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Yer Favorite Culver City restaurants

Many moons ago, I used to work in Culver City. Then there were only three restaurants.
Now, when I drive through there, there are SO MANY to choose from!!

Where do YOU like to eat...and why?

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  1. Yeah, things have changes around here! Lots of great options for lunch and dinner now!

    My favorites:

    * Jasmine Market: I love their SUPER cheap Veggie Special with fresh Naan

    * Yamayada: Great ramen, I am addicted to their mini curry bowl!

    * Tara's Himalyan: Their Spicy Okra is one of the best veggie dishes around!

    * Mayura: Great curry dishes and dosas!

    * La Rocco's Pizza: Go to for Slices

    * Tender Greens: Love their chinese chicken salads and their entree specials with Mashed potatoes!

    * Metro Cafe: Great breakfast!

    * Mateos: Super cheap, HUGE sandwiches (I like their tuna) and of course PALETAS!

    * Green Peas: Love their sandwiches on pretzel roll, good deal, especially when you get soup on the side (Skip the Pizzas though!)

    * EK Valley: Perhaps the best Mexican food in Screenland right now. LOVE their Clayudas!

    * Sazon Latin Fusion: The most PERFECT flan and healthy dishes with latin flavors (Love their enchiladas & soups!)

    * Waterloo and City: Perhaps the best fine dining in the city right now, keep an eye out for their specials!

    Hope this gets you started!

    --Dommy!

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    1. re: Dommy

      Pretty much what they said but I'd push the boundaries a bit and add Barwachi and the Smart & Final Cemitas truck.

      1. re: Discokill

        YES!! The Cemitas Angelica... Their Pollo Milanesa Cemita makes my short list of the last meals on earth...

        Also, I forgot to mention the new kid... Copenhagen Bakery! It's just viennoiserie... but I could make a meal out of their sweet/savory pretzels!

        --Dommy!

    2. A-Frame, Father's Office, and Akasha (which doesn't get a whole lot of love here, but I think it's enjoyable).

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      1. re: aching

        Akasha gets love from me. I've never had anything stunning there, but everything has been quite good and the room is a lot calmer than its hard surfaces would suggest. Nice staff, too.

        Our favorite while it lasted was Le Saint-Amour. Best skinny fries I've ever had - still both crisp and tender after they'd gotten cold. Lovely duck confit for cheap. Maybe too cheap …

        1. re: aching

          +1 for A-Frame. Love the food, hate the decibel levels.

        2. Beer & pickles: City Tavern
          Brunch: MEET
          Happy Hour: Waterloo & City
          Place to pretend you're French while writing useless food blogs: L'epicerie

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          1. re: TonyC

            K-Zo for sushi -- but also wonderful Japanese "tapas"

            Novocento (on Main Street) for -- simple, like in Italy pasta

            Brunello's (on Washington closer to La Cienega) -- like Novocento -- great simple pasta by the family that also owns the underrated Da Pasquale in Beverly HIlls

            1. re: TonyC

              L'Epicerie also has a great happy hour! :)

              --Dommy!

            2. L'epicure is my absolute favorite for brunch, especially their insane french toast and quiche, keep meaning to try dinner. Waterloo&City, Lukshon (finally went, it blew me away), Tender Greens (niciose salad sub lemon dressing, can't beat their vegetable soup either), Golden China (most decent chinese I've had on west side), Sushi Zo (splurge serious sushi), Cheviot Farms aka Simpang Asia (chicken salad sandwich is my quick-lunch staple, lox/cream cheese bagel is a good deal in the morning). Cafe Brazil sometimes to mix it up. Pupuas sometimes at Glorias. In the Fox Hills Mall Five Guys Burgers.

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              1. re: sarahbeths

                AH Glorias... her Cocido makes me SO happy (And less sniffly when needed)

                --Dommy!

                1. re: Dommy

                  My issue with Gloria's has been the crowds.

                  We were in there all the time, then Guy Fieri did his thing and all of a sudden there was a 45 minute or more wait. So, we stopped going there.

                  We like the dives and diners of Culver City, for what it's worth:

                  Ronnie's Diner is a go to for us for diner food done healthier.
                  When we want to get a lot of good food for a really cheap price we eat in Rutt's and order Loco Moco, Saimin soups, breakfast bowls, really good short ribs, spam musubi ... that sort of thing.
                  I eat at The Wood sometimes, grab a burger or turkey burger. They have a good happy hour and oysters on Wednesday.
                  I like cold cut subs from Sorrento's and meatball subs from Victor's.
                  I like shrimp burritos at Sanchez, they have good tortas, too.
                  We eat tacos and tortas at Tacomiendo.
                  The Cuban isn't awesome at El Rincon Criolla but we still go there and still enjoy ourselves. I've never been to Cuba, so I can't compare it to anything other than Versailles and it's fine for that.
                  We eat Thai at Ekkamai and occasionally get ribs, chicken and fish at Outdoor Grill.
                  We like Smitty's for fried fish, shrimp and wings. Their hot sauce is tasty, even though it comes out of a big gallon jug and is likely mostly preservatives.
                  Sometimes I get corned beef on rye at Johnnie's, where I also dig their pickles.
                  I like the sports bar burger at Joxer's Daly. I've had their fish and chips, too, but don't remember if they were great or not.

