Culver City continues its lure as a dining destination, with new iterations of Angelenos? beloved gastropubs seeming to open all the time. Downtown Culver City parking and crowds can be a drag, so we head to a rapidly gentrifying stretch of Washington Boulevard where we?ve discovered the Corner Door

When we walked in, this restaurant and bar instantly relaxed us with its casual, cozy dark wood decor and low lighting--all the comfort of a local neighborhood pub. Chef Luke Reyes, formerly of Venice?s the Tasting Kitchen, has fashioned a menu that contains a bit of everything. There?s a comforting spread of cider-glazed wings ($7), a grilled cheese with Fontina and caramelized pears ($11), homemade pastas (from $15) and a burger with pickle aioli ($12). Plentiful vegetarian dishes, steamed mussels and oysters balance out the lively menu.

Head bartender Beau du Bois, a veteran of M.B. Post, specializes in whimsically named cocktails, such as the Big Kid Juice Box (made with vodka, yellow Chartreuse and apple juice; $10) and Secret Stachio (with cognac and pistachio and orange liqueurs; $12).

We guarantee more innovations from this dynamic chef-mixologist duo; they live in the neighborhood, so it?s easy to find them at the Corner, tinkering away.

The Corner Door, 12477 Washington Blvd., Culver City; 310-313-5810 or thecornerdoorla.com

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