Culver City is quickly becoming a foodie mecca of Los Angeles, with great new restaurants opening all the time. LA Spice is a prime example. Lots of restaurants boast healthy menus these days, but few deliver with as much creativity and flavor as this casual eatery on Sepulveda Boulevard. So make it your first stop on your next outing with friends in LA and see just how far the neighborhood has come. Step inside the inviting restaurant—don’t let the stern look on the giant painting of a rooster scare you off—and the pleasant counter staff will gladly let you sample fresh market salads, juicy braises, and carved meats. Grab a window table and catch up with friends as you sip handcrafted coffees or tasty mimosas. Even if your gang’s a bit adventurous with food, the menu here will not disappoint. LA Spice throws breakfast a curve with unique combos like quinoa porridge poached with almond milk and fresh fruit. Salads get original, too, like the organic Bloomsdale spinach, tricked out with corn bread croutons, cremini mushrooms, and smoky chipotle-buttermilk dressing. If you’re here closer to dinner time–we know how weekends can be–comfort food’s the way to go: the burger boasts perfect accents from oven-roasted tomato, bleu cheese mayo, and balsamic onions. Fresh bakery items make the perfect ending to a meal that will impress even the most critical members of your crew, earning you a few high-fives on your stellar new find.