                  We go to other places, too, but they've been mentioned by others.

                  1. re: PaulF

                    My wife had the fish and chips at Ronnie's the other night. I would rate the fish as pretty good. Their fries aren't the draw, but they aren't bad. Their tartar sauce is also quite respectable. The only drawback is that they don't offer a spicy (horseradish infused) red chile sauce to go with the tartar sauce. This is a Friday special, so if you are there another weeknight (they are only open for dinner on weeknights - as PaulF well knows, so that information isn't aimed at him) you are going to be out of luck to try it.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      For what it's worth, I prefer the homemade potato chips to the fries.

                      1. re: PaulF

                        I typically get those with my burger and then swap some in trade for some of my wife's fries.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Good plan -- their turkey chili also goes well with those potato chips.

                          1. re: PaulF

                            Went at opening (7:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday but 7 AM during the week) this morning to Ronnie's (me and my Sunday paper) for breakfast. I had never been for breakfast, only dinner, and I had their chorizo bowl http://www.flickr.com/photos/67654173... which I read about on Yelp. A revelation given the type of food I love. Tortillas on the bottom, red potatoes, 2 eggs over medium, sour cream, nice amount of perfectly ripe sliced avocado and a healthy slug of the sort of chorizo I like (the type that makes your taste buds go "wow"). I threw on some salsa and some salt and pepper just to gild the lily.

                            I loved it and Ronnie's also has very good coffee if you like French Roast type. $8.95, plus the coffee, so $10 and change plus tip. I'll be back for this frequently. Only available for breakfast (I'm assuming during the week as well as on the weekends? - but I'm not certain of that).

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Oh wow! Thanks for the pic! That sounds right up our alley!! :)

                              1. re: Dommy

                                Dommy, it's not on the menu, so just order it and you'll be rewarded... ;-D> I was one of two diners the whole time I was there, but I hear they can get crowded later on. I think they're open until 2 or 3 PM. I just can't understand why they don't offer this at night? I'd get it all the time.

                                1. re: Dommy

                                  Another absolutely delicious chorizo bowl this morning at
                                  Ronnie's. I'm going to need a 12 step program if I have any hope of getting over my addiction to this breakfast nirvana. Remember, well done potatoes, but if you want your egg yolks runny you need to make sure you add "over easy" or something to remind the cook that just because he's adding a nice brown crisp to your potatoes you don't want your eggs cooked within an inch of their lives too...

                                2. re: Servorg

                                  Another delicious chorizo bowl this morning. Almost forgot to ask for the potatoes to be cooked "well done" (or crispy if you like). I enjoy the counter point of the crispy potatoes and the eggs over easy.

                                  Just a great breakfast dish if you like that smokey, slightly bitter and unctuous mouth feel of the Mexican "chili" style of chorizo that gets featured front and center with the "chorizo bowl" (hey, maybe that's why they call it that?).

                                  If you like breakfast in a bowl and strong flavors all melded together in a melange then get over to Ronnie's on Culver Blvd. just a 1/2 mile or so west of Centinela.

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    You are contributing to the long line at Ronnie's.

                                    Seriously, though, Ronnie's needs to serve breakfast all day.

                                    1. re: PaulF

                                      I've suggested more than once that the chorizo bowl needs to be a dinner option but my arguments on that subject get me just about as far with the Ronnie's folks as they do with my wife on any subject of debate...(g)

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        I've honestly wondered if the kitchen is too small or something and that's why they can't do egg/breakfast dishes at night.

                                        And -- one of the best things about Ronnie's is that you can do a chorizo bowl and your dining partner can do brown rice and egg whites if they want. In other words, they have a nice blend of the (for lack of a better term) regular diner breakfast foods and the (for lack of a better term) healthier choices. I swing both ways there.

                                        1. re: PaulF

                                          Paul, what do you like for dinner at the Wood? I really need to get over there and I just hope that they can be put into our regular rotation. They are geographically desirable for us and would be great if their food measures up.

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            I like the Wood Burger, especially if you add a fried egg (the brioche bun does a nice job of soaking up the yolk a bit.)

                                            I like the Turkey Burger as well.

                                            I have ordered the turkey meatloaf many time, though it dropped a notch when they eliminated the thick cut bacon strip that used to be wrapped around it). FWIW -- I am looking at the menu to jog my memory but don't see it on there anymore. Maybe they stopped making it?

                                            I've enjoyed the chicken pot pie and the salmon as well.

                                            I also like the fact that they have Allagash White, one of my favorite Belgian-style wheat ales.

                                            When I order something with fries, I sub in a salad. One, because I like their salad and two because while I love fries, I don't like skinny fries that aren't crispy and The Wood's fries, while tasty, are a little soft for me. I have asked them to be well-done and they come out much better.

