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Jul 10, 2008 08:55 PM

Culver City - Lunch Help

Recently moved from Hollywood to Culver City. Need to find some lunch places that are good, but not too expensive. Good day to day places that aren't too crazy. I love Ethnic Food so feel free to make suggestions.

Been to:

Tara's Himalayan - very good and cheap. The owner is very nice. I can eat there for around $10.

Tender Greens - Love it, but the crowds are insane. It's hard to relax there for lunch.

Jasmine Market - had some pretty good Burmese food there, not much atmosphere.

Pho Show - pretty weak VN food. Will give them another try.

The Point - Good salads but there is street construction and they are a parking nightmare

The Round - Good sandwiches, which are a little small. Lose the whole "round" concept and give me a bigger sandwich.

Any other places?

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  1. and try Giovanni's at Clarrington and Venice. Great Italian. And for yummy simple salads, give Scratch at Hughes and Washington a try.

    1. There are a lot of inexpensive places for lunch in Culver City. Here are some of my favorites:

      Victor Jr.'s -- on the north side of Washington across from the studio. Street parking in front or nearby usually easy. I like their eggplant parm sub, their meatball sub, their Italian salad. Their "philly cheesesteak" is more a hot roast beef and cheese hoagie, but good. Very friendly folks.

      Thai Boom -- on the north side of Venice at Midvale, midway between Overland and Sepulveda. Street parking in front and a shared small lot in back. My favorite Thai on the westside. They'll spice it up if you request hot. Go with the chicken or shrimp, the beef can be tough. I like their yellow curry lunch special.

      Hu's -- a bit north of Culver City in Palms or Cheviot Hills, but close. On National where it makes a 90-degree turn, a couple blocks east of Overland and north of Palms. Easy parking in their lot or on the street alongside. My favorite $6.95 lunch special, with a cup of hot'n'sour soup, a refreshing Chinese chicken salad, and an entree -- my favorites are the twice-cooked pork (without tofu) or the kung pao chicken. Their eggplant is good as well, but gets oily and monotonous if you aren't sharing. A huge, satisfying lunch for slightly under $10 including tax and tip.

      Other faves: S & W for breakfast at lunch. Honey's Kettle for fried chicken -- get the 2 for 1 coupon in the entertainment magazine of Thursday's L.A. Times and go with a friend. My favorite taquerias in the vicinity would be Taqueria Sanchez on Centinela between Washington and Culver (fantastic shrimp tacos) or Gallego's on Venice just west of Centinela (barbacoa). Hoagies and Wings on Washington a block east of Sepulveda has parking in the back and is good for hoagies and wings, though I still miss the former Markie D's for cheesesteaks. Finally, don't overlook the In-n-Out on Venice or one of the few remaining Togo's in the complex with the Albertson's on the north side of Venice across from Wendy's and Smitty's -- I love their hot pastrami or the #8 roast beef, turkey, and cheese.

      You can have a big lunch and get out for less than $10 at every place I've mentioned, including a good tip. At some of them this even includes a soft drink.

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      1. re: nosh

        re: thai boom--
        i also recommend all of their salads, and their prik pao. also, for a small charge, they will allow you to substitute brown rice for the white.

        1. re: nosh

          You should defly take down Hu's address so you can make sure you never go there

          1. re: echoparkdirt

            hahahahaha . . . what was wrong with Hu's for you?

        2. Skratch for sandwiches and salads on Hughes between Washington and Venice across from the WaMu parking lot. For Cuban food, try Versailles on Venice near Motor or El Rincon Criollo on Sepulveda, 1/2 block north of Samy's Camera store.

          1. Gloria's Cafe for very good Salvadoran and Mexican food. Nice, family run place with friendly service.

            Gloria's Cafe
            10227 Venice Blvd @ Vinton Ave
            Los Angeles 90034

            1. Simpang Asia for great Indonesian food. Indo Cafe is across the street, also Indonesian, but I like Simpang better. And Hu's is in that same weird intersection.

              Also, there's a Guelaguetza in Palms.

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              1. re: slacker

                This reminds me, I've been meaning to mention: my daughter recently used Indo Cafe to cater a small get-together at her apartment, and everything was delicious! It was just appetizers, so she concentrated on the start of the menu. I particularly liked the Martabak Telur and the perkedel...They delivered promptly when promised, with dishes at the proper temperatures. Fit with a student's budget as well.

                Anyway, Indo Cafe has now become one of her neighborhood favorites. The only thing on the menu she doesn't like is the avocado milkshake, and after she brought me a sample one night as a thank you for babysitting World's Greatest Grandaughter so she and hubby could actually get out and eat an actual meal together (as if I need a thank you) I have to agree: way too sweet for my taste, with an odd, sort of gummy texture.

                One big reason that she prefers Indo Cafe to Simpang Asia is that the former is halal, while the later apparently isn't and doesn't consistently promise that only halal meat is used (so she is limited to vegie options and seafood/fish at Simpang Asia). Along those lines, no alchohol served at Indo Cafe.

                However, I don't share that restriction, so will try Simpang Asia soon and compare for myself. Thanks for the recommendation!