Culver City is one of the few places in L.A. County where you can get a freshly made pastrami sandwich at 2 a.m. And to think, all McDonalds can offer you late at night is the (gasp!) McRib. Whether you're dining in or dining out, crave Mexican food or just your standard hamburger, these late night spots in Culver City are sure to satisfy.
Johnnie's Pastrami Restaurant: The name pretty much says it all. Since 1952 Johnnie's in Culver City has been serving up everything from chilidogs and charbroiled burgers, to its legendary golden brown chicken, fish and shrimp baskets – all of which come served with French fries and a dinner roll. If you do decide to go with the tried and true pastrami sandwich, however, you're better off ordering the deluxe sandwich plate. It comes with enough pastrami for two sandwiches, as well as lettuce, tomato, French fries, and their de-lish homemade coleslaw. The whole meal will cost you less than $16. Johnnie's is open until 3:30 a.m. on the weekends.
4017 Sepulveda Blvd., 90230; 310-397-6654
Big Tomy's: Who doesn't love a late night diner? And especially one that's open 24 hours! Big Tomy's is kind of like a one-stop-shop for late night food. All day, every day they're serving everything from burgers and burritos, to milk shakes and ice cream. Big Tomy's also has an extensive breakfast menu that includes French toast, hot cakes, bacon and eggs – even a pastrami breakfast burrito! The food is always served hot and fresh, and most meals will run you less than $10. Just be sure to bring cash. Big Tomy's does not accept credit cards.
5421 Sepulveda Blvd., 90230; 310-390-1049
Cinco de Mayo: It's one of the only sit-down Mexican restaurants in Culver City that never closes – not even the Taco Bell drive thru does that! For $3.75 you can get a plate of their nachos, topped with jack cheese and beans, steak tacos will run you $2, and if you're feeling like a burrito (figuratively speaking, of course), expect to pay around $6. Cinco de Mayo also serves chimichangas, which are basically deep fried burritos topped with sour cream and guacamole. And yes – they taste every bit as good as they sound.
11204 Washington Pl., 90230; 310-391-5354
Pho Show: Aside from having one of the best restaurant names ever, Pho Show has awesome Vietnamese noodle soup, as well as some amazing egg rolls. Their noodle soup comes in all types, like steak, tofu, chicken, and lobster. The appetizer menu is also pretty good, and features crab puffs, pot stickers, chicken wings, and several varieties of their moist spring rolls. And just in case you don't feel like dining in, Pho Show delivers until 10 p.m. every night of the week. It's open until 2 a.m. every night of the week.
4349 Sepulveda Blvd., 90230; 310-398-5200
Tito's Tacos: If you're looking for a good, greasy taco late at night – without any remorse – than Tito's Tacos in Culver City is your place. It's been around since 1959, and offers a menu that's loaded with tried and true favorites, like tostadas, enchiladas – even chili con carne! The line outside is usually long (and yes, we're talking Pinks long), but with good reason. After you've eaten an original Tito's taco – served either with cheese, or without – it's hard to hit up any other late spot. That means you, Taco Bell! Just be sure to bring cash, though. Tito's may have great tacos, but they do not accept credit cards. Tito's Tacos is open until 11 p.m. on the weekends.
11222 Washington Pl., 90230; 310-391-5780
Honey's Kettle: Who doesn't love fried chicken – especially from a place called Honey's Kettle (just writing that makes me hungry)? Voted by L.A. Magazine for having the “Best Fried Chicken in Los Angeles,” Honey's Kettle fries all their food in old-fashioned stainless steel kettles. From hand-dipped chicken and fish, to their legendary buttermilk biscuits, you can't walk in this place without gaining at least five pounds. Everything on the menu is made from scratch too, and it's not uncommon to hear the chef's call out, “Hot chicken! Hot chicken!” once your order is up. And yes, all orders of biscuits come with a free side of their delicious honey. Honey's Kettle is open until 11 p.m. on the weekends.
9537 Culver Blvd., 90232; 310-202-5453
Dear John’s: If you have an affinity for all things retro, then you’ll absolutely fall in love with Dear John’s. The décor here is definitely old school – with black leather booths, brick walls, and a menu that looks like a throwback from the Kennedy years. They’ve even got live music on the weekends to entertain the diners. As far as food goes, Dear John’s offers all types of choices, from steak and ribs, to burgers and pasta. All meals are reasonably priced, and the staff is very friendly attentive. Dear John’s is open until 11 p.m. on the weekends.
11208 Culver Blvd., 90230; 310-397-0276