Have some food with your art in Culver City

While the opening of Expo Line is still a little ways off, it’s never too early to start planning destinations. With that in mind, let’s take the first of several looks what’s available at the terminus of Phase I: Culver City.

Tired of lofty, serious art museums? Then check out WWA gallery, located in the Culver City Art District just a 5 to 8-minute walk from (the hopefully soon-to-be-complete) Culver City Station. The cozy gallery is larger than it appears from the outside and holds a surprising amount of paintings. Shows focus on illustrative art by a variety of artists, and pieces range from ordinary to charming to fantastically grotesque. The gallery, which is also the sister gallery of the Wonderful World of Animation, is a bright, fun space to wander around. Shows change about once a month, so be sure to check WWA gallery’s website to get the latest news.

A meal at Tender Greens

Surrounding this hidden gem of art are plenty of places for you to fuel up. Right next door to WWA gallery is Tender Greens, a place that dishes up healthy salads and sandwiches. Ugo, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, sits on the other side. Just a few more steps away is Ford’s Filling Station, which is owned by the son of actor Harrison Ford.

If you prefer to combine your art and food all in one room, head south on Washington Boulevard and hit up Royal/T instead. This café/art gallery/event space contains a Japanese-style cosplay maid café serving adorable and tasty tea assortments and often hosts special events and parties. Eclectic, contemporary art decorates the interior, and you can find all sorts of cute, weird and random in their shop.