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The foothills towns of Sutter Creek and Newcastle offer unique takes on the classic delicatessen.
9230 Cypress St., Newcastle; (916) 663-2016; newcastleproduce.com
AMBIENCE: The rust-red barn is filled with shelves, wicker baskets and wooden crates overflowing with colorful produce—a look that Whole Foods Market could only dream to recreate.
FOOD: Local produce is labeled “Placer grown,” with signs including the names and locations of its farms. The deli offers chicken enchiladas, meat and veggie lasagnas, plus salads and soups. Some sandwiches are premade, such as the turkey panini on sourdough with pesto and mozzarella. Other sandwiches and wraps are made to order. Newcastle Produce also bakes its own scones with local fruit, like ginger apricot and peach cobbler.
DRINK: Coffee and espresso drinks are made with Temple Coffee of Sacramento. Try the fresh strawberry lemonade or pick up a bottle from a vast selection of California wines.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT: A good portion of the produce comes from owner Janice Thompson’s family farm.
Sutter Creek Provisions
78 Main St., Sutter Creek; (209) 267-8034
AMBIENCE: Gold Country meets Austin. The store is a rustic throwback to the general store, with shelves filled with nonperishables, while the neighboring draft room is more like an American road stop, with aging stucco walls and a Willie Nelson icon hanging above the stage.
FOOD: Sutter Creek Provisions’ provisions range from pastas and sauces to crackers and cheeses, along with goods from Sacramento’s Preservation & co. The deli is stocked with domestic and imported cheeses and meats that make a solid charcuterie plate. A favorite sandwich is the Black Forest Ham and Swiss, made with a fresh-baked Telera roll from La Brea Bakery and organic greens from Abbondanza, a Shenandoah Valley farm.
DRINK: The draft room offers 13 handles and more than 200 craft beers by the bottle. Owner Darin Sexton rotates the hard-to-find brews, and there’s always a sour, barrel-aged, single, double and session IPA on tap. Alongside allocated beers like Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, you’ll find classic sodas by the bottle, and a few local and French wines as well.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Most Sunday afternoons, the draft room hosts live music without a cover.