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Delicious Spree LA to Z...B is for Beacon

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LAist is going on a delicious spree around LA from A to Z. This week, the buzz is about the letter B. We visit Beacon in Culver City today.

The lunch menu at Beacon is smartly organized, but it hints at an identity crisis because there are so many categories: small plates, large plates, soups, salads and sandwiches, noodles, sushi and sashimi. Though it is an asian cafe, some of the dishes are purely asian, some are fusion, and some are downright burgers. You can’t go to Ruth’s Chris and order a roast chicken, and you can’t go to Beacon, "an asian cafe" and order a burger and fries. We wasn't at all turned on by the noodles or sushi, and wondered if anyone would come to Beacon over say, a ramen house or a sushi bar.

We started with the green bean and smoked tofu salad, which was a little too tart, especially since we were expecting a sweet, creamy dressing. Perhaps it was the banyuls of the banyuls-sesame dressing. We wouldn’t order it again. However, though they weren’t sensational, the crispy vegetable springrolls we would order again. They were screaming hot, straight to the table from the fryer, so the paper thin skins were still flaky crisp. The filling was a little squishy for our taste, but perhaps that was better for soaking the fairly thin sweet and sour sauce. They weren't the best springrolls LAist has ever tasted, but hey, they’re deep-fried.