I know your parents are from the midwest and it's probably better not to take them to the new trendy Culver City catering to the new Hollywood pretentious geek crowd. All the good places have gone since the so-called revitalization of Culver City. San Gennarro, Thai Thai...Too Bad. Take a chance and take them to either Versaille Cuban just a mile away on Venice Blvd at Motor in a strip mall or even better, go to the next strip mall east and eat at Gloria's. Mexican and Salvadoran food. Order off of the Gloria's Special menu and get a meal for 10 or 11 bucks tops. They won't be disappointed. This is one of the best kept secrets in LA!
I know your dillema with having to search out food in LA...I am a foodie and can give you a couple good leads:
Versailles- has 4 locations including Motor/Venice, Pico/LaCienega/ Sepulveda Blvd in Manhattan Beach and Ventura Blvd in Encino. Great Cuban food for $10.00 or so.
Gloria's Venice blvd near motor in a strip mall Best kept secret in LA....Wonderful Food! Mexican Menu and Salvadoran Menu. Order off of Gloris's special menu and you will burst your bubble for 10 or 11 bucks. Best of the best!
Carnival Woodman ave corner of strip mall just north of Ventura blvd Greatl Lebanese food. Huge gyros for 6 bucks Chicken or beef kabob meal for $15.00 but feeds 2 easily
Papa Cristos Pico Blvd at Normandie Not much for neighborhood but great Greek food on the cheap. Great Chicken Kabob plate of $11.00 Can't beat it.
Remember, if your new here stay away from those trendy places that most of the dining websites want to steer you toward.. Typical LA hype. I never got it and never will... When it comes to music, dining, entertainement, etc. do your own thing. Never rely on other peoples recommendations (Me excepted of course). LA natives are very superficial and go with hype rather than substance. I have 20 years experience with this town.
Sorry your not getting the feedback you desired...You must realize that most of the westside people replying never leave the west side so prices are relative to their world. In reality you will not find a down to earth, checkered tablecloth, simple, nice Italian restaurant. This is not New York or Chicago. I'm a midwesterner so I know. If you really want something like that you will either have to go the valley or try something like Villa Italian Restaurant at 3973 Sepulvleda...The food is actually cheap and good...They don't have a website...But you will have to probably put up with the riff raff with low income families and whiny kids...If you don't mind the disturbance it is value for the money...Again, LA is not like a midwest city...You won't find a simple, nice clean and reasonable place on the west side with well behaved people...Remember there is no middle class here...You are either in the trendy high end area or the low income area....