12114 Washington Blvd, Culver City
Oh...my...goodness. Im not sure if it was the food alone, or a combination of the food with the incredible atmosphere, but this restaurant really had me at hello.
Its been in this location since 1974, and apparently had a sibling restaurant named Rutts Hut that many people have spoken of quite fondly. Our waiter (7 year employee always a good sign) told us that the original owners sold the place last year. Dark wood paneling, with booths off to one side, cafeteria style tables in the middle, and a genuine soda-fountain style countertop with barstools to the other side. The most important decoration, however, are the groups of older men, most of whom appear to be Hawaiian, who seem as attached to the place as the paneling.
The restaurant is, in fact, entirely Hawaiian. All the favorites are there. Fresh pancakes (with coconut syrup), Portuguese sausage, grilled mahi mahi. Our eyes went straight to what appears to be their specialty scrambles. Eggs, green onions, bean sprouts, protein of your choice, all served over fresh white rice with a Hawaiian sweet roll on the side. We got one scramble with smoked salmon, one with veggies and tofu. Combined with the tall bottle of anonymous teriyaki sauce on the table, it was breakfast heaven. Such incredible balance. Crunch from the sprouts, soothing flavor of the rice, the tang of the salmon/tofu, and the addictive sweetness of the teriyaki sauce.
And what did my wife think? Well, I couldnt get any off her plate the highest vote of confidence.
A perfectly satisfying breakfast.