- Funwithfood Sep 23, 2007 08:14 AM
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!
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
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
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.
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.
Late reply... We went to Father's Office, but since I was with a 5 year old--we got bounced! (I didn't realize it was only a bar :)). We ended up across the street at an Italian restaurant (forget the name). It way okay.
Last time we were in SM though, we went to Leonidas Fine Belgian Chocolates. These were probably the best chocolates I've had! (Especially coming off the heels of a gift of chocolates from the "famed" Vosges--what a disappointment those were!)
I hope to try the other suggestions soon...