One of Culver City’s best kept secrets, in my opinion, is the neighborhood haunt Jackson Market. A quaint little market and deli in the heart of the residential area across from the Sony Studios, Jackson Market serves up custom, made-to-order sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Call ahead to place your order or just swing by, grab a form, and browse the wares while you wait.
I usually get a spinach wrap with prosciutto, mozzarella, spinach, cucumber, sprouts, black pepper, and balsamic vinegar. The sandwich makers are always generous with the greens, making the wrap somehow light but satisfying at the same time. Martin gets the honey roasted turkey on toasted sourdough with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and mayo; he loves his usual so much that he always digs in before I have a chance to grab a photo.
Custom order forms aside, Jackson Market offers about a dozen pre-designed sandwiches and wraps available for the choosing. On one occasion, my hand decided that it would scribble only my name and one (I repeat, one!) check mark, so I selected the Caprese – Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, and Roma tomato on lightly toasted Sourdough with Pesto and Garlic-infused Olive Oil and Balsamic. The panini-pressed sourdough offered a crunchy contrast to the soft and creamy mozzarella in the center. Delizioso!
Right next to the register, like the impulse buy section at the grocery store, sits the glass display case filled with desserts. Some are brought in by local bakers and some are made right on site. Our favorites are the super moist red velvet cupcakes slathered in cream cheese frosting.
They are baked fresh daily, but nothing beats catching them when they have just barely come out of the oven and cooled just enough to frost. $3 well spent.
Jackson Market is good for more than just lunch – they do breakfast foods too! I rarely order breakfast here (mainly pancakes, crepes, and omelets) but one day, my eyes locked on the Specials menu — Red Velvet Pancakes.
Reminiscent of giant whoopie pies, my order arrived personally delivered by the chef himself – four 8-inch diameter pancakes sandwiched with cream cheese frosting. Fluffy and bright red, the pancakes were dusted with powdered sugar and surprisingly were not sweet at all. This worked well with the frosting, which was a bit sugary for my liking. The combination made me feel warm and fuzzy.
The next time you’re in the Culver City area and in the mood to check out a place off the beaten path, cruise on over to Jackson Market. Be sure to allow some extra time to admire their eclectic selection of drinks and snacks, including Leninade, Kinder chocolates, and Uncle Eddie’s vegan cookies. After making your purchase, wander past the wine racks to the back patio for plenty of outdoor seating.
Check out Jackson Market: jacksonmarketanddeli.com
4065 Jackson Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
See their Yelp reviews here!
Tip: Don’t forget to check in on Foursquare or Yelp — they sometimes have “check-in offers” that provide discounts to frequent visitors.