven or microwave, this might remedy that possible concern? I might overreacting but maybe you can give them a quick call and see what their kitchen situation will be by then?
I'm not sure if your price range included booze (don't even know if you and friends drink) but you could stop by one of the Whole Foods (Brentwood, Westwood, Mar Vista) or Bristol Farms and pick up some wine, cheese, bread, etc... Wally's is around there, as well as the Wine House...
Agreed on the sad state of affairs re Bristol Farms on Westwood.
I recommend Tofu-Ya on Sawtelle. The galbi and the soft tofu stews are awesome.
Another idea: I know others will slam me for this but the giant rolls from CA Roll Factory on Santa Monica and Federal are always a HUGE HIT with a group. The best rolls in my opinion are the Greg's Roll (be sure you get the special sauce on the side), the Chenzo, the Agape, the Lupe, the Apogee and the Yammy Jammy. The place is best for rolls, NOT nigiri.
Click here and on the "on-screen menu" for a description of their some 100 rolls:
Spend about $10 per person and everyone will be stuffed and happy.
Note I've also had much better luck at this location than the Olympic location (different owners.)
Other take out places:
Asakuma for sushi (the take-out location on SM)
VIP Harbor Seafood for Chinese
Emporium Thai for Thai
Nizam for Indian
If it's not too far out of the way, Bossa Nova on Pico has a huge menu and it's pretty good for take out.
You could also get something from Clementine in Century City.
Closer to Westwood i'd second Shamshiri Grill and throw in Pomodoro for Italian (it's not the chain).
1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
10982 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
1393 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024