Surfas Cafe and Tender Greens but now The Point as well. Where are all the places for Eastsiders to get a nice fresh salad, or some soup or pudding to go? The Point opened recently on National in one of those highly groovy ultramodern office parks they have over in Culver City. "Fresh food for people on the go" is their slogan, as opposed to most of the cafes of Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park that share the same slogan -- "Slow service for Silver Lake slackers." Owned by the folks from Beacon, The Point has a simple menu of salads, paninis, wraps and soup, as well as take-home prepared meals of mac n' cheese, meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes ($9.50), chicken enchiladas and spinach and cheese stuffed chicken breast. You can also make your own salad or choose a bento box of four mini-salads. There's a few tables inside and several more outside, but it can also function as a place to pick up a quick dinner on the way home. Chicken caesar: yummy dressing, actual anchovies!
The difference between the Point and places like O to Go is that all the ingredients are fresh and carefully chosen, combined so they actually taste good. My caesar salad ($9.50) had a delicious dressing with just the right amount of garlic -- too thick to actually pour, but a hit nonetheless. Some people might be scared of anchovies, but the fat little fellows perched on top of the incredibly crisp romaine were a brave and tasty touch. Croutons were soggy, but these are the perils of prepackaged food. Squash soup ($3.50) was comforting on a foggy day, while butterscotch pudding was no budino, but a fun finish to the lunch. There's also breakfast in the morning, and giant peanut butter cookie sandwiches. It all sounds simple enough, so why do places like this only exist west of La Cienega?
8522 National Blvd.