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Picnic Baskets, Lunch Boxes and Gourmet Deli Food in LA

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Whether you’re planning a night out at the Hollywood Bowl, a picnic in the park or just an indoor carpet picnic with someone special, LA’s food shops and eateries seem to have anticipated your needs. This town is home to some great deli/cafes that sell picnic and gift baskets, specialty condiments, great takeaway deli ingredients and meals.

Breadbar

With locations in Hollywood, Miracle Mile/West Hollywood and Santa Monica, the Breadbar fresh baked goods empire is rising. Their specialty is baking artisanal bread in the tradition of French baker craftsmen. But they also offer some nice picnic and lunch box style takeaways as part of their Marketbar menu. Breadbar's Bento box puts your picnic flavors in the hands of its chef, who selects the soup, salad, mille feuille sandwich and dessert of the day for you.

602 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
310-395-9490

8718 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA
310-205-0124

10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
310-277-3770

Froma on Melrose

Canadian epicurean Francine and her crew continue to thrill neighborhood gourmandes with this European deli and specialty food items and wine shop. It also doubles as a makeshift cafe, open for lunch and early dinner and serving up delicious sandwiches, omelets and salads. Froma sells picnic and gift baskets available for delivery or in-store pickup. Some of their products include aged prosciutto, sweet salami, a large assortment of cheeses--including goat’s milk and manchego--salmon caviar, wine, gourmet chocolate and yummy cupcakes.

7960 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
323-653-3700

Clementine

Southern California's monthly temperatures may seem to add up to one warm weather season, but Clementine hasn’t forgotten about the magic of seasonal food preparation. It has a special late summer Hollywood Bowl picnic menu as well as summer barbecue items. Christmas or Hanukkah baskets are brimming with sweet treats like hand-painted gingerbread men, butterscotch brownies with walnuts, and chewy coconut raisin and orange thumbprint cookies. On the day-to-day, its breakfast baskets contain an assortment of Clementine’s signature baked breakfast pastries.

1750 Ensley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
310-552-1080

Cube

A foodie favorite, Cube has ranked in Saveur magazine’s Top 100 List. Some of its specialty condiments include pink apple jam, a selection of domestic and imported honeys and nut and seed oils. Cube's black truffle pizza is a perfect picnic takeaway item--just as good cold as it is hot. Their menu is based on a blend of California and Italian cuisines. Cube also has a cheese flight menu including hard, pungent, mild and soft cheeses from Italy, Spain, Holland, Wisconsin and Vermont.

615 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
323-939-1148

Joan’s On Third

From a tower of cupcakes to wine, cheese, hummus and Spanish cocktail nuts, Joan’s gift baskets have something for everyone. Explore this “culinary emporium,” and you’re bound to find what you’re looking for: cheeses, olives, freshly baked pastries, seasonally inspired soups, salads and sandwiches. Joan’s also creates custom picnics for each season. Their cafe’s daily specials include grilled meat, fish, poultry, roasted vegetables, pastas and salads as well.

8350 1/2 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA
323-655-2285

Little Next Door

Little Next Door is probably best known as the less expensive, more casual ‘little sister’ bistro to adjacent French restaurant The Little Door. It’s also a fabulous place to stock up on condiments like Quince jam, truffles and olive oil. If you’re a fan of simple and healthy Mediterranean deli items, their roasted quinoa salad, green lentil salad and rotating daily deli salads are sure to enchant. Everything is local, farm fresh and organic. Gift baskets are themed: ‘Local Farmers,’ ‘Tea Lovers’ and of course the extravagant ‘Cage a Vin,’ a bird cage filled with wine and gourmet treats.

8164 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA
323-951-1010

Market Cafe at Wells Fargo Center

Brought to you by the famous Patina restaurant group, Market Cafe is your downtown hub for gourmet sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, antipasti, and salads. Its lunchbox combos are the perfect self-catered takeaway for Downtown’s busy workaday folks. Not missing a beat, Market Cafe even offers one called the Power Lunch Combo (half sandwich, string cheese, graham crackers and bottled water). All lunch boxes are pre-packaged and available in Market Cafe’s own To Go cases.

330 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA
213-680-7387

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