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Feb 16, 2014 12:43 AM

Does anyone else hate Bay Cities (venice)?

There is an old post about how great this is so I think I need a counter-post.
I ate there before 1990 &even then it wasn't great. Was crowded (inside& outside), and building looks ugly (inside& outside).
The 2 negative posts described this correctly, I think. The "bread" they are talking about, is not great, like Subway. Someone said machine made.
To answer that person's post, there is a lot better stuff. (both quantity& quality) It would have to be really extraordinary to make it worth the wait& decor.

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  1. Er, do you mean the Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica (not Venice)? And have you been there more recently? Seems a little odd to judge a place by your visit(s) more than 2 decades ago....

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    1. re: ilysla

      The "bread" they are talking about, is not great, like Subway
      This says it all. Nothing else needs to be said.

      1. re: Porthos

        Bay Cities bread has as much in common with Subway's as the food at Crazy Rock'N Sushi has in common with Mori Sushi...

        1. re: Servorg

          Exactly. Deliberately inflammatory statement meant to elicit responses?

      1. Of course we all have different likes and dislikes. But I wouldn't think the look (inside and out) of a take-out market would really matter much at all.

        I like Bay Cities and go there every couple of weeks. In part becasue I otherwise drive that stretch of Lincoln a couple of times a week. I like the bread. It definitely is not great and is bested by plenty of artisnal loaves, but it is fresh and it is very inexpensive. It's not dense by design, which sometimes is a good thing.

        I buy cheese there quite a bit as they have there's portioned into relatively small chunks so that one can get a nice selection without buying a lot of volume. They also have fresh Gioia burrata and terrines they'll portion out. The check-out lines, and wait therein, are not nearly as bad as the wait at the deli counter. You can even grab one of the premade Godmothers and avoid the deli line.

        It's not a fabulous place, but if one is otherwise within a few minutes drive, it's totally functional IMO.

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        1. re: john gonzales

          I somewhat agree.

          I think it's excessively ovverrated though.

          1. re: kevin

            Agree!...and this from an Italian boy someone who has been a customer for nearly 60 years! It may be one of the best of its kind in the LA area these days...but it is a mere shadow of what it once was and that was a real Italian deli with a passion for quality. Sadly, no is now more of a fast food operation (a decent one!) with a market on the side!

        2. No, I don't hate it.

          I find Bay Cities a good, consistent, nice sandwich to take along to the beach or hiking, etc.
          The lines can be long, in my experience they move fast, and the bread is really one of the reasons I like the sandwich so much, actually.
          Opposed to your 'great' bread made with the same additive they add to items that require elasticity…
          Like shoe soles.

          1. If you don't like their sandwiches (and I really do including their Chicken Parm, Meatballs and Hot Pastrami) you might try their prepared Hot Foods before you blast an entire restaurant you haven't been to in years. Some of their very tasty hot dishes include...
            Chicken Parmesan
            Eggplant Parmigiana
            Lasagna - meat
            Spaghetti with Sausage
            Spaghetti with Meatball
            Mac & Cheese (2 kinds)
            Chicken Milanese
            Pepper Steak Hoagie
            Lasagna - veggie
            Sausage & Pepper Hoagie
            BBQ Beef
            Lasagna - veggie
            Stuffed Shells
            New York Milanese
            (breaded roast beef)

            And if you don't want to go back it just makes the lines shorter for me,