                                            My take on The Wood is this: I wouldn't drive across town for it. But since it is in my neighborhood, and because it has a very pleasant patio and because they have one of my favorite beers and because I like their burgers and the food in general -- it's a good spot for us. But, like I said, if it were in Pasadena, I wouldn't make the trip. But since I can walk (I live right near Inglewood and Culver), it's a good spot to hit once in a while.

                                            I like it for breakfast as well, I sit at that outdoor counter and read the papers with my coffee after I eat.

                                            BTW -- I'm trying to see if J. Nichols can work its way into some sort of neighborhood rotation. I can't seem to get over there more than once in a great while. Not sure why.

                                            1. re: PaulF

                                              We've been to the "new & improved" Nichols 3 times and, while adequate just can't seem to appear on our radar when peering at the scope and trying to determine which "blip" to zero in on.

                                              We are going to get some Wood this week (or I'll eat my hat at noon in the middle of Mar Vista park, WITHOUT salt!) and I'll report back...

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                I wonder if the new restaurants on the other side of the Marina Marketplace will help J. Nichols.

                                                Maybe the addition of Yardhouse, Tender Greens, Sentebello and the new AMC theater that's coming (not the dine in one, the one that's going in next to Fatburger) will make that area more of a destination?

                                                I personally think that J. Nichols sort of blew the renovation. I get wanting to convert from the sort-of-stuffy senior citizens destination it had become, but they didn't quite pull off the "finer dining" transition. Personally, if I owned it, I would have gone for more of a pub-atmosphere and then really marketed to a younger/LMU crowd. That shopping center really attracts the college students and the neighborhood is fairly young.

                                                At this point, when I think J. Nichols, I always think "pretty good, but I can do better for that amount of money."

                                                1. re: PaulF

                                                  Oh, they are opening up the Fatburger adjacent theatre again ?

                                                  Is it supposed to be all gourmet and all too ?

                                                  Btw, have any of you guys tried the fish and chips at Ronnie's ?

                                                  I think it's only on Fridays and during dinner service.

                                                  1. re: PaulF

                                                    the LMU crowd is not the crowd with the money.

                                                    imho, the crowd he should have pursued is the "loft-style condominium owners" who live just down the street and the condo owners in the marina point buildings.
                                                    those folks, though, want more interesting and higher quality food.
                                                    i think he was trying to do something along the lines of Nook, but he didn't offer enough value for the buck to pull it off.

                                                    my guess is that the yardhouse will be the beneficiary of his error.

                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                      I'm not a fan of the yard house.

                                                      Good LMu joint:

                                                      Tower bar.

                                                      There specials are quite good.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        i've never even been to the yardhouse.
                                                        tell me, will i regret trying the place?

                                                        what kind of crowd goes there?

                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                          Westside, I'm not sure if it was on this thread, but anyhow The Yardhouse is like a slightly upscale version of a BJ's or TGIF with supposedly more "gourmet" food and over a 100 beers on tap which is supposedly their real claim to fame (the majority of which is beyond pedestrian, how is it that they have over a 100 beers on taps and none of them are quaff-worthy - btw, it's mostly various budweisers, pedestrian hefwiezens, and the like). But i did hear at this particular location that they will be serving an extensive selection of mixology type drinks (since it's seemingly the continuing craze/fad these days).

                                                          hope that helps.

                                                          btw, did you hit up the srhimp burrito at eduardo's yet ?

                                                          please don't beat me up if you don't like it.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            I guess that I'll have to disagree with Kevin's opinion of the Yardhouse's beer selection in two different posts. Please see for yourself by clicking belie and then see entire list:
                                                            https://www.yardhouse.com/mobile/sear...

                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                              Kevin, if you are ever in the Marina and want a really great place to drink beer then try Tony P's Dockside Grill http://www.tonyps.com/ (very close to Cafe Del Rey). Food is okay but beer selection is top flight. They are even having a special "beer" dinner http://www.tonyps.com/sites/default/f... on August 14 if you have any interest?

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                This particular beer dinner does not interest me, but thanks for the tip on Tony P's.

                                                                and i would have to add it to my list of restaurants in the Marina that I never seem to get around to trying.

                                                                thanks.

                                                              2. re: kevin

                                                                well i did my second scoping out of the marina del rey Yard house last night.

                                                                the music was BLARING and echoing throughout the cavernous place.

                                                                when i asked a server if there was even one table that didn't have a speaker blasting music directly at it, i was told that the music volume was restaurant policy. they have intentionally decided that if it is possible for the people at one table to hear even a word that is spoken at the table next to it, the music is not loud enough.

                                                                the music was so loud that even the people at the bar weren't trying to speak with each other.

                                                                no matter what they serve, eating or drinking inside this place is O-U-T for my crowd. the patio may be an option for some.

                                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                                  Wow. Ok.

                                                                  But the time you went before was it as noisy ?

                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                    the first time i went there was about 5 or 5:30.
                                                                    this time it was after 8 or so.

                                                                    the first time i was easily able to have a conversation with the person sitting next to me .
                                                                    this time that would have been impossible.

                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                      Porthos laughs at the very notion of "too noisy" in a restaurant...we cacophony wimps just need to toughen up! (g)

                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                        As the old KNAC bumper stickers said, "If it's too loud..."

