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Where to Get Picnic Provisions This Summer Around LA

By Lesley Balla
May 20, 2014
Photo by: Joan's on Third

There are many reasons why you'll need a great picnic spread this season: concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theatre, screenings at Cinespia and Hollywood Forever Cemetery, days at the beach or an afternoon at the park, to name a few. And we know just where you should go for all your provisions. Here are 15 great spots where you can fill up on fried chicken, sandwiches, pizza, wine, antipasti, cheese and all sorts of snacks and finger foods so your picnic bags and boxes will never be empty. And yes, there is even butterscotch budino, to-go.

  • Lemonade

    With 11 locations and counting, stop here from just about any part of town to pick up salads, sandwiches, hot meals, cookies, cupcakes and, of course, a refreshing lemonade. Take your pick from more than a dozen fresh salads, from quinoa to kale to succotash to ahi tuna salad. There are also chicken cutlets, roasted salmon and braises served with rice. Cupakes are almost mandatory. Everyone can have his or her own favorites in neat little to-go boxes, and they have all the plasticware and napkins you need.

    Mulitple Locations

  • Market on Holly

    If you’re checking out one of the free summer concerts at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, this should be your go-to stop for sandwiches, salads, cheeses, desserts and more. The cases are stocked with prepared salads and cheeses, there are gourmet snacks and beverages, plus coffee and sweets. If you're putting in an order for salads, sandwich platters and sides to feed six people or more, call ahead at least one day in advance. Stop at Juice Served Here next door for an extra dose of greens.

    57 E. Holly St.; 626-844-8811

  • Cooks County

    Chefs Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat will put together a picnic basket for two with just a day’s notice. Order online and choose from spretzles, white-cheddar biscuits, cheeses, marinated beets with yogurt, farro with sugar snap peas and baby carrots, spicy shrimp skewers and more. Or make it easy on yourself and get the prix fixe deal - biscuits, cold fried chicken, green-bean salad, crunchy slaw and hand pies ($38 per person or $70 for two). Order by 3 PM one day ahead of pick-up time.

    8009 Beverly Blvd.; 323-653-8009

  • Joan’s on Third

    If you can’t find something to fill a picnic basket at Joan’s, you might as well stop eating now. The marketplace features grab-and-go salads, prepared dishes like meatloaf, chicken, roasted vegetables and more. Not to mention, the cheese and charcuterie selection is stellar. There are chips and crackers and beverages galore. And do not forget the sweets, whatever you do. Call ahead a day in advance for larger orders (here's a menu).

    8350 W. Third St.; 323-655-2285

  • Bay Cities

    The only thing you really need to know is that you can order the Godmother online and pick it up before heading east to the Bowl, the Greek or to the beach for concerts at the pier. While at the deli and market, you can pick up hot and cold items, meatballs, cannoli, sparkling water and other drinks to add to the meal. Remember: BC is closed on Mondays, something even die-hard fans often forget.

    1517 Lincoln Blvd.; 310-395-8279

  • Clementine

    You'll find everything you need to feed two or 20 people at Annie Miler’s cafes in Century City and Beverly Hills: starters like Mexican shrimp cocktail, cheese plates that feed two to four people and boxes filled with cold meatloaf, roast chicken and sides or a sandwich, side and cookie. This being Clementine, you have a whole world of sweets to choose from for dessert.

    1751 Ensley Ave., 310-552-1080; 9346 Civic Center Dr., 310-461-0600

  • Locali

    Now open in Venice Beach and Franklin Village, this deli is a great spot for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. There's also meat made from humanely raised animals that have been fed a vegetarian diet. Hot sandwiches like a vegan Reuben or Thanksgiving turkey; cold ones stuffed with hummus and vegetables or chicken and avocado, greens and cheddar; quinoa bowls and big kale salads are all made to order and packaged up for a day at the beach (Westside) or at the Hollywood Bowl just up the hill.

    5825 Franklin Ave., 323-466-1360; 701 Lincoln Blvd., 310-399-2254

  • Mozza 2 Go

    Get everything you’d get sitting at Pizzeria Mozza for the road: pizzas, antipasti like marinated peppers with tuna, white bean bruschetta, meatballs and panini sandwiches. There’s now wine too, so you can pick up everything you need in one easy stop. This is particularly useful when you're going to the Bowl.

    6610 Melrose Ave.; 323-297-1130

  • Larder at Tavern

    With three locations - the original in Brentwood, the Larder at Maple Drive and the newest, the Larder at Burton Way - it’s easier than ever to get a box prepared for a day or night out. Call 24 hours in advance for pre-selected items like slow-roasted salmon with cucumber yogurt, long-cooked cavalo nero, house-baked bread with butter and berries with crème fraîche. If you need something more spontaneously, all three locations have premade salads, meats and seafood, cheese and charcuterie, breads, crackers, desserts and more.

