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Nov 29, 2010 06:34 PM

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!