Eats for L.A. iPhone Line-Waiters

We figured there'd be some Angelenos eager enough to get their hands on an iPhone 3G when it comes out tomorrow morning that they'd be waiting in line in front of the Apple Store to do so. We asked L.A. contributor Leah Greenstein for a rundown on serious eats near three Apple Stores here.

Apple Store, The Grove

The Original Farmers' Market: If waiting for your iPhone 3G at the Grove's Apple Store is starting to feel a bit like waiting for Godot, head on over here to refuel. Besides farm stands, where you can grab a piece of fruit, you can also grab tasty tacos from ¡Loteria! or a savory crepe from The French Crepe Company or even a po'boy with spicy Cajun-style shrimp that pop in your mouth from The Gumbo Pot. 6333 West Third Street, Los Angeles CA 90036 (map); The Original Farmers' Market

Apple Store, Third Street Promenade

Real Food Daily: The cool ocean breezes at Santa Monica's "Third Street" will distract your line cohorts as you dash over to RFD, where the food is organic, vegan, and amazingly good. Get the fresh juice, lentil walnut paté and any of the delicious wraps. (I love the Caesar with blackened tempeh and avocado). 514 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90401 (map); 310-451-7544; Real Food Daily

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery: Use the cell phone you're about to replace to call and order the Godmother from Bay Cities for pickup. This amazing sandwich has Genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham, prosciutto and provolone. It's not exactly healthy, but your garlicky breath may help you get to the front of the line faster. 1517 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90401 (map); 310-396-8279; Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

Jack n' Jill's: Somewhere between the super-healthiness of Real Food Daily and the carnivorous indulgence of Bay Cities are the tasty soups and salads at Jack n' Jill's. Take the Mandarin basil salad with grilled chicken with you if the weather is warm. If it's overcast, try the old-fashioned mac and cheese made from scratch with real cheddar. 510 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90401 (map); 310-656-1601;

Apple Store, Century City

Breadbar: The tastiest of options in Century City has to be Breadbar. Unfortunately, chef Noriyuki Sugie's Japanese-Spanish creations aren't for take-out, but regular menu items are. Try the fleur de sel baguette with emmenthal cheese, or grab a loaf of fresh bread and artisanal June Taylor jam and make a few friends in line. 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (map); 310-277-3770;

Ummba Grill:Take turns tossing back caipirinhas while grabbing organic Brazilian churrascaria to go at Ummba Grill. Their express lunch includes hormone-free beef tenderloin or bacon-wrapped free-range chicken for only $8.95. The price might even leave a few extra bucks in your pocket to buy that sleek iPhone cover you were eying. 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90067 (map); 310-552-2014;

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