Santa Monica Pier

Anyone who knows me, knows that every time I come out to LA, after I stop at In-N-Out, I have to go see the ocean. And just about every time it has been at the Santa Monica Pier. I don’t quite know what it is about this place, but I absolutely love it. Even if it is basically a kitchy touristy trap these days. It’s just so much fun to be out near the ocean!

Pictures & a Vine after the break.

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Bay Cities Deli

Ok. I’m going to channel @DeRushaEats here for a second.

So acting on a tip from the friends whose couch I’m crashing on this week, I wandered over to 1517 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica to have a sandwich at Bay Cities Deli.  I’d been there before, many years ago, or well 3 according to FourSquare so I didn’t exactly remember the fun of going there. A few big notes up front: 1) They’re closed on Mondays, 2) Parking is a nightmare (I found a meter 2 streets over), and 3) take a number and be prepared to wait (or order online, like I did, in which case you can walk in, go all the way over by the wine and pick up your sandwich.)

I ordered a Godmother sandwich. I’d love to tell you exactly what is on it, but uh, they don’t have it on their website and their online order is down right now. Basically what you need to know is that it is meat, cheese, and veggies squished deliciously between a baked in the deli bread roll. It’s tasty, wonderful and you’ll thank me when you try one.

I also opted to get a side size (or well side size for me) of their Salami Anti-pasto salad. It was good. Not exactly what I was expecting (I guess I was expecting more of something like Pizza Lucé’s ‘Lucky Luciano’) but defiantly good. Though one caution: the olives still have their pits.

Overall, this place is worth checking out if you ever find yourself in Santa Monica! I know I’ll be back. (And yes, it’s on the list of must-do just like the Pier and In-n-Out are now!)

Upper Midwest Regional Emmy™ Award Winning Director A. Chernow