Santa Monica Take Out
So, I'm looking for a place that I haven't considered for some good take out on a Sunday evening. My wife can't go out and our dining options are limited. I just got home from work and don't have the time to go out shopping/preparing/cooking a good meal at home, and I'd like to get something for a satisfactory early dinner.
Our likes: savory, rich, decadent. We also like grease. A good burger goes a looooong way.
Some places we frequent: Father's Office, Hurry Curry, Tacos Por Favor, Bay Cities Deli, The Counter, Juaquila, Santa Monica Seafood, Literati, Snug Harbor, & Bread and Porridge, & Lemon Moon.
So, you can see that we're not die-hard foodies seeking exotic cuisine or high prices. We used to also get BBQ from Mr. Cecil's from time to time. But then I build a smoke pit and have never gone back.
I guess I'm just looking for something within a few miles from my location (Santa Monica Blvd. & Centinela Ave) that I haven't thought of. Any suggestions?
Santa Monica Blvd. at Centinela is not officially Santa Monica -- actually West L.A. Quite near there, at the minimall on the north side of Santa Monica Blvd. at Brockton, two doors down from Monte Alban, is their sister restaurant El Super Taco. They are cheap (tacos $1.10 each), tasty (the habanero salsa is excellent), and fast. Their carne asada has ranged from charred medium-rare just cooked goodness to grey gristley awfulness. The carnitas and al pastor are usually pretty good. But the ethnic regulars all seem to order their tortas, crisped on a panini-type grill, about $5.
For the best take-out burgers in W.L.A. at a great price stop in at Philly West, a divy sports bar on the east side of Westwood Blvd. just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Their philly cheesesteaks are the best in the area (especially since Markie D's passed on), but they are surpassed by their burgers. Char-grilled, half-pound oblong mounds, juicy with grilled onions served on a hoagie roll. About $6 for a great cheeseburger, and they have free parking in the shared lot in the back.
Finally, Zankou on Sepulveda just south of Santa Monica Blvd. The best value is a whole chicken, a bunch of warm pita, and as much of their great garlic paste as they'll give you. Fast service and an easy parking lot.
Ever go to Monte Alban for Oaxacan?
Il Forno Caffe http://www.ilfornocaffe.com
If you like the food at Fred Segal, their cafe closes at 6 on Sundays, if you hit before then, they've got some great salads, burgers (my mom loves the turkey burger), and some pasta, wraps, full plates, etc.
Babalu on Montana does take out... great grilled veggie salad, yam fries, and plenty of other more decadent options, including the banana cream pie.
Barney's Gourmet Burgers on San Vicente
Kaido for some teriyaki or miso salmon
South on Wilshire for bar-ish eats
Sure you could order and pick up from Warszawa
World Cafe on Main