Staff Picks: CA, Culver City, Bars & Restaurants

Here are some staff picks in Culver City. Sorry Not Sorry – a playful rosé-wine and cocktail-forward beer garden and restaurant. It serves fresh takes on garden party menu classics and alcoholic beverages to enjoy on its 4000 square foot open-air back patio. 

Sorry Not Sorry, Chicken Salad Sandwich; courtesy of Sorry Not Sorry

Sorry Not Sorry is a fun local bar/cafe, and local hang-out that celebrated its one year anniversary on July 4, 2020. Come vibe with the community, and leave your troubles at the door. Sorry Not Sorry, 11520 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064;

Another new restaurant, that opened during the pandemic (July 8, 2021), Arth Bar + Kitchen was founded by two bold entrepreneurs who put safety first. The restaurant has ample outdoor seating – two patios to dine on. Read a review by me (Kathy Leonardo) on the Stories section of ETG. Its located on the Dining/Drinking Page, under the Reviews drop-down. CLICK HERE for the direct link.  

Arth Bar + Kitchen is a casual modern Indian restaurant. which also offers fantastic cocktails. Featuring an open-air kitchen spotlighting its tandoor ovens, one can choose to dine indoor or outdoor. Innovative cocktails such as the Peppered Anarosh, The East India Trading Company, The Arth Fizz, Spiced Oaxacan, etc., are also available at Arth Bar + Kitchen.

Arth Bar + Kitchen, Executive Chef Sagar Ghosh & Partner Mihir Lad; Photography by Tonelson; courtesy of Arth Bar + Kitchen;

Founder & Partner of Arth Bar + Kitchen, Mihir Lad started out as an engineer, but had greater ambitions outside of the aerospace industry and found his passion in the hospitality industry. He dedicated time observing and studying how a restaurant’s life begins in the kitchen and flows all throughout the front of house while fully immersing himself into every area of the restaurant. 

Partner & Executive Chef Sagar Ghosh has spent time in kitchens in some of the finest restaurants in Kolkata, Pune, Miami, New York, Buena Park and Tustin. In his most recent venture, Chef Ghosh served as the executive chef at Master Indian Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s premier Indian fine dining restaurant, The Yellow Chili located in Tustin, CA, where he assembled an exemplary culinary team and developed the outstanding menu for Arth Bar + Kitchen. Arth Bar + Kitchen, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232;

Another restaurant in Culver City, you’ll want to take notice of is Rustic Kitchen. The wine cafe and restaurant offers an eclectic array of small plates (salads, sandwiches, sliders) and other fabulous dishes, such as Lobster Macaroni and cheese. It also doubles as a gourmet market for the Culver City community. 

Rustic Kitchen, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese.

Co-owner and Chef Noelle Fanaris was inspired to cook by her Italian Mother and Grandmother. While teaching Noelle their family traditions, they were instrumental in developing her love of old country Italian style cooking. This love only intensified when as a young woman, she traveled across Italy, and later the vineyards and farms of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and the central coast of California. Culinary tours inspired and solidified her desire to create wonderful food and unique recipes, and she began wowing her family and friends with her creations. Rustic Kitchen, 3523 S Centinela Ave., Culver City, CA, 90066;

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