I just wanted to put in a small plug for this owner/chef small bistro on Overland (just south of the Culver City Municipal Plunge) which is away from the hip hustle and boho bustle of downtown Culver City. They have a "B" in their window but I've never had a bad experience there. I have a sense that they may be struggling a bit, and while eating there will not cause you to pitch a tent on the block, it is a relaxing, enjoyable and very tasty experience. As Culver City poises itself to become the next "go-to" place, it would be nice if this understated restaurant could catch some deserving glow.
Cafe Laurent is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner is Thursday through Sunday from 5:30). They have a great breakfast and lunch menu featuring omelettes, quiches, eggs benedict, various types of pancakes and french toast, served with small salads-- and potatoes that rival those of the old Shiro in South Pasadena. Lunch offers salads (Nicoise, Papaya and Shrimp Tropical, Roasted Eggplant, to name a few) and sandwiches in addition to quiches and egg dishes.
There is seating indoors, and they also have a great little patio in the back.
I've never had their dinner, but their menu offers prix fixe for $16, with several choices and an ala carte menu. Pasta Carbonara is $10! They also serve a steak au poivre, a salmon, and one or two other main courses -- small dinner menu. I plan to bring the family for dinner within the next week or so and see how it goes.
Prices are reasonable. Today I had a goat cheese and leek quiche with salad and potatoes for $7.95.
Service is pleasant and efficient. Nice small business that could use a few more chowing down on its pation.