  • Olive & Thyme

    There are fantastic salads, paninis, cheeses and desserts, including pudding in a jar, to pick up at this Toluca Lake cafe and marketplace. Check out the array of snacks around the shop for extras, like unique chips, chocolates, cookies and more. Order 24 hours in advance for picnic boxes.

    4013 Riverside Dr.; 818-557-1560

  • Food + Lab

    The picnic boxes from this West Hollywood or Silver Lake Austrian-inspired cafe include a sandwich of your choice, a vegan salad, a side salad, a cookie, a bottle of water and biodegradable eatware. Choose from things like egg salad with asparagus on five-grain bread, chicken Wiener schnitzel with lingonberry chutney, smoked salmon with crème fraîche and cucumber on wheat bread or Austrian meatloaf. Each box is $20 per person (add $3/person for steak, salmon or prosciutto sandwiches).

  • Mendocino Farms

    From Marina del Rey to Downtown LA, the full sandwich and salad menu is available to go at any of the six locations. Construct your own picnic with seasonal choices like the new summer Cubano made with slow-braised carnitas, honey ham, housemade pickles, mojo sauce and crispy plantains; a shrimp po’ boy with Cajun shrimp, Meyer lemon relish aïoli and smoked bacon; or the wheatberry and kale Caesar salad. Order ahead for easy pickup.

    Multiple locations

  • Photo by: Ryan Tanaka

    Mud Hen Tavern

    Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger are putting together Six Pack Picnic Boxes filled with your choice of Texas chili, watermelon salad, pasta salad with arugula pesto, banana-bread Twinkies (!!!) filled with maple-espresso cream, grilled bratwurst, hummus wraps, smoked chicken-salad sandwiches and/or lamb meatball subs and salads - all for $28 per person. Order 24 hours in advance and pick up on your way to your favorite picnic spot. Available May 25-September 28.

    742 N. Highland Ave.; 323-203-0500

  • Urban Radish

    Downtown's newest gourmet market has a beautiful cheese counter, sandwiches, jams and crackers, nuts, fruit and even beer and wine to make any picnic delicious - whether it's at Grand Park or on top of a parking garage overlooking the city.

    661 Imperial St.; 213-892-1570

  • Patina at the Bowl

    Even easier for the Hollywood Bowl, order a basket from Patina and pick it up there or have it delivered right to your box. It includes seared flat-iron steak with horseradish cream and roasted aïoli, grilled salmon or roasted chicken; country potato salad; heirloom tomato salad with balsamic vinaigrette; and dessert. All baskets feed two, and if you’re really trying to impress, have it delivered in a wicker basket with all the appropriate picnic accoutrements (extra charge).

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Places Mentioned

Tavern Restaurant

NoneBrentwood

Food24 Decor25 Service22 Cost$53
 
 
 
Lemonade

Californian • West Hollywood

Food21 Decor13 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
Mendocino Farms

Sandwich Shop • Downtown

Food24 Decor16 Service21 Cost$16
 
 
 
Lemonade At Moca

Californian • Downtown

Food21 Decor13 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
Mendocino Farms

Sandwich Shop • Marina del Rey

Food24 Decor16 Service21 Cost$16
 
 
 
Clementine

American • Westwood

Food25 Decor13 Service16 Cost$20
 
 
 
Food + Lab

Californian • West Hollywood

Food21 Decor16 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
Food + Lab

Californian • Silver Lake

Food21 Decor16 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
Lemonade

Californian • University Park

Food21 Decor13 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
Mozza to Go

Pizza • Hancock Park

Food26 Decor16 Service20 Cost$34
 
 
 
Olive & Thyme

Eclectic • Burbank

Food22 Decor21 Service18 Cost$22
 
 
 
Cooks County

Californian • Beverly Grove

Food23 Decor18 Service22 Cost$44
 
 
 
Mendocino Farms

Sandwich Shop • West Hollywood

Food24 Decor16 Service21 Cost$16
 
 
 
Lemonade

NoneVenice Beach

Food21 Decor13 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
Lemonade

Californian • Downtown

Food21 Decor13 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
The Larder at Burton Way

American • Beverly Grove

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Mendocino Farms

Sandwich Shop • Downtown

Food24 Decor16 Service21 Cost$16
 
 
 
Mendocino Farms

Sandwich Shop • Beverly Grove

Food24 Decor16 Service21 Cost$16
 
 
 
Mendocino Farms

Sandwich Shop • Wilmington

Food24 Decor16 Service21 Cost$16
 
 
 
Larder at Maple Drive

American • Beverly Hills

Food20 Decor19 Service20 Cost$55
 
 
 
Mendocino Farms

NoneSherman Oaks

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
Mud Hen Tavern

Gastropub • Hollywood

Atmo.- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Lemonade Restaurant

Californian • Brentwood

Food21 Decor13 Service16 Cost$18
 
 
 
Locali Conscious Convenience

NoneVenice Beach

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
 
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