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Culver City area dinner-- cheap and delicious (and not Johnnie's)?

We're seeing a play in Culver City tomorrow evening (near Surfas) and I'm coming up dry on suggestions for cheap and delicious. The only place I can come up with that strikes the balance is Johnnie's, but that's a no-go.

Simpang Asia sounds promising... have read about it for years but have never been there. I might be able to persuade the group into getting a cemita from the truck near the 405/venice overpass, but more often than not the truck isn't there when I want them to be.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

Mr Taster

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Simpang Asia
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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  1. Brunello Trattoria. Mom & Pop kind of Italian place, inexpensive and very good. And, you can walk in on a Saturday night and won't have to wait.

    Or India Sweets & Spices, but it closes early and it's not exactly a sit-down place even if they have a few tables.

    Samosa House, but it also closes early.

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    Brunello Trattoria
    6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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    1. re: bad nono

      Brunello looks really nice, though a bit pricier than what we were aiming for. I'll file this one away for the future.

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        Not that it's in the Culver City area, but have you tried the fried chicken at Flossie's?

        1. re: mstinawu

          Just once, a long time ago.... meat & threes. I remember more about the mushy, overcooked sides than the chicken itself. Not compelled to return.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster

            Oh crap fried chicken connoisseur! =P Where do you go for your fried chicken fix?

            1. re: mstinawu

              I'm really not a connoisseur of fried chicken, but I do have several "veto" criteria... 1) greasy and 2) bland. Either one of those (or a combination of both) will cause me to write it off. Some people don't seem to mind if the chicken is bland as long as the crunch is good. I'm not one of them. A well seasoned bird is absolutely vital to my enjoyment of the chicken.

              On those rare occasions when I get my fried chicken fix, I go to the Louisiana on the NE corner of La Brea and Santa Monica. It's a Khmer-run hybrid Chinese food place. I stick strictly with the chicken and on my half dozen or so visits, I've never been disappointed. I've also had decent fried chicken from the Astroburger a little further down the street.

              Mr Taster

    2. How about Gloria's Cafe on Venice Blvd? Or get your groove on at the Backstage Bar & Grill if you're in the mood for a Burger & some garlic fries....

      www.GloriasCafeLa.com

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      Backstage Bar & Grill
      10400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      1. It might be a good excuse to experience the creative tastefulness of Chego...

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        Chego
        3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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        1. re: Servorg

          Chego's a good rec... though admittedly I do have a very low tolerance for LA hipsters in those tiny hats. My gut reaction is to go for Simpang Asia for actual delicious peasant food served in humble surroundings, rather than a Roy Choi Trend-O-Magnet, but it does seem like Choi is striking an honest balance, serving simple peasant food with a creative twist and not gouging for it. Might check it out.

          Mr Taster

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          Simpang Asia
          10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          Chego
          3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          1. re: Mr Taster

            yeah, it's not too pricey, bowls are 7 to 9, desserts 4 to 5, though the rhubarb pie with ice cream at 5 was way more worth it, than the sirachi chil, remodified snickers/crunch bar. though even still and i've been a couple times, it's not amazing food, the lamb gyro bowl was dreadful on second thought and the prime rib bowl with horseradish cream was ok to good. desserts were nothing amazing.

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Chego adjacent is Rio Brazil Cafe with good Brazillian Food. Also, It has a bit ambiance than Simpang Asia which even if you are going for something cheap and casual, is more appropriate to a night out at the theatre.

              --Dommy!

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              Simpang Asia
              10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

              Rio Brazil Cafe
              3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

              Chego
              3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

              1. re: Dommy

                Or, as was suggested above, (or below?) Gloria's Cafe on Venice Blvd. or how about the recently discussed (in another thread) Rincon Carillo for Cuban food. Both existing in the "cheap" spectrum for sit down places with table service.

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                Gloria's Cafe
                10227 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                El Rincon Criollo
                4361 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                1. re: Dommy

                  though rio brazil may be a little more expensive all the dishes are 15 bucks, either the shrimp bobo, or the fish moqueca, and possibly the feiojoda too.

                  1. re: Dommy

                    As far as I'm concerned, what is "appropriate" for a night out at the theater is that the food is inexpensive and delicious :)

                    Mr Taster

              2. What about Honey's Kettle? Cheap and delicious and really unhealthy.

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                Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
                9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                1. re: mstinawu

                  Thanks for the suggestion, though my one and only visit to Honey's Kettle was not a positive one. Utterly bland, greasy chicken and indifferent service by annoying high school kids. Makes a second visit difficult to consider.

                  Mr Taster

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                  Honey's Kettle
                  2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    s and w country diner is the best coffee shoppe in culver city possibly.

                2. Father's Office right there (hipster/PITA quotient may be too high). Also Samosa House east, Tender Greens, Tara's Himalayan, Metro Diner, Thai Boom.

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                  Tender Greens
                  9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                  Thai Boom
                  10863 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                  Samosa House
                  11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

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                  1. re: Discokill

                    $14 hamburger is right out of the price range. We're really looking to keep the bill under as far under $10 as possible. That's why I wasn't considering Metro... love their food, but a little too much.

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      well, there's a taco truck at the corner of Venice and La Cienega (North East corner), but I never tried it.

                      1. re: bad nono

                        Not helpful... looking for solid recs with a proven track record. That's why I originally mentioned the cemita truck near the 405 overpass... wonderful, delicious cemitas but their timing is unreliable. I never know if they'll be there.

                        Mr Taster

                      2. re: Mr Taster

                        Did Chef Yoon raise the price on his Office Burger? $12 when I last ordered it recently. It's worth $14 and a bargain at $12 for such a tasty, high quality burger!

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

                        1. re: kevin

                          Pain in the @$$. You know, the general concesus on FO (Father's Office)

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: Dommy

                            Don't count me i on "...the general concesus on FO (Father's Office)..." cause the food and beer list are wonderful, our service has ranged from excellent to good so I'm a happy and satisfied regular!

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                            Father's Office
                            1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403