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coco puff Jun 6, 2007 12:52 PM

We're very lucky that our company buys lunch everyday...so far we've hit:
Bluebird Cafe
Natalee Thai
Victor Jrs
CPK
Overland Cafe
Gabi's Med
baja fresh

Looking for more recs, average $10/person for pick up in the culver city area.
thanks so much.

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    slacker Jun 6, 2007 05:04 PM

    My first inclinations are Tender Greens, Sabor A Mexico, Thai Boom.

    Here are some others that in glancing I didn't see above, that I like and in your price range:
    J&J bbq--my latest find, on Adams just east of Fairfax, it's a little shack of a place that does up some great bbq
    Indo Cafe (Indonesian)
    Simpang Asia (also Indonesian)
    Hu's
    Sushi Mashiko
    Guelaguetza
    Rutt's Hawaiian
    Daphne's
    Markie D's
    Grand Casino
    That Indian place on Venice (not annapurna), geeze, I really like and the name just escapes me.

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      slacker Jun 8, 2007 02:39 PM

      I just felt a need to add a caveat about Sushi Mashiko. In the past I've only gotten the udon which is good for when I need an udon fix since I haven't found any other around culver city. Once I got the terriyaki chicken, which was fine.
      Today for the first time I tried their sashimi. Not so good, not fresh enough. I'd stick to their cooked items.

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        roasted138 Jun 8, 2007 04:32 PM

        I second Tender Greens. Their Chinese Chicken Salad is something to be reckoned with, although I can't vouch for any of the sandwiches. This place gets busy though, so order ahead if you're picking up b/c it's cafeteria style lines. Really fresh, they get all their produce from Scarborough Farms, I think.

    2. PaulF Jun 6, 2007 04:16 PM

      It's not fun to restate the obvious in a thread like this. so let me throw out some place less obvious that you might like to try once you've been everywhere else:

      Smitty's

      Smitty's is in the same parking lot as Wendy's where Culver Boulevard dead-ends into Venice. From your list, that seems close enough.

      Smitty's does really tasty fried food. It's fried, but really never greasy.

      They have fine fried chicken, hot wings (that are really only hot if you use the hot sauce on the side -- these are not messy, saucy wings at all), about five or six varieties of fried fish, fried shrimp and some nice side dishes like mac and cheese, collard greens and French fries.

      We like to do Smitty's for things like a big fight on pay per view or a UCLA football viewing party. They have lunch combos, but I recommend going family style: Order so many pieces of chicken, so many wings, some fish or shrimp and some sides.

      I like the fact that the chicken is moist, the fish really tasty (and never fishy) and mostly that the food is not greasy. I like fried food on occasion, but do not like that greasy feeling. Smitty's manages to avoid that feeling.

      Also, the husband and wife who run the place (I think they are husband and wife, anyway) are really nice and accommodating.

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        LisaStitch Jun 6, 2007 03:39 PM

        To add to what's already been mentioned - I'm also in Culver City and we've had Renee's and Ugo (which was really really good - love their ravioli). And the Fatburger at Venice and Sawtelle will take online takeout orders:
        http://www.kudzuinteractive.com/menus...

        And occasionally, we'll send someone for Tito's Tacos.

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          writergirl Jun 6, 2007 03:50 PM

          Renee's? What's that, it's a new one for me!

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            LisaStitch Jun 6, 2007 04:07 PM

            10022 Venice, just west of Hughes
            (310) 558-3287 (EATS)

            I've never been there, because we pretty much always order in for delivery, so I have no idea what the restaurant atmosphere is like. But the food is good, nothing amazing, but good and reliable for lunch. I can't begin to explain the menu - it's all over the place - gardenburger, salads, sandwiches, chicken teriyaki, lasagna, shepherd's pie, trout... I'm a fan of their quesadilla and their variety of soups.

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              thericequeen Jun 6, 2007 04:42 PM

              Cafe Brazil on Venice at Westwood is good (although getting kind of pricey for a hole-in-the-wall.). Thai Boom is also on Venice about a block west of Cafe Brazil. Skip the California Pizza Kitchen on Venice @ Overland. Everything is pre-packaged and/or frozen and you pay a ridiculous price for it.

              I haven't tried it yet, but there's a new Japanese take-out in the strip mall on Palm @Overland. I'll probably hit that this weekend and report back.

        2. ipsedixit Jun 6, 2007 01:20 PM

          Double Dutch ... great beef brisket.

          http://www.cooksdoubledutch.com/index...

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            coco puff Jun 6, 2007 01:13 PM

            oh yeah, we have ordered from La Dijonaise (love it) and tender greens...
            looks like we won't be ordering from Gaby's anymore...
            Bluebird is the best!

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              writergirl Jun 6, 2007 01:08 PM

              La Dijonaise (for lunch they have sandwiches in addition to their other menu) Mrs. Garcia's (take-out fast food Mexican, much better than Baja Fresh) and Santa Maria BBQ all do a good job of putting together take-out orders (they get the order right, and get it done in a timely manner.) Some other places technically do takeout, but in practice it doesn't work (Surfas, Tender Greens, and Double Dutch come to mind as places that flopped when our office has tried them. I would add Gaby's to the list because they are sooo friggin' slow, but it seems you may have had better luck.) One place we haven't tried is one of my faves, Grand Casino. I'm not sure how well their empanadas would travel. But they do have other things like sandwiches and salads that would do fine.

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                Diana Jun 6, 2007 12:54 PM

                Sabor A Mexico

                tender Greens (do they do take out?)

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