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Best Places for Lunch Pick-Up in Santa Monica/Venice/West LA

I've been stuck in an edit bay for the last two months at Santa Monica and 21st. Every day, it's "where should we order from for lunch". So after two months of steady Santa Monica chowing for lunch I wanted to issue a report.

The vast majority of these lunches are from Santa Monica-style "cafes" with salads of various styles and sandwiches. All in my "even when great can't be more than okay" category.

The four places that I have felt have been great -- over and above cuisine which would be great any time of day -- , however, were FIG, LEMONADE, BAY CITIES and BORDER GRILL.

Any suggestions from the team?

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  1. Lemon Moon? http://lemonmoon.com/

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    Lemon Moon
    12200 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Second lemonmoon. Be warned that their deli case salads can tend to be oily, but plenty tasty. I am thinking of the walnut (and blue cheese?) pasta salad. Yummy, but if you are going to be disgusted by some oil pooling at the bottom, you might want to consider another dish. I also love their portobella mushroom sandwich. Highly recommend! They used to serve sandwiches with their coleslaw but I once asked for a side green salad substitution, with dressing on the side and was impressed by how fresh and crisp their greens were. Always got takeaway and always have had a great experience.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        +3 for Lemon Moon

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        Lemon Moon
        12200 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      2. Mendoicino Farms in Marina Del Rey has some great sandwiches. One of my favorites is the prosciutto and roasted chicken with local Gioia fresh mozzarella, crushed honey roasted almonds, basil pesto, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes on panini grilled ciabatta..
        http://mendocinofarms.com/

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Second this! I'm obsessed with Mendocino Farms right now. Also second the rec for Huckleberry, especially if you're calling ahead, allowing you to bypass the inevitably long line. I especially love their turkey sandwich or any of the deli salads if I'm picking up to go.

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          Mendocino Farms
          300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          1. re: mollyomormon

            3rd. I prefer Mendocino Farms over Huckleberry in my limited exposure.

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            Mendocino Farms
            300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          1. Baby Blue BBQ in Venice has some good sandwiches:
            "The Jack" Beer Braised Smoked Links
            w / Slaw, Cheese & Hot Peppers
            BBQ Chicken Sandwich
            Carolina Pulled Pork
            Beer Braised Beef Brisket
            Blackened Catfish Po'Boy
            Black Jack's Shrimp Po'Boy
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            http://www.babybluesvenice.com/#/menu

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            Baby Blues BBQ
            444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

            1. Also in Venice I really like the California Chicken Cafe. Great wraps and salads.
              http://www.californiachickencafe.com/

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              California Chicken Cafe
              424 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291