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Santa Monica.....???

I occasionally find myself in Santa Monica, but only have time for a quick bite. Can anyone recommend any delicious 'take out'...bakeries, delis, etc? ANY ideas welcomed!

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  1. Bay Cities Italian Deli on Lincoln. Order the Godmother with the works.
    Tacos Por Favor on Olympic at 14th. Order the chorizo and cheese tacos.

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    1. re: whatsfordinner

      Concur w/ Bay Cities.

      Tudor House for pastries or tea or sammies or pasties... Custard tarts!!!!

      Cute new bakery/coffee place on Montana on the north side between 9th and 10th... blanking on the name, but it says tazzo di espresso on the window.

      Take-out a burger from the Counter

      Mrs. Winston's salad bar

      Il Forno Cafe

      Amandine on Wilshire

      Fred Segal Cafe actually has some good stuff

      Urth Caffe on Main

      Newsroom Cafe

      A little further south is 3 Square Bakery

      Abbot's for a slice

      Joe's Pizza will open soon...

      Nagao for a Japanese salad

      Broadway Deli also has some decent salads too-- the nicoise

      1. re: Emme

        Second on 3 Square. Great brunch and the bakery next door has the best blueberry scones you will ever have.

      2. re: whatsfordinner

        Bay Cities is a good suggestion, but it is only quick if you order ahead of time, or plan on grabbing a hot sandwich from the hot table line.

        1. re: dynamike

          They usually have Godmother sandwiches and a few others that are prepared and placed by the counter. I never understand why people bother to order and wait when they can just grab one and go.

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        1. Bravo pizza on main has decent pizza by the slice.

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          1. re: marlane

            Their Cheese Explosion is my single favorite slice in LA and I have turned countless friends on to this really chill cool place.

          2. Country Mart - go to the Rotisserie Chicken stand and get a chicken basket.

            If it's after 5PM, go to Father's Office, their service is unbelievably quick.

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            1. re: yogachik

              Wow, thanks to you all--SO many options! (..."I won't go hungry again"!)

              Is "Country Mart" the restaurant name? (for rotisserie chicken)

              Emme, what do you recommend at Fred Segal, Newsroom Cafe, and 3 Square Bakery? (want to make the most of my visit :))

              1. re: Funwithfood

                Brentwood Country Mart. It's at the corner of 26th and San Vicente.

                I love the bread sampler at 3 Square, the burger, the sandwhich sampler, and the nicose salad if you're looking for something healthier.

                1. re: Funwithfood

                  At Newsroom, the bran muffins are really good (the healthy ones)... though alas I can't indulge anymore give the gluten issue, but also the eggplant quesadillas, chopped veggie salad, and scrambles (if there for breakfast time).

                  At Fred's, the Pear Chicken Salad, the lentil/veggie burger, and for healthy days, the chicken breast plate... here's the menu http://www.cafeatfredsegal.com/menu.html
                  and i've sipped the smoothies... yum.

                  1. re: Emme

                    isn't the s.m. newsroom location called something else now? i could swear i read somewhere that it had changed. i think the word 'espresso' was in the name...

                2. re: yogachik

                  Good call on Father's Office. Country Mart rotisserie chicken is good, but we've tried everywhere (Cal Chick, etc.) and still can't find a place that beats Albertson's.

                3. All good suggestions, but based on your original question, Bay Cities appears to be the 'must-go'. The line gets crazy at lunch so consider faxing or ordering online first. Godmother is amazing. Good meatball sub. They also have a great hot deli bar that has no line with pasta, occasional pizza, eggplant parmiagiana, etc.

                  Panini Garden on Main St. is also a great lunch find if you want to check out that part of Santa Monica. 3 choices of bread, and tons of panini options. Nice patio in the back for outdoor dining.