Cheap Eats: Bourbon Street Deli Café
Grab an affordable taste of the Big Easy
Diabloland is 2,250 miles from New Orleans, but you can get a taste of the Big Easy at this new café. Owners Troy and Shannon White serve up a variety of American and Cajun dishes, with a heavy focus on sandwiches and great value.
The double-decker panini ($6.99–$7.99) are so ginormous you can easily share them—or take home half for another meal. The New Orleans panini ($7.99), with ham, pastrami, turkey, cheese, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, and melted cheddar, oozes with creamy “comeback sauce,” a blend of condiments and herbs popular in the South. A Cajun grilled cheese ($6.95) offers a bold and spicy twist on the classic, with Muenster, pepper Jack, and andouille sausage. Also on the menu are NOLA favorites, such as muffuletta ($7.75) and po’boys ($6.99–$7.99). All sandwiches come with a choice of potato or macaroni salad, Cajun slaw, fruit, or chips.
Should you veer from the sandwiches, the subtly spiced jambalaya is a White family recipe sold by the cup ($5.50) or bowl ($7). Generously portioned salads ($6.99–$7.50) range from the signature salad, with organic baby greens, chicken breast, candied nuts, feta, and raspberry vinaigrette, to the BBQ chicken with cheddar, corn, and bacon topped with barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. A basket of Cajun or sweet potato fries is $3.99.
Cross-country: Maybe the South isn’t your thing? Head to New York with hot pastrami ($7.25) or to California with herb-rubbed grilled chicken and lemon-thyme aioli on multigrain bread ($6.99).
Second cup o’ joe: Stop by after 10 a.m., when the café opens—and your first caffeine jolt is wearing off—for chicory coffee ($1.25) and not-too-sweet beignets (three for $3).Bourbon Street Deli Café, 2217 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Ste. F, San Ramon, (925) 831-1795. Lunch and dinner daily.