My girlfriend and I stopped at a local deli called Farmer’s Delicatessen & Bakery, which is in Cameron Park, California. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Cameron Park sits just above El Dorado Hills and Folsom.
When we walked into the deli there was an aroma that neither of us could initially place. It was that of their applewood smoked bacon. It filled the place with this a delicious, but not an overpowering, presence that made the deli fell warm and made me miss pork. Short story there, my girlfriend doesn’t handle pork well, so I don’t eat it. There are only a few tables in the deli and what initially was this odd empty serving station, which the owner later explained was used for their tasting and sampling days. There’s also a freezer stocked to the gills with various sauces, baked goods, and other to-go meals that they prep for people to take home and cook or reheat.
The only frozen food that we tried of theirs was their garlic knots, which were soft,
garlicky, and amazing after a few minutes in the oven to reheat them. I also took some to work the next day and they were just as good after a moment in the microwave. Speaking of garlic, I’ve seen some reviews of the deli saying they use a lot of garlic. I can agree with that, in that they do use garlic in a lot of their recipes from what I saw on labels, or tasted. But we didn’t find it overpowering, nor to be too much. But with so many recipes from across the pond garlic is a crucial and or recurring ingredient. Plus I love garlic.
The owners are some of the nicest restaurateurs I’ve ever met. We stopped at the deli on a whim, after seeing it in the small strip mall location for some time. Why? Becuase they wanted to talk to us, they want to share their food and did through a host of samples. Apple strudel, two or three different types of bread, some pita, applewood smoked bacon that was perfect with just enough crisp to it, their tzatziki sauce. This did pull us in further and made us want to order something.
Gyros were on the menu, and I love me a good lamb Gyro. My girlfriend ordered a chicken gyro. It made it all the better, especially for her that so much of their menu is gluten-free and vegan. The biggest thing was that everything is made fresh on site.
We ordered Gyros, which came on a cloud they called pita bread, I’m convinced they actually found a way to make clouds capable of containing their gyro ingredients. The lamb was so damn tender it melted in my mouth, and the tomato was juicy and I suspect local. Their tzatziki sauce was great, I only have one note on that, and that it had a very strong cucumber taste, that I’m not used to in the tzatziki sauces I’ve had before. But in no way was it bad, I’d love to have their gyro with this tzatziki sauce on it again. In reality, every sauce is different and this is just another version of one of the best sauces on Earth.
At the end of it all, they offered us some of their day old bread, which was as soft as could be and was absolutely perfect for sandwiches the next few days and I couldn’t help but eat it plain as a snack over the course of the next few days. We turned it into grilled cheeses and even used the rosemary and garlic bread round they gave us with some olive oil and vinegar. I would without a doubt say that if their day old bread was that good we’ll be buying some of their fresh bread. We’ve already started looking at replacing the bread we buy from the grocery store with their bread, as it’s simply better all around. From the taste, to texture and shelf life.
The last thing I want to talk about is a price. Obviously, the price is something a lot of people think about when they chose to eat out. We all want our bang for our buck. I personally feel that the deli is a bit pricey, and I know right away if you were to walk in and say that to the owners they would defend this with homemade food that is fresh and locally sourced, when available which with spring and summer quickly approaching those sources are aplenty.
Two Gyros, a lamb gyro and a chicken gyro cost us $23.76, which included tax and 3.0% debit/credit card charge that a lot of small business do charge to help offset the charge that their card processing merchant charges them. This 3.0% charge only accounted for $0.65, so that isn’t bad at all. Even on a large order it wouldn’t cost you more than a buck or so. Which for two, on are an average meal, is a bit higher. But it isn’t bad at all considering the ingredients are delicious, fresh, and the sandwiches are made to order. It’s not like a major grocery store chain with their meat and ingredients sitting in a bin under a sneeze guard. I can’t lie that I had their gyro again for lunch today.
You can visit their website for more information, or find then on Facebook, Instagram, and of course on Yelp. If you stop into the deli let them know Callib sent you, and I suggest you try the Gyros and garlic knots.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I would like to apologize for not posting this review sooner, as I got sick and wasn’t up to much of anything short of breathing for a few days.