Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Little Serbia in Culver City

For the past year, Larry and I have been going to the Metro Cafe in Culver City for the most wonderful dinners. I've finally decided to share the info. We read about this place in the L.A. Weekly. Jonathan Gold wrote a glowing review.

Aleks and Sasa, from Serbia, took over the existing coffee shop at the Travel Lodge on Washington Blvd. in Culver City. This is a quiet stretch of Washington, just east of Sepulveda, next to the Elks Lodge and across the street from the vintage Cozy Inn bar. The regular menu is strictly coffee shop fare. In the evenings, you can ask for the "specials" menu. Aleks and Sasa make the most amazing food. Some of it is from their native Serbia, some is based on European, continental cuisine, some is just basic, down-home Americana. Everything we've tasted has been wonderful. None of the entrees is usually over $12. Dinner includes vegies and usually yummy garlic mashed potatoes. They automatically give you a little basket of sourdough French bread with this creamy red, peppery spread....divine. They have other appetizers, pastas, salads and a few desserts.

See photos of some of our meals.....yes, we photograph everything! There are Lamb Chops, Bouillabaise (Larry Armstrong in background), Weiner Schnitzel, Serbian Sarma (chopped meat and rice, rollled into sausages), Trout. The salads are really wonderful. If they have it, we order the hearts of romaine lettuce, drizzled with some sort of oil, then slightly browned on the wood-fire grill, topped with freshly grated parmesean cheese.....Magnifique! Have you ever had hot lettuce?
Aleks and Sasa are truly hospitable and friendly. Most of the customers are regulars, so at times the little dining room can feel like a party. Sometimes, later at night, some of Aleks' and Sasa's friends come by. One particular cold week night, 3 hunky Serbian guys who looked like Fabio were sitting outside, smoking, drinking espresso and tossing back their gorgeous blonde heads...nice. Who knew Little Serbia was so glamorous and located in Culver City?



At 5:06 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe i'll go try "little serbia" some time... ur blog's full of interesting entries! hope u dont mind me adding you...^-^

At 5:20 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for the compliments on my blog! Of course, feel free to add me to your list!!! Great! I'll check out your blog too.

At 1:01 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did a search for The Metro and came across your blog.Those are my friends Beth and Frank in the backround of one of the photos at The Metro! We go there most Friday nights and jsut love their food and hospitality. Their breakfast is the best in town too!

At 2:19 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Bree!
Small world! You were probably the other people sitting at the table that Friday night for dinner at the Metro Cafe. Yes, we do love the place. In fact, I think we'll be taking some out of town guests there this Tuesday night for dinner! Next time you're there, look for me. Do you knit or crochet?

At 10:46 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ellen,
No, I do not knit of crochet. You will see us all back at The Metro as soon as they get thier beer and wine license!


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