Culver City: Still Going Strong
Culver City always had that cool old theatre and Sony Pictures, but with restaurants like Ugo and Ford's Filling Station, lunch spots like M Cafe and Tender Greens, and a bar like Rush Street, Downtown Culver City has become a solid go-to-spot for Angelenos.
It wasn't but two years ago that saying you were going out in Culver City was not something to be broadcast loudly. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but it wasn't exactly the place to be -- even with the studios in and around the city. The most notable spot was the In-N-Out on Venice. (Now before CC-lifers freak out, I'm just saying that's what those of 'us' thought, those of us being people didn't live in CC and had yet to experience it's greatness.)
The perception of Culver City changed with the revitalization of its downtown, and it's now a popular destination to meet friends for drinks, a nice dinner of Korean barbecue or celebrity spotting at Ford's Filing Station. Recently a French spot, Le Saint Amour, opened up, and its so authentically Gallic you'd swear that you were in Paris. Gaby's, a Mediterranean restaurant (with delish salmon), is open late and has great chow. It's been around for a while now and is a dependable late-night restaurant.
People are moving to Culver City to not only live in a neighborhood that is accessible to the 10 and 405, but to also stretch their legs in a true walking neighborhood. Living near downtown means you can walk to restaurants, coffee shops or bars -- a noteworthy perk in this infamous driving city.
Like most everyone else you will have a favorite spot here (mine is the coffee and gelato at Ugo. O.M.G!) So what's yours?
Culver City Highlights:
Le Saint Amour
9725 Culver Blvd.
9343 Culver City Blvd.
9545 Washington Blvd.
Fords Filling Station
9531 Culver Blvd.
Ugo Italian Cafe
3865 Cardiff Ave
9523 Culver Blvd.