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Rush Street

Rush Street Culver City

Rush Street

  • By Arlene Winnick

RUSH STREET in Culver City will change the way you think of sports bars forever. The usual image: loud places, below average foods and lackluster service. It’s just the opposite at RUSH STREET.  Yes there are large screen TVs and a massive bar; otherwise it’s all grade A restaurant. The overstuffed shrimp and lobster egg roll feeds two maybe three people as a starter. Ditto on their famous mac n cheese –  so gooey and creamy – served in a bubbling cheesy crock. To save a few calories (who are we kidding), I asked for carrot sticks with the fresh made guacamole.

The menu offers so many options – for lighter dining there are lots of appetizers, huge salads, a slate of burgers and flatbreads. My rack of BBQ ribs simply fell off the bone (and the plate).  The grilled salmon served over bok choy with a shrimp salsa is an ideal lighter choice.  Save room for dessert! Be sure to order one of their house drinks.  I loved my Steve’s Lemonade served in a mason jar – light, refreshing and powerful.

RUSH STREET is ideal for pre or post-movie dinner (ArcLight is next door); an after-work hangout; late night in the upstairs Club Rush; weekend brunch, or a fun family meal.

Rush Street is located at 9546 Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

Ronan

(left to right) Sweet Cheeks Pizza, Pacific Oysters, and Margherita Pizza (Photos Spark O'Connell)

Ronan

  • Story / Photos By SPARK O’CONNELL

When you find yourself on the strip of Melrose between Fairfax and La Brea, be sure to stop into Ronan. This hidden gem is actually given away by the two-story floral mural you can easily see whether you are walking or driving down Melrose. Once you find the gigantic flowers, just head down the ally and enter on the side of the building. As you gaze past the host’s stand, you’ll see delightful outside seating. If you prefer to sit inside, there’s a beautiful long communal table made from the trunk of a very tall tree along with a full bar serving amazing cocktails. You can also cozy up in their booths along the wall.

Once you sit down the server will tell you that everything is meant to be shared and be sure to follow your server’s advice! They have great starters like grilled pacific oysters topped with sea urchin butter, breadcrumbs, and lemon — but the main reason you go to Ronan is for the pizza. From a classic Margherita with fresh basil to their “Sweet Cheeks” pizza with house guanciale, ricotta forte, and cacio e pepe honey, every pizza is completed with the amazing crust created and perfected by Chef Daniel Cutler. Ronan is a great place for all occasions. Be sure to check it out with friends, family, or even that special someone!

Ronan is located at 7315 Melrose Avenue in LA.

MEET AT FORMOSA

Formosa Café

MEET AT FORMOSA

  • By Ashley Halverson

Ladies and Gentlemen – the Formosa Cafe has returned.  Oh how you’ve been missed!  Originally opened in 1939 and frequented by Old Hollywood elite – silently shuttered in 2016 then rescued and revitalized for it’s recent 2019 reopening.  If only those classic red leather booths could talk – they would spew tales that span the decades – from Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando to Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.  Now it’s back and it’s ready for a whole new decade of decadence and debauchery.

The history lovingly haunts the walls through the old black and white photos that adorn the walls – many of which are original and many that had to be identified through old photographs of the original space and tracked down.  The attention to detail is incredible and we have the boys from the extremely talented 1933 Group to thank.  The Asian Fusion cuisine comes from Little Fatty’s David Kuo so of course you will love the XO Fatty – there’s even a Vegan Fatty offered that is divine.  Must try sharables include the Chile Wontons and General Tso’s Cauliflower.  There are tiki drinks aplenty – I suggest the Singapore Sling or the classic Mai Tai.  Head there for Happy Hour or Late Night bites.  Explore the new bar upstairs and every nook and cranny downstairs.  I’ll be at the booth beneath the Elvis Presley statues.

Formosa Café is located at 7156 Santa Monica Blvd. in W Hollywood.

NIc’s

Nic’s Mushroom Pizza (Photo Kymberly Chase)

NIc’s

  • Story / Photo By Kymberly Chase

Nic Adler of Goldenvoice Festivals such as Coachella and Eat Drink Vegan has opened a restaurant and cocktail bar, Nic’s on Beverly in Los Angeles. The menu features dishes created with all house-made ingredients including vegan versions of smoked Gouda, parmesan, and ricotta cheeses but does not include any pre-made plant-based products. The Impossible, Garden, and Beyond Meat burgers are great examples of this. Steven Fretz is Culinary Director and Ryan Foley is Executive Chef. CNic’s is great for lunch or dinner, and features a Happy Hour on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3–6pm.

I had the Avocado Crispy Rice with ponzu, citrus, and cilantro. Creative and flavorful, it made me rethink the way vegan food should be. At first glance it appeared to be beautiful sushi or sashimi floating on a sheet of ponzu sauce but I quickly realized the crispy rice had absorbed the ponzu sauce, complementing the vibrant avocado and red pepper shaving on top. The popular falafel burger with truffle tahini, tomato relish, and harissa-spiced secret sauce along with the signature gratin fries is a big hit. The restaurant’s bar offers innovative drinks such as a house-made horchata cocktail garnished with a vegan egg along with lots of other creations on the playful side including one with dry ice smoke billowing out of it! The must-try cocktails are by Jason Eisner and an exciting wine list is curated by Rajat Paar. Go!

Nic’s is located at 8265 Beverly Boulevard in LA.

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