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More than I expected in Terra Linda

Shep | May 27, 200501:13 PM

I'm used to getting less than I had hoped for, so more than I expected is evokes a mixed response of gratification and alarm.

I ordered my usual tuna salad sandwich that I get at any deli, and a small Greek salad, since it looked pretty good. Well, the "small" Greek salad was a decent enough size, with a nice mix of cucumber, tomatoes, chunks of white onion, and red bell pepper; thing is, it came served on top of a large garden salad, of mixed greens and cherry tomatoes, in a smoky balsamic vinaigrette! No extra charge. OK, I'm good boy, I eat up all my salad, it tastes pretty good, real good, in fact. Now I confront this tuna sandwich, which is starting to look as big as the Marin Civic Center. It is pretty much unadorned canned tuna, with just enough mayo to hold it together, so the flavor is all tuna. It comes as requested, tomato, extra onion, no dressings. It's mounded in the middle like a Carnegie Deli pastrami sandwich, at least four inches thick. It also tastes pretty good, but no way can I finish even the first half. I'm embarrassed at how much food I've ordered, even though it didn't seem like much. Tuna sandwich for dinner.

My associate's turkey club looked great as well, heaped high with breast turkey meat, lovely thick bacon, and the produce. The side of fries was hand-cut, and cooked golden brown.

The selection here's not huge, but everything I've ever had has been good, and there's a wide range of chips & snacks. They serve a few entrees as well as the sandwiches, mostly pasta dishes. Prices a little high, since they have a captive business park clientele, but service is quick and correct, even at mid-lunch hour.

Smith Ranch Deli & Market
101 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael
immediately off Hwy 101
415-491-1212, who knows, they might take phone orders.

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