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Decent but quick lunch for 10 in Santa Monica?

We'll be on a tight schedule, but would like a nice lunch in the Santa Monica area. We may end up at the Broadway Deli, because they'll hold the table and do a nice job. Any other ideas? This is a weekday business lunch and we'll be in somewhat of a hurry.

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  1. how much time? deli type food? any area preference in SM?

    1. Please, skip Broadway Deli. Nice job doesn't make up for average food, at best. So many places in Santa Monica. I will think about other options.

      1. Right you are...

        No it doesn't have to be deli food, I'd hope it wasn't. They just happen to be very accommodating.

        We'd be up for anything we could get in under an hour. Even if we have to order ahead.

        1. What about CPK or Chez Jay?

          1. You can order ahead at Literati Cafe, on Wilshire. It's a bit of an informal place, but quick service.

            Or, you could try its more upscale neighbor, Literati II.

            1. Were you thinking downtown SM? Because there's also Daily Grill, but that's further inland.

              I can understand why you'd want to go to Broadway, though. Broadway is the highest grossing restaurant in the city, and it's not because of the fine food. I don't find Broadway all that quick, by the way.

              I prefer Shutters, and it's maybe a wee bit more than Broadway, but worth the extra buck or two per person.

              1. border grill on 4th around the corner from broadway deli is great and you can be in and out in under an hour. it makes for very good lunch food because it caters to the less adventerous to the sophisticated palate.


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                1. re: revets2

                  I always enjoy Border Grill. If you call in advance and let them know the time involved I am sure they will be accommodating. It's not intimidating food. There is paid parking at the corner of Broadway and 4th I believe.

                2. Fritto Misto on 4th Street.

                  1. We ended up at the Broadway Deli. Food was agreeable and the service was excellent. Nobody believed that the Border Grill would be fast enough. Next time...

                    Thanks for the suggestions.