9531 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA | Directions 9023234.023289 -118.395428
A proposal to remember – A few days ago I went to Ford's for happy hour, which turned into a long dinner when some colleagues walked in. We were sitting in the middle of the main room minding our business about to sign the check after the most delicious meal when one of the servers brought out a dessert to the table next to us. Since I had opted for no dessert, I was curious to see what they ordered. It was a jewelry box!!!!! His girlfriend was so surprised when he proposed. I looked around and every women around had tears in their eyes. It was such a beautiful moment. Life is beautiful.
Food ok, service mediocre – I went to Ford's Filling Station on Saturday afternoon with 2 friends for lunch. The menu has a good selection but the food was only ok (nothing so delicious that I would go back). The servcie was slow and they were not busy at 1pm on Saturday, so we really didn't understand why it took so long for her to take our order or deliver our food. They also messed up one order when the hamburger is supposed to come with carmelized onions and the burger was delivered without what the menu said it came with. It was an ok lunch but with only one alcholic drink, the bill was $72, so I don't really have a need to try this place again.
Okay food, bad service! – Our party of four arrived for dinner and was completely ignored at the door by several staff members. The hostess and waitress (Marie) were so rude and unprofessional that we almost left in disgust before finishing our meal. The food was decent, especially the meat and cheese platters and the flatbreads, but there are too many other really great restaurants in the area to put up with such bad service!
Love it – I'm a local thats been a regular at this place and they never dissapoint me. Their meat and cheese platters and their flat breads are so good! Whenever a friends comes into town i always bring them here and they love the place. once in a while you get to see ben ford.. the owner of the place!
Wow. Huge Improvement from two years ago! – So the last time I was there...
Yikes. Bad Service. Eh food. and even the drinks were (apperently I'm not allowed to say cr*p [*=a] on city search). So Last Sat. my friend really wanted to go, event after I told her all about what had happened. So we went. Um...180 anyone? Greeted immediately. Sat in less than 10 minutes. Our server was great. He was really helpful and steered us in the right way as far as food choice. I had a flatbread with burata (sp?) cheese on it. Amazing. So, I gotta say, it wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered. Dare I say...good? Ah screw it. I'll be back.
Yum. – I really liked this place. It was a lot more casual than I expected and that was kind of refreshing. I loved the menu and thought the platter of assorted meats and cheeses was awesome. I'm still not brave enough to try the head cheese but I have every intention of going back and taking the plunge. Try it.
it's like hanging out in your living room – Last night was awesome at the filling station. We had a great time sitting at the bar. It was my friend's first time, and he said it felt like we were sitting in his living room. The music selection was stellar. We played a couple games of backgammon while sipping on some delicious wine. After an hour of after watching everyone's plates be devoured around us, we decided to go with the rabbit and octopus specials. THey were both to die for.
Service and Management Clueless – I'm definitely a foodie, and I enjoy going to all of the local food and wine events in the LA area. I have been lucky enough to have quite a few chats with some big named chefs in this area. So, that is the reason why I finally made it to this restaurant, which is a bit of a drive from where I live in Brentwood. Ben seems to be a very warm, down to earth person the few times I have seen and chatted with him.
So you can understand that when my husband and I went there for our first time, I was assuming the staff would be up to par with his persona...NOT THE CASE! The waiter ( Aaron) made my husband and I feel uncomfortable from the time he stepped up to our table. He's one of those guys that is disappointed that you aren't going to be bringing a doggie bag home along with us. He's attitude was " You're only going to order the 18.00 cheese plate and the a 13.00 dollar Salad...., and your only having two ten dollar cocktails, and a bottle of Pellegrino" Mind you it was 11:30 in the morning on a saturday. He's attitude was lousy, and my husband and I were greatly disappointed. I asked to speak with the manager ( Teresa). She was just as condescending...she made excuses for him, more than she tried to resolve the manner professionally. Then she thought if she offered us something free, it would turn the whole situation around. I kindly told her, we didn't ask you to come here to offer us something free...We wanted to let you know personally that your staff is behaving with a salty attitude towards customers who are generous tippers, no matter how much our bill comes out to be. I had also advised her that I have seen and spoken to Ben at several events, and I would definitely tell him my feed back when I see him again. She comes back to the table afterwards and tries to quiz me to see what events I have seen him at! SERVICE WAS UNBEARABLE!! The food was good, but not enough for us to go back to the restaurant. Definitely don't recommend it!
Delicious is the best word! – You know how you find a place and want to back again and again because there's always something new - and it's always good? Well, I found my place in LA...and here are my thoughts. I was in LA for 10 days - 5 of us ate at fords the second night. Came back for lunch 3 times - yes - I made the drive all the way from Hollywood - it was my comfort spot in this beautiful little neighborhood. Jamon Serrano, Hot Sopressata, and Mortadella - little olives - ate the plate clean - delicious! Also tried this new dish they recommended called Sturgeon Confit with smoked tomatoes and olive and leek compote on a crostini - yikes it was incredible!! I was skeptical but it was major delicious. 4 Cheese Pizza on flatbread - light and savory! Kusshi Oysters - small and succulent - (usually I get tough big ones in other restaurants) great! Roasted Beet Salad - my mother used to force to eat beets - so this is the first time since a kid to eat them on a dare at the table - I loved them!!! (in shock) Buttermilk Fried Chicken - I am from the south so I wondered about this one but decided to try because our server recommended it - but it was crispy and boneless - on top of great potatoes and succotash .... I have died and gone to heaven! Polenta Cake - wow - I had no idea polenta could be so delicious. Fish and Chips - Every bite was perfect! We also tried the Shrimp Curry - as a curry aficionado I have to admit this is really good - the bacon on top and the toppings on the side make it perfect. And something that brought me back for lunch 3 more times ( I am now addicted) - the Pulled Pork Panini! Unbelievable! I hated to see the last bite go. For dessert we had dark chocolate Tobblerone ice cream. Silky and rich!!! Also had the banana split - we all devoured it too...with three scoops of all the Toblerone flavors in it. Yummy and big! And one more thing - they make fresh lemonade there - couldn't resist! I am so crazy about this restaurant. It feels so good and comfortable.
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