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Apr 15, 2010 06:34 PM

Drive-thru or curb-side service in Santa Monica/West LA/Beverly Hills/We Ho/Culver City areas?

New mom seeking to limit hauling carseat in and out...

Love the Baja Fresh on Sepulveda/Olympic which will bring my food out to me.

Please don't say anything else fast food (I realize Baja Fresh sort of falls into that category...)

Looking forward to your thoughts.

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  1. Clementine is Century City is great for this. In fact, the parking situation is pretty sucky there and this is the best way to get around it.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      Curbside service, I believe, is only available until 2:30 and not on weekends. I do agree that this is a great option. Look at the online menu:
      You will see the daily soups and during April, the Grilled Cheese Offerings. The only annoying thing is that music on their website.
      Given that the service is so terrible, the parking is abysmal, the curbside pick-up is a great option if you know the menu.

      1. re: maudies5

        maudie - Clementine's fax order form says that their curbside pick up days & hours are:

        M - F from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

        Sat. & Sun. from 10 AM to 5 PM

        Now, it is possible that their website is out of date. I'll have to check with them next time I'm there and get the most up to date information about their curbside p/u hour

        ADD: Just called Clementine to get the scoop on curbside p/u and the young woman said that while they have an "attendant" on duty outside from 11 AM until 2 PM during the week, that all you need to do is call them and they will bring your order out to you. So that clears up that question...(until things change)

        1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

        1. re: Servorg

          Good to know. Thanks. The sign at the pick-up spot lists the pick-up hours from 11-2:00, thus the confusion.

          1. re: maudies5

            i had no idea there was a pick-up spot. it's always just a bunch of cars blocking the traffic coming on/off of ensley. i grew up over there. have had an intense animosity toward clementine since they replaced emil's swiss bakery many years ago. old emil lived on the block. god i loved that place. the other one down by bundy doens't seem the same for some reason.

            1. re: nothingswrong

              Yes, the parking there is just a nightmare, but there is a spot behind the building that's specifically for pick up of call in orders. Fortunately, my office is close by so that I can walk over, but even then, the lunch crowd it draws (and the way in which the crowd seems to completely overwhelm the kitchen and the staff) I think makes pick-up by far the best option.

              Have you been to the new Emil's on the north side of SaMo Blvd? I haven't yet, just curious as to how it compares.

              1. re: mollyomormon

                oh i had no idea there was a space behind clementine for pick-ups. luckily i can borrow a parking permit from the family and park wherever i want!

                which new emil's? i had no idea there was a new one. i only know about the other location which is tucked in a corner of the parking lot by that ralphs on santa monica over near western bagel and cafe 50s. please share about if you know the location. i tried looking online but couldn't find anything?

                1. re: nothingswrong

                  Yes, you are lucky! I would probably go there more often if not for the parking woes.

                  You can see from this link that emil's is now actually on Santa Monica Blvd. in a pretty new building rather than being tucked into that mini mall on Barry like it was before.


                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    okay i went by there today, to emil's. i was confused... they just moved across the street. i thought you meant there was a second location.

                    and it was a bad experience. the whole thing i loved about emil's was it really felt like an oldtime ma and pa type of place. i grew up eating their pastries EVERY morning before school and waving hello to mr. emil. the new store is very sterile and quite frankly ugly. and empty. and cold. and the pastries i got were horrible. they changed some of their recipes. very disappointing.

                    so much for nostalgia! am going to try bite, i hear good things.

                    thanks for your help by the way!

                    1. re: nothingswrong

                      That's really too bad. I haven't been there since before they moved, and I know what you mean about the quaintness of the old store. Actually, now that I think of it, Emil's was the first tip I ever got from chowhound! I posted asking fora delicious chocolate cake for my boss on the westside and someone recommended Emil's. And they were right; it was a great cake.

                      Bite is awesome! definitely report back what you think!

                      Ha! even found the post! (I used to post as DB before chowhound switched to CNet).

                      1. re: mollyomormon

                        That's funny about the Emil's chocolate cake post. I remember distinctly when I was about 8 years old, my mom sent me into Emil's to grab a baguette for dinner while she waited in the car. I stood in line behind a man who I overheard saying: "That's going to be the perfect chocolate cake for the bachelor's party!" I peeked over to see the cake and it was two large flesh-colored mounds with Hershey's kiss nipples on top. I was so shocked by it... too young to understand the novelty of a giant breast cake. But god did I love their cherry turnovers, rum-glazed cinnamon rolls and those multicolored leaf cookies filled with bittersweet chocolate. What a shame it was yesterday eating those pastries; maybe my expectations have just gotten higher over the years.

                        Anyway, I am dying to make the trip to Bite (I'm living in North Hollywood) and plan to do it this weekend.

                        Take care!

                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          just wanted to say i swung by bite today but had already eaten so i got a pan au chocolat. and by that, i mean i got three of them. they...were...GOOD! i can probably say one of the best i've ever eaten in los angeles. very pleased.

    2. Now that you mention it, some more restaurants would be wise to provide curbside pick up. Especially for those who want something more than a McDonalds. Sounds like a great idea, particularly in areas with limited parking. I know Langers downtown offers curbside.

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      1. re: Baron

        I think the Cheesecake Factory on San Vicente does this. Also, while not food per se (though a mom with a young child might go for this!), Mrs. Beasley's in the Brentwood Country Mart will meet you at the curb with any order you may place.

        Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

        1. re: Bria Silbert

          Actually, I believe any restaurant in the Brentwood Gardens offers curbside: CPK, Daily Grill, Le Provence. Moreover, Coral Tree offers curbside pick up.

          Coral Tree Cafe
          11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

      2. I got one for ya, though possibly on the fringe of the area you describe: the drive-through Gaby's mediterranean on the north side of Washington just west of Lincoln. I usually get the wraps, like a falafel or chicken kabob or shawarma. Lots of great sides too. It's relatively fast, you don't have to get out of your car, and it's very un-fast-food despite presenting a fast-food style experience with the drive-through.

        Also, The Curious Palate (very similar to Clementine) on Venice has curbside service. Check their website.

        Edit: one more. I've also done curbside pickup at the CPK in the Beverly Center. Pull into the valet parking area. CPK is CPK, what can you say, but also having a baby I'm in the same boat.

        The Curious Palate
        12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

        1. Thanks, all, for your great ideas. Re Gaby's ... how is their falafel?

          (Off topic: Has anyone eaten at the new Sunnin? I did, once, and was SOOO disappointed in the falafel - NOT FRESH! How could they let that happen??)

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          1. re: isofood

            We had take out from there as well, and while I haven't had the falafel, the other dishes we were fresh and zippy - I wonder if you got some leftovers. I'll have to check out the falafel next time.

            1. re: isofood

              Please give Mezza in DT Culver City a try. Consistently good falafel. In fact, most of their menu is loaded with winners.

              Mezza Grill
              9901 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

              1. re: isofood

                the falafal wasn't fresh in the old sunnin, so why would you expect it to be fresh in the new sunnin?
                the reason they put a microwave next to the falafal fryer in the old place was so they could reheat the falafal that they made in batches.

                1. re: isofood

                  I haven't eaten at the new one, but I have family and friends that go there often and love it. I don't know if that's what they're ordering, but they have it in their "usual rotation" of quick and close restaurants... Maybe just a bad experience?