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where should i eat lunch in culver city tomorrow?

hey ill be around the area of washington blvd. and madison tomorrow and was wondering what's good around there? cheap for sure, and preferably healthy, but if there's a good mexican spot that's just too good to pass up, please let me know! i eat all types of food...tia

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  1. Lots of choices, for sure, so I'll just toss out the Metro Diner. The Metro Diner is on Washington Place, just east of Sepulveda.

    Very fresh salads, burgers and other diner fare. They also have Serbian specialties. Run by some really nice people, too.

    1. Not quite sure where Madison is, but as for as affordable goes I think I'd go with Blue Bird Cafe or Surfas. Great sandwiches, light, healthy and tasty. Blue Bird is on National and a couple of blocks headed east past Washington (I dont know, it's really close to AOL headquarters) and Surfas is on the corner of Washington and National.

      1. Culver City is an absolute dining delight these days. I will toss out one of my favs...Novecento Pasta and Grill on Main Street. Quality Italian, pastas, chicken, fish and more. Big downside is that is it small and very loud, tables side to side so not much intimacy. Fabulous service and attention, even when it gets hectic. They draw a huge lunch crowd, so I would inquire about reservations and/or go early or late. No website that I know of, but call and ask that they fax you a menu..or check to see if they are on menupages.com in Los Angeles. Surfas is more a cafe sit outside or in a few indoor tables, and is sweet for sure...not to mention the mouth watering cooking goodies they sell! To say that it is a Cook's Paradise is an understatement. I would say to avoid at ALL cost the absolutely dreadful Mexican restaurant next door to Novecento. It has been there for decades and I have stopped in when I have been short of starvation, and even then, I regreted it! LOL! My beautiful 91 year old mother grew up in Culver City and still lives near, and we are in the area alot. There are so many choices of really good places to eat.

        1. Maybe you can identify whereabouts Madison is. The stretch of Washington that runs through CC is sprinkled with many good restaurants, so depending on where you'll be, you can get different recs.

          I suppose everything is relative. But I would certainly not classify Surfas and Bluebird as "cheap." $8 may not be a lot of money, but it's pricey for an egg salad sandwich (Bluebirds), in the scheme of things. I just went to Surfas and had the turkey pannini, am so bored with Surfas (Cafe, that is).

          1. Ford's Filling Station is getting lots of buzz, and not because this is Harrison Ford's son's Culver City entry. Novecento is not on menupages.com, (google for phone number and call for faxed menu or to ask where it is online) but Ford's Filling station is. I may be very wrong, but I thought Madison was in Westwood. There are restaurants dine in and take out opening daily in Culver City.

            It honestly depends on the experience you want, who you will be keeping company with. And I read of something that opened up next door to Ford's, but honestly don't remember exactly what it was.

            I think Novecento is wonderful. Have not been to Ford's as of yet. I agree with slacker that Surfas is where I would stop in if shopping,or passing by and hungry, but not for meeting a friend or business person for lunch.

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            1. re: Jesdamala

              Your right, a restaurant/bar called Madison's was in Westwood Village on Broxton, but that space had been boarded up for sometime until a few weeks ago where the sign outfront says that a "Good Earth" (I think) restaurant is going in there and activity is occurring inside to back that up.

              1. re: Jesdamala

                Ford's is definitely not cheap. And the food is bad, so is the service. Tender Greens is next to Ford's, and it's excellent. Ugo is a couple of doors down from Tender Greens, slightly more expensive.

                I agree re Novecento, just a wonderful little northern italian place.

              2. ill be dining solo, and i think id prefer ethnic food of some sort, maybe middle eastern (and i'm on a budget - no more than $10 w/ tip). madison is over by clarington, jasmine, vinton, motor etc. hope that helps...btw, thanks for all the responses so far, you guys rock!

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                1. re: unocal

                  Perhaps Daphne's Greek place? It is inexpensive and seems to meet your criteria.

