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

coffeebrownies Apr 16, 2010 10:53 AM

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. Servorg RE: coffeebrownies Apr 16, 2010 11:00 AM


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      Servorg RE: Servorg Apr 16, 2010 11:04 AM

      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).


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        baloney RE: Servorg Apr 16, 2010 11:52 AM

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

    2. goodhealthgourmet RE: coffeebrownies Apr 16, 2010 11:03 AM

      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

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        sel RE: coffeebrownies Apr 16, 2010 12:18 PM

        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

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          coffeebrownies RE: coffeebrownies Apr 16, 2010 03:40 PM

          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

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            QualityMart RE: coffeebrownies Apr 16, 2010 09:36 PM

            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.

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              coffeebrownies RE: QualityMart Apr 16, 2010 10:16 PM

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

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: coffeebrownies Apr 16, 2010 11:31 PM

              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

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                New Trial RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 17, 2010 12:58 AM

                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.

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: New Trial Apr 17, 2010 10:09 AM

                  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.

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                  coffeebrownies RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 17, 2010 12:35 PM

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

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                    allyoucanet RE: coffeebrownies Apr 17, 2010 12:42 PM

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

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