I'm taking Mondays off this summer. Three straight Mondays I went to Orleans and York for lunch. (Once to try it. Once to try the other location. Once because my wife also took a Monday off and wanted to try it). Yesterday I went to Lupe's #2 for a couple of burritos -- excellent. Will likely go back again this summer.
I still have some Mondays off and am looking for lunch recommendations. That's way too vast, so I'll give some parameters.
I live in Culver City/Mar Vista, so while I'm always interested in local places, I'm willing to use my vacation time to drive a bit.
Not super interested in SFV places because if I go over the hill that way, I'll feel obligated to visit my parents, thus negating it as a "vacation day." (LOL -- you don't know my mom.) Still, I do visit the parents sometimes, so Valley recs will be fine.
I much prefer joints and dives, even bars(!), to anything remotely trendy. Stands are fine as well.
I might visit Burger Records in Fullerton one of these Mondays, so anything near there in Fullerton would be cool. (645 S State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831) In fact, I love record stores so if your rec is near your local record store, that's a major plus.
I don't like cheese that much, so a pizza place or a grilled cheese place wouldn't work for me. Probably don't need recs for chinese food because while I enjoy it, I enjoy it more in groups, family style, and I'll be alone on my excursions.
I guess what I'm looking for is that place in your neighborhood where the locals stop for lunch or lunch and a beer. A taco, a burger, a bowl of great curry, soul food (reminder to self: go back up Inglewood and find that soul food place you drove by)
Places that are packed at lunch probably wouldn't work. I don't want to stand on line for an hour just to eat. I don't want to make a reservation.
Not looking for food trucks, I don't think.
Don't really want to spend more than 20 on lunch, unless that includes a beer or two (at most, I'll be driving).
If it's a stand, is there anyone to sit? I don't want to eat in my car.
Hollywood, DTLA (FWIW, I'm going to the GCM one of these Mondays to eat that burger so I can post in that million post thread about it), Long Beach (would really love something in Long Beach), San Pedro, East L.A. (would love to go back to East L.A.), South Bay, Leimert Park, Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Echo Park, Silverlake, ... all work.
Probably don't need Japanese recommendations because we eat it a lot and have our spots.
Where would you take someone you were meeting for lunch in your neighborhood if they wanted a relaxed, home cooked, solid, neighborhood meal? I mean, if they have "Established" and the year somewhere on a sign, that's great. If they are known for their burger and the coldness of their beer (as opposed to their selection of rare beers), that's good. If I'll need an extra napkin to wipe sauce off my chin, that's good. If the heat of the wings make you sweat a bit, that's cool, too.
Not sure what else to say ...
Obviously I won't be able to eat at all the recs or maybe any of them depending on the recs. But I do promise to write about wherever I eat and even if I don't make it to any of the places (despite the fact that they are my vacation days, I do have some things to get done this summer and might not be able to go on all day lunch excursions -- it's day to day) -- I hope people will still make some recs because the thread might be of use to others in the future looking for lunch.