                2. You'll be near the Cemitas truck, home of delicious $1 tacos, and $4 cemitas. That truck has an official name, but can't remember it at the moment. It's parked in front of the Smart & Final on Venice, just west of Clarington. You also get a roasted chile with any order. They also have burritos. It's all so good. They have a few chairs on the sidewalk next to the truck.

                  There's Asian Kitchen, in a mini-mall at Motor and Venice. It's Pakistani and Indian food. Combos from about $4 to $10. I've only been there once so far, it was pretty good. In that same mini-mall there's an Indian place, which I have not been to.

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                  1. re: slacker

                    The name of the Smart & Final Cemitas Taco Truck is "Angelica."

                    If you are in the mood for a Philly Cheesesteak, Markie D's Taste of Philly makes one of the best ones in Los Angeles:

                    Markie D's Taste of Philly
                    11172 Washington Blvd.
                    Culver City
                    (310) 839-0776


                  2. i just finished up a gig in the westside:
                    my favorite places to eat were:

                    tacomiendo and taqueria sanchez both on inglewood and culver city. right next to angel maid bakery where they have nice cream puffs for 50 cents both are cheap. both are authentic, but i like the pastor at tacomiendo (its called adobado i believe). two tacos at tacomiendo are huge and should set you back 5 bucks.

                    for unhealthy mexican try the cemitas truck right in front of smart and final on venice and clarington. a milanesa cemita sandwich should set you back 4 bucks.

                    i also like giovannis italian spot right across the street. very good local italian place. homemade pastas. that might tip you just over ten bucks for lunch depending on what you order.

                    next door to that is a fast food pilipino place. its mostly pre cooked steam tray stuff but its mostly pilipinos in there. never ate there.

                    for mediterranean theres gabys on venice. its not that great but ok for a lunch kebab fix.

                    fords filling station isnt that great and not worth the money.
                    if you can go further west i love yabu for lunch on pico near liquid kitty (near bundy)

                    theres good salvadorean food at glorias on venice. it should be right around 10 bucks.

                    india sweets and spices is real cheap for southern indian veggie food. try a dosa and a pani puri.

                    govindas at the hare krishna temple right around the corner is super cheap and sold by the pound.

                    honeys kettle fried chicken is pretty good but definitely not healthy.

                    simpang asia is an indonesian market that sells nice rice dishes and other stuff for about 5-6 bux a plate. its on national going north from motor.

                    katmandu kitchen is nepalese buffet style food. its pretty cheap and you can print out a coupon from their website for a free tea or coffee.

                    empanadas place for deep fried empenadas. not healthy.

                    rincon criollo for good basic cuban fare. reasonably priced.

                    la dijonaise for bistro food and sandwhiches

                    and surfas as has been mentioned.

                    el sazon oaxaqueno on washington and guelaguetza for oaxacan food. both should be under ten. el sazon is more homey style and closer to you.

                    hope this helps.

                    1. Ok, now we know, by yourself, on a budget, prefer ethnic...my great suggestion would be a dive called Don Felix at the corner of Washington (or West Washington?) and Sepulveda for tacos and carnitas that get raves on boards from NYC to LA. Cheap, quick and fabulous. You will be sampling tacos that are mentioned on foodie blogs everywhere. I am not saying they are the best ever, but they are good, very, very good.
                      Modernist has some great suggestions. This area is a cultural feast and the food reflects it.

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                      1. re: Jesdamala

                        actually, don felix is on the corner of washington place and sawtelle. their al pastor tacos are delish!

                      2. I love Don Felix. I also buy chicken and beef to bring home and BBQ. I LOVE their beans. The carnitas are fab. We have had many a party buying the rice and beans in containers, and cooking meat and poultry from the meat market next door. The carnitas we buy and bring home or eat right there. Thanks for correcting the location. wilafur is correct, corner of Sawtelle and Washington Place. I am never disappointed and always look forward to passing that way again.

                        1. well i didnt make it out to the westside today, but most likely in a couple days, and will be sure to report back. thanks again for all your suggestions!