In a town where everybody down to the K-Mart cashiers is friendly; where you live for the light on the Sierras at dusk and at dawn; where people don't wear a lot of black (except for the LA crowd poolside at the Creekside), perhaps Raymond's does seem a tad weird: the staff does not give you a toothy grin when you order; it's darker than a bat cave; and everyone, including half the customers, eschews all colors to the south of dark brown.
Now that this acknowledgement is a done deal, here's the bottom line: Raymond's has the best sandwiches in town. We've ordered take out twice: tuna on wheat; Pastrami; turkey with cranberry mayo; and chicken salad, and there was not even a B+ among them. This is way better than Schat's and, unlike Schat's, they don't call in the photo police if you take a picture or two; they serve wine and beer; and there's a fro yo bar with toppings for the droopy drawer set, so there you go.
I am sure other posters are right in their grumblings about Raymond's closing early; Raymond's being standoffish; Raymond's over the top penchant for sarcastic wall decor -- but then I would also bet that they've never set foot in Manhattan, either.
Finally, the prices are incredible: two sandwiches ring in at $15, which is a dollar more than the pre-packaged stuff at Joseph's; the same as Schat's (but fresher); and cheaper than most of the coffee bars in town.
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