Rush Street – leisurely dining

As I mentioned before in the previous post, another restaurant, Rush Street, opened in the same stretch as Gyenari.  Dan and I have stopped in here for lunch a few times since they started serving.

Rush Street is styled after the hip eateries of Chicago – serving as a restaurant and a bar hang-out.  The two-story space has a dining room and a large bar downstairs while the upstairs hosts another bar and lounge area.  The alcohol list is impressive.  The shelves are fully stocked with all the usual culprits plus some of their lesser known relatives.  The wine list offers a nice selection and as for beers, there’s an impressive array of bottled offerings as well as a few draft selections.  And their specialty cocktails…mmmm.  It’s no surprise that everytime we pass Rush Street, we see a crowd.

The food on the menu is pretty good as well.  On my first visit, I tried the white pie & truffle oil pizza.  This was delicious.  Styled after Italian pizza (I’m talking about real Italian pizza, not American), the crust was thin with a little bit of crisp to it.  Since it’s been a long time, I don’t quite remember what came on it… ricotta, spinach and instead of marinara sauce, it had pesto?  I just remember rich flavor and creamy cheese.

Dan always orders the Rush Street burger ($11) sans onion strings and veggies – just meat, cheese, bacon and sauce.  Usually, the burger is well flavored and moist though on our last trip, it was a little dry and  bland.  It comes witha a side of seasoned shoe string fries.  I love the seasoning but wish they used a fatter fry than shoe string.

I’ve tried the mac n’ cheese ($6) here, too and it was definitely one of the better ones I’ve had.  It’s listed as a side dish.  The smoked duck breast salad ($12) is a real winner.  The salad – spinach, chestnuts, dried cranberries, cherries and currants and a cider vinaigrette was delicious and flavorful.  The smoked duck breast, served sliced and on the side of the salad was cooked perfectly.  Moist and with just the right amount of fatty skin, it went really well with the components of the salad.

As for pricing, it isn’t that bad…unless you order a lot of drinks.  😉

I recently discovered that they started serving brunch so I will definitely have to go check that out.

Rush Street gets 4 NOMs.

Rush Street
9546 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-9546
http://www.rushstreetculvercity.com
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