Bag-Ete Culver City, another salad option...
Bag-Ete has been open a few months now, and I finally got around to trying it. It's in the former "Cubby's" location on Hughes @ Washington, across from WaMu Bank, next door to Curves. They have a very limited menu of five sandwiches (tartines), and five salads. Despite this, I had trouble deciding because it all looked so good! The chicken sandwich with avo, tomato, provolone and sun-dried tomato pesto was very good, although the pesto didn't come through strongly. The chicken on both the sandwich and the salad was cubed chicken breast, so if you prefer a hunk of chicken on bread (which I actually do) this may not grab you. It's very flavorful, so I got over the cubes. The chicken salad with hearts of palm, sprouts, tomatoes,provolone and various other goodies was tasty as well. They were generous with the chicken, the provolone was large two shavings. The salad wasn't tossed with the dressing, which is fine by me. I tried the mustard vineagrette, very nice. (They may toss if you ask.) I'm not sure if their salads are bigger than Tender Greens, but they were more filling to me. They had a better "good stuff" to greens ratio (please don't tell me Tender Greens have great lettuces, I agree, but I'd still rather have more "stuff!") Their salads are organic, and everything seemed really fresh. I'm not positive, but I don't think their meat and cheese are organic. I tasted my friend's lobster bisque, and it was really, really good, and chock-full of lobster, with a nice hearty tomato base. They've just now started serving cookies. Their website lists pastries, but they don't have them. Oh, the coffee is organic too. (I would go for the reasonably priced coffee, because their bottle/can drinks are outrageously priced! My friend picked up a $5 bottle of juice!) The salads and sandwiches are all priced from $7-$8.
It's a small space, and not cozy, but still nice. (Lots of hard surfaces, but the chairs are soft, and the tables are a nice wood, there are a couple of outside tables.) Their service was really quick and friendly, but they also weren't very busy. I think Bag-ete's a nice lunchtime stop, and the quick service is a welcome change. The folks who work there said they wanted to create a healthy alternative to fast food, and they did a good job.
Lunch hours only. A previous review said they only take cash, they definitely take credit cards now.
3867 Hughes Ave, Culver City, CA 90232