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Nov 4, 2012 04:20 PM

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.

Thanks everyone!

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      Thanks so much Bob! Wow, glad to see that there are so many options!

      1. 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).

        1. re: westsidegal

          I would avoid the food at Kay n Dave's though..... Thoroughly bland.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            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)

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              i've never tried the food.
              not my food type.

              in addition to the normal margarita, they will customize it for you to avoid any added sugar or to sub upscale tequila for the well tequila.
              they have a nice tequila menu as well.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Sounds much nicer than the branch they have in the Palisades village, which has no liquor license, so they make a wine margarita, which is almost as dreadful as the food.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  wouldn't even consider spending the calories on a margarita that wasn't made with tequila.
                  sounds terrible.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Exactly, it is.... Hence why I never recommend them.....

        2. 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)

          Happy dining!

          1. 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.

            1. Great Recs everyone!!!

              I also have to chime in for some of my lunch time regulars...

              * Tara's Himalayan -- Love their spicy veggie dishes
              * Jasmine Market -- Love their SUPER CHEAP veggie plate
              * Cafe Surfas -- Love their market salad box.


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              1. re: Dommy

                Even more than Yamadaya, I like Mitsuwa marketplace & Santouka for lunchtime ramen.

                It's quick, fast, delicious, central, and there's parking. All of these are true for Yamadaya as well, I realize, but for me, Santouka has the edge.

                1. re: EricDC

                  And, while at the food court at Mitsuwa and the deliciousness of Santouka, you can also avail yourself of Hannosuke for a shrimp bowl.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    +1 Santouka, +1 Hannosuke

                    I wish Santouka did to-go, so I could eat Hannosuke at the food court (BIG difference vs. taking it to-go) and take Santouka to-go afterwards. But I supposed that's just #fatpeopleproblems.

                  1. re: Dommy

                    Also, I forgot to give a shout out to EK Valley for wonderful Oaxacan Food and Savors for good Arepas!