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Apr 16, 2010 10:53 AM

Help! Lunch and car repair today at La Cienega and Washington Blvd.

So I need to take my car in to be fixed while I wait. The shop is on the somewhat desolate stretch of La Cienega south of Venice, and north of the intersection with Fairfax. Any quick thoughts on where I can cool my heels and grab lunch while I wait? Doesn't have to be amazing--the default is the Green Burrito/Carl's Jr Jr at La Cienega and the 10--and I imagine I could do at least better than that. The caveat here is that I really don't have the time to walk more than half a mile or so in each direction. And no, I can't really bring a picnic lunch to the shop....(no place to sit).
Thanks, hounds for any input!

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    1. re: Servorg

      I don't know if Brunello's is open for lunch or not? But you might give them a call and see. We like them for Italian (at reasonable prices).


      1. re: Servorg

        Yes, they are open for lunch. Great suggestion, Servorg!

    2. there's a location of Versailles (Cuban) on Venice just east of Palms. without knowing the exact address/location of the body shop i'm not sure if it's within 1/2 mile, but you can check for yourself:


      10319 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      1. If I were stuck in that area I'd walk a bit west down Washington Blvd. and grab a sandwich at Cafe Surfas or an Office Burger and some wonderful craft brews at Father's Office 2 which opens at noon on Fridays!

        Father's Office
        3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

        Cafe Surfas
        8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. Thanks, everyone! The mechanic told me to give him an hour and a half- instead of the hour I planned for--so I took sel's advice and walked to Cafe Surfas (skipping Father's Office since I now have to put those missed hours back into my work day). Until sel mentioned it, I had no idea that that part of Culver City was so close to the shop --.8 mile! Xotik and Brunello's also looked appealing, although Xotik only had one table, and Brunello's looked like a find to come back to with a friend. Industry Ethiopian and Soul Food--with a recession lunch special-- looked interesting as well. (I am sure there will be more car repairs and neighborhood walks in my future. )

          Surfas Cafe was a lovely lunch spot (I had the turkey and roasted asparagus sandwich) and I got in browsing time, too.

          Father's Office Bar
          1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

          Cafe Surfas
          8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          7 Replies
          1. re: coffeebrownies

            If you're ever getting service again and don't feel like walking at *all* (La Cienega between Washington and Fairfax), consider JR's bbq! Granted, tough to kill 90 minutes there, I'm sure you had a far more stimulating time going to Surfas. But if you're ever doing 30 minutes of service JR's would be perfect. I used to work in the area and have been there dozens of times. I almost always get the bbq beef sandwich, which really hits the spot. Very friendly, homely service.


            I love the food at Xotik kitchen, but that place is really only good for take-out. Eating there is pretty cramped and unpleasant. It's also expensive for what you get.

            1. re: QualityMart

              Thanks--I know I'll be back sooner rather than later....

            2. re: coffeebrownies

              glad it worked out for you, and i'm impressed by your restraint - i can't imagine just "browsing" at Surfas. that place is a financial landmine for me ;)

              if you're ever back at Cafe Surfas they do a good, lean bison burger.

              Cafe Surfas
              8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I was there last month and was sad to see that the buffalo no longer roam on the range (or rather grill) there. I asked and was told that they weren't happy with the supplier and now offer a kobe beef burger in its place...I chose the lobster panini instead, which was quite good.

                1. re: New Trial

                  ack! this has been happening to me all month - why does everyone take away my good stuff? thanks for the heads-up, but BOO on Surfas.

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Having to walk back from Surfas with some bum body parts provided the restraint. Not that I won't go back with the car.....

                  1. re: coffeebrownies

                    J and J Barbeque 5754 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA . Nothing to look at but the food is great!