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Bay Cities Italian Deli

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

It was really good.

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  1. The meatball sub rocks.

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    1. re: Xericx

      Yes, it's probably the best.

      1. re: malibumike

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

      2. re: Xericx

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

        1. re: a_and_w

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

          1. re: wienermobile

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

            1. re: a_and_w

              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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        Hershey Bomar

        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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        1. re: Hershey Bomar

          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.

          1. re: kevin

            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.

            1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

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

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

              1. re: a_and_w

                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. :)

                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                  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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          JohnnyLightOn

          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.

          1. 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.

            -Bim

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

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

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              1. re: Sasha

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

              2. 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!

                1. 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

                    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.

                    1. re: Azizeh

                      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.

                      1. re: Funwithfood

                        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.