Need Culver City Recs: Sepulveda/Jefferson
I'm going to be stuck for much of the weekend in the vicinity of Sepulveda Blvd. and Jefferson Blvd., and am looking for some casual, chowish recommendations. I don't know the area at all but am looking for cheap to moderately priced grub.
How far are you willing to travel? There's pretty much nothing in that neighborhood. (see the earlier Petrelli's link) But if you don't mind heading to Centinela there's Taqueria Sanchez and a couple of other taquerias. If you head to Motor & Venice there's Gaby's Mediterranean which is tasty. If yu're willing to drive further, there's downtown Culver city about 15 minutes east, and Venice about 15 minutes west. Lots of options there.
I really like their vegetarian plate quite a bit (I'm not veggie.) I think the baba ganouj is some of the best I've had, it has a nice, almost smokey flavor to it. Their salmon kebab plate is really nice too. (They have another salmon dish I haven't tried FYI.) They have nice sandwiches for lunch (call ahead for takeout.) They have a lamb salad that I liked too. I do have to warn you, the service, while friendly, is often clueless. It's not bad just inefficient. Portions are generous, I can't usually finish my meal.
The Roll & Rye is a surprisingly decent deli right at the huge Jefferson shopping center. A minute or south on Sepulveda, south of Culver you'll have the cuban El Rincon Criollo, a pretty okay alternative to Versaille.
On Culver/Inglewood, you've got Tacomiendo and Taqueria Sanchez, which are really good, cheap taco places.
On Washington Place, there is a good Oaxacan restaurant (Sazon Oaxaquena? I cannot remember the name.)
Rockenwagner is a really good bakery on Washington in Culver City.
If you get into the heart of Culver City, then you've got lots of options. Surfa's has good sandwiches and salads. Gaby's is a decent Mediterranean place. Annapurna is a good Indian option. Tender Greens has excellent salads. S&W Diner has very good, hearty breakfast/lunch choices.
You've got lots and lots of options.
on sepulveda, SORRENTO italian market for sandwiches and other good stuff
5518 s. sepulveda @playa)
culver city, ca 90230
for breakfast food, dinah's on sepulveda and centinela.
these are the dishes that i'll vouch for:
the baked german pancake
the baked apple pancake (tell them easy on the sugar)
the chile relleno omlette
the swedish pancakes with lingonberry butter.
titos tacos- washington and sepulveda
pacos tacos- centinela
bamboo & cafe brasil- Venice east of sepulveda Brazilian food
Metro Diner (I wish they would call it Metro Cafe, "diner" is misleading) on Washington Place a block or so east of Sepulveda (just past Titos's) is really nice for lunch or dinner (they're open for breakfast, too). I love their mushroom pasta especially, but they have a nice electic menu (owners are Bosnian). The service is good & European - you can hang out there a long time. Wine list is interesting, too. Not expensive.
i LOVE the food at Metro Diner, but since they honest-to-god prepare everything to order, folks should know that it isn't the place to go if you are in a rush.
the burrata is to die for--served over baby lettuce and roasted red peppers with a perfect dressing and fresh basil shredded over the top.
also, they are closed on mondays and are closed everyday between the lunch service and the dinner service.
I've been working around there for the last few months, and places I've been repeating are:
Taqueria Sanchez on Centinela - shrimp burrito
El Abajeno on Inglewood - have been experimenting with different dishes, gordita w/carnitas is enjoyable, torta wasn't good
Pann's - they do a surprisingly decent plain turkey sandwich, good onion rings, not cheap though
Ayara Thai - off of Sepulveda just south of Manchester on 87th I think - have done a couple of dishes w/tofu, a curry and a veg. stir fry - pretty good
Go Veggie - next to Marina Farms on Centinela between the 90 and Jefferson - sweet little salad bar and sandwiches
You must try Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken (downtown CC - 9537 Culver Blvd.) chicken, fish, slaw, hushpuppies, pies - all flawless. Upscale version of their original location still in Compton.
India Sweets & Spices (downtown CC - 9409 Venice Blvd @ Main St.) is excellent.
For great L.A. BBQ - J.R.'s (3055 S. La Cienega Blvd. - between Washington & National)
I prefer the Taqueria Sanchez on Inglewood... Cafe Brasil is consistantly good too.
After lunching at Taqueria Sanchez, walk across the street to Angel Maid bakery for some fantastic cream puffs and other delectibles.
Also, for Hawaiian, Rutt's at 12114 Washington blvd, good, inexpensive and lots of food. The "Jr." size portion is plenty.
For cheap pretty good sushi, the Calif. Sushi Academy has a small restaurant, $2 for 2 pieces. 4507 Centinela (just up the street from Taqueria sanchez).
El Rincon Criollo (Spelling?)
Little hole in the wall Cuban place on Sepulveda a couple blocks south of Culver (Directly across the street from Culver City Hombrew Supplies). The sandwiches rock and the fried pork blows doors on that "famous" Cuban place up on Venice.