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dinami Apr 19, 2007 01:33 PM

I know that there's a growing restaurant community in Culver City but was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a relatively inexpensive place to have dinner ($12-15 entrees?). As far as type of food, I'm looking for the usual American fare, chicken/fish/meat/etc. Casual would be great. Thanks!

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    bulavinaka May 5, 2007 09:08 PM

    Went to Victor Jr's for the first time after driving by this place for decades without ever giving it a second thought until now, and geez am I glad I did...

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396200/

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      italianstallion May 5, 2007 08:41 PM

      I'm a VERY big fan of the Double Dutch Dinette, I just wish it was open for business a little more frequently - seems like its never open when it should be. Tried it today for a Saturday lunch, but alas it was closed.

      We went next door to S&W for the first time, still buzzing with the breakfast crowd well past 1pm. I had a tuna melt that was just OK and onion rings that were really terrible. And though "grease" is to be expected in southern comfort food, there was a bit more than I could stomach. Service was NON-EXISTANT. I know there's always a line out the door at this place . . . must be the low prices. I won't be back though.

      We used to live a block away from La Dij. Its just OK, really. I agree with others here that their dinner is good - much better than lunch or breakfast. It seems that they put a little more effort into it later in the day.

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        CulverJack Apr 20, 2007 10:50 AM

        Great recs listed so far, for sure. I'd add a few that should not be missed -

        Giovanni's Trattoria (even though it's Italian and not exactly American), pastas, meat and chicken are good and reasonable. Definitely a goody.

        Metro Cafe (in the Travelodge at Washington Pl. and Sepulveda) for a nice menu with salads, pastas, traditional CA rest fare with Serbian specialties like goulash also there. Very cozy, really liked this place, and they were very nice to a Dad dining alone with 2 small kids, even though we couldn't stay long. I liked the goulash a lot. Good chocolate cake for dessert - more like mousse. Yum.

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          glutton Apr 20, 2007 02:08 PM

          Does Metro Cafe serve burek (filo pastry stuffed with cheese and meat)? that's my all-time favorite serbian dish, but a good version can be hard to find.

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            CulverJack Apr 20, 2007 02:48 PM

            I've only been once, about a month ago, but the fellow I spoke with (owner?) said that they vary the serbian items from day to day. Call them - its a great spot and worth your time if you want something in particular. All seemed very friendly.

            You might also try Aroma Cafe on Overland.

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            Cinnamon Apr 21, 2007 08:52 AM

            There's a whole subtopic that could be written about ethnic restaurants attached to motels. In the Northeast that used to be one search point for finding an Indian restaurant with good food.

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            LisaStitch Apr 19, 2007 01:56 PM

            All pretty casual:

            Slightly under your budget is Ugo which just recently opened. It's kind of Italian, but they're really good, and have chicken/fish/meat entrees.
            http://www.cafeugo.com/

            La Dijonaise is also great. Technically French, but again, has pretty normal chicken/fish/meat plates.
            http://www.ladijonaise.com/index.html

            Lastly, you might want to try Tender Greens. Great great food - salads made as you watch, and they have great meats that you can either add to your salad, or you can get them on a traditional dinner plate with potatoes and a side salad. Everything's about $10. You pretty much order yourself, pay, then sit down (no waiters).
            http://www.tendergreensfood.com/

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              glutton Apr 19, 2007 04:53 PM

              I second the recommendation for Tender Greens.

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                slacker Apr 19, 2007 06:08 PM

                Third. I just love Tender Greens.

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                Cinnamon Apr 19, 2007 09:07 PM

                I second the recommendation for La Dijonnaise... go in the evening and get the rabbit - the gravy and the fries are lovely.

                I didn't like the atmosphere at Tender Greens, very busy and non-cozy to me.

              3. tony michaels Apr 19, 2007 01:40 PM

                Sounds like a time for the Double Dutch Dinette to come to the rescue. Mains are a bit more than your price point by a couple of dollars (some are more but that price range should give you a good selection).

                http://www.cooksdoubledutch.com/about...

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