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Jul 1, 2012 06:45 PM

Help Me Expand My Westwood-based Lunch Rotation

I live next to Westwood Village. I don't like spending much more than $10 for lunch. Now I go to:

BJ's -- good lunch specials, half-sandwich, good skinny fries, salad under $10.
Philly West -- philly cheesesteak.
Hu's -- combo with entree (kung pao chicken or twice-cooked pork) soup & small chinese chicken salad
Shamshiri -- lamb koobideh skewer + rice + grilled veggies + shirazi salad = $8.85++
Amandine -- quiche or french toast (if early)
The Shack (Wilshire) -- on Wed, all burgers are $2 off, i get the double-cheeseburger.
Label's Table -- their deli sandwiches are bigger and less expensive -- pastrami $8.50.
800 Degrees -- yep, a pizza qualifies, but it really doesn't do it for me by itself...
Victor Jr.'s -- i like their Italian beef dip, but it was dry last time.
In'n'Out -- sometimes satisfies but only once every couple months.
Tacos Por Favor or Taquieria Sanchez -- the hot sauce is almost more important than the tacos.

am thinking of trying Roast, but on the upper end of my price range -- will two roast beef sliders at $9.95 satisfy?

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  1. Have heard great things about Fundamental and it sounds in your range.

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    1. re: BSW6490

      +1 for Fundamental LA. Some of the best sandwiches in the city.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Fundamental's website has a 2 day olf tweet: "still closed for lunch/brunch temporarily. " Too bad, because we still haven't gotten around to trying this place and want to do so.

    2. Another likely suspect would be Attari Sandwich Shop and if you like classic coffee shop style places then you should also try out Mary & Robbs and they are on Face Book as well:

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      1. Try Simpang Asia right across from Hu's. I love this place. I love SE Asian food in general, Simpang is the best in town (better than Ramayani, although Rama is probably closer to you and also worth a try. Simpang is better though)

        Yamadaya has a branch in WW now just south of Wilshire on WW blvd. I personally think their ramen is so-so but enough people rave about it for me to admit I might just be too dumb to "get it" or something

        Naan hut has a new expanded menu in addition to the great sangak flatbread they've been putting out for years, if you're feeling like persian, go here. the WW blvd places IMO can't compare. I like the kabobs across the street at Glaat kosher market, I haven't had naan hut's kebabs yet.

        Unfortunately, when it comes to the culinary wasteland that is westwood, I have a much much much longer list of "don't ever go there"s than I do rec's, sad to say

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        1. re: BrewNChow

          "... the culinary wasteland that is westwood..."

          North of Wilshire, maybe. It's definitely not that bad south of Wilshire (and yes, I am UCLA alum and still go to Westwood weekly).

          1. re: J.L.

            I agree, i meant the bruin definition of westwood, which is how far I'd w ould ever walk under any circumstances, and it extends exactly to wilshire and to sunset, veteren to the west and hilgard to the east

            Still, south of wilshire isn't exactly amazing either imo

            1. re: BrewNChow

              Agree that the whole area isn't exactly a culinary mecca, especially if we're considering the OP's price range. I live near Westwood and work in Century City, and I have trouble finding cheap options on a regular basis.

          1. Thanks for the recs so far. I will try them and report which make the regular rotation.

            Note: According to their website, Fundamental currently is closed at lunch temporarily. Please someone post when they reopen.

            I should add these to my list of regulars, especially when I drive:

            Bay Cities Deli -- sure, sandwiches, but I like the potroast dinner on the hot side.
            Dino's -- great chicken, awesome "sauce" marinade.
            Carnitas Michaocan -- good asada, better al pastor, best hot sauce in SoCal.
            Eastside Deli -- love those messy hot sandwiches, usually more than I can eat.
            Portos -- a LONG drive to Downey, but love those potato balls.

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            1. re: nosh

              For Porto's: from Westwood, wouldn't their Burbank store be a shorter drive than Downey?

              1. re: ozhead

                For either location I'd need a fully functioning "transporter" system like Captain Kirk used on the Enterprise if I was going to put it into my regular rotation from over here on west side...

                "Beam me up, Scotty!"

              2. re: nosh

                If you're driving to Eastside Deli or Portos, you might as well throw Langer's in the mix.

                1. re: lil mikey

                  I love Langer's. But even their simplest pastrami sandwich with tax and tip brings it into the category of a lunchtime splurge. Same with Yang Chow (yeah, I know) -- love the slippery shrimp, but no lunch specials so a splurge.

                  1. re: lil mikey

                    You might as well eschew the "Westwood-based" from your original post and just ask about the greater L.A. area.

                  2. re: nosh

                    I'm assuming you're talking about recs for workplace lunchtime from Westwood. From Westwood to Downey for lunch? How much time for lunch break do you get?

                    1. re: nosh

                      A fairly easy/doable commute is over the 405 and into Brentwood for a burger from Barney's Burgers on San Vicente: or even the NY Bagel Company in the little mall next door to Tavern: