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Culver City - Sunkist Park (near Target and BBB, etc.)

I'll be moving to the area called Sunkist Park in Culver City soon. It's right near where Sepulveda and Sawtelle intersect. Is there anything decent that is walkable from there? I know there's a lot of stuff in that shopping plaza, but on first glance there doesn't appear to be anything that I'd want to go to/eat at.

I'm well aware that there are good places within driving distance, I'm just wondering if there's anything within, say, a mile walking distance of that area that is decent - doesn't have to be great, just decent.

Thanks!

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  1. Have you tried King Kabob? http://www.kingskabob.com/ But if you don't mind walking just a little ways down to the Fox Hills Mall, then get the beef rolls at http://www.101noodleexpress.com/ 101 Noodle Express - now those are good eats for certain.

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    1. re: Servorg

      One recent recommendation we had was for the Vietnamese place right where you are looking.

      See the review here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901035

      website: http://www.5ipho.net/

      1. re: Servorg

        +1 for 5i, particularly if you want the ambiance of eating on Sawtelle.

      2. re: Servorg

        I haven't tried King Kabob, but I did try an iced latte from King's Cafe today. I was not impressed.

        I am very excited to have more beef rolls in my future!

        1. re: DanielleW

          Kings Cafe is good to have in the Neighborhood since its open late, but for really great coffee... Check out Cognoscenti Coffee on Washington. Also, I like Coffee Conservatory and Scoops Westside when I'm not close enough to Cog..

          Next year, Blue Bottle will be opening at the Platform Complex near the Expo line... can't wait! :D

          --Dommy!

          1. re: Dommy

            I tried Cognoscenti the last two days. Amazing cold brew!

            1. re: DanielleW

              YAY!!! So glad you got a chance to try them... They are a total jewel in the city, they also get their baked goods from two of the best bakeries in the city... Bread Lounge and Proof!

              Also, right across the street is a wonderful Oaxacan restaurant, EK Valley. Try their Carnitas Oink Oink dish... Isn't not carnitas like how they are more commonly known, instead it's a wonderful stewed dish...

              And I have to give one more shout out to Bar Garden... Go to one of their tastings... meet your new neighbors...

              --Dommy!

              1. re: Dommy

                I didn't see any pastries when I was there! I will keep an eye out for them. I have made a list of all the recommendations on this thread and will be sure to give them a try. Very exciting!

                1. re: DanielleW

                  Really? Pastries are on the counter adjacent to the ipad register.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    He gets them fresh and is choosy. So they do sell out.

                    --Dommy!

                    1. re: Dommy

                      When I went there this morning, I looked again - no pastries. I asked if they carry pastries and he said that they just hadn't arrived yet. They come in around 8:30am and I get there at 8:15am (on my way to work). I miss them by 15 minutes!

      3. For many years we used to live behind the Target. the neighborhood is not quite as walkable as you might hope. though it is very bike-able. I work up on Jefferson and about a third of the time I'll head down to that area for a quick lunch but that is about it.

        Things to take note of:
        Roll and Rye an Expensive Non Kosher Jewish Deli whose MBS is a fair number of folks go to when they need Jewish Penicillin.

        5I is a Mishmash of Chinese, Viet and Thai. This is where of recent I'll end up for lunch.

        Soirento's Deli Old school Italian deli. Some things on the shelves are older than I am. I like their bread and frozen Pasta. Many on the Board like their sandwiches. I am not a fan however.

        George's Coffee Shop. It sort of reminds me of the JJ Newberry Lunch counter offerings from when I was growing up.

        Menchies is on Sawtelle behind the JitB. Frozen Yogurt for a hot summer night.

        Further down is the Mall where there are some good Choices like 101 Noodle Express.

        Best thing about the neighborhood food wise is it's proximity to Ralphs, Pavilions and Sprouts..

        Also you might try this thread to fine some things which are not too far away.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876252

        1. Hey there! We just moved from that area. We loved it, but we needed something bigger...

          Basically, no surprising whole in the wall stuff going on sadly. Just pretty standard Subway, BK, Ono BBQ. Roll and Rye Jewish Deli is over priced and Meh. Carrows has suprisingly decent entree salads... But the only place we regularlly hit was George's Coffee Shop, which was cheap and quaint. My suggestion is to get a bike. There are great eats nearby and Culver City is wonderfully flat and is becoming a lot more bike friendly. Nearby Chubbys can hook you up.

          --Dommy!