                                                                      2. re: westsidegal

                                                                        That makes sense.

                                                                        Yeah. They bump that Shit later on.

                                                                        Maybe I'll try it at 530 or so too in a couple days. Though the fact that it's a chain gives me pause. However, many have said the Marina digs is quite different.

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          With their shitty beer list?

                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                            Exactly.

                                                                            See Mohawks Bend or the Stuffed Sandwich for a not so shitty list.

                                                                    2. re: westsidegal

                                                                      Yep... it's policy... done to do two things...

                                                                      1) turn tables over faster... no matter how decent the food, the Yard House is still a profit center for someone and they make the most when customers don't have the enviroment to linger

                                                                      2) To repell certain demographics. They want the clientelle to project a certain image the restaurant holds itself too...

                                                                      But I'm sure there are other nearby businesses that'd be HAPPY to take your cash instead... ;)

                                                                      --Dommy!

                                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                                          well, they certainly are having some success at clearing the tables.
                                                                          by the time i left about 1/4 to 1/3 of the tables were vacant.
                                                                          also, there were many more vacant bar seats when i left than when i arrived.
                                                                          if they keep up this kind of success, the place will have the cavernous "abandoned" look that Cinco now has.
                                                                          dunno how many patrons of ANY demographic find it appealing to go into a huge open space with blaring music that looks somewhat empty.

                                                                2. re: westsidegal

                                                                  I think you are probably right about that.

                                                              3. re: Servorg

                                                                In order to avoid the consumption of my completely unseasoned hat this coming weekend we went to The Wood last night for dinner. It was a little cool for patio dining, mostly because of the wind, but we survived.

                                                                Service was very good. The woman who is tall and attractive was took our orders and explained the specials. The bus guy was very attentive too for refilling water (although maybe a little too eager to grab any plates that they think you are finished with).

                                                                I tried their deep fried squash blossom special as an appetizer (a little too much batter) and the Wood burger with fries (burger was good - not great, and they overcooked it a bit - while I really liked the fries).

                                                                My wife had the small Caesar salad which she said was good and the chicken pot pie which was mostly carrots and chicken and she only fished half of.

                                                                Our friend had a cup of their soup of the day, a split pea with ham and a special duck confit salad as her main. I tasted the soup, which was a little under seasoned and a bit chunky for my taste (I didn't try the salad).

                                                                We also split one of the bread puddings for dessert which was good.

                                                                Overall I'm going to rate the food as a C+ with a question about going back again for dinner based on food to value ratio. With 2 ice teas and 2 coffees the total with tip came out to $102.

                                                                I will still give them a whirl for breakfast as a solo diner, but dinner just didn't wow me enough to justify another visit most probably.

                                                                Also, since my wife isn't a big fan of outdoor dining, and that's basically all they have (with a few indoor tables in a rather unappetizing setting since they face the counter inside) it will make it problematic to get her to go again.

                                                                At least I tried it and don't have to keep wondering about it every time I ride or drive by, which is frequently.

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  Consumption of an unseasoned hat ?????

                                                                  What ?

                                                                  You kind of sound like me.

                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                    Don't be so Koncrete Kevin.....

                                                                     
                                                                  2. re: Servorg

                                                                    tell me, I need to know! was the bus boy attractive too? ;-)

                                        2. re: Dommy

                                          my issue with Gloria's is the lack of parking.
                                          can live with it in the summertime, but won't walk alone in the dark for seven blocks.

                                      2. Victor Jr.'s on Washington across from the studio, for sandwiches -- I like the Italian beef served with au jus for dipping -- and salads. Pizza not so much...
                                        S&W Diner for big, filling, inexpensive breakfast combos -- entree like corned beef hash (homemade or canned), two eggs, and either pancakes, a waffle, or hash browns and toast, among other side choices. Cash only.
                                        Hu's Szechwan -- just alongside CC in Palms on National -- for the lunch combos, kung pao chicken, twice-cooked pork or eggplant, with hot'n'sour soup and a small Chinese chicken salad.

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                                        1. re: nosh

                                          Victor Jr.'s chopped salad is a fave. at first it doesn't look like much, but the dressing is a highly addictive substance....

                                          --Dommy!

                                        2. When I am in the area. Not from around here. I enjoyed Johnnies Pastrami, cause you can't get that where I live. Sorrento Market and Pho Show. Oh, also A Frame.

                                          1. not for their food, but for their margaritas:
                                            Kay 'n Daves.

                                            1) made with fresh lime juice NOT the disgusting pasteurized stuff that comes in a plastic jug full of g-d-knows-what.
                                            2) and they have a selection of high end tequilas if you prefer that to the well tequila
                                            3) they will make your drink without sugar syrup if you ask.

                                            1. You can't forget to add the classics on this list! El Abajeño is still one of the best places for Mexican food I have ever been to! Been going there for over 20 years and it is still just as delicious!

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                                              1. re: kimmitron

                                                Al Abajeno is legit. Crunchy tacos are to die for.

                                              2. I don't have much extra to add to this great list, except:
                                                I would recommend Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken. If you like your fried chicken crispy, HKFC is your place. A little expensive for fried chicken, but good.

