#4 – WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica – Bay Cities Italian Deli

by WestsideDB on September 7, 2010 · 0 comments

in 365 Things to do in Santa Monica,Dining,Events

I gotta hand it to the owners of this wonderful deli.  There is always a line at the lunch hour and its worth the wait to have a submarine sandwich on the world’s best bread.  (this guy doesn’t think too highly of it, but I digress and disagree) I think its some sort of Filone Italian bread that has a crunchy outside and soft innards that are perfect for soaking up whatever flavor you happen to choose that day.  The godmother and the meatball sandwich are by far the most revered.

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I used to go to the deli counter at lunch time and wait an hour to have my number called.  I even considered scalping low numbers at the deli to help make a couple extra bucks for the wait, but I never had the cajones to pull that one off.  Here’s a couple tricks to ensure your wait is as short as possible:

1. Go online and place your order. Then go pick it up 45 minutes later!  Brilliant!  Their website makes it so easy.

2. Go in at 10am.  They’re not even calling numbers, they’re just getting ready for the day and you can usually grab a sandwich pretty quick.

If the Parma Proscutto wasn’t so damn expensive, I’d get a pound, but a solid third of a pound is great snacking and these guys always seem to cut it paper thin the way I like it and its just such a superior product, that you have to try it at least fifteen times in your life.  And of course, wander around the place if you are waiting for your number to be picked – they’ve got a little of everything in there that whet’s a culinary foodie like me into spending more than I originally wanted to and coming home with some amazing things to wow people with.

Have fun.  And seriously, watch those lunchtime lines.  Closed Mondays.

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Bay Cities Italian Deli: 1517 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, (310) 395-8279

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