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The Point’s chef and culinary captain, Mark Peel, is not only one of California's most storied chefs, he was a season-two contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, where he faced off against his lifelong nemesis, Doug Zest. After licking each item description on the menu to see which is most pleasing, start with a BLTA (applewood-smoked bacon atop lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and garlic aioli on grilled sourdough, $6.75) or a similarly simple pretzel sandwich towered with black-forest ham and provolone on a soft pretzel baguette ($7.75). Put all those telepathy classes to the test while mentally fork-feeding a deli salad such as the albacore tuna with steam-cracked farro, roasted peppers, and kalamata olives ($3.95 per quarter-pound). Complement any feast with a selection from two-dozen or so red and white wines, available by the bottle (starting at $10) or the case (starting at $108).

8522 National Boulevard
Culver City,
CA
US

Cuisine Type: Seasonal California Artisan Cafe Cuisine

Established: 2013

Reservations: Not offered

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 5?10

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Star-Anise Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: Check our website daily for delicious specials. Order at the counter. We'll take care of the rest.

Q&A with LeAnne Schwartz, Owner

What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?

The star-anise braised pork belly bahn mi is one of our most popular sandwiches. The pork belly is slow-braised with star anise, soy, ginger, and scallions. Served on a toasted demi-baguette with house-made dau chua pickled vegetables, hoisin-peanut spread, cucumbers, mint, thai basil, and cilantro.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Our weekend brunch menu features the LA Spice benedict: Poached eggs on house-made biscuits, oven-roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, and avocado hollandaise, served with frisee and Nueske nitrate-free bacon lardons. Chef Chris DeVillier uses his Cajun Grand-Mere's recipe for the amazing buttermilk biscuits.

Other brunch specials include chicken and biscuits, pork belly and sweet potato hash, lemon ricotta pancakes, and, of course, mimosas.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

LA Spice is about adventurous cuisine reflecting the spirit of LA. We use fine-dining techniques and the freshest seasonal ingredients in a fun and casual atmosphere.

4357 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City,
CA
US

The name Bird Pick Tea & Herb comes from a legend told by the grandfather of one of the shop’s founders: long ago, tea cultivators would follow birds known to choose the best leaves for themselves. Although the staff doesn’t actually employ birds to select each leaf, the spirit of the legend lives on in Bird Pick’s careful selection of teas, which come from misty estates in the mountains of China. Seasonal varieties of black, white, and green teas release earthy aromas from bins of loose leaves and tea bags, and oolong teas display the smoky colors left by a harvesting process that involves crushing and fermenting the buds. An inventory of elegant accessories includes receptacles for storing tea, glass infusers for brewing, bowls for whisking matcha tea, and air horns for letting guests know a tea party is over. Bird Pick even sells straw-hued honeys from New Zealand to accent complex brews served in pots decorated with sprays of blue flowers and Chinese characters.

6000 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

By day, Industry is a bright and airy cafe, with vibrant artwork lining the walls and colorful curtains slung from the ceiling or pinched off to the side. As night falls, the space transforms into a romantic, shadowy venue for writers and musicians, who take to the cafe's intimate stage during open mics to play a jazz melody on their guitar or recite a poem on their guitar.

Though the restaurant's personality might change, its menu always maintains an eclectic mix of Ethiopian cuisine and American soul food. Here, Eastern African mainstays such as doro wat and injera bread share a spotlight with candied yams, cornbread, and peach cobbler. Beer and wine top off the selection, and Happy Hour specials are available throughout the week.

6039 Washington Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

Chef Akasha Richmond dedicates herself fully to her restaurant—she even shares her name with it. At Akasha, she gathers ingredients from family farms, organic growers, artisan food makers, and companies that stick to fair-trade practices, unlike Oregon Trail barterers who tried to pass off shag rugs as mink. These ingredients fold into modern comfort-food menus covering lunch, dinner, and prix-fixe dinner, as well as Passover Seder and Easter Brunch. To complete a plate of diver scallops in coconut curry sauce or a flat-iron steak with fingerling potatoes and bulb onions, Akasha has an extensive wine list and a house cocktail menu.

9543 Culver Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

Cafe Vida's three eateries are spread across greater Los Angeles, but their recipes gracefully straddle the California-Mexico border. Here, healthy Californian cuisine meets Mexican tradition, producing an eclectic, avocado-studded array of breakfasts and dinners. Some dishes stray further from tradition (for example, the avocado sandwich), but they're offset by classics such as grilled chicken burritos and huevos rancheros. Come in the morning and pair the latter with a cup of organic coffee fresh from Yosemite's famed java springs.

9755 Culver Blvd.
Culver City,
CA
US