New Office - Marina del Rey - can't find a decent lunch


#1

This was briefly discussed on the Facebook page, and have tried all those recommendations, and still can’t find lunch. My new office has a great view of boats (Admiralty and Bali), but I am at a loss for my go-to under $10 lunch. I’m not a huge fan of Mendocino Farms and those enormous sandwiches that leave me sleepy, the Counter takes too long (and it’s expensive!), Celadon has decent Thai but not enough to crave.

I really want good Chinese, even some dumplings, but they’re nowhere near here. Oddly, the one thing I like is the Italian Chopped Salad from CPK (which I went to one day, when was starving and desperate) and the Cobb from J Nichols (again, expensive). Tacos at Chipotle aren’t my thing.

I’m spoiled, having worked DTLA for years, and having so much outside my door on 9th and Broadway. A fantastic taco from the stand Tacos Mexico, a great burger from Umami, the perfect salad from Pattern Bar, Colori around the corner and New Moon (!!!oh, how I miss it).


#2

Does it need to be w/i walking distance? B/c, if not, 101 Noodle Express in the Culver City mall isn’t that far (I think).


#3

Tender Greens is reliable for a $12 salad. Cheaper and generally healthier than CPK options.


#4

I’m sure you’ll find some great new spots. A good friend of mine just moved to MDR so I’ll hit her up. You have great views there for sure! I may be relocating for work as well…to DTLA… so now that you mentioned Pattern Bar I look forward to checking it out.

edited to add: is 26 Beach too far from you?


#5

Dommy! went to Urban Plates in Playa Vista. She wrote it up and seemed very positive about the place.


#6

Make a lunch of Costco Free Samples….


#7

Try Ekkami Thai at 13223 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-827-2777
They have lunch specials for under $10.00. Food is decent but not as good as Love to Eat Thai, Sapps, etc. if that makes a difference.


#8

Urban Plates is definitely someplace I’ll check out, but not thrilled with the parking situation over there. I’d rather have something in walking distance, but I think I’ve exhausted all the possibilities.

@snoozebutton, Pattern Bar is really great (I miss their salads), another place that’s great is Stocking Frame . And of course, there’s now Clifton’s.


#9

Any objections to Settebello or Catch and Release?
Too pricey for lunch?


#10

Isn’t 26 Beach way above the $10 price point?


#11

If driving - Corner of Lincoln and Washington has an outpost of Gaby’s for Middle Eastern - I like the mothership, but never have eaten at the satellite branches… Head back to Samosa House West on Washington for vegetarian Indian.


#12

I’m not intimately familiar w/ the menu, but this was my impression, as well. I also wonder if it’s swamped.

If Ekkamai Thai has $10 lunch specials as mentioned above, I imagine that’d be a great choice, actually…

Could also try Metro Cafe, maybe even Surfas (while it’s still open).


#13

true… unless she wants soup or dessert for lunch it’ll be too pricey…I missed that part of her post.


#14

Settebello won’t do their lunch special for take away, only dining in, which I prefer not to do. Catch and Release isn’t my thing, either. That Tender Greens mentioned by @Piglet has a huge line every time I try to go, which then leads me back to Burger Lounge or Gelsons (which isn’t a bad option).

I’ve also taken to driving to California Chicken Cafe because I’m hooked on their broccoli soup. Today I ordered delivery from Mao’s Kitchen, but it’s been an hour since I called and still hasn’t arrived :frowning:


#15

I do like Humble Potato, Pitfire Pizza, Wurstkuche, Baby Blue BBQ,
Abbot’s Pizza Company, GTA and I had a pretty good salad at Hopdoddy in Playa Vista. New Pono Burger is opening on Rose very soon. Tacos Por Favor on Hampton in Venice delivers. :hamburger:


#16

hop doddy in playa vista.


#17

just realized that you are not open to dine-in, so settebello would not be a good suggestion for you


#18

@westsidegal - they have an extremely limited lunch special (one offering - pizza and salad), and it is dine-in, only.


#19

Try Tajrish Persian Cuisine for kabobs, rice dishes, and stews. 507 Washington Blvd (near cross street via Marina). It’s in a strip mall.


#20

@chinchi, that’s precisely the kind of rec I seek! It’s pricey, but looks large enough for two, and free delivery! Thanks mucho