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          1. re: Dommy

            We have an 18 month old, so I haven't been on my bike in a couple years. But it sounds like it's pretty bike-friendly, so maybe we'll get a bike seat for her.

            1. re: DanielleW

              A bike seat certainly is in order... Again Chubby's will make sure it is installed SAFE.

              Once you get on the bike.. then you can go to Green Peas, Jasmine, Zam Zam, Copenhagen Bakery, Mateos Paletas in 5 minutes... Then once you get your bearings, you can go further like Tender Greens, EK Valley, Cog Coffee, Foodie events at Bar Garden (recently they had one with Jason Neroni)...

              The great thing about the dining scene in Culver City is that it's not all just high end, there are lots of places that are very causal and are great for take out...

              --Dommy!

              1. re: Dommy

                This is great info! I'm really excited to move to the area, but I was less excited about the eating options. Great to know that a quick bike ride will get us far!

            2. re: Dommy

              As far as biking, would you bike to downtown? Or are there other pockets of good food?

              1. re: DanielleW

                Yes, you can certainly bike downtown. In fact, you can get from one end of culver city to the other on Braddock with VERY minimal major street overlap. It's very safe and Culver City also has several bike routes which will take you their major areas.

                Culver City has a growing Bike Coalition, they have several bike routes on their site...

                http://ccbike.org/

                --Dommy!

            3. Another question - Is there any good pizza that delivers or within a short drive (with hassle-free parking)?

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              1. re: DanielleW

                The Best delivery Pizza is La Rocco's from Downtown. There is also Grey Block which is closer to you guys

                Not a delivery place, but in a few months, Blaze Pizza will open in the Shopping Center on Sepulveda and Washington.

                --Dommy!

                1. re: DanielleW

                  I like Villa Italian's pizza, I kind of have to really stress that I want the pizza super thin crust and they don't do it right every time, but when they get it right it's great. I get sausage and cheese, thin crust with extra sausage. Tasty stuff.

                  Address: 3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
                  Phone:(310) 391-3243

                2. 1) respectfully recommend that you AVOID kings kabob
                  2) not delivery pizza, but, imho, the best pizza in the area is settebello in marina del rey.

                  also, be aware that settebello offers a really solid happy hour and if you sit on the very pleasant patio, you could actually bring your kid.
                  free parking

                  for delivery, i'd call the Good Pizza on Emerson in westchester and see if they deliver. their pizza, though, is not anywhere near the level of settebello.

                  not chow-related, but you've moved into one of the best school districts in the area.

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                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Ok. Will check out settebello!

                    Definitely aware of the school system!

                    1. re: DanielleW

                      Please don't be put off from trying King Kabob. It's better than decent (your standard going into this thread). You won't exactly be risking the family fortune to try it...

                      1. re: Servorg

                        I will definitely give it a shot.

                        1. re: DanielleW

                          I just tried King's Kabob for the first time on Thursday. I had to pick up some take out for my sister who was coming by. I ordered two chicken kabob plates and a lamb kabob plate. The lady behind the window tells me she's out of lamb except for the lamb chop plate. Two bucks more, but what the heck. I admit I've passed the place many times before and the take out window with a couple of plastic chairs out front on Sawtelle, just before it runs into Sepulveda didn't inspire confidence. She tells me it will take 10 minutes and about 10 minutes later I get the food in styrofoam containers. Took it home and my sister comes by a bit later and her first comment is, "it isn't salty." That's one of her pet peeves and she gives me a piece of the chicken and tells me to take the lamb chop plate since it was the most expensive. The food is actually pretty tasty and not overseasoned. It has some hummus (a bit bland to me), tzatziki is a little bit more tart than I'm used to but certainly acceptable. Comes with 2 pitas per plate, meat on some type of pilaf with some grilled onion, tomato and a pepperoncini. I thought it was pretty good and so did my sister. Admittedly not a real fancy meal, but I think we'll be back. It appears the lady behind the counter is one of the family. She could be Egyptian (which I've heard is the owner's origin) and her assistant could have been her son. Thanks Servorg.

                          1. re: Feed_me

                            That has always been my complaint about their food, the under-seasoning, but I think that has to do with owner's palate. But everyone in that family, who are BTW Egyptian, is very nice and friendly and if you ask them they will probably adjust seasoning for you. They make their own hot sauce too

                  2. Check out Sorento which has great bread delivered daily. They also make a decent sub particularly because of the ridiculous low price - like $3.95. It's a family run place and a good source of Italian cheeses, cold cuts and interesting goodies.

