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Choppe Choppe, Culver City-Market Fresh Fast Food

May 12, 2010

Situated in the midst of Culver City, Choppe Choppe’s (formerly known at Skratch) menu features fresh, locally sourced, and artfully crafted sandwiches, salads, wraps and fresh-baked desserts – all prepared to order fast.  The chef and owner, Jeffrey Price, sets the menu apart from other lunch joints by focusing in on seasonal ingredients to produce gourmet sandwiches and wraps. Price discusses the concept of Choppe Choppe as the food he grew up on in his own home. Everything is fresh and the menu also features vegan and vegetarian options. Right now, the menu features four main proteins-tuna, chicken, pork, beef including 2 options for vegetarians. The set-up of the restaurant is small and quaint with the menu written on a blackboard showcasing the daily eats. Everything comes in either a sandwich, wrap (whole-wheat or spinach), or salad. In 2 weeks, Price will roll out a more gourmet line in his menu with family-style eats in entrée form. Along with the choices of sandwiches, wraps and salads, also includes delicious homemade soups and simple indulgences like fresh-baked cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. Not only is the food good for you, all items range from $5 to $10, with soups and sides at $2-$3, and dessert from $1-$2.  Choppe Choppe is now open until 8:30pm for those who work late. This is the perfect spot for a quick lunch date or a grab and go dinner before heading out to the movie theater nearby.

Pork Banh Mi-Seasoned Braised Pork, Vietnamese Picked Daikon and Carrots, Fresh English Cucumber, Jalapeño and Cilantro Aioli, Napa Slaw, and Sesame Ginger Dressing

Perfectly braised pork combined with a tangy slaw and sesame dressing. I loved the hint of cilantro in this sandwich and the crunch from the daikon, carrots and fresh cucumber. Although this sandwich may sound heavy, it was very light, filling and 100% satisfying. The flavors and textures in this sandwich were spot on with the perfect bread vehicle to soak up all the juices from the pork.

Barbacoa-Tender  Hand Pulled Pork smoked in a Chipotle BBQ Marinade, Farm House Cheddar, Sweet Potato and Jicima Slaw with a Squeezed Lime & Honey Dressing

Pulled pork is one of my favorite guilty pleasures in life. Choppe Choppe’s Barbacoa wrap was surprisingly light and not doused in BBQ sauce like most places. I could taste the distinctiveness of the jicima slaw and loved the crunchiness of the slaw paired with the tender pulled pork. I loved this in a wrap because it held together perfectly. You know sometimes when you order a wrap and it ends up falling apart after 2 bites? Well, this wrap was big enough to hold in all the delicious ingredients. There was a hint of chipotle in the BBQ sauce, but it wasn’t overwhelming and super spicy.

California Curry-Farm Raised Chicken Breast tossed with Flame Raisins, Green Apple, and Dried Cranberries in yogurt Mango Curry with English Cucumber and Cut Green Leaf

We decided to try one more of their items and the chicken curry stood out from the menu. I love the flavors in chicken curry and was surprised by how massive the salad was. Price pointed out that the binder for the salad is made from non-fat yogurt. Score! I’m not a fan of heavy mayo-based salads, but this salad was the exact opposite. The chicken was combined with diced green apples, raisins, dried cranberries and candied walnuts with hints of curry on a bed of leafy greens. Absolutely love the addition of the crunchy candied walnuts , every restaurant should take note and add some sort of candied nuts to their salads. My dining companion got this version in a wrap to go because it was just that good.

Thanks Choppe Choppe for the delicious lunch, will be back to try the rib eye options soon!

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