Los Angeles

The Best Work-From-Home Lunch Delivery in Western LA

Order from the comfort of your couch.

Bowlila
Bowlila
Bowlila

You can only open your fridge and stare at quesadilla ingredients so many times before it becomes clear that you’re gonna need to do some takeout soon. One of the few quarantine silver linings, luckily, is that a ton of LA restaurants have shifted to delivery, so you’ve got more than a few options. Take a gander at some of these West-ish (we know, we know, they’re not all the true Westside) spots and grab yourself an upgraded lunch. Plus, you’re helping our city’s restaurants through the toughest time of their career by offering your support.

Tacos 1986
Tacos 1986
Tacos 1986

Tacos 1986

Westwood
Available on Caviar
Even coronavirus can’t stop the Tijuana-style taco legends from expanding. Their new Westwood shop is cranking out orders, and while your tacos might come lacking some of Joy’s signature kissing and flexing, they’re still gonna have that same perfect handmade tortilla and powerhouse adobada swagger. Pro tip: don’t you dare sleep on that mushroom taco.

Bowlila

Santa Monica, available on GrubHub
We live in a world where a plant-based fast-casual bowl spot isn’t much of a game-changer, but when it comes to an easy Westside lunch delivery, it’s absolutely clutch. Bowlila is slinging things like Thai red curry bowls, Japanese tofu crouton bowls, and spicy jerk island-style bowls, all made with health-focused ingredients — if nothing else, they’ll help you fight your unavoidable quarantine-induced uptick in carbs and fast food.

Playa Provisions

Playa del Rey
Available on UberEats

Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson has breakfast, lunch, and dinner going on at her Playa del Rey staple restaurant. In addition to all the tasty things that make Playa’s menu so great (like the dry-aged patty melt and a slew of unbeatable pastries), they’re also doing kids’ meals and wine delivery, all through UberEats, because let’s be honest, your boss doesn’t need to know your water bottle has been replaced with a glass of wine today.  

Madre Mezcaleria

Palms
Available for delivery on multiple platforms
If you’re in need of some lunch for more people than just yourself, Madre’s got some great stuff going on. Besides the very-welcome alcohol delivery, you can also set yourself up with a $25 taco kit, packed with two chicken tacos, two asada tacos, two carnitas tacos, chips & guac, and two aguas frescas. A pretty unbeatable lunch for two.

Chinois on Main

Santa Monica
Available on Postmates and DoorDash

The iconic Santa Monica spot that helped make Wolfgang Puck famous is also ready to roll with delivery, so the chefy, upscale goodness you’ve been missing is only a few phone taps away. Now helmed by Rene Mata, you can get the beloved Chinois chicken salad delivered right to ya, along with a whole fried catfish soaked in ponzu, grilled Szechwan beef, and a whole lot more. Ignore the fact that the menu still has the word “Oriental” on it and you’re good to go.

Broadstreet Oyster Co.
Broadstreet Oyster Co.
Broadstreet Oyster Co.

Broad Street Oyster

Malibu
Available for delivery on UberEats

Just because you can’t actually go to the beach this spring doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the classic beachside fare your bones are longing for. Get fancy with some in-home caviar service & stone crab claws, get medium fancy with some oysters & lobster rolls, or get not so fancy with a grilled cheese or some fish & chips. Doesn’t matter much to Broad Street, because that’s just the type of place they are.

Felix

Venice
Available on ChowNow

There aren’t many pastas in LA that can stand up to the heavyweight legacy of what Evan Funke is doing at his Venice trattoria, so the ability to have it for lunch in between Zoom meetings is nothing short of a blessing. If you’ve got a roommate or a bae to share stuff with, nab yourself some squash blossoms and cacio e pepe, as well as (duh) some of Funke’s bucket list foccacia to sop it all up. In fact, get those things even if you don’t have anybody to share it with.

Krispy Rice

Serving western 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 complement them perfectly.

HiHo Cheeseburger
HiHo Cheeseburger
HiHo Cheeseburger

HiHo Cheeseburger

Santa Monica
Available on Postmates
You can only toss Apple Pan, Cassell’s Pie ‘N Burger, and the other iconic burgers around so many times in the LA burger conversation before fans of HiHo Cheeseburger lose their minds. The spot that does 100% grass-fed wagyu beef is undoubtedly one of the greatest hamburger purveyors in the city, serving up top-tier patties that peek out beneath melted cheese, shredduce, house pickles, and onion jam. The fries are also not to be overlooked — don’t sleep on HiHo.

