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Munchkins, Culver City

Bill Canaris | Mar 20, 200402:26 PM

My friend and I were looking for a nice place to have dinner after seeing a movie and noticed right across the street that there was a new restaurant in the Culver Hotel called Munchkin's. The building in itself is quite nice - almost East coast like. We didn't like the name Munchkins at all - it sounded a bit Chucky Cheez-ish, and the waiters wear diner style bowling shirts that I thought it was a diner and it almost made us not go there - there was no outside dining available, all tables were full - but as soon as we entered we fell in love with the place. The ambience is very unusual and the red walls, the lighting and the modern art together with a very lively and loud dining crowd gave the restaurant a very lively and fun feel. The staff was friendly and we were able to enjoy two very good dirty martinis before dinner. The food was really top notch - I can especially recommend the jamaican Jerk steak and the thick pasta with portobella mushrooms. My friend is a vegetarian and she loved the warm beet salad and later vegetarian ravioli. There is also a sushi chef even though it is not a japanese restaurant. We also had some very good californian red wine. Probably the most amazing thing is an old Italian gentleman called Alfredo who comes by your table with a wooden cheese car and has an wide selection of cheeses from all over the world. We left extremely satisfied and could almost not belive that there was such a place in sleepy little Culver City. It was a little on the expensive side but well worth a visit.

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