Celebrate July 4th at The Roof on Wilshire

The Roof on Wilshire

With The Foundry in the middle of an overhaul and Chef Eric Greenspan’s neighboring grilled cheese operative still under construction, the only place that Angelenos can get a piece of his comforting cooking is ironically in the middle of one of the best 360 degree views of the entire city. What better occasion than Independence Day to take advantage of not only the views but an affordable all-you-can-eat extravaganza?

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Top Round: The Roast Beef Restaurant You Didn’t Know Was Missing

Horse & Hole

What if the Arby’s of your youth finally caught up with you and learned to cater to your tastes for quality ingredients? What if you harbored a hankering for Arby’s and Horsey sauce outside the fast food confines of a nationwide chain you had disowned long ago along with your family’s dinners at Red Lobster?

You’d get Top Round Roast Beef, now serving at the corner of La Brea and Olympic.

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Bánh mì On A Truck, Eats On A Dime

The pork is in there

nomnom_menu3Like Pat over at Eating LA, I also tried the Nom Nom Truck. I’m fortunate enough to work not too far from where food trucks get cited park at Miracle Mile at Mid-Wilshire. Fortunately, I found The Noms practicing their business in peace and relatively un-harrassed for the day. I was pleased, too, to find the menu of Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches actually “food truck-like,” price-wise. Cheap eats on the go. Hype, Twitter-infused or not, does not account for atmosphere.

I ate my banh mi at my desk.

I love Lee’s Sandwiches (known to be dirt cheap) as much as pie but let’s be serious – a 6″ Lee’s would cost more than a Wahoo’s fish taco if sold on The Westside and, well - I have yet to hear about a Wahoo’s opening up in Little Saigon. So yes, Nom Nom bánh mì is not at competitive Westminster prices but it is still dirt cheap in comparison to what else is out there on Miracle Mile.

And for the most part, delicious. Unfortunately, they were out of the shrimp spring rolls at the time of my visit – so I’m eager to try those at a later time. But I went for the full deal and got a 12″ bánh mì combo. My extra was a lemongrass chicken taco – very respectable – and after consulting with one of the ladies inside the truck, chose the grilled pork bánh mì. It was good and hit the spot in what would otherwise be just another ordinary “tuna sandwich day” at work. My only complaint would be that the pork cut could have been a bit choicier and moist, but for a 12″ sandwich, side and soda for $7 – there really is little cause to complain. It had the essential ingredients liked daikon, pickled carrots, onions, cilantro and of course pork. If I had known (like EatingLA) you could ask for sliced jalapenos, that would’ve “upped” the sandwich a bit for me – so if you have that spicy-tooth, don’t forget. 😉

I’d recommend checking out the Nom Nom Truck at least once if it’s in your area. They’re not your run-of-the-mill sandwiches.


 Nom Nom Truck
(Check the website and Twitter to see when they’ll be in your area)