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Photograph: Courtesy Citizen Public Market/Wonho Frank Lee

Here’s what to eat from Citizen Public Market, Culver City’s new food hall

Including Nancy Silverton’s new Pizzette and the long-awaited outpost of Ventura’s Jolly Oyster

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Stephanie Breijo
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With four new restaurants, 200 outdoor seats and a rooftop, Culver City’s new food hall was already a sight to behold—and it’s added even more.

The sprawling 7,500-square-foot Citizen Public Market opened in November in the Citizen Publishing Company building, and now the historic former home of Culver’s most influential newspaper—and even some fictional ones for nearby movie studios—is the site of some of L.A.’s coolest new dining concepts.

The building blends Art Deco and Beaux Arts architecture, and under its grand arches, exposed beams and large windows you’ll find a few of L.A.’s coolest culinary names—including Nancy Silverton, who opened her much-anticipated pizza-leaning concept here. In total you can eventually expect eight dining and drinking options housed within the two-story space, such as a new, forthcoming California soul food restaurant from Alta Adams chef Keith Corbin, plus a designated bar.

For now only some these concepts are open, and most offer takeout or delivery services in addition to dine-in. Here’s what you’ll find in Culver City’s expansive new food hall.

Bar Bohémien
Photograph: Courtesy Stan Lee

Bar Bohémien

Citizen Public Market’s rooftop is now open, and it’s serving Spanish-style tapas and Parisian charcuterie boards alfresco (the bar comes from the team behind Highland Park’s Cafe Birdie, so expect similar vibes). On the drinks side, you’ll find a menu full of refreshing cocktails, as well as a small selection of local beer and wine. The indoor-outdoor space is currently open on a first-come, first-served basis, and it expects to up its capacity and hours once regulations ease.

Hours: Wed–Fri 4–10pm, Sat noon–10pm, Sun noon–6pm 

goodboybob

This is more than your average coffee shop, but if you just want coffee, goodboybob’s got you covered there, too. The Santa Monica café and roastery just opened a new outpost within the food hall, and by day it offers everything breezy and bright you could want: a handful of artful tartines (one topped with golden beet cream and avocado, another with smoked Santa Barbara salmon and beer mustard); fresh house-made pastries and weekend brioche doughnuts; creative salads; and breakfast chapatis.

The full coffee bar brews a daily rotating cast of beans from around the world and serves them up in lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and other espresso drinks, as well as straight pour-over coffees. As the day progresses into evening, goodboybob flips to more of a wine bar with varietals by the glass, can and bottle for some more adult sipping.

Hours: Mon–Thu 8am–8pm; Fri, Sat 8am–10pm; Sun 8am–6pm

The Jolly Oyster

Ventura’s bivalve destination is finally in L.A. (and taking orders online, too).

Those who haven’t made the trek to Jolly Oyster’s beachy digs might recognize Mark Reynolds’s operation as the Smorgasburg mainstay shucking fresh clams and oysters to order, and now you can find shuck-it-yourself oysters and clams by the dozen at its Culver City stall. You’ll be able to pick up some of our favorite seafood, farmed sustainably and with care at Jolly Oyster's own farm in Baja. The new outpost also offers shucked oysters, scallop ceviche, oyster soup featuring gochujang broth, and even trays of Santa Barbara uni—not to mention bottles of wine, plus mignonettes and gear like shucking knives if you want to bring some bivalve magic home with you.

Hours: Wed, Thu noon–6pm; Fri, Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–6pm 

Pizzette

Trust us: You want Nancy Silverton’s Pizzette. The James Beard Award winner first previewed her Culver concept out of her lauded Mozza complex and the individual pizzas—and their stuffed counterparts—are all worth an order, and we’ve been waiting a long time to taste them again. 

This fast-casual stall turns out chewy-crusted pizzas topped with simple but high-quality ingredients: There’s one featuring the phenomenal Ugly Drum pastrami with sauerkraut and caraway onion cream; another involves goat cheese with leeks, scallions and bacon. There’s a margherita and a pepperoni, of course, but why not venture out for the mortadella with whipped ricotta and pistachios? Better yet, at around $11 apiece, why not grab a couple?

If you’re in more of a sandwich mood, Pizzette also makes a sort of pizza-dough pita, using salami, porchetta, eggplant, olive-oil–braised tuna, and mozzarella with peppers to fill various stuffed pizzette flavors. The new stall even turns pizzette dough into crispy “ends” brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with parmigiano reggiano. Still hungry? Add on salads and, for dessert, mini versions of Silverton’s beloved Nancy’s Fancy Gelato.

Hours: Tue–Sun noon–8:30pm

The WEHO Sausage Co.

Chef and caterer Peter Tulaney’s temple to fresh sausage now has a permanent home. At his WEHO Sausage Co., burgers, gourmet sausage-patty sandwiches, fries and salads are the name of the game, but it doesn’t stop there: There are also vacuum-sealed raw sausage patties in a rainbow of flavors, plus house-cured smoked bacon, charcuterie plates, and frosty beer to wash it all down.

Stop by for weekend brunch to unlock a few extra items, including egg-topped sandwiches, house-smoked salmon, a breakfast burrito, and chili cheese fries smothered in white cheddar sauce.

Hours: Tue–Thu 11am–9pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 11am–9pm

Mexicology

La Tostadería’s Fernando Villagomez continues to bring his flair for Mexican street food west with this seafood-forward spot, which specializes in tacos and ceviche. Look out for a breakfast burrito, as well as the familiar Patrona Burger—where avocado, relish, Oaxacan cheese, crispy potato and a chipotle aioli pile onto a shrimp patty.

Hours: Mon 11am–4pm, Tue–Sun 11am–9pm 

Citizen Public Market is now open at 9355 Culver Blvd in Culver City, Mondays from 8am to 4pm and Tuesday through Sunday from 8am to 9pm. Vendor hours of operation vary.

This story was originally published December 1, 2020. It’s since been updated with the addition of Mexicology and Bar Bohémien to the market, as well as with L.A.’s latest dining rules.

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