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                                                1. re: Ogawak

                                                  Dessert recommendations:

                                                  Bulgarini's for maybe the best gelato in LA
                                                  Essential Chocolates for all sorts of milk chocolate cakes, pastries, etc.
                                                  Scoops ice Cream
                                                  The aforementioned Copenhagen for Danish pastries

                                                  1. re: Ogawak

                                                    if you go to bulgarini's
                                                    1) be sure to get the chocolate gelato if they are offering it
                                                    and
                                                    2) be aware that many nights they close at 6pm.

                                                2. 1) Zam Zam - clear cut. Not the best in Culver City, the best in LA. And I don't mean the best Pakistani, or the best biryani, or the best chicken tikka... I mean the single best restaurant in the city, with their saturday mutton biryani being the best plate of food in the city. I still drive up from Irvine just for this, no other reason.

                                                  2) Simpang Asia (if Palms area counts)
                                                  3) Mateo's

                                                  **moderate gap**

                                                  4)Bawarchi
                                                  5) Mitsuwa food court
                                                  6) El Jacalito
                                                  7) Tara's
                                                  8) Tacomiendo
                                                  9) Father's Office
                                                  10) LaRocco's

                                                  Honorable mention to Versailles, Yamadaya, Sazon, Taqueria Sanchez and Jasmine

                                                  Never got a chance to try EK valley or W&C.

                                                  Going against the fray and saying that Annapurna and the other South Indian places that get raves absolutely suck.

                                                  A-Frame wasn't awful per se, but wasn't good at all either and you value-wise it doesn't deliver.

                                                  Jasmine is OK but only on weekends. Their weekend-only biryani is good but obviously Zam Zam crushes them. So I get their mohingar soup or some other weekend special burmese thing; overall though, their food is too oily for my tastes.

                                                  1. Honey's Kettle! Their biscuits and lemonade are just as worth getting as the chicken. Akasha is really good, albeit a bit pricey. Tender Greens is always a hit, but I prefer the Hollywood location (slightly different menus). Waterloo and City was always pretty solid, but minus a few points for them after they took my favorite drink off the menu (Dill Pickle Martini). Haven't tried Public School 310 yet, but it's on my list. And I love love love Pinches Tacos.They have good chicken mole tacos, their flautas are incredible, and the best Mexican corn on the cob I've ever had! (I try to go very seldom, though, as one trip is probably the calories of three dinners).

                                                    1. Le Epicure has closed. PublicSchool 310 is busy most of the times. Good food and drink. Rocco's (not to be confused with La Rocco ) is a sports bar with good pizza. Great happy hour.
                                                      The recently opened Bucato has great small plates. New restaurants keep coming.

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                                                      1. re: Baron

                                                        I liked the general concept of Le Epicerie but found the food and wine to be over-priced (except at happy hour). The large proportion of French-oriented places seemed to also work against them (seems the French component has adjusted overall). And the location is a slow and painful death for any eatery that can't draw enough business on its own merits.

                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                          Meet restaurant is still around. They specialize with mussels and I've had a pretty good pork chop there. Friendly service.

                                                          1. re: Baron

                                                            Meet is still there. I think one or two French-oriented eateries is about right for DTCC. I'm surprised a solid patisserie or boulangerie, a Taiwanese bakery/tea shop or a real Chinese eatery hasn't opened yet. Okay, just my wish list...

                                                            1. re: Baron

                                                              Mussels were good @ meet but waffle was terrible and flaccid. Bottomless mimosas also went up from $10 to $16 so don't think we're doing that again. We did kill about 6 carafes of mimosas last time we were there to get our monies worth though...

                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                Could you still feel your feet at Meet after 6 carafes of mimo's?

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  managed to walk into starbucks and order a drink w/o breaking anything, but did not drive home :D

                                                                2. re: ns1

                                                                  To get our money's worth.

                                                                  :)

                                                            2. re: Baron

                                                              Who has better pizza, Rocco's or La Rocco?

                                                              1. re: jgilbert1000

                                                                If you just want to grab a slice and a drink go to La Rocco's. Rocco's is a lively sports bar, flat screen TVs all over the place and a larger menu choices. Great happy hour. The Booz flows. Both places serve better than average thin crust pizza IMO.

                                                            3. Copenhagen Bakery for their unique Danish pastries

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                                                              1. K-Zo is hands down my favorite restaurant in Culver City. The chef (named Keizo) is Japanese but classically trained in French cooking, so his dishes are very interesting. Like Japanese fusion, but nothing tacky about any of it. Keeps it simple and fun. Very very good sushi. They have this octopus carpaccio dish that is a real treat.

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                                                                1. re: beaubourne

                                                                  can you give an example of some of his French-ifluenced or -inspired dishes ?????

                                                                  thanks.

                                                                2. I just had a wonderful Japanese dinner at Sake House on Culver Blvd between Meet and City Tavern. I've learned that its under new management. More casual than K-Zo, the quality is as good (if not better ) prices are a bit less and the service is very attentive.

