Nestled between Bouchon Bistro and Bouchon Bar, the Bakery serves up flaky croissants, seasonal fruit tarts, and a light lunch sandwich menu.
Bouchon Bakery, 235 North Canon Drive, between Dayton and Clifton Ways (310-271-9910 or bouchonbakery.com).
Inventive hoagies (like the Pig-n-Fig with prosciutto, blue cheese, fig hash, arugula, and aioli), salads, and regional potato chips draw hungry crowds to this modern neighborhood deli.
Earl’s Gourmet Grub, 12226 Venice Boulevard, between Grand View Boulevard and Centinela Avenue, Mar Vista (310-313-1717 or earlsgourmetgrub.com).
Sandwiches like the Laurel Canyon (avocado, feta yogurt, sprouts) are the star attraction at Suzanne Goin’s 90210 marketplace slash cafe, but don’t miss the salads, pastries, house-made granola, and jams.
The Larder at Maple Drive, 345 North Maple Drive, at Alden Drive, suite 100 (310-248-3779 or thelarderattavern.com).
This neighborhood coffee shop serves the finest snacks and sandwiches around, including selections from Cake Monkey Bakery and Sweet Lady Jane.
Paper or Plastik Cafe, 5772 West Pico Boulevard, at South Ogden Drive (323-935-0268 or paperorplastikcafe.com).
Fuel up before you head for the hills with lots of vegetarian and vegan options under $7. We love the avocado-and-sprout sandwich (fake bacon bits, tomatoes) and veggie chili with vegan blue sage cornbread.
Hunker down at the farmhouse communal table with your seasonal sandwich (standouts have included havarti-and-bacon grilled cheese and albacore tuna with currants) or grab and go when you’re on the run.
Thyme Cafe & Market, 1630 Ocean Park Boulevard, between 16th and 17th Streets, Santa Monica (310-399-8800 or thymecafeandmarket.com).
Make the most of your midday break with sliders of homemade meatballs, tomato sauce, and mozzarella.
Bottega Louie, 700 South Grand Avenue, at Seventh Street (213-802-1470 or bottegalouie.com).