In certain circles - like ones with people who can’t go on vacation for fear their sourdough starter might die - Tartine is legendary. What started as a small bakery with long lines in San Francisco has since spawned multiple locations in SF, South Korea, and now Los Angeles. It’s a huge complex in the Row with an order-at-the-counter market area, an all-day restaurant called Tartine Bianco, and Alameda Supper Club, a slightly more upscale Italian dinner spot. The market has excellent grab-and-go sandwiches (the tuna salad is messy but fantastic), more pastries than you’d imagine, and a coffee and Soft Serve window outside.
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Cole’s in downtown is the (other) originator of the French Dip sandwich and a great place to pick up a quick beer and a sandwich.
Big, bustling, and once a gamechanger for DTLA. Unfortunately, unlike most of LA’s residents, Bottega Louie is not aging well.
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Spoonfed is an all-day place in Hollywood with a huge patio, good for a quick meal in an area without a lot of options.
John's Garden is a tiny little sandwich in the Malibu Country Mart and the best quick lunch on the coast.
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We all know the food at Gjusta in Venice is great. The real question is, is it worth the trouble? We say yes.
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