Good Inexpensive Eats in the Westide/Culver
I just moved down here from monterey and i'm looking for your best places that are inexpensive i.e. $60 or under for 2 without beverages. I like all types of food Indian, Thai, Italian, etc you name and I like it. I'm looking for those locals type places and also some that more people may know about that are very good.
Thanks in advance for the help.
Culver City has really come into its own in the last few years. A good meal for $60 for two w/out drinks won't be hard to find. There are lots of threads about CC on chowhound already. The hot new place is Fraiche in Downtown, I liked the food, it was fresh and flavorful, and I thought their wine list was really well priced, surprisingly not very marked up(you should be able to get by for $60/2 although you could easily spend more.) There's Thai Boom on Venice which is cheaper and better than the very popular Natalee Thai. I like Cucina Paradiso on Motor for Italian, it's never crowded and the food is really tasty, a cut above most neighborhood Italian restaurants. Gaby's is good for Middle Eastern. Really, the list goes on and on. Check out previous threads. Welcome to the neighborhood! (if you're working nearby, there are lots of good lunch places as well.)
Giovanni's is a good neighborhood Italian restaurant and I think you can bring your own wine. Also, Bamboo-Carribbian style with nice patio area. Great Yukatan chicken, paella, etc. Besides Thai Boom, there is Emerald Thai which is family owned and has been around for many years now. There is also a good Indonesean place on National near Motor.
With your budget anything in and around Culver City can apply! For lunch, if you like sushi Sushi Karen, or cheaper option at Yokohama, Thai Boom for more like $20 for 2 w/o drinks. On Venice further west, Hurry Curry for another $20 for 2 people. Ford's filling station is also a good pick-- welcome to the neighborhood and enjoy
A good place for vegetarian and vegan Indian is Bharat Bazaar, 11510 Washington Blvd - just west of the DMV. The have great samosas in two sizes, as well alot of entrees that are served cafeteria-style. They have seating in this combination grocery store/cafe, or you can order to go. The mango lassi is quite nice as well...
Bay Cities (more takout though)
Warszawa (can be done)
Primitivo (depending upon shared tapas)
Nook and Violet can also be done
26 Beach if you do sandwiches and apps (no entrees or split one)
Lazy Daisy Cafe
Cora's Coffee Shop
26 Beach is my local fave. You could come in under $60 for 2 with the majority of their entrees, priced $15-23, and their portions are huge.
Also I really like Beacon in Culver City. They have sushi, Thai-like dishes, and a great hamburger!
S & W for breakfast -- housemade corned beef hash, good pancakes, and they know how to cook eggs to order and get the hashbrowns crisp. Very good diner on the south side of Washington Blvd in downtown CC.
Markie D's for philly cheesesteaks and other philly-themed food such as pizza and dogs. On Washington just a block east of Sepulveda.
Taqueria Sanchez for their tasty, properly non-overcooked shrimp tacos and other simple Mexican fare. On Centinela south of Washington, parking in rear. Gallegos for slow-cooked tender barbacoa burritos, on Venice a block west of Centinela.
Hu's for Chinese, on the corner where National takes a right-hand turn near Motor. And another strong rec for Thai Boom, on Venice at Midvale.
Royal Donuts for huge, crispy cinnamon rolls and light, delicate crumb donuts, in the strip mall on the S/E corner of Sepulveda and Palms, across from the Trader Joe's.
Harvey's for cheap breakfasts, burger and sandwich combos, and teriyaki rice plates. At Palms and Motor.
Paco's Tacos on Washington and Centinela. Also has branch in Westchester on Manchester and Sepulveda. Good homemade tortillas and chips/salsa. Their combos are always solid. They filmed a scene from Jerry Maguire there. Not super-authentic, but who cares, it tastes good.
If you want some Chinese that isn't over-salted or overly oily, check out Lin's on the south side of Pico, just east of Barrington. Their servings are generous, the prices are good, the service is very attentive, and you don't feel all funked out after eating a meal there as you would at alot of other places. They make their pan-fried chicken dumplings by hand, and they also serve Shanghai-style sliced rice cakes with pork - a dish normally not found here in the Westside. This place is easily overlooked but worth a shot if you want some decent Chinese in the Westside. I would be foolish to compare it with some of the outstanding places in SGV, but we always leave this place satisfied.
Good recommendations. I was about to say the same thing.
3811 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 391-0888
If you like Japanese food,
Sakura - for udon
4545 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Shabu Hachi - for shabu shabu
Olympic (& Barrington, I think)
there are a bunch of places on Sawtelle (between Olympic & Santa Monica Blvd.)
Some of my favorites:
Hide Sushi - teri chicken & sushi
Orris - small plates, fun to go with 2-4 people (Japanese fusion)
Asahi Ramen - miso ramen/friend rice
Curry House - chicken cutlet curry
Hurry Curry - croquette curry
Sawtelle Kitchen - fish
Furaibo - small plates @ dinner, but more Japanese style than Orris.