Food & Drink

The Best Work-From-Home Lunch Spots in Central LA

Order from the comfort of your couch.

Skinny Fish
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The fridge is getting stale; instant ramen is getting tired; your Brita filter is broken. We get it. The good news is, a ton of LA restaurants have adapted to COVID-19 by switching to a delivery-only model, so that means many of the best restaurants in central Los Angeles just became great delivery options. Here are some of our favorites, all delivering right to your door.

APL

Hollywood
Available on Postmates and GrubHub
Adam Perry-Lang’s dry-aged meat shrine has never been the type of restaurant known for its accessibility (he served a $50 steak sandwich for a while), but with the launch of their new takeout menu, they’ve moved into position for a prime lunch delivery. Homey comfort food is the aim here, with options like fried chicken sandwiches, pulled pork, matzo ball soup, and more.

Crossroads Kitchen

West Hollywood
Available on Postmates

There’s a select group of restaurants that define what West Hollywood is all about, and regardless of what you think of it, Crossroads is one of them. Chef Tal Ronnen’s plant-based menu has famously drawn carnivores and herbivores alike, so for a healthier lunch attempt, look no further. Then again, you can always pig out on an Impossible Burger and some fries.

Krispy Rice

Serving central Los Angeles
Available for delivery on multiple platforms

Katsu-ya has gone full Sugarfish for their new delivery service. Krispy Rice’s very well-packed delivery boxes are a nice way to change up your sushi rotation in a delivery-reliant world. With their scene-stealing crispy rice (five variations in fact), at the center, the king salmon nigiri, edamame, spicy yellowtail cut rolls, and whatever else you get loaded into your bento will compliment them perfectly.

All About the Bread

Fairfax
Available on Postmates

There are a couple schools of thought when it comes to the Melrose sandwich shop that is All About the Bread. One school of thought is, “This place ripped off the Italian sandwich that Bay Cities made famous.” Another school of thought is, “This place makes phenomenal sandwiches on phenomenal bread with phenomenal ingredients and I’m okay with their blatant plagiarism because the place is simply too phenomenal.” We’re of the latter.

Luv2eat Thai Bistro

Hollywood
Available on Postmates

If you’ve been in LA for even a minute, somebody has probably told you to ignore the name and go to Luv2eat. That person gave you good advice, and once you order your weight in Phuket-style crab curry, jade noodles with three types of pork, and several helpings of those tangy, perfectly-caramelized pork skewers, you’ll understand why. This is prime leftovers territory, so we give you full permission to over-order.

Slab

Fairfax
Available on Postmates

Los Angeles has never been known for its BBQ, but ever since Burt Bakman went legit with the brisket he made famous in his Studio City driveway, Slab has drawn comparisons to Franklin’s, La Barbecue, and pretty much every other Austin-based legend. Brisket is a must, but if ordering by the pound is too hefty for lunchtime, grab one of the sandwiches. Either way, you need more than one side of mac.

Burgers 99

Fairfax
Available on Caviar

It's no secret at this point that Pawan, Nakul, and Arjun Mahendro have a grip on burgers -- the lamb burger from their beloved Badmaash has been the menu’s dark horse for a long time. Thanks to the launch of Burgers 99, we’re glad to say there are a lot more Mahendro-stamped burgers in our future. In a city where designer and smash burgers alike can run you a pretty penny, it’s beautiful to see a double cheeseburger for under $10. Get some fries, get a shake; it’s the 90s, baby.

Banh Oui

Hollywood
Available on GrubHub, Caviar, and Postmates

Every LA banh mi fan worth their salt has found their way to Banh Oui by now. The French roll haven is still incredibly easy to order from, and in addition to their winning pork, chicken, and steak sandwiches, they’ve got a fun marketplace in effect, serving things like pickled chilies, tomato sauce, and paté. Go ahead, stock up -- you’ll get a future lunch out of it.

Secret Lasagna

Serving central Los Angeles
Available on multiple platforms

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on one of the outer-layer-of-cheese-laden breakfast burritos from Yarrow, you already know chef Royce Burke’s work. Along with Andrey Tolmachyov, Burke is cheesing it up again with four different personal-sized (!!!) lasagnas, soups, salads, and a ton of other feel good treats (like homemade brownies and rice crispy treats). Wine and beer are also on offer for delivery, so maybe this Friday it’s time to extend that lunch hour.

