Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lunching at Westwood's sandwich shop Fundamental LA

Westwood has been booming with new restaurants of late - 800 Degrees, Ramen Yamadaya, Five Guys, Skylight Gardens, Casa Azul Cantina, Fundamental LA. So much to choose from. On one of my days off, I decided to meet the Sig O for lunch at the sandwich shop Fundamental LA.

The shop is simple, the decor basic. I thought it would be packed but we were able to grab seats at one of their communal tables.

The menu is short and concise, with just a few sandwich and salad options. They also serve beer and wine! The SO cringed a little when he first looked at the menu. This wasn't his type of sandwich shop. Guess he was hoping for a good ole sub for $5. But he was quickly won over after he took a bite of the food. This is why we leave the restaurant selections to moi.

The side of potato chips sounds normal but they were worth the additional $2. The fresh homemade chips were crisp and had a kick to it from the pepper.

He ordered the Cold Roast Beef sandwich. The pink tender thin slices of beef were topped with muenster cheese, tangy pickled red onions and spinach. The bread was nicely toasted and spread with spicy horseradish.

The beef sandwich was tasty but hard to match up to the fried chicken sandwich which was hands down the winner. We were both impressed with the sandwich. We liked the nice-sized portion, fresh fluffy brioche and the well seasoned LARGE fried chicken which had a crispy skin but was not greasy. The meat was tender and juicy too. The sandwich had a unique combination of mild tarragon aioli, sweet apple and spicy crunchy nuts.

Fundamental LA is such a great lunch spot. The sandwiches were served quickly and were reasonably priced. The ingredients are fresh, sandwiches are unique and the restaurant has a comfortable, non-pretentious feel to it - making it a great spot for both work professionals and UCLA students alike.

Fundamental LA
1303 Westwood Blvd.
Los angeles, CA 90024
(310) 444-7581

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