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                                                                  1. re: Baron

                                                                    I should mention Sake House ob that thread about places I've driven by 1000x but haven't tried. What's their focus/specialty?

                                                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                      I just had dinner there. Yellowtail sashimi is my favorite. 8 beautiful pieces for $18. K-Zo charges $14 for 4 pieces. The quality was at least as good. Had some tempora which was also very good. Everything was nicely served. Give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

                                                                      1. re: Baron

                                                                        Thanks for the info - will do. How are the crowds - or is it an issue?

                                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                          I'm an early diner so crowds a rarely a problem.

                                                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                              k-zo takes reservations.
                                                                              no need to worry about the crowd if you go there unless you are a walk-in

                                                                    2. re: Baron

                                                                      Gotta admit, unless the new management came in the last month, I'm gonna disagree in this one. Sake House is my go to for easy happy hour dinner and I've been tons of times but I wouldn't put it remotely in the same league as K-Zo. One is where I go when I want high quality sushi in the area, the other is where I go for decent rolls and cheap sake.

                                                                      1. re: Discokill

                                                                        I can only say that my experience was very positive. I noticed that the tables were new as was the dinner ware. The sashimi was spot on and the prices were fair. The server told me the place was "recently purchased."

                                                                    3. Akasha, Public School, Tender Greens, K-Zo, Sake House, Gaby's, Versailles, El Nopal and Vegan Joint are my go-tos

                                                                        1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                          + 1 for n/naka a special occasion kind of place

                                                                          And A-Frame. Their bear can crispy chicken was delicious. One of the best things she ever ate said Mary Sue Miliken.

                                                                        2. George Petrelli's (NOT) I try this place once a year hoping that it has improved. Where is Robert Irvine? It would be nice to have a decent steak house in CC. Can anyone say anything good about this place?

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                                                                          1. re: Baron

                                                                            "Can anyone say anything good about this place?"

                                                                            Afraid it won't be me that does. While not a traditional steakhouse per se maybe give Libra Brazilian Steakhouse http://www.librabrazilianbbq.com/ a taste test and see how you like it?

                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                              Thanks Servorg but I avoid these AYCE places. As I'm a light eater. I usually share a steak with my squeez. I wish Patrellis would get their act together. Las time I was there they served a huge side of fresh untrimed string beans THAT WERE COOKED BEYOND recognition. Sad. They ruin the steaks as well. I guess you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

                                                                              1. re: Baron

                                                                                but at a certain point in time, Petrelli's was good, right ?????

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  Yea. Like around 1958. Sad. They have a good location, a huge stand alone building, with its own parking..... I hear they make a decent burger. I'll give it ONE LAST TRY!

                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    maybe before you were born?

                                                                                    i can attest to it being terrible from the late 70's. i tried it when i first arrived in southern california.
                                                                                    years later, i tried it again because i picked up a very hungry friend at LAX who only eats beef and it was the only steakhouse that i knew about in the area.
                                                                                    even if i went back to eating beef, the stuff they serve would not cut it in any way.

                                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                      Got it.

                                                                                      Yeah. It must have definitely been way before I was born.

                                                                                      I think I tried it for the first and possibly last time in the late 1990s.

                                                                                      WG, correct me if I'm wrong, but there are still no great steakhouses within a couple miles of LAX to tho day.

                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                        I have to dissent from that analysis. I think you can get a pretty damn good steak at Flemings http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/loc... in El Segundo, (okay - maybe another mile and half outside your 2 mile radius, but then again Petrelli's is about the same distance).

                                                                                        I also think you can get a very good steak, although not a steakhouse, at Hillstone (aka Houston's) in El Segundo.

                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                          So they also changed the name of the location El Segundo to Hillstone from Houston's (though I have not been there in over 6 months or so).

                                                                                          Ok, I guess I meant somewhere for great steaks that's not a chain.

                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                            In Manhattan Beach it is still Houston's.

                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                              That was my mistake. Is there any difference between Hllstone locations and Houston's locations? Or is this just all some sort of branding exercise?

                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                Almost no difference at all. Just branding. It is their flagship, usually only one in each city. Pasadena location is also still Houston's.

                                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                  Probably or rather possibly it might just be a retooling of their brand to solidify the Hillstone name ????

                                                                                                  anyhow know ?

                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                    Apparently New York City law requires that chains with 20 or more restaurants nationwide are required to publish their caloric and nutritional data. New York's Houstons are called Hillstones with virtually no difference in menu. Numerous Houstons across the country have also made the change.

                                                                                                      1. re: Ogawak

                                                                                                        I believe its not just NY law. In any event, it is my understanding that is why the Hillstone group has multiple names for essentially the same chain.

                                                                                                        1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                          is the corkage policy the same at both hillstone's and houston's?

                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                      From what I recall, it changed from Houston's to Hillstone's for certain branches to get away with not being considered a mega national chain, and thereby subject to new laws regarding putting calories and nutrition data on menus. That was the rumor at the time, anyway.

