Of course I had to wait to try this place until the LA Times did a very favorable review...It was slammed when we got there about 6:45 or so. Luckily they have a lot of tables and seem very efficient in getting you seated. I was then fearful that the food was going to take ages to come out. Again they fooled me. Everything came pretty promptly and, despite the overwhelming crowd the bus boy was really on top of things, including keeping all our water glasses topped off.
The food was a bit of a mixed bag, but showed enough promise to get me back again. First up was their take on a Caesar Salad. Pretty arrangement, even if it does harken back a bit to the hey day of towering food. A lattice work fried "place ring" and a nice inclusion of sort of an air dried proscuitto chip, white anchovies and a beautifully poached egg as part of the ingredients. Just that their dressing lacked oomph (for my and my wife's taste buds anyway). So I'd give it a C+ for an overall grade.
I went with their pork shank. Huge. Beautifully cooked, falling off the bone with a nice amount of natural au jus and a type of grits that were cooked to the consistency of mashed potatoes and, as a counterpoint some gorgeous apricots were cooked with the pork shank. I would give this a strong B+
My wife went with their wild mushroom individual pizza. It was okay. I don't think their crust is going to make anyone swoon and the mushrooms and caramelized onions had a nice, but not very strong taste. They had another pizza on the menu with short ribs that would have been my first choice. Overall another C+
Our son had the steak with chimicurri sauce and bordelaise and he also ordered a separate side of sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon. The steak also came with a wonderful assortment of heirloom tomatoes that my wife and I ended up gobbling down as he is not into tomatoes. His loss. Another strong B+
Finally we had one order of truffle fries. Very tasty and would get them again without hesitation. A-
The final tab, with one iced tea, one sprite, one coke, one flying dog - double dog pale ale and another Caesar Salad came to $124 plus tip.
For those of you who don't know this area, it's in that little triangle of land that exists in between Washington Blvd. and Washington Pl. and that used to be the Crest Coffee Shop. The restaurant has a huge free lot with no valet, but it was completely jammed when we got there so I found adjacent street parking without too much trouble.
The last thing was our waitress. She was great. Funny and high energy and really looked out for us. Can't say enough nice things about her.
Waterloo and City
12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066
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