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Culver City eats

NAspy | Jul 11, 200504:55 PM

In downtown culver City last evening for movie and dinner -- latest food news is that Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken is GONE, but with a sign up saying they'll be back soon -- however, the entire interior of the place is completely empty -- anybody know what's up there?

Next door will be Ford's Filling Station, the new venture by former Chadwick guy, but not much going on inside as of yet.

Bistro de la Hermitage, now under new ownership, was closed on Sunday, but we chatted with the amiable, youngish French owner as he exited the place -- they are doing lunch during the week and dinner Tues through Sunday, starting next week.

Ended up at San Gennaro, which reinvents itself every couple of years, usually a couple of years behind whatever trend it's trying to draft off of -- now it seems to be nightly entertainment, ala 310 Bistro or as an alternative to the nearby Jazz Bakery. The food remains reliably (or regrettably, depending on your point of view) the same -- serviceable pizzas and pastas, decent service and prices, and a full bar.

Had the Caesar salad that came with anchovies -- it was good, but I like almost all Caesars. The Village Vegetarian Pizza New York style was fine, and I really did enjoy the homemade manicotti which also made for a nice lunch. All the food came at the same time, which wasn't exactly desired and the servers were apologizing to other diners for long waits for their dishes. Also, despite numerous outdoor heaters, none were on, and none could be prevailed upon to function. But the tab for one salad, one small pizza, one pasta, one martini, glass of chianti and one dessert was only $60, which included a $10 tip.
Considering price, I found it satistying.

Loud, live 50's music coming from the interior.

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