one cent on rush street
went a few weekends ago after a movie. it was CROWDED! but we found a place to sit upstairs and had some beers. we ordered the lobster and shrimp eggrolls and the burger. this is not a big review - just a quick take.
eggrolls - pretty bad! about one cut up piece of lobster per roll (i know - what do i expect), not particularly good tasting shell, poor texture (crispy outside, but too thick - and so gummy/stretchy middle). they had way too much cabbage/carrot inside. dipping sauces not so great. for $14 - i would definitely skip. i wanted the mac&cheese or nachos or shrimp - but somehow ordered this? odd choice.
burger - OUTSTANDING! this was super delicious. we got it medium rare, cooked perfectly. bacon and cheese flavor seemed infused throughout along with the onions and sauce. the onion/sauce combo had a hint of the onion reduction on the FO burger. the cheese/bacon, however, made it a different beast. i really thought this was delicious. zero complaints and i would like to eat again.
shoestring fries - first, i don't like shoestring fries. so we have to start there. these were particularly eh. somewhat stale almost - not crisp and no seasoning at all. so it just tasted like dried potatoes. again - i don't really like these anyhow, but especially didn't care for this version (I will eat them if seasoned and cooked properly - i couldn't eat these).
oh - and i almost forgot - the funniest thing about the place was the aroma of truffle oil every time a server past us. they had truffle fries and so i assume that was what it was -- but it seriously overwhelmed the nose.
I've eaten there 3 times and have been really unimpressed with the food. The burger meat is tasty enough but the bun is awful - pre-fab supermarket fluff. The fruits de mer platter was terrible, the oysters smelled off and the crab was watery and stringy. I love the mac and cheese, very satisfying and comforting.
The food isn't great but it's the service that will stop me from going back. It wasn't good the first couple of times but the third time was the worst. We sat down and ordered wine. The server dumped the glasses on the table and said she'd be back to take our food order. Tried to flag her down for menus and eventually got up and got our own. And waited, and waited. Tried to flag her down to order, she said she'd be back. Another 20 minutes pass and she finally comes to our table...to tell us that we have to vacate because she needs our table for another party.
I understand the place is busy but there's no excuse for that. They seriously overbook the tables in an unrealistic way. On my first dinner there we were told by a different server that the next party had arrived and we could have dessert in the lounge. This wouldn't be a problem except that we had been there less than an hour and there was no room in the lounge at all. They seem to parrot the lounge invitation to everyone regardless of whether there is available space there or not.
I have to agree. I ate here once and I really liked the mac and cheese, but the rest was just...meh! I don't want "meh" especially not for these prices. I didn't like their fries either. This is definitely a place you go to more for the atmosphere than the food.
I went on a Friday night at about 11pm. The beer selection was good, but the atmosphere is a joke. Downstairs is a nice gastrobpub feel to it and upstairs is kinda like a club where I saw bottle service...bottle service in Culver City??? Really??? I also saw a stripper pole next to a small dance floor which made me smile, but it makes no sense being in there. I was looking forward to this place, but was completely turned off to the place.