                                                                                                2. re: Servorg

                                                                                                  Petrelli's is a poor excuse for a steakhouse. Such a shame. Good location, it's own parking lot. It needs a do-over and a new chef. Every once in a while I give it a chance hoping its improved. It's getting worse

                                                                                                  1. re: Baron

                                                                                                    If you read a bit further up the page you'll see that I am of the same opinion about Petrelli's...

                                                                                                    1. re: Baron

                                                                                                      Well, since you keep trying it, please do let us know if it happens to go uphill ?

                                                                                                      Thanks.

                                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                                    since i don't eat steak, i'm probably a poor source of info on this.
                                                                                                    my guess would be that something decent might be obtainable from one of the chains nearby:
                                                                                                    houstons
                                                                                                    paul martin
                                                                                                    mc cormick & schmick's

                                                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                      but there's no non-chain joint in the area for the most part.

                                                                                                      yeah, i'm on a little bit of a diet now, so just seafood and veggies for me.

                                                                                                      yea, it's tough.

                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                        It turns out that, not just for the LAX area, for all of the greater L.A. area almost all steakhouses are chains. Yeah - yeah, there are some exceptions. But most of the noted ones are chains. Probably has something to do with the power of the chains to buy up most of the top graded prime beef for their commercial aging/use.

                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                          You might have a point there.

                                                                                                          The only one that's not come to think of it is Tana's (prime steaks, the best in town in my opinion) and maybe Taylor's (with the proviso that Taylor's has a second location in La Canada Flintridge to serve as the de facto commissary of the JPL crew).

                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                            There are others: Jar, for one.

                                                                                                            1. re: New Trial

                                                                                                              We like Jar, (and they have a very good steak, just as Dan Tana's does and Angelini Osteria does) but it's not really a steakhouse.

                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                +1 Angelini and Tana's steak
                                                                                                                -1 Jar - never had any luck eating well at Jar despite many (average) visits

                                                                                                                Chi Spacca should be mentioned - though, technically, Mozza is a chain, I guess.

                                                                                                    2. re: kevin

                                                                                                      kevin: at this point, i am sure that there are no "great" steak houses around LAX.

                                                                                                      i do hear some talk that there are acceptable steaks to be had at:
                                                                                                      flemings
                                                                                                      and
                                                                                                      houston's

                                                                                                      since i no longer eat steak, i can't say one way or another about those two

                                                                                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                        WG. Have you tried Bucato. Right across from Luckshon. Would like to get your opinion. I enjoyed it.

                                                                                                        Also, Connie and Teds in West Hollywood. A new and great true seafood joint.....if you can deal with the traffic.

                                                                                                        1. re: Baron

                                                                                                          haven't tried bucato yet, but will report when i do.

                                                                                                          connie and teds is way out of my geographical area of interest, so very unlikely will ever try them.

                                                                                                          1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                            westhollywoodgal will have to take that mission

                                                                                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                              Exactly.

                                                                                                              WG, we may have to take that jump together.

                                                                                                              But from what I hear Connie and Teddies is beyond fucking exceptional.

                                                                                                              And that's no fucking joke.

                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                Kevin,

                                                                                                                I was there on Sat at 5 and the place was already packed. This is the closest thing to a Seafood house in LA. Getting to west Hollywood from the Westaide is no fun. But they have a great menu and everything is fresh. The place has only been opened for 3 months. They are open for lunch Fri, Sat and Sunday.

                                                                                                                1. re: Baron

                                                                                                                  They opened for lunch on Fridays now too? Awesome.....

                                                                                                            2. re: Baron

                                                                                                              haven't tried it yet.
                                                                                                              Bucato is on my list.
                                                                                                              will report as soon as i try it.
                                                                                                              (won't be going to Connie and Teds unless someone else can be induced to do the driving.)

                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                  No current visa in her passport possibly...(or maybe no Amex)? Kidding. I don't think wsg likes the traffic in LA heading from the (more) west side where the gal resides (unlike the rest of us - who can't get enough of it) heading over to the western middle of our fair city.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                    I'm speculating the same. I live in the same hemisphere as WSG and doing that drive borders on abuse.

                                                                                                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                      The utter forms of abuse that we must tolerate in the pursuit of good eats is usually more than mind boggling.

                                                                                                                      And these awful commutes are somewhat way too fucking frequent than I would have liked.

                                                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    because i hate the driving;
                                                                                                                    the drive to west hollywood ruins the meal for me before i've even taken a bite.
                                                                                                                    if have to drive home from west hollywood i wouldn't feel comfortable having a drink with dinner.

                                                                                                                    downtown is even worse because of all the one way streets.
                                                                                                                    i feel like a rat in a maze there.

                                                                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                      "the drive to west hollywood ruins the meal for me before i've even taken a bite.
                                                                                                                      if have to drive home from west hollywood i wouldn't feel comfortable having a drink with dinner."

                                                                                                                      These are exceptional points and I agree with them 110%.

                                                                                                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                        There are all those new car service businesses like Uber and many offer the first ride (dunno if round trip) free as a promotion. Might be worth pursuing...

                                                                                                                        1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                          Pete, this is LA. You have to get with the program.

