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Best Santa Monica game day party platters on-the-go

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Staying in with friends and family to watch college football bowl games is an annual year-end ritual for many.

If healthy and gourmet eating options are top of mind this season, try game day catering from one of these Santa Monica spots offering party platters with lighter fare.

Cheer on your favorite team with great grub on-the-go!

Rosti Tuscan Kitchen
This Montana neighborhood gem (one of three area locations) serves rustic Italian food for small, á la carte party platters or pre-set, larger party packages. Menus can also be customized.

Highlights include the Italiano package - featuring an arugula and fig salad, skinless grilled chicken breasts, and more. Assorted sandwich and panini platters offer a choice of varieties like the turkey pesto panini. The Tuscan white bean hummus is one of many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options.

Online ordering is available for delivery or pick up.

931 Montana Ave., 310-476-3780 (catering),

Border Grill
Find a spicy game day alternative at a modern Mexican favorite. One of multiple area locations (plus a food truck), this downtown restaurant favors seasonal, locally-grown ingredients - and uses no trans-fat products.

Select á la carte platters and look for starters like the quinoa fritters. Main dishes include a carne asada burrito with grilled corn salsa. For dessert, try the pastel rufina – a puff pastry with fresh berries. There are breakfast items and a large beverage list, too. A complete party package option includes a choice of menu elements.

Delivery or pickup is available.

1445 4th St., 213-542-1067 (catering), or order online through LAbite. 

Bay Cities Italian Deli
This busy deli and market has been a Santa Monica institution since 1925. For catering orders, look for a wide array of á la carte items and menus that can be customized.

Choose selections like the California-style antipasto platter, caprese sub sandwich, chicken wings, and side cucumber salad. Tray options include vegetables and dip, and seasonal fruits.

Pickup is available.

1517 Lincoln Blvd., 310-395-8279,

Seasalt Country Kitchen
Adjacent to sister restaurant Seasalt Fish Grill sits this cozy nook that favors organic and locally-sourced ingredients in its gourmet comfort food.

Pick a combo platter with salad and sandwich or protein options including a California citrus berry salad and grilled seasonal vegetable wrap. There are also rotisserie chicken platters, buffet selections, and “good morning” offerings for an early game day. Add-ons include slow-cooked turkey chili. Menus can be customized, too.

Delivery or pickup is available.

510 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-260-4888, or order online through LAbite.



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