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Apr 20, 2009 12:29 PM

Lunch in Culver City this Sat?

I'm bringing a friend up with me from Laguna this Saturday to go to the Museum of Jurassic Technology (9341 Venice Blvd.) and have been reading the Culver City threads trying to find a nice place for lunch before the museum. My original idea was to eat someplace close by so we can enjoy a bottle or 2 of champagne/sparkling and then walk over to the museum. We both like fun, comfy places without major attitude and a good wine list. Would Fraiche be appropriate, despite the evidently rude owner/host? I checked Ford's and the wine list didn't have anything we'd like. Any suggestions really appreciated. If there is anything else reasonably close, that might be OK too.

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  1. I've always enjoyed the Beacon. About a half-mile away.

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    1. Beacon is tasty with a good tonkatsu, fusion dishes, and a bento. Perhaps you should just bring the wine with you if you don't see anything on the wine list.

      You might as well stop by Surfas while you are at it...

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      1. re: JudiAU

        Thanks, but not really into bringing wine unless it's something really special. This place looks interesting.

      2. Fraiche would be a terrific choice. Thierry, who is the owner some complain about (I have never had any problem) is spending his time at the sister restaurant, Riva, in Santa Monica so is a non-issue. The food is great, the service is fine to excellent (depending on who you get), and the wine list/drinks are very good.

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        1. i'd say go to fraiche. i've been there 2-3x and have never experienced any rudeness.

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          1. re: wilafur

            Cool, Fraiche it is and Beacon next month with my brother. Thanks guys!

          2. I would also say go to the Beacon, it rarely disappoints. Also, the Fraiche is not bad at all and has some good wines