Daughter’s Deli

West Hollywood
Available on Postmates

The bad news: Langer’s isn’t doing delivery, and waiting in line for pickup is hardly conducive to a WFH lunch break. The good news: Trisha Langer is the pastrami hero this city needs, serving essentially the same pastrami out of her deli on the Sunset Strip. You’re gonna want the Papa (essentially the Langer’s #19), but don’t pull the trigger without considering the Nana (an incredibly baller Rueben) or even the egg salad (a criminally underrated sandwich).

Cassell’s 

Koreatown
Available on Postmates

The “best burger in LA” conversation is a well that will never run dry, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t include Cassell’s. The Koreatown hamburger legacy is all set up on Postmates, and based on the lunchtime popularity they normally see, this might end up being the easiest option of all. And for the part you really care about: yes, you can order their pie online too.

Rice Guys

Serving central Los Angeles
Available on Postmates, GrubHub, and Caviar

There are a daunting amount of bowl-based spots working their magic in ghost kitchens, but there’s something about Rice Guys that truly transcends the rest. The Filipino bowl spot is operating on another level, serving pork sausage, coconut poached chicken thigh, marinated flap steak, crispy lumpia, and everything else your adobo-craving heart desires. Give them a look -- that garlic rice is about as good as it gets.  

Kismet Rotisserie

East Hollywood
Available on Caviar and DoorDash

Kismet might be closed while we wait this out, but their Mediterranean-style rotisserie chicken spot next door is still thriving. The quarter chicken plate is just about one of the best deals in the city, featuring their signature chicken, hummus, garlic sauce, chili oil, house pickles & pita, and a stupid-good wedge salad.

Chao Krung

Hancock Park
Available on Postmates, Caviar, and GrubHub

When a restaurant has been around since the 70s, it's easy to get lost in time, and staying relevant in the LA Thai food scene is a beast in and of itself. These difficulties are nothing to the family-run Chao Krung of course, which has been serving beloved Thai classics like pad Thai, tom kha, and jungle curry since 1976. The experience shows -- they're masters.

Tatsu Ramen

Fairfax
Available on Postmates

Just because the hot LA summer has reared its ugly head doesn’t mean you can’t spend your lunch break swimming through a bowl of hot ramen. We’ve been there. That said, you can always skip the hot broth and cut right to the good stuff: their signature wagyu burger, served between two griddled ramen “buns”, is going to do you just right. 

Skinny Fish

Serving central Los Angeles
Available on multiple platforms

You might know Ei Hiroyoshi from his legendary omakase spot Sasabune, but he’s taken a giant, accessible leap forward with the launch of his new ghost kitchen project, Skinny Fish. The well-decorated sushi master has gone full 2020 with a lineup of keto/carb-friendly sushi bowls and rolls, all using cauliflower rice. Does it taste exactly like sushi rice? No. Is it still tasty as hell? Yes.

Badmaash

Fairfax
Available on Caviar

Indian food isn't always the easiest to eat when you're only one person, but if that lamb burger we mentioned earlier perked your tastebuds up, Badmaash is where to make it happen. Then again, leftovers are a beautiful thing, so why not load up your cart with their rich, buttery chicken makhani, ghost chili lamb vindaloo, and plenty of samosas to set yourself up for a beautiful leftovers fridge raid?

Dave's Hot Chicken

Koreatown
Available on Postmates

It seems like the good word of Dave’s Hot Chicken is spoken in nothing more than whispers these days. The army of fanatics that make up the Howlin Ray’s fanbase is a scary one, but those of us who have been to Dave’s know that the chicken they’re serving is absolutely terrific. Load up tenders, sliders, pickles, and slaw -- just don’t let the Howlin’ fans know.

Wilder Shaw does not miss fighting his way through a crowd of hype beasts to get into any of the Fairfax restaurants, but he misses everything else. Check out what he’s getting for delivery on Instagram and Twitter

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