Loqui

Culver City
Available for delivery on multiple platforms

The tortillas that pre-date some of our city’s most popular are going strong at the Platform in Culver City for pickup and delivery, so don’t let them escape your rotation. The spongey, lavash-esque flour tortillas are still a contender for the best in the city, and though their larger-format plates come with corn tortillas (still delicious!), you can always add some extra flour tortillas on the side. Loqui is working with some specialty dry salsa too, which is going to travel real well.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

Huckleberry Cafe

Santa Monica
Available for delivery on multiple platforms
There aren’t many Santa Monica restaurants more beloved than Huckleberry Cafe. The place is one of the many essential pieces of the Westside’s lifeblood, and along with an unbeatable lunch order of organic fried chicken sandwiches and soba noodle salads (and maybe even one of their contender-for-best-in-LA breakfast burritos), you can get a nice side dish of a fully-stocked pantry or a full family meal delivered right now.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Santa Monica
Available for delivery on multiple platforms

You might not be at Esters to wait for your table at Cassia this time, but the food here is great and delivery is still going to be very kind to you. Scrolling through your fourth Google spreadsheet of the day is going to be a lot more pleasant if you’ve got Ester’s famous yuzu-kissed chicken liver jars, cheese & charcuterie sandwiches, or chopped salads to keep your other hand busy. Wine delivery is obviously available as well, so why not just grab one of their pre-made charcuterie trays to go with it? Treat. Yo. Self.

Colapasta
Colapasta
Colapasta

Colapasta

Santa Monica
Available on GrubHub

When Colapasta opened last summer, the casual Italian kitchen got nothing but love. It’s nice to know that Stefano De Lorenzo (who picked up a Michelin star for La Botte) can still get his homemade pastas to you on GrubHub —  and same goes for tons of wine and their far-too-slept-on desserts.

Margot Los Angeles
Margot Los Angeles
Margot Los Angeles

Margot

Culver City
Available on Caviar

One of the biggest pulls that Margot has is undeniably its gorgeous rooftop, but we see no reason why you couldn’t just head up to the top of your apartment complex and snack on some crispy fingerling potatoes or stuffed piquillo peppers to simulate your own experience. All you gotta do is open up Caviar.

Ms. Chi Cafe

Culver City
Available on Caviar

There aren’t a lot of cuisines more synonymous with takeout than Chinese, and if the Chinese food you’re ordering is coming out of Shirley Chung’s kitchen, your takeout is gonna whoop some ass. The Top Cheftestant is an absolute wizard — order Chinese-spiced pastrami, chicken jiaozi, and cheeseburger potstickers, and maybe even some of her kung pao tofu for good measure. And probably some bacon fried rice. And also cold sesame noodles. And…

Johnnie’s Pastrami

Culver City
Available on GrubHub

There is no Los Angeles without places like Johnnie’s. Get yourself a pastrami dip (or two) (or ten), and forget the world is ending outside your window. All that matters is that ‘stram and those onions rings.

Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken
Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken

Honey’s Kettle

Culver City
Available for delivery on multiple platforms

Even before the tidal wave of hot chicken came crashing down on LA, there were a lot of people that said the fried chicken from Honey’s Kettle was the best in the city, and despite the four-hour lines of a certain Chinatown chicken shop, people are still saying it. If that’s not enough to convince you to a get fried chicken combo rushed to your house this minute, we’re not sure what is.

JR’s BBQ

Culver City
Available on Postmates

JR’s often gets lost in the LA barbecue conversation , and we truly don’t know why. The pulled pork sandwich is an easy contender for one of the best in the city, and now that it’s only a few Postmates clicks away, it should be real easy for you to see for yourself. You’ll want to throw in as many of their perfect cornbread muffins as your wallet will allow, too (which shouldn’t be too hard, considering they’re still only a buck).

n/naka

Palms
Available for pickup

Okay, so n/naka isn’t delivering, but how often are you going to be able to eat there this easily? Niki Nakayama’s superstar Japanese restaurant is doing a bento for $38 and take-home kaiseki for $85, so get on the waitlist (the demand, as you can imagine, is huge), swing by, and pick up some of the n/naka you know you deserve.Sign up here for our daily LA email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun Los Angeles has to offer.

Wilder Shaw lives in Northeast LA and really wishes he could get all this great stuff delivered. Check out which businesses aren’t too far away for him to support on Instagram and Twitter.

Los Angeles

How to Spend a Weekend in Topanga Canyon

Nature and the arts collide in this beloved canyon community.

Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains and known for its vibrant creative community, Topanga is one of Los Angeles’s most prized destinations for art and outdoor enthusiasts alike. And while LA boasts its own sprawling landscape of fun to tap into, you’d be remiss to miss a chance to explore this tucked-away collection of state parks, and cafes, and restaurants-especially when it all rests just 20 minutes away from the city. From a quaint caf√© with dazzling canyon views to a world-renowned, open-air theatre, here are the best ways to pass some time in Topanga now.

Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray

Friday

Book dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray
Owner Lucille Yaney opened this iconic restaurant in 1975 after spotting the property on a drive through the canyon with her late husband Ralph, and it’s safe to say she had a good eye. The land perfectly fits into Yaney’s vision of a romantic, alfresco dining space with tables tucked into cozy nooks and gazebos, all beneath canapes and fairy lights. Today, Yaney co-owns the venue with executive chef consultant Brad Miller. Together, they continue to fulfil the restaurant’s original mission to serve pure, natural foods reflective of the season’s best. That approach appears in dishes like 8-Hour Black Vinegar Braised Short Rib with creamy rosemary polenta, duck bacon Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onion and fig jam; Roasted Mushroom Toast with oyster mushrooms and sherry tarragon cream; and Beets & Whipped Black Pepper Creme Fraiche. Consider the carbs here. Pastas and sauces are made in-house and from scratch, as is the bread (available regular or gluten-free), an order of which you won’t want to miss. Check out the wine list, too, which offers a robust organic and biodynamic selection that has helped the restaurant garner some impressive accolades in recent years.

Check into Topanga Canyon Inn
In addition to plenty of excellent Airbnbs available to rent in the Canyon, there’s Topanga Canyon Inn, a charming bed and breakfast comprised of two Mediterranean-style buildings-Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa-both built by the owners. Guests can enjoy bespoke design details in each room, along with gorgeous mountain views from their own private balcony. Come morning, join other travellers for breakfast, served daily at Casa Rosa.

Saturday

Get coffee at Café on 27
Ready your camera for a coffee date at this AM eatery and caf√©, where ample (and busy) outdoor seating offers some of the Canyon’s best views. A full breakfast and lunch menu is available (complete with hearty orders like eggs Benedicts, soups, and club sandwiches), but for lighter morning fare, spring for a pastry and any of their specialty drinks, such as the turmeric latte or Moroccan mocha.

Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock

Hike Topanga State Park
Spanning 11,000 acres and 36 miles of trails, Topanga State Park is the largest state park within the Santa Monica Mountains and one of the world’s largest parks within city limits. Visitors can access the grounds via more than 60 entrances. Once on the trails, enjoy sweeping vistas while exploring the region’s range of plants, habitats, and wildlife, including several resident bird species.

Grab lunch at Topanga Living Café
Guided by their Topanga upbringing and need for a community gathering spot with great eats, sibling team Agustina Ferguson and Bayu Suryawan opened this daytime eatery in 2016. Ever since, locals and visitors have found refuge in the caf√©’s warm, airy space and nourishing, hyper-fresh fare-all California-inspired with global influences. Check it out in plates like the Island Style, a breakfast salad with Balinese corn fritters, a poached egg, and house-made chilli jam, or the tacos (Baja Fish or Baja Shrimp, Carne Asada, or Kabocha Squash), made-to-order and served on handmade tortillas. If you’re seeking something shareable, try the Farmers Market Crudite, a seemingly humble order whose bright beet hummus reminds us that eating your vegetables is, indeed, very cool. And take a drink to-go. The team here takes great pride in their coffee (organic espresso, courtesy of their iconic pink La Marzocco machine) and a lineup of made-to-order smoothies, juices, and teas. Shop your way through town
Visitors can stroll through the town centre’s most popular shops for various fun finds, including Moona Star, Pebbles, and Topanga Homegrown. Be sure to stock up on specialty, local snacks at Canyon Gourmet and satiate your sweet tooth while you’re at it. The organic soft-serve there is a must. Pro tip: Top it with any of their artisanal syrups for a winning combo, namely, the vanilla with cardamom.

Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Catch a show at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
This beloved open-air theatre has hosted productions for decades and is recognized worldwide for its Shakespeare interpretations. In addition to its annual summer season, which includes works like Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the venue hosts concerts, rehearsals, and classes throughout the year for budding actors and playwrights of all ages.

Snag a slice at Endless Colour
This family-run pizza joint specializes in from-scratch pies with clever topping combinations (think purple potatoes, fontina, and truffle oil in the Purple Molly Potato or spinach, leeks, and goat cheese in the Super Greens). Bring some friends, order a pie or two, and check out the drinks list, which includes offbeat options like orange wines and hard kombucha.

Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery

Sunday

Check out The Canyon Bakery’s “Sunday Funday”
Situated on the grounds of the aforementioned Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, this bakery specializes in naturally leavened breads, pastries, cakes, and cookies using locally sourced, whole grain flours. There’s a takeout window on Sundays, from 9:30 am until the bakery sells out. A strong following lines up for favourites, such as whole grain croissants and gluten-free pizza, so be sure to arrive early to get your fill.

Try tacos to-go at La Chingona
On your way out of town, grab some tacos at La Chingona, where a team puts forth fresh, organic, gluten- and dairy-free tacos. Orders range to include options like grass-fed beef (carne asada), shrimp (wild-caught), and soy chorizo and can be fashioned into plates beyond tacos, too (think tostadas, salads, and bowls). Open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; this taco stand sees good demand. Plan accordingly, pending your travels, especially to savour an order or two of the churros.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a contributor for Thrillist.

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