Kay n’ Dave’s is one of those restaurants that I tend to forget about. This location has changed ownership so many times and I just forget that it’s here. Anyway, it’s located in downtown Culver City diagonally across from Trader Joe’s.
There is free two hour parking at Trader Joe’s, but I will warn you that the lights at this intersection last forever. There is also free two hour parking on Main. There is a small lot with metered parking across from the restaurant and a small back lot.
I feel as if this is becoming a trend in my reviews, but I swear I’m not as snobby when it comes to service as I come off. Truthfully, I was a server at several venues before, so I have an idea about what the job entails. Anyway, I have reviewed this venue before (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kay-n-daves-culver-city#hrid:JECkYzsy5ABHWe31akSNEQ) and had a similar complaint. The service here is always lacking. Our server was friendly, but he just seemed a bit scatterbrained. We had to ask for more chips and salsa and it took well over 15 minutes to get it. Our server never brought it- instead we had to ask the manager for straws and a refill. It should NOT take 15 minutes to get straws.
My sister and I both ordered the black bean soup (which is vegan). It’s nice and spicy. I think this is the only thing we ever order here. I ordered a side of avocado. Zachary ordered Oaxacan Enchiladas. Here is mistake #2 – for whatever reason, my side order of avocado translated to taking the avocado off of Zachary’s enchiladas and giving them to me as a side. He had to ask for avocado- which took another 10 minutes to arrive at the table. He did say, however, that they were the best enchiladas he had ever had. My mother had the Oaxacan tostada – she didn’t care for it. She said that it was too large of a portion (um… doggie bags anyone?) and that there was too much lettuce (there is no such thing). There is a nice vegetarian menu that I have yet to explore – potato tacos, vegetarian enchiladas, etc.
Enough of the bad let’s talk about the good. The venue is huge ! they have both indoor and outdoor seating and heating lamps outside. Downtown Culver City is a great place to people watch- so sitting outside is always fun. According to my sister, they have a good happy hour; however, the bar area is rather small, so get there early. I do order my food to go most times, just to avoid the service issues. The black bean soup comes with a huge portion of warm tortilla chips.
Needless to say, we will be back.
9341 Culver Blvd
Oaxaca(n) “You know what really grinds my gears?” people that can’t pronounce this. It is wah-hawk-a or wah-hawk-an. IT is a word in Nahuatl, which is a family from the Aztec nation. Please please please, learn how to pronounce it. My family members have no excuse to not know how to pronounce it. I think they butcher the pronunciation just to aggravate me.
Culver City, CA 90232
Neighborhood: Culver City