This story first appeared in the Nov. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Happy Endings (Paramount lot): Joan's on Third, Simplethings, The Golden State, Take a Bao. Says writer Jason Berger: "Never had a bad dish from Simplethings, and how many places can you get mini pies? Seriously."
Homeland (Fox lot): Clementine Bakery, Food, Greenleaf, La Serenata. Says exec producer Alex Cary, "We order La Serenata's pescado molcajete on Fridays because it feels like ordering a little vacation."
The Mindy Project (NBCUniversal lot): Sweet Butter, Krua Thai, Zankou Chicken, Barone's.Says showrunner and exec producer Matt Warburton, "Dinner in the writers room is even more important than lunch."
CSI: NY (CBS lot): The Counter, Vegan Plate, Lala's Grill. Says co-exec producer Trey Callaway, "God bless the assistants because eight writers with different tastes are nearly impossible to please."
Rules of Engagement (Sony lot): 26 Beach, Bay Cities Deli. Says creator Tom Hertz, "You get to custom-build your sandwich at Bay Cities, so if anyone complains, they have nobody to blame but themselves."