(One of) The Best Sandwich(es) I’ve Ever Eaten

Bay Cities Italian Deli is located in Santa Monica. The first time I heard about them was on an episode of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on Food Network. This was awhile ago, too. Like at least a year. Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, owners of Border Grill not too far away from this deli, raved and raved about this sandwich, the Godmother, on a sandwich episode. The bread, the meats – Genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, and prosciutto, the veggies, the cheese – provolone, the pepper salad – it was all good. As I soon found out, Bay Cities is kind of a “thing.” I received many very positive reviews from friends and family encouraging me to go.

Well, April 30, I found myself in Santa Monica for a book signing at Williams-Sonoma for Giada De Laurentiis’s newest book, “Giada at Home.” This was the fifth Giada book signing I’d been to, and I FINALLY managed to say something other than “Thank you!” while smiling profusely. Yes, yes, I can get starstruck rather easily. Anyway… Since I was so close, I might as well go to Bay Cities, right? Right.

Parking was a bit complicated, but I eventually decided on the grocery store parking lot across the street – the lot that had signs telling drivers that it was grocery store parking ONLY. Oh, well. It wasn’t crowded. I was a little afraid as there was a security guy walking around, but my car was still there once I returned. The line inside was everything I’d heard about it – horribly long. The place was packed. But about 95% of the people were there for the Godmother, the famed sandwich. They had some pre-made in baskets, but I wanted a freshly made one.

Finally it was my turn to order. A small Godmother with (most of – no pickles) all of the works with sweet pepper salad in lieu of the hot. (The works include mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, lettuce, Italian dressing, and hot or sweet pepper salad.) I think it was the sweet anyway. Either way, I had to smell it the whole way home. That was like at least 45 minutes. It was ridiculous. What was I thinking not just eating it right away…in my car…while I was pseudo-illegally parked?? Next time, next time…

I unwrapped this so-called godly sandwich…and I wasn’t that impressed. It looked good, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t get what the big deal was. Then I tasted it. And then I knew what the big deal was. This was, hands down, one of the best sandwiches – one of the best “Italian meats” sandwiches – I’ve ever had, if not the very best. The flavors are amazing together – the pepper salad definitely stands out – as does the bread – even though it didn’t look like too much to me. For now, it’s the epitome of what an Italian deli meats sandwich should be for me. And without further adieu…

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  1. #1 by Miss. R on November 22, 2010 - 6:51 pm

    I need to try this place :)

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