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La Dijonaise Cafe. Anyone like it? Anything like it?

TastyJon | Dec 24, 200212:05 AM

In Culver City, at the southeast corner of the Helms Bakery/Furniture row complex (home to Surfas). It's on the Washington Blvd. side.

I've had a good breakfast, lunch and dinner at this simple, straightforward French place (would one call it a Bistro, cafe?). I wouldn't call the vibe romantic, cozy or farmhouse... more like a loft - wood, glass, stainless steel. The menu is varied enough, and good for all budgets. It's somewhat small, so service has been fine (staff have to walk by every table to get to bar/kitchen, so you can always flag someone down).

I like it.

I wouldn't go there to propose, celebrate a major milestone or woo a partner into romance. Nor would I say you'll have a French food epiphany. But if you want to satisfy an urge for something froggy without cashing a bond, this place might work. In fact, it works for anyone wanting to do something different. For example, if you're in the neighborhood lunchtime and are looking for a simple eats, why not go for a Pate on a Baguette ($5.50) or a french onion soup ($3.95) instead of a chain place which you'll forget in 30 minutes?

At brekkies, it's hard to spend more than $7 for food.
An egg/ham/cheese baguette is $3.50.

For lunch, there's a wide slection of sandwiches, burgers (hey, they know they are in L.A.), and the soup/salad, half sand/soup, half soup/salad combos, all under $7 (which includes fries).

Entrees include:

- 8 openers, such as escargots, mussles, and frogs legs
- 14 salads (which is an entree in this town)
- 5 different crepes and quiches
- 8 red meat dishes (I had a decent Steak au Poivre Vert, sirloin with green peppercorn sauce, for $12.95)
- 7 poultry dishes (Coq au Vin: $9.95)
- 6 fish entrees
- 6 pastas

Nothing more that $16, and most entrees average $8-12.

Wine & beer is sold, though I didn't partake. Again, it's not something you'd drive from OC to experience. But it's good if you are in the area. I think it would be more appreciated in another part of town... it would be a good neighborhood place if in a more of a neighborly area. Not bashing Culver here... but it's more on the blocked by Sony/nearer to Venice Blvd/commuter area side of things. But then again, that may be why the prices are reasonable.

I'd love to hear of other French places that are tasty and reasonably priced. I'm not into scenes or 5 stars (unless I can expense it on the company card). Simply looking for good food by good folks at a good price.

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