You can always count on Culver City for its density of fine restaurants. I’ve tried and reviewed most of them, and many are simply wonderful. But sometimes, you just don’t want to deal with the swell of downtown traffic, the pregnant parking lots, or being in a groovy joint. That’s where the Buggy Whip comes in.
The Buggy Whip in Westchester has been around for 60 years, owned for the past 35 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul, whose expertise also included such notable eateries as Chez Paul and Old Virginia, both in South Pasadena. The likes of Liz Taylor, Dick Van Dyke and Johnny Mathis have all been regulars at the Buggy Whip. There’s a legacy here for good reason.
Slide into one of the many stuffed leather booths, and gaze into the fireplace. If you’re lucky, you can enjoy the talents of Peter Wagner on the ivories, whose mastery of the standards and popular favorites will escalate any mood.
The servers are as loyal as the patrons, and have been there for years. You like a bloody Mary before dinner? They’ll remember.
For those who simply want fine dining, and place where they can hear themselves think, the Buggy Whip fits the bill. We’ve been going here for about five years, and always find the charm of this place something that appeases the soul and puts the cacophony of everyday life at bay.
This is a serious steakhouse, so craving carnivores will be wowed by the gigantic portions, and the side dishes that accompany their menu items. Steaks, Prime Rib, and Seafood are standards at this restaurant. In fact, LA Magazine touted The Buggy Whip as having the “Best Steak Dinner.” The Buggy Whip is also one of the few places in town that serves Green Goddess dressing, which is all the more reason to visit.
We usually go for the lobster, almost too wide for the plate, or their delicious calamari, which is served either as an appetizer or main course.
For those who want smaller plates, you can eat at the bar and enjoy a wide array of tapas, including Brochette of Chicken Satay with Peanut Butter Sauce ($5), Ceviche Santa Cruz, ($7), or Apricot Glazed port Chop with Caramelized Apples ($11). All small plates are priced from $4-$11.
There are also many coupons available online, including their 2 for 1 lunch specials, holiday offerings, and seasonal favorites.
When you go, make sure you say hello to Mr. Paul, who will make your dining adventure a memorable one. Sit down, relax and be prepared to enjoy the international charms of this fine establishment.
Long after the trendy restaurants in the area have come and gone, The Buggy Whip will be like an old friend who sticks around to stand the test of time.
The Buggy Whip
7420 La Tijera Blvd
Westchester, CA 90045