(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…

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

    I need to try this place :)

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