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Jun 12, 2007 07:16 PM

Good Inexpensive Eats in the Westide/Culver

Hey Guys,

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.

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  1. 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.)

    1. 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.

        1. 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

          1. Thanks everyone. What about good Indian? I'll do a search for CC threads.

            6 Replies
            1. re: Psiweaver

              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...

              1. re: bulavinaka

                hello, Bharat Bazaar is one of our favorites--very nice staff there to help with the homestyle vegetarian food. Anna Purna is also excellent, with a bigger S.Indian vegetarian menu and table service. cheers

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  i LOVE bharat bazaar/samosa house.
                  it should be noted, though, that they serve on styrofoam.

                  still, their FOOD is really good.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    It's been renamed, Samosa House. I really like that place.

                    1. re: slacker

                      "Samosa House" is emblazened on the store front, but not in the internet... still Bharat Bazaar... Someone might mention it to those folks - they could be losing some business...

                  2. re: Psiweaver

                    Annapurna on venice blvd is fantastic. They have a buffet on Saturdays, but I prefer their menu. Lots of dosas.