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                    1. re: Baron

                      I'm not a huge fan of Sorrento's sandwiches or hot bar... but they have wonderful fresh pastas... One of the things I miss most about moving away...

                      --Dommy!

                      1. re: Dommy

                        They would make a killing of they modernized that place but kept some of their core sellers like $3.95 large sammies. Clear most of the groceries stock out, get rid of housewares, overhaul the wine section and its pricing(they use restaurant markup, not retail, Paul Masson wine on shelves), bring in more produce from their farms(they carry cardoons in season), update hot case, use gloves when making a sandwich. But Berto isn't the business man his dad Albert was so nothing is going to change. He's sitting on millions already and doesn't see the need to do anything.

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            If they did a bit of housekeeping, I might go in there more than say once a year.

                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                              Yeah, institutional size cans of tuna as decoration on shelves. The only thing that gets better with age on those shelves are the sardines. But I do like getting a great deal on yerba mate there.

                    2. A few blocks down (ok, quite a few blocks down) on Washington is Tamara's Tamales

                      1. Are Yamada-ya, Metro Cafe, Sunny Spot, A-Frame, and Waterloo & City close to Sawtelle/Sepulveda? If so, I think all those places would be great place to eat (the latter 3 I would call moderately expensive). Might be able to take the bus....

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                        1. re: ilysla

                          The Culver City # 6 and Rapid 6 will take you from Sepulveda/Sawtelle to Sepulveda/Washington both buses end up at UCLA and they have stops which are Walkable to Little Osaka. Take the regular #6 is you want to stop off at places along Sepulveda like Green Peas, LA Spice And Mateos For Paletas

                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                            Good info. I used Google, and Waterloo & City (for example) is only ~1.5 mi from Sawtelle/Sep, so I assume that this should still probably be w/i the OP's range (esp if you end up using the bus)....

                            1. re: ilysla

                              1.5 miles as the crow flies, going up Sepulveda/Sawtelle to westward Washington is more like 3.5 miles.

                            2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                              although i haven't been there in a long time, still gotta give a +1 to Mateos for Paletas.

                            3. re: ilysla

                              Sunny Spot is all the way west, almost in Venice.....

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                My internet at work is phenomenally slow. At least my other choices weren't too far. ;)

                            4. Chiming in late here and not much more to add except to strongly suggest that listening to Dommy and Mattapoisset in how to get around and what to hit is the way to go.

                              Also within biking distance is the Sunday Mar Vista farmers market. Great selection of vendors at reasonable prices without the madhouse Saturday Santa Monica can be. They always have something kid family oriented too. It's a great neighborhood farmers market. One of the greatest simple pleasures of my life is the weekly walk there Sunday morning and shopping. I may not get a lot sometimes but I just love the vibe of the market and people.

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                              1. re: Jase

                                Thanks. My current Farmer's Market (pre-move to Sunkist Park) is the West LA Farmer's market. I particularly like it because it is so low-key, though selection isn't great.

                                1. re: DanielleW

                                  Oh, we used to go to that one when we lived on Sawtelle. We now live in the Mar Vista/Del Rey border area. We're just north of you. You'll love Mar Vista then. It can get a little crowded on certain holiday weekends, but it's still a lot lower key than Santa Monica and the selection is pretty good.

                                  Surprised no one has mentioned Matteo's yet. Great Oaxacan flavored ice creams and paletas. Very inexpensive and great quality. That might be walking distance for you. It's just over the bridge on Sepulveda going north, same center as laundymart and across street from McDonalds.

                                  I believe Dommy has sung praises to their sandwiches before? I somehow only ever make it in there for ice cream and the paletas.

                                  1. re: Jase

                                    Dommy did recommend Mateo's in her post up thread.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      I did...

                                      I do like Mateos Sandwiches... their combo however SEEMS overpriced. But it comes with a mini Bionico and a regular of any of the juice drinks they make (I like their Vampiros). This makes for QUITE the hefty lunch. (Truly a workman's lunch). For that reason, when I order it is usually when I'm feeling a little under the weather.

                                      I pour the vampiro into a big container with ice and basically eat very little of the sandwich and keep it for the next day, when thankfully from the Vampiro, I am feeling much better...

                                      --Dommy!

                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        Why, yes you did. That's what happens when I don't retread the thread after my initial post and depend on my memory. Getting old sucks. LOL.