Lunch in Culver City?
Hi friends! Any suggestions for lunch in Culver City? I'm starting a new job this week (near the place with all the ad agencies) and would love to know about some yummy places for lunch, preferably with easy parking as well.
You're actually in Mecca for dining. Huge options, many of them the best for miles around. For good diner food, there's S & W Country Diner. For extremely authentic Pakistani/Indian fare for take out, check out Zam Zam Market. For great Indian buffet, try Mayoura. For upscale Asian, you've got Lukshon. For a casual dog, there's Let's Be Frank. City Tavern has very good sandwiches. Also you have Ben Ford's Filling Station. For Ramen, there's Yamadaya. For good breakfast/lunch at a good price there's Bistro Laurent. For pricey but superb sushi there's Sushi Zo. I'm sure others will chime in with many more.
re: Bob Brooks
for reasonably-priced sushi, in the same bldg as trader joe's is K-ZO.
for after work, not lunch, a good, inexpensive margarita can be had at Kay 'n Daves. (i.e. a margarita made with fresh-squeezed lime juice NOT the pasteurized disgusting stuff that comes in a big plastic jug).
I'd half agree. Bland as in not worthy of Chowhound notice but not awful by any stretch. It's very kid friendly so I eat there all the time, I don't mind it but I also don't look forward to it.
Not sure where the ad agencies are (assume east near Hayden) but others not mentioned yet are fathers office (obviously), Brunello for Italian and barwatch for indiani (sp? on both)
For most of downtown, it's easy parking - you can use the lots off of Venice/Watseka, Venice/Cardiff, and Venice/Culver right next to Trader Joe's.
Definitely endorse westsidegal for K-Zo. There's a lot of studio execs who dine there, so they understand the need to be prompt w service. Recent had some amazing sashimi (barracudi, cometfish, ocean trout). Prompt and friendly service.
I'm a big fan of cheaper options on Main Street, particularly Lunch, Grand Casino and La Rocca's. The latter does a good slice and soda a la a NY Lunch. Grand Casino serves very affordable salads/sandwiches/pastries. Very casual but good.. And Lunch, my favorite LA cafe, is quick with designer salads and sandwiches. Friendliest staff in the neighborhood and always a seat open.
For business lunches, you have Rush St (casual, but loud), Hikari (another respectable sushi joint) and Cafe Laurant (farther from downtown, but pleasant).
Other salad/sandwich options include Tender Greens, Green Peas, and Jackson Market. All serve good food. Just depends on how much atmosphere is important. Jackson Market has the easier parking (street parking, never full) followed by GP (similar street parking) and TG (the lot on Watseka/Venice)
Now admittedly I think I've only had one entree in this place because I always get the same thing, but I love the roasted pork (Lechon Asado) at Versailles Restaurant. I also get a salad of tomato & onions or sometimes tomato & onions & avacado.
I like Rush Street and Ford's Filling Station, but they aren't cheap so I wouldn't call them "everyday" lunch spots.
Good cheap places, mostly to go, are spots like Zam Zam Market, Jerry's Market, LaRocco's Pizzeria, E K Valley Restaurant and Green Peas.