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Lunch suggestions in Santa Monica

Looking for a Friday lunch suggestion (sandwiches, salads) in the Santa Monica area to take an out of towner. Outdoor seating would be wonderful, but not required. Is there anything along the Montana strip of stores? Again, not required but we will likely go there afterwards to do some shopping. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Bay Cities deli......The Godmother Sandwich, the best in town for sure

    1. if you want to sit outside on Montana, i'd say R+D Kitchen or Babalu.

      1. Cynthia's (at 15th) or R+D (at 14th) on Montana. Both are great.

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        1. re: yogachik

          did you actually try the new
          cynthia's location?

          i heard some bad notices so far. but how was the fried chicken and how was the cobbler?

          thanks. i was a little weary of trying it.

          1. re: kevin

            I'm addicted to the chopped salad with fried chicken and have eaten there several times. I think it's a great addition to the area.

            1. re: yogachik

              did you try the burger, meatloaf, or infamous blackberry cobbler yet?

              and have you tried the blackberry crostata at Huckleberry?

              1. re: yogachik

                wait, where is this on montana? in which space? how did i miss this???

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  it's on the same block as cafe montana., i guess 16th or 17th and montana.

                    1. re: fdb

                      Yep, the sign for the bread company is still up there in fact. and it's called cynthia's on the corner, and you know what it's actually on a corner.

                      1. re: kevin

                        okay, i guess the confusing signage is how i missed it. definitely will have to check it out this weekend.

                2. re: kevin

                  I've never been to the original location but tried this one after reading about it here. I don't love the fried chicken, but my kids liked the mashed potato and mac cheese. The top crust of the blackberry cobbler tastes like a big chuck of brown sugar. While I love sweets, this is just a bit too much for me. Their cookies are really delicious though.

              2. Gotta say, Montana Avenue is sorely lacking and not just w/ restaurants, but many stores now For Lease, unless you count Father's Office, but that's not open for lunch and has no outdoor patio. Maybe Rosti - had decent roast chicken sandwich there once a long time ago.....

                If you want to go shopping afterward, might want to try Main Street instead. At least you can park, eat somewhere and maybe window shop, etc. depending on what block you ended up on. There are lots of places on Main St. that have patios, but I hate to rec anything without having eaten there and knowing your food or price ideas.

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                1. re: Phurstluv

                  Father's Office is open for lunch on the weekends.

                  1. re: yogachik

                    I know, but the OP said a Friday lunch.

                  2. re: Phurstluv

                    I agree. Montana Ave is pretty depressing these days with all the empty storefronts. I'd recommend Abbot Kinney. Better restaurants and interesting stores. Joe's, Lilly's, Primitivo, 3 Square, Jin all have patios.

                  3. Wilshire is my favorite place to dine outdoors (nice patio) in Santa Monica. On Montana, Kreation (healthy) has a zen-like back room that feels like outdoors. Non-outdoors, I like Blue Plate and 17th St. Cafe (delicious salads).