Not everyone has time for a full sit-down dinner. Sometimes, you’re in a rush and have to get something to go. On other occasions, you do have time to sit and eat but not for long — your standard lunch break might only be 30 minutes during the workweek. Fortunately, Hollywood has an extensive selection of fast-casual restaurants for busy diners, so there’s no need to swallow your meal in one gulp.
Here are a few spots throughout Hollywood that can get you in and out of in a jiffy:
Whether you’re on the run or plan on eating in, GO! Bento’s cuisine is inherently designed for both situations. The restaurant gets its name from the Japanese word bento, which refers to a multicourse, multi food container.
Selections vary from light to hefty: On the lighter side of things are options like sushi rolls, including the ever-popular California roll and its many variations. Some of the heavier items are referred to by sauce (honey garlic, spicy sesame, etc.) and you can pick your preferred protein — shrimp is available at a supplemental price.
Extra hungry? Opt for a burrito make like the fried chicken burrito or poke burrito. They even have Japanese drinks like Ramune, the famous glass bottles with the ball inside (it makes sense when you see it). For a meal that’s equal parts creative and delicious, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better Asian spot.
Another meal that’s built for travel: pitas. At Pita Xpress Subs & Grill, service is fast and the food is filling. These pita pockets can be stuffed with a variety of options, including the classic falafel (which is a must). In fact, falafel is a must regardless of whether you get it on its own or in your pita. A loaded shawarma pita is another solid choice for hungry patrons. Kosher selections abound as do vegetarian options — you really have no excuse for NOT eating here.
Best of all, the place always has some special going on; your meal could easily cost you $5 depending on the deal — what a steal. There’s also a kids menu, which you don’t often see in places like this. Don’t let the obscure shopping plaza location fool you: This place is a winner, especially with its ample parking.
Sub-Ologist has good subs down to a science. You’ll find the usual subs like roast beef and turkey breast, but there are less common choices like capaccioli, liverwurst, and PB&J. While we can’t vouch for those more unique combinations — to each their own — we give the restaurant props for catering to all tastes.
Unlike other shops you might come across, Sub-Ologoist also serves breakfast. No, there aren’t breakfast subs. Instead, the place offers the usual breakfast wraps, platters, and omelets. Our only gripe: The shop closes early (5 pm), which makes it all the more urgent for you to stop in during the day to try a sub.
Full disclosure: We’re big fans of Offerdahl’s. We were saddened when the Downtown Miami location closed down a while back; it was the ideal lunch stop. Imagine our surprise — and happiness — when we discovered one up in Hollywood.
For those not in the know, Offerdahl’s is great if you’re trying to eat healthily. There’s an emphasis on grilled proteins, salads and other light fares, but there are decadent items available should you feel the temptation. The power platters with marinated chicken and seasoned steak are crowd favorites; portions are large and the sides are satisfying — you could potentially eat half for lunch and half for dinner. The specialty chicken chowder can also double as a meal. Clean eating has never been easier.
For breakfast, a bevy of healthful bowls and hearty egg sandwiches await. Fun fact: a majority of the menu items are gluten-free. If you have any friends or family with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, send them to Offerdahl’s.
The name says it all. For speedy burgers and wings, Quickie’s is your spot. FYI: Come hungry or bring someone to eat with you. The restaurant doesn’t play around when it comes to portion size (a common theme in this blog). A single patty burger should be enough for most people, but there are larger sizes available if you want to visit a cardiologist later.
Burgers and wings aren’t the only things that Quickie’s serves, though. Take a closer look at the menu, and you’ll find that shellfish and seafood are abundant. Snapper, tilapia, catfish, and conch are just a few of the other proteins up for grabs. There’s practically a combo or platter for just about anything here. In a hurry? Use the drive-thru and get back on the road fast.
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Geoffrey Anderson Jr.