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Biancos Deli – Contra Costa's first certified green restaurant (good roast turkey)

Krys | Apr 14, 200501:26 AM

Appian Way – El Sobrante (Around the corner from Tandoori Chicken USA).

Not only does Biancos have freshly roasted turkey sandwiches, they also have a BLUE CHEESE SANDWICH.

The Creamy cambazalo on a sourdough roll is stuffed with generous, super fresh spinach, roasted red pepper, marinated fresh mushrooms, red onion and dressed with balsamic vinegar and oil. So good.

The other sandwich I tried was the Healthy Handful. A sourdough roll spread with a cream cheese/horseradish mixture and stuffed with fresh spinach, fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted turkey and roasted red bell pepper.

It sounds better than it tastes. There is too much horseradish to cream cheese. It is too overpowering for the generous thinly sliced fresh turkey. Roast beef would be a better meat … but then it wouldn’t be so healthy, eh?

There is a sandwich sign above the deli, but it doesn’t include descriptions of their gourmet sandwiches. Ask for the printed list. Also is an almost hidden sign about pannini sandwiches. The spinach Florentine with mushrooms and five cheese sounded great.

Some of the sandwiches they have in addition to the cambazalo (love that sandwich) are:

Perfect Pesto
Homemade pesto on sourdough with assiago cheese, tomatoes, cut up artichoke hearts, roast turkey and leafy lettuce.

Vitello Focaccini
Herb focaccinii bun, horseradish, roast beef, roasted red pepper, spinach, red onion and provolone cheese.

Freddi’s Favorite
Balsamic vinegar and oil, roasted red bell peppers, fresh spinach, olive salad, red onion and havarti cheese on a sour dough roll.

There are quite a few vegetarian sandwiches with different cheeses like a Greek sandwich with feta cheese.

There are some Italian cheeses and cold cuts, but it is mainly Boar’s Head. They have a house made soup of the day, a small selection of deli salads and dishes, some cold ravioli and lasagna. They bake some of their own cookies. The oatmeal raisin sample I tried was very sweet, but it had the taste of the cookie dough in Hagan Daaz Frozen Cookie Dough Ice Cream, a flavor I favor.

They have a dozen types of Torani syrups including one flavor I haven’t seen before … cheesecake.

There is a small cookbook library. You can have a recipe copied but can’t borrow the book. The deli has been in business for over 50 years. It was in Richmond for over 25 years and the rest of the time in El Sobrante. There is a new owner in the past few years. One of the original family members still helps out in the store a few days a week.

The bread is by Maggiora Baking Company of Richmond. This seems to be the Acme of Contra Costa County as EVERY half way decent restaurant or sandwich shop features this bread. I’m not really crazy about it. It’s ok, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
Here’s a link to Maggiora Baking Company. It seems the owners were part of Toscana, Colombo.

It seems it was the first certified green restaurant in Contra Costa County. It sells song bird and fair trade friendly coffee. More info about green policy in this link.

I like the place. The sandwiches are good. It has a mini Lucca Deli feel about it where you pick out your roll from a bin for your sandwich.

4990 Appian Way
El Sobrante, CA 94803

Phone: (510) 223-4405
Fax: (510) 223-0264

Closed Sunday
Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm,
Saturday - 8am - 4pm


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