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Feb 1, 2009 12:01 PM

More Places Like Joan's on Third & Clementine?

I love to take home classic American food when I'm LA, to enjoy the next day. The soup at Joan's on Third is always good, and the Chicken Pot Pie from Clementine is true comfort food. Are there any other places I should try?

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  1. You might like what Cafe Sufas (as well as Surfas restaurant supply) in Culver City has to offer and if you have never been you should definitely check out Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica.

    Bay Cities Italian Deli
    1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Surfas Restaurant & Supply
    8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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    1. re: Servorg

      Some other thoughts:

      Amandine in Brentwood / WLA - City Bakery in Santa Monica / Brentwood and Bread Bar in Century City Mall as well as over by Joan's on Third.

      Amandine Patissiere
      12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      8718 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      City Bakery
      225 26th St # 25, Santa Monica, CA

    2. If you find yourself on the east end of town, Little Flower Candy Co. makes wonderful soups and the best quiche in Pasadena. In Eagle Rock, Auntie Em's has great mac 'n' cheese, enchilada pie and desserts. And in San Marino, Julienne makes an excellent beef daube, beef and vegetarian lasagnes, chicken pot pie and chocolate truffle brownies.

      Auntie Em's Kitchen
      4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

      2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108

      Little Flower Candy Co
      1424 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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      1. re: dunnbates

        The meatloaf sandwich at Little Flower is A-ma-zing!

        1. re: L nrs

          Everything I have had at Little Flower is amazing!

      2. I like Food on Pico has lots of intersting choices. Also the curious palette on Venice in Mar Vista is almost there....


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          1. LA -- esp Silverlake -- needs more of these sorta places! Tho I haven't been to Little Dom's yet (for deli) and Say Cheese really doesn't cut it for anything other than pricey sandwiches. I miss Comfort Cafe!

            1. re: Silverlaker

              Did make it to Little Dom's deli the other day. Somewhat limited selection, but very nice. I had a panini that was tasty...and they also sell sauce and meatballs separately. It's worth a stop.

          2. Thanks for all the suggestions!

            I keep forgetting about Surfas! (Went to Bread Bar this weekend--love the emmenthaler bread--the foccacia was great also. Went to La Brea bakery on Saturday--beautiful Valentine's cookies!)

            Have yet to go to Bay Cities...what should I order?

            I LOVE Amandine--go whenever I'm in the area.

            Is City Bakery better than it was--what should I order?

            Julienne is a **charm**--haven't been in years, my loss! (Auntie Em's was pretty good too.) I have not heard of Little Flower Candy Company--I've got to give it a try!

            Food on to me, I'll have to check it out. The Curious Pallette...also new to me.

            P.S. I've lately found myself in Studio City, any good take out there?

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            1. re: Funwithfood

              At Bay Cities... you DON'T mess around you do one of two things...

              1) Godmother, works, spicy... Then let it rest... The dressing and flavors of the meat MUST be given proper time to meld and become the food experience that legends are made of.

              2) Get a FRESH Baked load with Tomato and Cheese. Mixed Olives from the Olive Bar, a Ball of Fresh Moz and cold cuts from the deli (ESPECIALLY the rosemary ham). Then go out to the little strip of park along Ocean and Santa Monica and have yourself a picnic overlooking the ocean. Realize why it's called a sunshine tax and why we are so lucky to have that burden... ;D


              1. re: Dommy

                Agree with the Godmother at Bay Cities -- the rolls, the pepper relish (I like half hot half medium), the beautiful composition -- a great sandwich. After that, I turn to the vastly underrated hot side on the right near the entrance -- great meatballs (though the meatball sub doesn't travel well, better unassembled), good eggplant or chicken parm, surprising potroast or meatloaf, an excellent hot roast beef on garlic rolls on Saturdays (or is it Sundays?). I'm not an olive lover, but you gotta buy a couple of their unbelievably good rolls -- a hearty texture, a bit of crisp and bite on the crust, a touch of sour in the taste -- they label them facelles, they are dirtcheap, and they get stale in seconds or if you stare at them crosseyed.

                1. re: Dommy

                  I ordered the Godmother as per--was delish!! (I've yet to try the meatballs, fresh pasta and bread...I'll report back when I have.)

                  *P.S. When you referred to Food on Pico above, is that the actual name of a restaurant?

                  1. re: Funwithfood

                    Yes, that is the actual name... :) It's completely un-googleable.. LOL!



                    1. re: Dommy

                      No, no. Google is so smart now days it can even find the right "Food" on Pico.



                      1. re: Dommy

                        Aha--never heard of this place!--will need to stop by...

                        *My Goodness Gracious, regarding Bay Cities...I purchased their handmade pasta (looks like bumpy rigattoni), and served it with their meatballs & sauce, with a loaf of their fresh bread smeared with softened butter (mixed with fresh minced garlic/salt/pepper/basil), and baked to crunchy aromatic perfection...about the best meal I've eaten this year!

                        (The pasta was the best I've ever had--with a meaty flavor--even checked the packaging to check if chicken broth had been added. My daughter and I are not pasta fans, but we both had seconds of this hearty pasta!)

                        1. re: Funwithfood

                          I've never tried their pasta!! I'll have to check it out! :DD


                          1. re: Dommy

                            You will not be disapointed--unparalled IME.

                    2. re: Dommy

                      I'm not understanding this "let it rest" thing. You like the bread soggy? I think the crisp bread is the best part of Bay Cities sandwich

                      1. re: assassin

                        I ate it the next day--delish for me.

                        1. re: assassin

                          It should never have so much dressing so the bread gets too soggy... But In fact, a little sogginess in the inner bread (not the crust which as you noted is a wonderful thing!) is good because otherwise Bay Cities bread is too dense and overpowers the sandwich. By letting the flavors bleed into each other it's a guarentee against that...

                          Anyway, my ideal Godmother eating experience is...

                          Fax in order for godmother with works, spicy at 10am

                          Go pick up said order at 1pm

                          Put sandwich in cooler in the office (A fridge will kill a godmother)

                          Leave office at 5pm

                          Arrive at Dodgers stadium just in time for the line up to be called.

                          Enjoy said sammich and pray the Dodgers win. :)


                      2. re: Funwithfood

                        As for Studio City, Artisan Cheese Gallery has some wonderful creative sandwiches.... It's like Clementine Grilled Cheese Week... everyday! ;DDD


                        1. re: Dommy

                          Thanks Dommy...I'm looking forward to the eating extravaganza!

                        2. re: Funwithfood

                          Belwood Bakery, between Coldwater and Laurel on Ventura has good sandwiches on great breads.

                          HealthyCA on Lankershim

                          Natas Pastries