Ford's Filling Station in Culver City on Valentine's Day. I had a peek of the gastropub-style menu and the space at an opening reception Saturday -- dad Harrison and Calista also stopped by -- and it looked like a worthy addition to the slowly blossoming Culver City restaurant scene. Ford wants his new place to be more informal and looser than Chadwick's, which focused on organic, sustainable cuisine. This restaurant has a clearly manly slant, with offerings running to Maytag blue cheese burgers, shortribs with horseradish mashed potatoes and Berkshire Hog pork chops. There's also a selection of flatbreads with unusual toppings like lamb pesto, for snacking on with beers on the patio. We sampled an array of cheeses and pates (charcuterie will come from suppliers such as Salumi) and appetizers like shrimp po'boys, mini lamb chops, a very savory beef tartare and lentil bruschetta. Ford's will start opening for lunch in March, which should certainly make the folks at Sony happy.
Ford's Filling Station
9531 Culver Blvd.