Sometimes we all need a break to indulge in a culinary journey. Said Faraj, remembered for his supporting role in Green Zone with Mat Damon, enjoys delicacies from around the globe. We invited him to KD Cantina for a fun evening tasting various dishes, handed down from generation to generation.

Kay and Dave, the owners of KD have delicious entrees such as Garden Burritos and Portobello Mushroom Enchilada combo and Chicken Mole Tacos, Tostadas, soups and salads.

The chef has his own enclosed garden for the spices on property and the drinks are created from scratch, as is all the food.

Pete Allman, Silvia Lopez and Said Faraj at Kand D restaurant.
L-R Pete Allman, Silvia Lopez and Said Faraj at Kand D restaurant.

Dave started his restaurant in 1999 when he gave up law and bought a run-down cantina on Pacific Coast Highway.

Although Dave had no experience in the restaurant business, he knew what he wanted in service and quality of food. General Manager, Silvia Lopez takes great care with the restaurant and diners.

Today his hard work has paid off and folks from all over Southern California dine at one of Dave’s three restaurants. Even the tortillas are made by hand and the sauces prepared from scratch with farm fresh ingredients.

Several of the recipes were discovered in Caxacan family kitchens.

Our journey began with the Cochinita Pork Pibil, slow roasted in banana leaves, prepared with Tlyudas, Molotes, Molcajete and a variety of cheeses, (Quesillo, Cotja, Ques co, and Fresco).

What a way to start off the evening.

Said Faraj Loves KD Cantina

“The cuisine is to my liking. It’s a celebration,” Faraj says.

Salad santa fe.
Salad santa fe

We ordered a Pomegranate Citrus Salad, consisting of Organic greens, mexican squash, roasted red bell peppers, pomegranates and cotija cheese. The salad aroused our taste buds for other selections which included the Molcajete Azteca, prepared in a sizzling stone molcajete with steak, shrimp, chicken, relleno azteca, anchiole chili sauce, rice, and black beans with tortillas.

For those who are vegetarians, there are some veg dishes that are very tasty. The Garden Burrito is prepared with Spinach, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, rice, black beans, verde sauce, cheese, guacamole and sour cream.

KD Cantina cuisine is a celebration

There are also Veggie Tacos, Black Bean tacos and the Oaxacan Enchilada Combo.

What is most impressive about the cuisine, is that they don’t use any lard and they offer Gluten free and Vegan options.

So, if you would like to have Dave and Kay cater your function call(310)558-8100. K and D Cantina is located at 9341 Culver Boulevard in Culver City.

Celebrity Scene News awards five stars for originality, excellent service, and tasty cuisine to KD Cantina.

Delicious KD Cantina

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Mole ingredients
KandD restaurant favorites.
KandD restaurant favorites.
Enchilada Mole.
Enchilada Mole

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Pete Allman
Pete Allman, "The Man on the Scene," is based in Marina del Rey, California, concentrating on producing feature films, television projects, and commercials. Pete also has an office in Las Vegas, which he visits occasionally.Pete is also a restaurant critic, broadcast personality and celebrity interviewer. He produces inspirational messages for television and other media.Of all the investigations he makes, we suspect he likes critiquing restaurants the most, because he can taste the food, savor the atmosphere, interact with people, and photograph all the goodies.Subscribe to Pete Allman, Writer by Email