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Sep 13, 2007 04:48 PM


Help me fellow CHers..I will be in Culver City 3 nights a week (Tu/Wed/Thu) and will be hungry and will need a place to eat around 9:30pm-10:30pm.
Are there any places that a girl can dine solo, get a good glass of wine and not have to worry about a pick-up-joint scene?
I also do not want to feel rushed-I'll need a place where I can relax after a loooong day.
I will be heading home on the 10-110-5-2 or on the 405-101-134-2.
All your suggestions will be welome.
I would also love any suggestions for Sat and Sun eats around 12noon in the same area...I will be starving and sweaty after some intense workouts...healthy food is NOT a consideration...just good food, good service, not dress-up.

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  1. If you are looking to stay in Culver City this could be a challenge as they tend to roll up the sidewalks at 10 p.m. but Fraiche is supposedly open until 11 p.m. and if you don't mind having to bring your own wine Johnnie's Pastrami on Sepulveda is open until 2 am or so.

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    1. re: Servorg

      I believe that Fraiche serves its bar menu (which includes a few items not available on the restaurant menu, such as moules frites, lamb meatballs and fondue) until Midnight.

      1. re: New Trial

        Thanks Servorg and New Trial,
        I went to K-Zo tonight but know I will head to Fraiche for the Mussles...sounds great!

    2. Johnnys Pastrami & Titos Tacos Sepulveda & Culver

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      1. re: Skunk2Racer

        Good Glass of Wine
        "Dine" solo
        Good Food
        Good "Service"
        a place to relax and be "served" good food.
        Can be anywhere between Culver City/Silverlake...I will be on the road by 9:30pm but very hungry and very tired so dont want to wait till home to eat.
        I'll be heading over there by 8pm tonight but will have eaten and can scope out some eats on that side...Medicine Ball Drills make a girl very hungry.

      2. Heh, if you adopt the extreme and make healthy food a NONconsideration for your lunch, then let me heartily recommend Markie D's Taste of Philly.

        My two late night dining choices on that side of town are Gaby's on Venice (no alcohol, though) and Lares on Pico.

        Of course, my suggestion would be to just duck into a spot like The Bowery in Hollywood. It's a great spot for a solo diner.

        Markie D's - closed :-(
        11172 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          hi saucesupreme,
          I don;t know that area at all or where these places are...are theyanywhere near Robertson/national?
          I'm looking for food more along the likes of Shiro, Violet, Orris style stuff.
          And again, a nice glass of wine is the clincher...I'd prefer some fries and a good Snacere over Steak and a cocktail.
          Help. I know, what a pain in the a--, but I'm trying to find something other than Violet, or Orris for my drive back to the eastside.

          1. re: tatertotsrock

            K-Zo, Wilson or Beacon in Culver City should suit your needs. It's probably worth calling ahead to see how late they serve, but if you're in CC and looking to eat around 9:45 you should be fine.

            Bottle Rock and Vinum Populi would work too.

            1. re: hrhboo

              OH MY GOODNESS!
              You are my hero!!!
              K-Zo is going to be my salvation by the looks of the menu and it's so close to where I'll be I need to get gussied up? or can i go eastside casual?
              Beacon? Who knew..have I been sleeping under a rock? I think this in walking distance to where I'll bee too.
              Wilsons looks great but I think I'll feel too much like a drowned rat to clean up well enough to go there...I can't wait to try it.I'll keeep you posted in where I wind up during Sept and October.
              Thanks everyone for all you imput!

              1. re: tatertotsrock

                You don't need to be cleaned up for any of these recs, with the exception of possibly Wilson but even that's pretty laid back. For the record, I don't think any of them are quite as fab as Orris but then so few places are.

                Enjoy, and be sure to report back with your findings!

                1. re: hrhboo

                  Like I said before, you are my hero!
                  Dinner was perfect after a night of Medicine Ball Drills at Nike!
                  Had the sake sampler w/small bite; popcorn shrimp (yes, I was craving fried food after all the sweating I was doing); ordered the whitefish Chinoise which I didn't like and the bartender noticed right away (I sat at the bar-happily) without having to say anything...I was bery apologetic, he said "no way, I noticed you mentioned the like traditional better for fish?" I said yes, and he took it away and brought back the most beautiful live scallop sashimi...mmmm!!! I had some oysters too and ordered one of the sakes to share w/the server as great meal and I can't wait to go back next Thursday. The menu is amazing and I can't believe the tasting menu prices are a dream...gotta try one some time! Will be trying Beacon-the bartender recommended it too-said he likes it, but Orris better (he had no idea our preference for it)_..thank yo so much for your help.
                  Saw "Fords" down the street, will try it some time if I'm w/others..loks more "sceney" to me. Will aslo try some of the others on the list that the others mentioned...I;m a sucker for good mussles and fries so I know I'll hit Fraiche too.

                  1. re: tatertotsrock

                    I was just at Fraiche and Bottle Rock tonight. Among all of them, definitely hit them up first before going to Ford's Filling Station.

                    Gaby's is a great local spot also.

                    9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                    Gaby's Mediterranean
                    10445 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                2. re: tatertotsrock

                  Although Bottlerock is really more of a wine bar than a restaurant they have a few tasty snacks and some great cheese and obviously fantastic wine. But the one snack really worth mentioning is the brioche grilled cheese with truffles...don't know if is truffle oil or sottocenre (sp?) tartufo cheese but it is amazing and I could eat 10! I have on many occasions ordered more than one in an evening. The perfect way to end a long day if you ask me.

                  I do like Ford's Filling Station, great homemade cocktails and very satisfying flatbread pizzas. Not Hollywood sceney...

                  I love K-Zo! Glad you found it!

                  Wilsons is great and the staff is very laid back. Don't worry about it being too fancy. I have ended up there after many a long day.
                  Kinda wish I lived in Culver City....

                  1. re: cecibean

                    I love Ford's too. Sitting at the bar with a flatbread, a cheese plate and a few glasses of wine is a great way to spend an evening.

                    1. re: cecibean

                      It's funny, I don't think of Ford's as hollywood sceney either, but almost every time I've eaten there I've seen a celeb. Mark Wahlberg was the latest.

                3. re: tatertotsrock

                  Given those desires then I suggest Bossa Nova on Pico. It's just a couple of blocks east of Sepulveda on the south side of the street. Should cover all the elements you laid out and they serve until 11 pm.

              2. The brand new Alibi, on Washington just east of Centinela. Great burger, great menu (ate there last night), mellow bar, great room (in a triangle shape!)

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                1. re: yogachik

                  I thought it had been there for a while but appears to have undergone a revamp? I seem to recall it being quite divey but it seems suitably trendy now.

                  1. re: hrhboo

                    Totally redone. Same owner as Beachwood.