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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.

      3. 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.

                1. 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...

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                  1. re: Funwithfood

                    Yeah, any recommendation for Father's Office needs to come with a directive to read the other threads on the place before going. It's...not for everyone. And that's being charitable.

                    1. re: Funwithfood

                      Too bad you didn't cross the street to Marmiton or Babalu... both would have been better than Rosti (assuming that was where you went across the street from FO...

                      1. re: Emme

                        Emme, tell me about Marmiton and Babalu (sounds so Ricky Ricardo-ish). What shall I order, etc. at each?