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Bad Restaurants - But You Keep Going Back

PaulF | Aug 16, 200501:33 PM

Does anyone else have a restaurant or restaurants they somehow find themselves returning to, even though they sort of suck?

I do.

At the moment, the place is Villa Italian on Sepulveda in Culver City (right near Cinema Bar, just north of Washington Place, which is where Tito's is.)

I sort of know why. My younger son likes pasta, like ravioli with red sauce. (Just so you know, my kid's are young chowhounds in training, they'll eat and try anything.) He's nine, so he likes spaghetti, don't sue the kid. And Alejo's gets crowded. And we once tried this place Roberti's or Roberto's in our neighborhood and the service was so bad we never went back.

But really, there are no excuses.

I can honestly say there is nothing on the menu I like. The pasta dishes are bland. The soup tastes like Campbell's. The salad is limp. The olive oil for the bread lacks flavor.

The service is slow (when they aren't spilling rootbeer on you.)

The whole experience reminds me of strip mall Italian in Santa Clarita, where the cook got his recipes off the Internet. (Speaking of which, my dad and I once went to an Italian restaurant in Granada Hills and they were out of meatballs.)


There are some othes I could have put on this list at different times in my life.

Used to work in the Marina and the co-workers would drag me to Kifune for Japanese food for lunch once in a while. Which would have been okay if I liked gristle teriyaki served with hard rice. But I don't. But I kept going back; eventually I had to quit that job just to not eat there anymore.

Izzy's Deli should be on the list. Ate there all the time when I lived in Santa Monica. I don't know what was more of draw, the indifferent service or the tasteless food (or was it the tasteless service or the indiffernt food?) The guy who ran the register was nice, btw.


If I think of any others, I'll add to the list. Anyone else find themselves returning to restaurants that they just can't explain.

(I should put the Santa Monica El Torito on the list, a place so bad I once received an apology from their corporate office for my complaints, but I admit we only go there on the nights they give 25% of the money to the kid's school. Charity doesn't count.)

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