                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                            On Sunday I drove from where I live on the Westside* to Sapp in Thaitown for some Thai boat noodles then to Ricky's in Chinatown for some fish tacos (with a shorter third stop at Buu Dien in Chinatown for some banh mi to-go).

                                                                                                                            I've also made a half dozen drives from where I live to go to Night+Market in WeHo in the past month or so. I think I'm with the program... :-)

                                                                                                                            *For semblance of privacy, I will just say I live west of the 405 and south of the 10, but not as far south as where I think wsg lives.

                                                                                                                            1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                              my bad.

                                                                                                                              i just meant that everyone drives in LA to beat a dead horse.

                                                                                                                              I was just messing with you when you gave the recommendations of ride-sharing services.

                                                                                                                              And I do drive quite a bit, but in the elusive pursuit of exceptional food it is always necessary.

                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                I've gotta agree with you, I will drive for great food. And do so quite often. Then again, I usually do it in the middle of the day, to miss the rush hours, and when my charges are occupied. When it's for a dinner, my husband will drive instead. I won't let traffic deter me from great meals. I used to drive in Boston so the streets of LA are a cake walk ;)

                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                  Yes, I do not miss the Massholes in Boston when I drive around here... :-)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                    i used to drive in manhattan, and i don't consider LA driving to be a cakewalk.
                                                                                                                                    kudos to you.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                      Manhattan is much easier to navigate than Boston..... Plus the only other people on the road are professional drivers ;)

                                                                                                                            2. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                              But seriously, the ride-sharing services (is that what they call it) are potentially worthwhile.

                                                                                                                              Then again licensing, safe driving, etc may be an issue (in one of my two instances the driver mistakenly went down a one-way street, this would never or never happen to my knowledge with a licensed taxi cab service).

                                                                                                                              1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                my roomate uses them when going out for drinks.
                                                                                                                                round trip to west hollywood at dinner time (read rush hour) would add about $40 to $60 to the cost of the meal.
                                                                                                                                they are cheaper than cabs, but still.
                                                                                                                                i'd rather use that kind of money to buy an entire additional meal closer to home. . . .

                                                                                                                          2. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                            Personally I wouldn't waste my time on C & T's....even with a private driver.
                                                                                                                            Bucato, on the other hand, is one of my top favorites in the city.
                                                                                                                            Outstanding, in my opinion, and not to be missed.

                                                                                                                            1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                              AND it's in my geographic area!
                                                                                                                              just had lunch at lukshon today (their terrific squid salad, what else?),
                                                                                                                              (should have looked in on the bucato space.
                                                                                                                              have to admit that i have some misgivings because every bucato review seems to focus on their meat dishes)
                                                                                                                              made a clean get away and didn't look in to see if bulgari was serving any more of their heart-stopping chocolate gelato.

                                                                                                                              1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                WG. Fear not. Bucato does have meat dishes but their specialty is pastas, salads, vegitables dishes uniquely prepared. You'd probably like their grilled octopus
                                                                                                                                which was outstanding. Bucato is not for everyone. It's not your traditional Italian restaurant.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Baron

                                                                                                                                  will try it sometime when i'm jonesing for carbs.

                                                                                                                    2. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                      Though the South Bay gourmet eats scene has gotten much much much better in the past five years supposedly through the openings of both MB Post and Fishing with Dynamite (though I have not been to either just yet).

                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                        These are all nice places BUT they are not in Culver CIty.....

                                                                                                                        1. re: Baron

                                                                                                                          Hmmm.

                                                                                                                          Maybe I posted on the wrong thread ?

                                                                                                                          I can't really see why I did.

                                                                                                                          Thanks.

                                                                                                                    3. re: kevin

                                                                                                                      Yes, at one point they were really good, that's what makes it to sad. I don't know what happened. Just slow, uninspired, lathargic, no passion, no one seems to care at the place. Maybe I will recommend them to Robert Irvine.

                                                                                                                  3. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                    I tried to like it but they couldn't provide rare meat....Fogo is a chain, but a delicious one...no point in going to Libra.

                                                                                                                    1. re: sarahbeths

                                                                                                                      They refuse to cook beef rare? Did you ask them how come?

                                                                                                                  4. re: Baron

                                                                                                                    What to say? Went there for drinks and ended up ordering a couple of appetizers. It was a first date, and the guy picked the place. When I told him it was a throw back with leather booths and dark wood paneling he kind of cringed. Anywho, so we got two appetizers, something called either steak bites, or steak bits, on the menu they listed them as fried, my friend and I asked for them grilled. They were kind of tasty, cooked properly and beefy. Nice but one can do better, the other appetizer was some sort of fried seafood, either calamare or shrimp, uninspired and probably came frozen out of a bag.

                                                                                                                    My previous last experience with the place was at least 5 years back. If I remember correctly someone on Chowhounds said they had good burgers. Geeze mine was overcooked and also uninspired, I asked the waitress to take it back, to which she replied 'what am I supposed to do with it?' It took everthing in my power not to respond with the most obvious smart ass remark.

                                                                                                                    Yes they could use Robert Irvine, and it would be great to have a good solid steak house in the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                  5. Let's not forget the amazing safeeha and schwarma at Kabab Grill on Venice....