Summer is officially coming to an end, but in sunny Southern California the days are anything but cooling off. Take advantage of the drought and head outside for a picnic in a park or garden without fear of getting rained out and let one of the great places around town take care of the cooking and packing for you. Picnics aren’t just meant to be enjoyed at the Hollywood Bowl; there are plenty of spots around town to enjoy a shady tree and delicious meal.
When it comes to picnic food made easy, there’s nothing better than a sandwich. Head to one of the following sandwich shops and load up on napkins and plasticware for a picnic without prep.
Ginger Corner Market is a favorite place to stop. The market side will keep you busy deciding what bottled beverage to help wash down your gourmet sandwich. The deli side will have you busy deciding whether to get a grilled veggie sandwich or something meatier, like a ham and brie. And of course, save room for dessert with the cupcakes, cookies and other baked treats. If you’re heading to a park and bring along your pooch, you may even find a treat for the pet in the bakery!
Ginger Corner Market 217 S Michigan Ave Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 795-2447 https://www.facebook.com/GingerCornerMarket
Porta Via is another must-stop shop before heading to a local park. Hearty sandwiches filled with your choice of protein—from Kobe roast beef to turkey meatballs will keep you sustained for a hike or trek. Don’t forget to pick out some sides to go with your selection or choose a premade salad for a bite on the lighter side. If you don’t feel like going far, have a picnic one of the outdoor tables outside the shop.
Porta Via Italian Foods 1 W California Blvd Ste 312 Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 793-9000 http://www.portaviafoods.com
Float is more than just ice cream treats. Head over to the shop on Lake for an aptly-named Picnic sandwich, as well as a fast selection of bottled sodas.
Float 380 S Lake Ave Ste 106 Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 844-3488 http://floatpasadena.com