Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
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Member Reviews (26)
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersDec 09, 2013
Santa Monica’s unassuming Bay Cities Italian Deli is best known for giant sandwiches with names like The Godmother. But it’s the deli’s eight-cheese mac that L.A. Weekly singles out as the area’s number one dish of its kind. If you choose to battle the shop’s long lunch lines, be sure to order the baked version—fans on Yelp warn the macaroni side dish isn’t nearly as tasty.
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Sep 08, 2013
Get it: Godmother sandwich. Hot. And fresh made bread with butter.
Everything else is icing on the cake. Or in this case, sandwich. If you don't want to get extra deli items, they have pre-made sandwiches on the counter. If you do, however, want to wait in line for deli items, try the hot pepper salad. Also try their meatball sandwich. If you want to go really simple, grab a loaf of their freshly made breads and a stick of butter, and voila! So tasty!
The godmother is even yummier the next day - if you can wait that long!
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Jul 20, 2013
Really, really excellent sandwiches! As everyone recommends, try the Godmother. I'm not a huge sandwich person, especially one loaded with meats, but this sandwich is very tasty. Prepare for a long wait though. Sometimes, they'll have a bunch of Godmothers premade if you want to run in and grab that. There are tables and benches outdoors where you can enjoy your sandwich right away under an umbrella.
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryJul 14, 2013
Be a local and stand in line at Bay Cities. Grab sandwiches for the beach or prepared food from the hot deli counter and bring it home for dinner. The fresh bread is a Santa Monica favorite and the cheese section is great. All things Italian. Parking is tough around the lunch hour. Closed on Mondays.
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1May 12, 2013
There are a lot of Italians in the valley so I'm spoiled by the authentic Italian sandwiches in my area. Bay Cities is just average to me. The bread is way too hard. I don't enjoy have the roof of my mouth all cut up by hard ass bread.
We ordered the famous Godmother, spicy and with the works. Our sandwich was dripping wet. I didn't enjoy how soggy my sandwich was but all the liquid did help soften the crazy hard bread crust up a little. The meat quality was good.
I like that they have a big drink case and you can buy pretty unique beers by the bottle. They also have grocery items and kitchen gadgets. The store gets crazy crowded on a weekend during lunch so make sure you get a number before you start browsing the store.
They have benches outside for you to sit and enjoy your meal. The best part is the convenient parking at no charge.
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4First to ReviewMay 11, 2013
If your a sandwich fan, this place is a must visit. There are a variety of sandwiches to choose from but the must have is the Godmother. The Godmother has Genoa Salami, Mortadella Cappacola, Ham and Prosciutto as well as Provolone. The "The Works version of this sandwich includes mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade Italian dressing and pickled hot or mild peppers. I would recommend getting "The Works" and make sure its a large. The taste of this beast will have diving in from the start. I wash this tasteful delight down with a ginger beer.
The service is great, just make sure you take a number. The staff is nice and friendly as well, and will make sure that you are taken care of.
Parking can be adventurous, as this place can get busy. The wait is well worth it, as the meal you will throw down will cater to your hunger needs.
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryApr 27, 2013
definitely one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles! The sandwiches are delicious! definitely order online or phone in because the line is always at least 30 min wait. it is also a small grocery store which is worth checking. parking is hit or miss, you can park at vons no one will notice youparked there to go bay cities ;)
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3Feb 24, 2013
My favorite Italian deli. GODMOTHER SANDWICHES! Whooo! If you grab a bread loaf, it will most likely be warm. The bread is really what makes this place great. Otherwise, they have great food products for sale as well, their cheese case is quite nice. My suggestion is to order online and pick up your sandwich from the back, it's much faster and you can zip in and out. They have a small parking lot, which sometimes backs up into the street. If you haven't tried one of these sandwiches, immediately go here, I'd consider this an LA necessity.
- Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakerySep 05, 2012
One hell of a deli in a city sorely lacking in delis. There is almost always a line and for good reason. Definitely a place you need to stop by to grab a bit if possible. You can't really go wrong unless you pick something you are allergic to! Even then, you may not regret it!