solo lunch rec - SM/Westwood/Brentwood
as servorg did, i was going to recommend Monte Alban as well.
if you do want Middle Eastern, there are several options... the western option being Javan, and farther east Shamshiri Grill or Sunnin Lebanese Cafe.
if you want tacos or Mexican other than Oaxacan, there's Tacomiendo or Gilbert's El Indio (personally am partial to the latter).
for a burger, there's both Father's Office and the Counter.
if you're in the mood for a massive sammie, head to Bay Cities Deli on Lincoln.
If you haven't tried one yet, get a burger at Hole in the Wall, which is behind the Winchell's in the strip mall on the S/E corner of Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvd. They serve big, juicy burgers with an ordering system like the Counter where you specify which kind of meat, bun, cheese, and condiments, all for $7.95. It is A half-pound patty, very juicy, and griddled to order. Patio seating.
My other suggestion would be a cup of chowder and some good La Brea bread at the bar at the new Santa Monica Seafood, on Wilshire at 10th, though with Huckleberry as well that parking lot can be full at prime lunchtime.
Which reminds me, Amandine would be perfect! On the north side of Wilshire a block and a half west of Bundy -- excellent sandwiches, salads, soups, quiche, omelettes, and obviously baked goods. A very pleasant place for a quick, inexpensive, tasty lunch.
What about a nice hot bowl of ramen at Chabuya on Sawtelle in Little J-town? The weather is looking like it might be conducive to something hot (at least at the moment).
You can also probably zip in and out of Monte Alban and have a nice tamale with a deep, dark mole sauce if you're in the mood for something Mexican-but-More.
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Chabuya is just a little far south and west of where I want to be - but I'll keep it in mind for next time. I've been geeking out on Chin-Ma-Ya and Shin Sen Gumi lately so I'll add it to the mix.
Someone else recommended The Hungry Pocket by SMCC...any opinions?
I love Bay Cities but want to try something new.
I really like The Hungry Pocket -- it is on the north side of Pico directly across from SMC on the edge of a strip mall -- parking can get very difficult during lunch rush. They have really good, fried-to-order falafel pita wraps for about $3.50, with a choice of whole wheat or white pita sandwiches. Also shawarme, for about $5. If you get either sandwich, be sure to ask for some of their red hot sauce, which comes in a big metal silver bowl -- it is spicy and complex, good stuff. Fresh-squeezed juices are sold there but are expensive compared to the low prices of their sandwiches.