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Restaurants near Douglas Theater in Culver City

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awondrousthing May 9, 2012 12:48 PM

Looking at the old thread, I notice comments from 2011
Any suggestions for good food within walking distance to the Douglas Theater..We have enjoyed MEET many times, but are looking to try something new.
thanks for any suggestions you might have.

  1. Servorg May 9, 2012 01:07 PM

    You might give City Tavern a try or how about Ford's Filling Station?

    http://citytavernculvercity.com/

    http://www.fordsfillingstation.net/xm...

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      awondrousthing May 10, 2012 11:09 AM

      thanks....we ended up at Rush Street....if was fine...good Kobe beef burger, great truffle/asagio cheese fries, and steak salad was good, too
      City Tavern will be next to try....right next to Meet, which is a lovely little 'bistro'...with good mussels and good steak frites.
      Good to know re margaritas at Kay and Dave's....
      Thanks for all the suggestions!

    2. Will Owen May 9, 2012 02:04 PM

      I've had three very good lunches at Akasha. Loved the Salade Niçoise, and the burger was one of the better ones. The Pizza Margherita was excellent.

      Really burns me that Saint Amour shut down. That was never cheap, but more than reasonable for what they fed us. We had some good stuff at Ford's, too, but Mrs. O's cheese board came with two tiny baguette slices, so she was out of bread after four bites of cheese. Asked for some more, and they brought another cheese platter! Twenty minutes later! And charged for it! The matter was settled with no shouting or swordplay, but they never addressed the basic, obvious problem: give people enough bread!

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        foodfoodfood May 9, 2012 02:14 PM

        Giovanni's Italian is around the corner in a strip mall, casual, but it is pretty good food and they let you bring your own wine. www.giovannistrattoria.com

        Native Foods (vegan that doesn't taste like vegan), is a bit more of a walk and more casual, no table service, but good food.

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          awondrousthing May 10, 2012 11:15 AM

          Giovanni's sounds very interesting!...there are some great little places in those little strip malls...I will put that on the list for next time.....speaking of strip mall places...
          I heard there is a new Thai restaurant opening in the space that was occupied by Killer Shrimp and then Aunt Kizzie's (on Washington Blvd in Venice) ...supposed to open on Mother's Day......going to have to try it and then report back......it is in the Marina Connection center.
          thanks again for the input!

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            JTea May 12, 2012 09:42 AM

            +1 Giovanni's. The other 3 at our lunch kept poaching my gnocchi.

          2. westsidegal May 9, 2012 02:21 PM

            not really an answer to your question as this is more drink-related than food-related:
            one of the better margaritas in town is served at the other end of DTCC at kay 'n dave's.
            they use real, fresh-squeezed lime juice.
            they will make the margarita to your order completely.
            (my preference is to telll them to skip the sugar syrup entirely and to use JUST tequila, lime juice, and triple sec).
            i'm always happy to find places like kay 'n dave's that DON'T use pasteurized juice "product" from a jug, nor fake coloring chemicals, nor preservatives.
            they also offer a selection of higher-end tequilas if you are so inclined.

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              awondrousthing May 10, 2012 11:18 AM

              Great to know about the real lime juice!! so hard to find a really good margarita...and also good to know that they offer higher-end tequilas....b/c we were not enthralled with the 'mexican' food they served when they were on Pico Blvd.

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                westsidegal May 10, 2012 05:13 PM

                my recommendation is absolutely limited to their margaritas.
                i never tried their food nor do i have any intention of doing so.

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              bulavinaka May 9, 2012 06:00 PM

              Lawrence of India has gotten some initial praise after reopening:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841848

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                awondrousthing May 10, 2012 11:25 AM

                Lawrence of India looks VERY interesting.....thanks so much....thinking of trying it tonight..!

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                  BrewNChow May 10, 2012 11:37 AM

                  Not trying to be debby downer, but I went to LOI after that rec and was beyond disappointed. I got a goan shrimp curry (which was OK, and by far the best thing I got). I also got (if I recall correctly) a saag paneer and a lamb korma. For some reason the menu I was looking at didn't have too much of their special Goan dishes, the only one I could find was the Goan shrimp curry.

                  Anyway the dishes were super bland, the rice wasn't really rice, it was this weird short grain rice that was not good at all, and the free kabob I got with my order was underseasoned to the max.

                  If you go, try to get the Goan dishes ONLY and I just hope your meal goes better than mine did....

                  My advice is to to Bawarchi which is much cheaper and much much better.

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                    awondrousthing May 10, 2012 11:52 AM

                    thanks for the input, BrewNChow...no debby downer..just input..which is what I really like about this site!
                    Might still have to try LOI, but will check on Bawarchi!

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                      bulavinaka May 10, 2012 12:43 PM

                      Thanks for the update, Debby... :) And thanks for the Bawarchi rec. We went a few Weeks ago and liked it alot. As much as I'd like to rec them, I don't think it would work in this case. For alot of reasons, I'd only consider them a takeout option.

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                        BobtheBigPig Oct 18, 2012 12:02 AM

                        I love Bawarchi, but it's a bizarre and surreal experience reminiscent of Seinfeld's Soup Nazi. Annother sleeper Indian place in the area: Annapurna on Venice. Not as cheap as Bawarchi - more of a sit-down restaurant, and southern Indian which is a different cuisine entirely than Bawarchi, but they do have a buffet a couple of nights a week. I like their dosas, especially the spicy Spring Dosa.

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                        Jase May 16, 2012 07:48 PM

                        The Goan menu is on the table top display at every table. It also has the daily free special and a short description of the Goa region.

                    2. DeborahL Oct 17, 2012 06:22 PM

                      Ate at Ford's Filling Station last Friday and thought it was terrific. Got in early, about 5:30, so no wait to sit down. I had the shrimp and grits (smoked cheddar grits, roasted pasilla chile, chipotle nage), plus Blue Lake green beans with brown butter and almonds. The grits were so flavorful, and the shrimp were huge and fresh. My friend had the Idaho trout with bulgur wheat tabbouleh, cress salad, and salsa verde. We were both exclaiming over our dishes, and we ate every last bit of all three. Service was friendly (if a bit chipper for my taste). The bill came to roughly $100, with a soda and a glass of wine. We didn't have room for dessert. I'd definitely go back, and it was a perfect place to wait out rush hour traffic after coming in to LAX.

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