Soup & Sandwiches @ Green Peas

Green PeasI must be on a sandwich wavelength lately because that’s all I’ve been thinking about for lunch.  Luckily for me, Green Peas, a new casual lunch spot in Culver City opened not too long ago in the same spot that used to house a wine bar.  The menu at Green Peas is mostly sandwiches, salads, wraps, and pizzas.  I’ve been getting sandwiches from them for lunch, which comes with either a salad or soup — I always pick soup.

My first time there, I ordered a prosciutto sandwich on a baguette with a side of zucchini soup.  Green Peas seems to have two daily soups. A nice touch is that they’re usually vegan.  The zucchini soup, despite being vegan was creamy and delicious. Best of all, it came steaming hot.  I love soup so hot it burns my mouth. Being served lukewarm soup is on my list of pet peeves.

Green Peas

The prosciutto sandwich was delicious and immediately made me a fan of the restaurant.  There was the perfect amount of thinly sliced prosciutto without being too salty.  The cheese was light and fresh. The sun dried tomato aioli wasn’t overdone. The baguette was decent, and the arugula gave the sandwich a nice, spicy bite. It was just a very well made sandwich full of fresh ingredients.

Green PeasThe next time I visited, I ordered the curry chicken salad sandwich, which also comes in a vegan version for meat-free friends.  At first, I was apprehensive about the raisins in the salad since I usually hate raisins, but they were actually good!  The chicken salad was a good balance of sweet and salty without being too slathered in sauce.  I ordered it on a ciabatta roll, which was a great decision because the roll withstood the moisture of the chicken salad.

With the curry chicken salad sandwich, I ordered a side of pea soup, which was predictably tasty.  I noticed with this soup and the zucchini soup that they were both on the bland side, but it wasn’t anything a nice dash of salt couldn’t help.  After the salt and pepper I added to it, the soup was a fine accompaniment to my sandwich.

Green Peas
(an herbed chicken sandwich on pretzel bread my dining companion had)

Green Peas is quickly becoming one of my favorite lunch spots.  The sandwich and soup (or salad) combination at lunch is a great deal at $7. The fact that they offer different choices of breads for each sandwich including baguettes, wraps, and pretzel bread is just icing on the cake.  It even has decent vegetarian and vegan options not limited to fake meat to please more diet-restricted diners.  I hope luck shines on them more than it did the previous restaurant in the same spot. It’s good to have a wallet-friendly place to have a tasty lunch with fresh ingredients.

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Green Peas
4437 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-9815
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Let’s Be Frank: good dogs are expensive

Lets Be Frank Hot Dog StandDespite working in Culver City for several years, I finally visited the Let’s Be Frank hot dog stand last week. My craving for a hotdog was just too great to ignore, so I drove myself down to the Helms Bakery Complex on a Wednesday and chowed down on a juicy, delicious sausage.

The lady working at the stand was friendly and warm — very much a people person. I ordered a bratwurst with grilled onions from her and a birch beer and she was all smiles. After several minutes, my brat was ready and I slathered up some Let’s Be Frank hot sauce, plopped on some sauerkraut, and then squirted the deli mustard on.

Lets Be Frank Hot Dog Stand

The first bite: not bad! The sausage has the perfect snap that natural casing should have. The filling was good without being too salty. The hot sauce I slathered on was flavorful, but needed more heat and less cumin.

Let’s Be Frank’s catch is that for $5, you get a sausage and bun, which is more expensive than your average street food vendor, but the sausages are made from natural meat free from hormones. There’s even a vegan sausage for those leaning that way.

The stand certainly helped my sausage craving, but I’m not going to be visiting it every day. $5 a sausage is still expensive in my book. Despite that, it’s good to know the stand is there in case of a sausage emergency. Wednesdays through Sundays, at least.

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Let’s be Frank
Helms Ave
between Washington Blvd & Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90034
(888) 233-7265

Le Saint Amour — There’s a New Kid in Town

Le Saint Amour
Le Saint Amour is Bruno and Florence Herve-Commereuc’s latest restaurant. Located in downtown Culver City on a wedge-shaped block, the main entrance is actually on the Culver Blvd. side. The interior has a wall lined with booths and tightly placed tables on one side, and a bar on the other side. On sunny LA days, there’s also the patio located on the Washington Blvd. side.

I had read that Bruno was known for his charcuterie, so how could I come for my first visit without trying any of it? The decision of what to order was easy once I saw there was a charcuterie plate available for lunch ($10) with the choice of fries or salad as the side.

Le Saint Amour

Before my main dish came, I was presented with a basket of bread. The bread may not look like much, but it was the tastiest bread I’ve had for a while. The crust was perfectly toothsome, and the inside was flavorful with just the right amount of chew, and delicious with butter. I had to force myself to stop at one piece of bread to save stomach room for my main dish.

Le Saint Amour

The charcuterie plate came out swiftly with a side of fries. There were two types of each variety of forcemeat, which was plenty for me. Every individual piece was very pleasing to the palate, but I had favorites. Among those were the prosciutto, salumi, and the crushed pepper-corn crusted pate. I was worried that a plate full of meat would be too rich or dense, but that wasn’t the case at all. Nothing was overly salty and each bite of the cornichons (the small pickles) was a refreshing palate cleanse.

Le Saint Amour’s lunch menu offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and more dinner-type dishes. The sheer number of dishes I can’t even pronounce makes me eager to return for more.  The restaurant is the perfect place to settle down with a long, leisurely lunch and a glass of wine.

Le Saint Amour
9725 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232