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Culver City Specialty

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Bar & Garden
6142 Washington Blvd., Culver City
While Bar & Garden certainly feels like a neighborhood spot—super-helpful and friendly staff, a cozy, plant-adorned space; it's been in Culver City for years—it's definitely not your average local liquor store. Known for carrying hard-to-find bottles, owners Lauren Johnson, Marissa Mandel, and Ryan Frick make sure their unusual and constantly-updated selection of spirits are free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. In addition to stocking a solid selection of natural wines and craft beers, they also curate an assortment of every kind of barware item you could possibly need. They have tastings every Tuesday and Sunday—plus, it's a great stop for gifts.
Sweetgreen
8840 Washington Blvd., Culver City
It's no secret that we’re big fans of this sustainability-first spot, which you can now find in Culver City (in addition to SM, WeHo, Brentwood, and across the country). The focus is on local farmers, proper sourcing, and environmental respect, which is also reflected in the hands-down delicious food. Besides the build-your-own salad bar, the bowl-centric dishes range from Mexican-inspired salads to basic cobbs—and in the true spirit of transparency, they reveal calorie content, too.
Destroyer
578 Hayden Ave., Culver City
Let Destroyer’s aggressive name be the first indication that this tiny spot, located in Culver City’s design district, Hayden Tract, takes breakfast and lunch fare pretty seriously. White walls and factory windows lend the bright, sixteen-seat space a familiar minimalist feel, but the menu is full of inventive Scandinavian-style fare from chef Jordan Kahn. The surprisingly affordable (and frequently updated) menu has included everything from Icelandic rye bread with cultured butter and preserves to a waffle-cone-shaped beef tartare wrapped in a crispy parsnip. They also serve pretty great coffee and tea.
Hi-Lo Liquor Market
8582 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Any "liquor store" where you can buy a pint of Jeni's ice cream is clearly on another level, as is the case with this new 1,500-square-foot space just down the street from Midland. Here, gourmet ice cream is just the tip of the iceberg: In addition to build-your-own six-packs of craft beer, you'll find cocktail accessories, local gins, and fresh-pressed juice—all of which make this both the perfect last-minute stop before a dinner party and a shopping destination in its own right.
Van Leeuwen
8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Whether you’ve had Van Leeuwen on the streets of Brooklyn or parked up on Abbot Kinney, it’s instantly recognizable by its sunny yellow truck. They’re particularly famous for their vegan ice cream, a combination of cashew milk, coconut milk, cocoa butter, and carob beans that’s incredibly creamy and indulgent (and a major victory for the dairy-sensitive). They’ve got a few locations now: Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, and Williamsburg in Brooklyn; the East and West Villages in Manhattan; and the Arts District and Culver City in LA. You can always track their many food trucks on their website.
Picnic
9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City
Culver City’s food scene is exploding right now, and one of the best additions is understandably Picnic LA. The menu is divided into entrees (meatballs, chicken leg tangine, salmon, etc.) and sides (green salads, potato salad, and all kinds of other vegetables) that can be mixed and matched into a full meal. Everything’s pre-made, so getting in and out quickly is surprisingly fast, and it all packs up easily if you actually want to have a picnic. If that’s the case, don’t miss their desserts, like key lime pie squares or dark chocolate pot de crème.
Coolhaus (Closed)
8588 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Coolhaus makes handmade ice cream sandwiches in crazy (and crazy-good) combinations: Flavors like Beer & Pretzels and Milkshake & Fries are wedged between Chocolate Brownies with Maldon Sea Salt and Fruity Pebbles & Marshmallow. To make it even weirder (in a great way) they're served in edible, calorie-free wrappers. Oh, and there are options for vegans. They have locations in Culver City and Pasadena, along with four trucks, though you can always find their treats at Whole Foods.
Jackson Market
4065 Jackson Ave., Culver City
Housed on a residential street in Culver City, Jackson Market has a grocery section (lots of gourmet candy, drinks, and snacks) in addition to a lengthy lunch menu. While the Jamaican Jerk sandwich had a nice kick to it and the Rueben has the perfect brisket-to-sauerkraut ratio (best enjoyed right away as the dressing makes the bread soggy), the classic Italian sub is a definite fan favorite, particularly when you take the build-your-own option and opt for a turkey-and-pesto sandwich.