I am a big sucker for a good veggie sandwich. Panera, Specialty’s and Le Boulanger have satisfied my needs for the most part. But there is always a desire to find more places to pick up a sandwich or a soup when in a hurry. I had heard of Erik’s Deli Cafe with its many branches in the Bay Area. Never been to one. I had eaten their food when it was delivered for a couple of work lunches but never been to the delivering cafe. So on a Friday, a small batch of us drove up to the one on Steven’s Creek. I was not sure if this place would have any veggie sandwiches. I was pleasantly surprised to find not one but three veggie sandwiches on the menu (under its own Vegetarian category which is always a good indicator of the owner’s intentions).
The place had the look of a barn/shed with a lot of equipment from one such. The ambience felt like I was in a midwest movie. Interesting for sure. The deli makes sandwiches on demand so that was a good thing. I ordered a “Farmers Market” veggie sandwich. Imagine to my surprise when discovered that the place sold Sioux City brand Sarsaparilla Soda. Now, if you arent a purveyor of Sarsaparilla soda, you definitely should give it a shot. It is a South American drink that surprisingly is found in South India too under the name of “Nannari“. Once I made the connection a few years ago, I have tirelessly pursued good sarsaparilla syrup/soda to very little luck. I was thrilled to find out that Erik’s carried it. +1 in my books.
The sandwich was fresh and made with a nice molasses based bread that had a mild sweetness to it. The hot mustard sauce contrasted very well with the sweetness of the bread. The veggies tasted fresh and I loved the overall feel of the sandwich. It was not too small nor was it large for a lunch. Just the right size for me. Having water in small Mason jars was a nice touch (see photos). One of my colleagues had ordered a slice of carrot cake for dessert and I sampled it. It was nice. Moist without cinnamon overwhelming the cake. And the almonds were plenty too :).
Overall, walked out a happy man. And stopped by Tea Verde for a bubble tea (review for another day).
Ambience: 4.25/5. The place felt like a very clean barn/shed from a Western. And it was pleasant.
Service: N/A. It is almost self serve. So nothing to rate here.
Food: 4.5/5. I loved my sandwich and what little of the carrot cake I tasted.
Price: 4.25/5. Not too expensive. Felt cheaper than Panera for price per ounce of sandwich if you know what I mean.
Restroom: N/A. Didnt have a chance to review and rate.
Overall: 4.25/5. I loved the place and strongly recommend a visit when you get a chance.