Culver City

Establishment neighborhood
Dear John’s
11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City
A steakhouse with a storied past, Dear John’s originally opened in the ’60s, becoming a haunt for old Hollywood actors (Frank Sinatra was a fan) and entertainment executives from the nearby studios. A few decades in the place fell on hard times and was turned into a bar called Lucky’s—until 2019, when Hans Röckenwagner (a longtime LA chef) and Josiah Citrin (the chef-restaurateur behind Mélisse) decided to bring it back to life. They signed a lease for only two years—the building is being razed for a new development in April 2021—and unfortunately, the pandemic has cut into most of it. But you can still get your fix of fillet via takeout: They offer a classic steak dinner complete with broccolini, buttery mashed potatoes, and tiramisu, or you can order à la carte.
Wild Child Gym
9715 Washington Blvd., Culver City
This open environment gives kids ample space to do what kids do best: romp around. Wild Child is an environment where both kids and parents can enjoy spending time. Filled with ropes, ladders, rockers, and balance beams, the space is well lit, full of light wood and natural elements—a set of hanging bars made from tree limbs, for example. But the game changer here is the way the incredible staff engages the kids in play. Wild Child is currently offering private and small group classes (ten kids, max) at the gym, plus a stellar selection of virtual courses to help them get the zoomies out at home. If you do choose to enroll your child in a class, note that only one parent is permitted in the space per child and all adults must wear face coverings. All CDC guidelines are strictly adhered to.