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Ford's Filling Station?

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Hello fellow CH'ers,
I've wanted to try Ford's Filling Station for some time, so the BF and I have reservations for this Saturday night, but now I'm hearing rumors that the place is overrated. Opinions?


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  1. I am neither impressed nor disappointed, though my last time there was during the DineLA prix fixe ( full review here: http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com/2008... ), I found the food unnecessarily rich and heavy. Given other restaurants I like better in Culver City ( Beacon, K-Zo ) and others I've still to try ( Akasha, Fraiche) I'm not particularly eager to make a return trip anytime soon.


    1. I love Ford's and eat there about twice a month. The thing to keep in mind with Ford's is that it's not really where to go for a "special" meal. It's a neighborhood spot with stiff drinks and solid food. Nothing on the menu is particularly creative or innovative, just good American comfort food done well. I'm a huge fan of the braised kobe beef cheeks.

      It's really more of an upscale pub than a fine-dining establishment. If you're looking for something a little more refined, I recommend Fraiche.

      1. I ate there once, about 6 months ago, and wouldn't go back. The food was pretty good but our server practically ignored us, and the place wasn't that busy at the time.

        1. I think Culver City has many more interesting opportunties in the same price range. We found the food mediocre and overpriced and the 'tude level of the staff commical.

          1. I think it's a fun spot for a good meal, if a little pricey for what you get. But the polenta dish is in a class by itself, and the drinks are good.

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            1. re: nick_r

              Agreed. I crave that polenta cake dish all the time! The sauce (like a tomato broth) is light, but reminds me of a warm, hearty ragu.

              Additionally, Ford's has a great-tasting burger. It's got a lot of flavor and is juicy without being messy (drippy). The bun, however, is a little too dense and tends to mask the flavor of the beef. Eat the tomato separately -- it's cooked in something that makes it good on it's own.

              The cheeses and cured meats are yummy and always fun to get.

              1. re: naboli

                Thanks for the feedback everyone!

            2. If restaurants fall into a dichotomy of serious about the food and not serious about the food, Ford's Filling Station, like most restaurants, falls into the latter category. Of course, there's more to life than food...right?