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Lunch - Olympic and Bundy

Just started a new job. Where is good to walk to? Good to call ahead and pick up? Who will deliver?

I am open to all cuisines. Would like to keep lunch to under $15.



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  1. Good Stuff is my go-to place when I am in that neighborhood. Good burgers, salads, soups. Service is fast and very courteous. My personal favorite is the "Stuffie #5", a ground turkey burger inside of a toasted pita along with avocado, lettuce and tomato. Great sweet potato fries.
    Right on the corner of Olympic and Bundy. Tacos Por Favor just opened next door and that also gets a lot of love. Food is good. Both of these restaurants are within your budget. No delivery but definitely call ahead for pick up.

    1. Easy - Yellow Moon. It's owned by two very good chefs - Rafael Lunetta (Jiraffe) and Josiah Citrin (Melisse). Good is always good, sometimes ridiculously great (when they do a special tapas menu - all too rarely - it is the best tapas in the city. )

      Not sure if they can do under 15, but close to it.

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        1. re: fdb

          Oops - how embarassing. Sorry. I was thinking of that song. Lemon from Josiah Citrin's last name, and Moon from Raphael Lunetta's last name.

          BTW - Ludo 8 is going to be at Lemon Moon starting around the 18th I think.

      1. I'm very partial to the Persian restaurant Darya on Santa Monica Blvd, just west of Bundy. http://www.daryarestaurant.com/index_... I love the Darya salad and the chicken kabob. I believe that delivery is free.

        1. If you're willing to walk a bit, Echigo, Monte Alban, and U-Zen are all within a mile.

          Monte Alban
          11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          U-Zen Japanese Restaurant
          11951 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          1. I work in the general area too. Some good suggestions already, to add to those.

            Not good for call ahead but if you're into the gourmet trucks, they all park at that corner every weekday, different ones each day.

            I like El Super Taco, but I've never been to the one in the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf center. I've only gone to the Pico/Sawtelle one or the one on Santa Monica next to Monte Alban. Their tortas are pretty good, I like the cubano.

            If you're willing to walk that far, there's all the different places up and down Sawtelle. I like running into Nijiya for something from their case. Either one of the curry places will do call in. So will Blue Marlin. You can find some solid food well under your budget.

            Also there's this new place near Ralph's on Stoner I've been meaning to try. Just haven't made it over there. Neli's http://www.neliscatering.com/index.php

            Welcome to the work neighborhood!

            1. Ramenya on Olympic between Federal and Colby - east of Bundy by a few blocks - has excellent, inexpensive ramen and a few other things.

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              1. re: estone888

                I would temper this suggestion with the caveat that it barely satisfies ramen cravings but that's about it. They've gone downhill some in the past couple of years in my opinion. Of course my experience could be colored by the availability of Santouka and recently Yamadaya a couple of miles south. I choose to go there when hit by ramen cravings.

                1. Monte Alban is good, but I think Juquila is better. And for Persian, I'd go for Javan on Santa Monica. They definitely deliver to your area, and the lunch specials are around $10. And Sawtelle north of Olympic is great... Tsujita for ramen, Furaibo for Japanese fried chicken, and Kiriko for Sushi (although that will definitely push your $15 limit)

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                  1. re: midtownlunchla

                    You think Juquila is better? I'll have to try them again. My experience has been the opposite the couple of times I went to Juquila at least for the mole dishes. But I don't get mole's frequently at MA, I like other items on their menu more.

                    Good call on Javan, I forgot about them and they do have good lunch specials. Kiriko would be really tough with the budget. At Furaibo, I've done a bowl of rice with either an order of wings or the pork belly. Inexpensive good lunch.

                    1. re: Jase

                      Jase, have you tried Asian-Ya in the same little shopping center at Gateway and Barrington that houses Tlapazola Grill and Gushi? We've become somewhat enamored of it lately. Pretty broad menu and the ramen, while not Santouka class is pretty good. I especially like their tan tan men with ground beef and coconut milk with added fried eggplant.

                      3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                      Tlapazola Grill
                      11676 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      11660 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      Gushi Cafe
                      11670 W Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      1. re: Servorg

                        I have not. It's in this weird no man's land for me. I don't go that direction for lunch and for dinner, I don't feel like driving back up towards work. We just end up close by for Santouka and now Yamadaya when in the mood for that kind of food. We should probably give it a try just for the sake of completing the circuit of local food. Thanks for the prompt.

                  2. There's Chutney's at the corner of Barrington and Pico for some Indian/Pakistani food. My favorite there is the Nehari (tender chunks of slow-cooked beef shank meat in spicy curry sauce)...goes well with plain naan.

                    1. I work at Olympic and Bundy also and go to the shops there also. Besides Good Stuff and Tacos Por Favor I also like the Greek Kabob place and North End Pizza. I prefer El Super Taco on Santa Monica better than Tacos Por Favor and it is not a bad walk if you have an hour.I also like the South Philly Experience truck for cheesesteak sandwhiches. It parks on Olympic in front of the office buildings west of Bundy at least once a week and also on Pennsylvania and 26 a couple times a week.

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                      1. re: chuck

                        I've seen at least 4 trucks at a time parked there, but I am going by too fast to catch the names normally. Which other trucks do you get out there?

                        1. re: Servorg

                          There are always trucks there , I just don't visit most of them as I would rather sit down and enjoy my food, I make an exception for the Philly truck and bring it back to work with me. I have eaten from the Barbie's Q truck which is ok but not great sandwiches.