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R.I.P., Broadway Deli

Tonight was Broadway Deli's last night. I know. I know. I should be respectful when a restaurant closes its doors forever.
Not so. This overpriced, under-staffed, ,mediocre restaurant rested on its good location for far too long. I am sitting here trying to think of one redeeming feature and can not come up with anything other than its location. If desperately hungry, I would go to the counter and order a bowl of soup. That was generally satisfying.
Bruce Marder? What can I say? He is the Emperor's new clothes. He has had more failures than success'. Brass Cap: Dead-- Broadway Deli: Dead...What's left?
Brentwood, Capo, Cora's,
Now that Broadway is dead, where is the central commissary supplying the pasta and bread and desserts?

Broadway Deli
1457 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  1. I know you guys aren't big on Yelp. But two stars!? LOL. I was thinking the other day that it's weird that I live two blocks from Broadway Deli and have never eaten there. Looks like I'll never have that pleasure.

    Lemonade people: I demand that you move in there.

    Broadway Deli
    1457 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    1. Totally, Totally agree with you maudies5. Perhaps they lost their lease and couldn't justify it anymore. Oh well. Hope something decent goes in there soon. Investors, anyone??

      1. When I was single, I would sit at the bar and drink martinis, then order their very good (high calorie) creamed spinach and meatloaf to sober up for the drive home. Also had my first date/meal with my future wife there, pretending that I was cool and hip ( I am not, and have never been ). That's about it, and haven't been there in a decade...

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        1. re: silence9

          I still recall the times I had their duck enchiladas with mole sauce. It was "ala carte" and I remember the first time saying "where's my rice?" and getting a bewildered look from the waiter. It was pretty cutting edge in its day for a "Deli" - that's for sure.

          1. re: Servorg

            Probably the worst smoked fish I ever consumed was there.

        2. The only good thing I ever had there was their French toast. Everything else was just depressing. Great space and location though - I also am excited to see who moves in! My vote would be for Mendocino Farms, although it would be very big compared to their current locations.

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

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          1. re: aching

            will NOT be restaurant/food service.

          2. I am not sad about this closure. They were way overpriced. On the positive side, I did enjoy their mac n cheese. Even their turkey pastrami was good...but for the price, I prefer to drive down to Lincoln Blvd for Bay Cities. That is a good sandwich!

            1. Worst food value west of Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, ever since day one.
              Made the Hamburger Hamlet in similar times eem like a bargain.

              1. With the recent opening of Santa Monica Place with 7 upscale restaurants having superior physical locations (plus food court options...) all being less than a 5 minute (max) walk away - (a) it's a good time for Broadway Deli to close, and (b) why would anyone want to open a new restaurant in their empty spot ??


                1. story from the SM Daily Press for anyone who's interested...


                  i'm just sorry i missed the wine liquidation sale!

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                  1. I did like sitting at the bar on a Sunday brunch and ordering the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon instead of Canadian bacon, and watching the games years ago but last few years were just dreadful.

                    1. I won't miss it.

                      I'm guessing a chain will move in. High rent + pretty large space = not a mom n' pop shop, my guess.

                      I know The former Gaucho Grill that was on the Promenade has a new restaurant coming in, but the sign doesn't say what it is going to be.

                      Gaucho Grill
                      11754 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                        1. re: Azizeh

                          Loteria Grill is going into the Gaucho Grill space

                          Loteria Grill
                          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                          Gaucho Grill
                          11754 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                        2. De mortuis nil nisi bonum, but they really were terrible—with one exception: the bread pudding. When the uncaring, underpaid, overworked, frankly frigid staff could be arsed to heat up the pudding and pour the cold whisky sauce over it, it was a revelation.

                          Then again, 80% of the time you got it cold on a plate with no whisky sauce in sight, so...

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                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            Unlike Jerry's Deli - where the operative Latin phrase is: Comedi. Itaque mortuus

                          2. First time I ever had Basil & Hayden bourbon whiskey was there...a definite positive beverage memory.

                            Cant recall anything about the food except the creme brulee I had there once, which had what seemed like fish eggs, without the flavor.

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                            1. I think you're all being a bit harsh. Compared to, say, Fromins or Izzys? This was much better. Matzo ball soup was very good. The French Toast with almonds - delicious. They had a charred turkey steak with an excellent mushroom sauce. The bakery was great too. Mac n cheese hit the spot. Yeah, their service was bad and by the end it got to not bad. It look a long time. They had some great appetizers where you could put together a more than decent meal on the cheap - polenta with fresh porcinis, or the crispy potato cake with smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

                              Fromin's Restaurant
                              17615 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

                              Izzy's Cafe
                              19304 Vanowen St, Reseda, CA 91335

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                              1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                agreed...i thought the matzo ball soup was very good...and the Eggs Benedict too...and the little wine bar area up front...will it be missed culinarily? -- no, a lot of the food was mediocre...but i lived in SM Cyn for five years and it was always a pleasant place to go for a 3pm lunch and work on a laptop...

                              2. I loved the place.

                                But then again I only ate there a couple of times, and probably had that almond french toast -- which was great -- each time.