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Gjusta

320 Sunset Ave.
Venice, California 90291
310-314-0320
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Gjusta +

Anne Fishbein Porchetta sandwich

Details

  • Daily, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack Food
Gjusta, which comes to us courtesy of Gjelina owners Fran Camaj and Travis Lett, is something between a food hall and a deli, a sprawling concept that assaults all your food lust receptors at once. A long glass case runs the length of the room, and behind it there’s a world of cooking and baking and activity, along with a small army of service folks who will take your order once your ticket comes up. As you walk down the expanse of the case, you’re first attracted to the cakes and pies and pastries, and then jars of deep pink pâté catch your eye, and then you get absorbed by the glistening hunks of smoked fish. Look up, and on the back counter sit slabs of roasted meats, ready to be shaved and stuffed into sandwiches. Wander a little further down and you’ll come across puffy personal pies and platters of vibrant salads. You’ve yet to even really consider the lists of options on the menus above the counter — and you already have four or five lunches in mind. How to decide? I can’t help you there. Anything you order will be better than you imagined, and wholly worth the wait to order (the place is packed) and the ritual of hovering to snag a table on the back patio. Pro tip: It’s much less mobbed in the evenings. —Besha Rodell
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