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Funwithfood Aug 12, 2009 08:07 AM

I sometimes find myself in Santa Monica, but want to hit the road back home to the OC before traffic gets bad...what is your favorite 'Santa Monica Area' take out food? (I sure wish Joan's on Third had an outpost in SM.)

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  1. Servorg Aug 12, 2009 08:25 AM

    While we have only tried the sit down portion of the restaurant this might be a good time for you to give the Larder at the new Tavern LA on Brentwood a try and see what you think.

    http://www.tavernla.com/larder.html

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    1. re: Servorg
      Funwithfood Aug 12, 2009 08:29 AM

      What do you recommend I try, what is their forte?

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        Servorg Aug 12, 2009 08:42 AM

        Both the main courses we had were very good (I had the barramundi - a type of Australian fish) and my wife had the Devil's Chicken (the devil’s chicken with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs) and I tried the lamb merguez with cous cous, almonds and roasted apricots appetizer which was great. Our "snickers bar" dessert was equally top notch.

        They were doing a busy take away business. In fact Ben Stiller was taking away food while we ate. I'm willing to bet that their salads are probably really good, but I imagine you will find quite a few tempting dishes on the downloadable menu on the Larder website I linked.

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          Phurstluv Aug 12, 2009 10:52 AM

          Heard they were really pricey in the larder. Also, where do you park?

          1. re: Phurstluv
            Servorg Aug 12, 2009 10:54 AM

            They have a lot directly beside the restaurant with some parking spots reserved for picking up "to go" food.

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              Phurstluv Aug 12, 2009 11:03 AM

              Good, will try them very soon then.

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      JeetJet Aug 12, 2009 08:58 AM

      Fresh + healthy + fast + reasonably priced + in a wrap = California Chicken Café. I drove from Malibu to SGV last week. I got hungry in Santa Monica and wanted to keep driving in order to beat the heavy traffic so I stopped for a Veggie wrap to-go (veggie rice primavera, guacamole, carrots, ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato, and mayo) and once I was on the freeway I almost turned back for a second one to take home for later. This stuff is really good. The Chinese chicken salad wrap is also great. See the menu for their list of wraps. The rotisserie chicken is succulent and it is used to make the chicken wraps. The fruit salad is awesome but it takes two hands to eat.
      2401 Wilshire Boulevard
      Santa Monica, CA 90403 (NE corner of 24th St.)
      Tel: (310) 453-0477

      Menu
      http://www.californiachickencafe.com/menus.html#wrap
      Main page
      http://www.californiachickencafe.com/

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        Cinemaverite1 Aug 12, 2009 09:09 AM

        If you like Joan's on Third, I suggest trying Clementine. They're sandwiches, salads, take out entrees and cookies have all been really good

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        1. re: Cinemaverite1
          Funwithfood Aug 12, 2009 09:43 PM

          Clementine is also a favorite--their chicken pot pie is seriously good!

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          schrutefarms Aug 12, 2009 09:17 AM

          Can't beat a Bay Cities sandwich. Yes, if you get most kinds, the bread won't make it to OC, but last time we were there, the SO got proscuttio, fresh mozzerella, roasted red peppers, and just a smear of deli mustard. It held up quite well.

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            Munniker Aug 12, 2009 12:41 PM

            I second Bay Cities. If the sandwiches aren't your thing, try their hot food counter. They have excellent pot roast, lasagna, and spaghetti and meatballs.

            They also sell great cold foods, such as cheese, olives, and loaves of bread at the market. You can make a picnic lunch out of it.

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              SmokeyDoke Aug 12, 2009 09:42 PM

              Love, love, love Baycities.

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                Funwithfood Aug 12, 2009 09:47 PM

                Was just at Bay Cities today. I love their meatballs...and their fresh pasta (in the fridge in back) is unmatched! Their homemade bread is not artisanal, but exquisite halved and topped with butter laced with minced garlic and fresh Genovese basil then baked until golden brown and bubbly...mmm!

            2. mollyomormon Aug 12, 2009 09:48 AM

              Huckleberry has a great prepared salads case if you're looking for something along the same lines at Joan's.

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                mdpilam Aug 12, 2009 10:13 AM

                More SM/WLA-ish, but some of my regular takeout includes:

                Tacomiendo

                Tacos Por Favor

                Port Royal Cafe

                Ambala Dhaba

                Father's Office (beats waiting for a table)

                Bay Cities

                Calbi BBQ truck

                Javan

                Monte Alban (though, unfortunately, they just had a fire at their building)

                Joe's Pizza

                That's all that I can think of now.

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                  Juji Aug 12, 2009 10:19 AM

                  I've always enjoyed the sandwiches at Bergamot Cafe.

                  1. Phurstluv Aug 12, 2009 10:53 AM

                    Second Tacos Por Favor, Huckleberries.

                    Unfortunately do to tight parking, I find it pretty hard to do a take out run, unless I have someone in the car with me to be the runner.

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                      Beignet1 Aug 12, 2009 11:34 AM

                      Cynthia's on the Corner
                      Kreation Kafe (great breakfast, cold tapas platter, and homemade hummus)
                      A Votre Sante
                      Bay Cities
                      FO
                      17th St Cafe
                      La Scala (just for the chopped salad)

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                        Bria Silbert Aug 12, 2009 01:11 PM

                        On weekends, my husband and I tend to get a lot of take out from Santa Monica since I cook all week; we like Rosti:

                        Rosti Santa Monica
                        www.rostituscankitchen.com

                        931 Montana Ave
                        Santa Monica, CA 90403
                        (310) 393-3236

                        and you can order online and tell them what time you will pick it up.

                        I'm SO sorry to hear it was Monte Alban that had the fire - heard Santa Monica Blvd. was closed between Bundy and Barrington and didn't realize it was that place - that's where we had takeout from LAST week!

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                        yogachik Aug 12, 2009 08:19 PM

                        Lots of great recommendations above, I would add just Cynthia's on the Corner to the list. Especially if you like Joan's on Third (Cynthia's used to be on Third, a few years ago)

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                        Cynthia's On The Corner
                        1518 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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