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Bay Cities Italian Deli

Nate Mar 13, 2006 12:14 PM

First time hearing of the place and eating there. I ordered a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich.

It was really good.


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    sillygoosedown Mar 6, 2010 06:12 PM

    Putting the sandwiches aside, Bay Cities is a terrific store. Their freshly baked bread is among the best in Santa Monica. Good selection of cheeses including excellent mozzarella and burrata. Great olive bar. Excellent frozen pizzas and gnocchi. (I'm an evangelist of their frozen four-cheese gnocchi and truffle pizza, which are among the best gnocchi and pizza I've eaten in LA.) Decent wine and spirits selection--strong in Italian. Very good deli items. Hard-to-find specialities like mostarda di cremona, panforte, and fig cakes. Lots of gourmet ingredients (e.g., a wide selection of capers and dried mushrooms).

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    1. re: sillygoosedown
      Azizeh Apr 12, 2010 04:35 PM

      Just be sure to check the expiration dates on the condiments. I've purchased a couple of rancid items, wasn't too thrilled about that.

      I also don't like that they don't put dates on their food items, like the cheese. I've noticed mold on the cheeses that they wrap themselves. Maybe I just have bad luck.

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        Funwithfood Apr 13, 2010 11:08 PM

        Agree, as much as I like Bay Cities--I had to point out to someone that an olive oil ($$$) was past it's expiration. Seems like bad mgmt to not keep an eye on this sort of thing.

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          a_and_w Apr 14, 2010 09:15 AM

          I, too, have learned to check expiration dates on EVERYTHING there. Makes me wish they would spend a little less time watching for shoplifters, and little more time looking for expired food products.

    2. Funwithfood Mar 6, 2010 06:06 PM

      Take home the fresh pasta in the fridge in the back, their meatballs and sauce (warm up front), and their bread, which you will slather with garlic butter....that's amore!

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        Sasha Mar 20, 2006 01:25 PM

        Oh yeah is it crowded. Fax in your order and pick it up without waiting.

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          Azizeh Apr 12, 2010 04:35 PM

          ...or just wear a low cut shirt. Just sayin.

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          Bim Mar 14, 2006 12:09 AM

          I'm only gonna say this once, so listen up -

          Sopressata and provolone, with Italian dressing and spicy pepper salad. They really should name this one after me.

          Remember where you heard it.


          PS try the 'pot roast.' Just do it.

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            JohnnyLightOn Mar 13, 2006 07:45 PM

            They make the best sandwiches I've ever had. My favorites: turkey and swiss (sounds mundane, tastes heavenly), Godmother (Italian meats and cheeses), and meatball (hot).

            They use Boar's Head meats, which contributes to their greatness, plus they bake their own bread which could not be better.

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              Hershey Bomar Mar 13, 2006 03:13 PM

              Some one posted that Bay Cities has GREAT hot wings. Anyone else tried 'em. I never go to that part of town or I would.

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                kevin Mar 13, 2006 09:54 PM

                i might have rec'd the wings there, truly good if you like pretty spicey (but it's not super super hot), it's pretty spicey, not too much frying going on, so not at all that greasy, and all the meat comes right off the bone, in my opinion it's the best in town for wings.

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                  LuluTheMagnificent Mar 6, 2010 07:37 AM

                  I just had these wings last night! AMAZING. I want some more. They taste like a less greasy, higher end "golden bird" piece of chicken with a kick! I wasn't prepared for the spice, but loved them. $8.99lb.

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                    a_and_w Mar 6, 2010 10:16 AM

                    Wow... I had no idea. Thanks for the tip!

                    PS: Have you ever ordered the wings on-line?

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                      LuluTheMagnificent Mar 6, 2010 12:46 PM

                      No, I went in to get a sandwich and saw a woman getting them. I asked the guy behind the counter to try one, he was offended, but gave me one, delicious! I got a pound, the only thing is they got a tab soggy on the drive home(SM to koreatown), I put them in a cast iron pan on low and simply lightly refried them. Good as new! Next time I will leave the lid open or eat them there. As soon as I ate them, I thought, Chowhounds has been holding out on me. :)

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                        LuluTheMagnificent Mar 11, 2010 09:39 AM

                        I messed up!!! I realized yesterday that Kevin was talking about the hot wings, I was talking about the chicken wings. There is a difference, they have both. I got the chicken wings and not the hot wings. They look just like the chicken wings, but with some hot sauce on them. I bet they are good too. But, I was talking about the chicken wings. So if anyone goes there is a difference.

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                Xericx Mar 13, 2006 02:02 PM

                The meatball sub rocks.

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                  malibumike Mar 14, 2006 10:21 AM

                  Yes, it's probably the best.

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                    LuckyO Mar 14, 2006 11:15 AM

                    Yeah, with provolone and the spicy peppers. Sausage is good, too, done the same way.

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                    a_and_w Mar 6, 2010 09:16 AM

                    I like to get half meatball, half sausage. Order online to avoid the crowds.

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                      wienermobile Mar 6, 2010 09:29 AM

                      I like the hot Pastrami with the works. it's really good,

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                        a_and_w Mar 6, 2010 10:16 AM

                        Thanks for the tip! Have you tried the hot pastrami at Capriotti's? Spectacular, especially if you like cole slaw.

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                          maudies5 Apr 12, 2010 04:26 PM

                          I ate at Capriotti's for the first time today (BH location). Had the turkey, cole slaw, 1000 isle dressing sandwich. It was outstanding. Agree that the cole slaw great.

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