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
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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.