Restaurant: Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon and Carvels
Address: 3025 Forni Road in Placerville
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
“You can bite my sandwich but please don’t pinch my buns!”
Schlotzsky’s is now open in Placerville. Not only does it have great food, it also has state of the art equipment.
The new location has a self-serve beverage dispenser that was made by Ferrari in the main dining area. Yes, that Ferrari. It is an ultra-cool, ultra hi-tech touch screen machine that is really easy to use and dispenses over 180 different beverages.
Not high tech or convenient enough for you? Try this on for size: the restaurant also has a full touch screen menu located at the pumps (the adjacent AM/PM gas pumps, that is). Order, pay and pick up your order inside in just a few short minutes.
According to one of the owners, Brenda Strauch (the other owners are Brenda’s husband Matt and his brother Marc) they will do everything in their power to make sure you get your food in a speedy 3 minutes and 30 seconds after you order it, and that goes for the drive through, which is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Speaking of the drive through, it also has a self-serve touch screen for your convenience, but for those who want to speak to a real person, the old-school two-way speaker system is also an option.
The restaurant bakes all of its bread fresh on site and uses a special, proprietary blend that’s top secret. You can smell it baking as soon as you approach the front counter. That smell, that fresh-baked bread smell is one of life’s great moments and it is hard to get me and my olfactory senses away from the counter once I’m done placing my order.
I had a co-worker with me when I went to Schlotzsky’s and the thought process was to order three separate items and share each so we could make a more rounded and educated opinion on the menu.
We got the barbecued chicken jalapeño pizza, the Angus roast beef with cheese wrap and, of course, Schlotzsky’s Original sandwich.
The pizza, quite frankly, was amazing. There was a beautifully subtle hint of smoky, sweet barbecue sauce (again, a special recipe) that didn’t overwhelm the palate, the chicken was tender and juicy (not dry in the least) and the jalapeños provided a nice kick. Special mention needs to be made about the crust, which was also hand made, and was airy and fluffy and crispy all at the same time.
Those of you out there who leave that end piece of crust on your plates, let me safely say that I can guarantee that these pies will cure you of that habit.
Onto the wrap, which consisted of an oversized and very thin tortilla with extremely thin, fresh slices of Angus roast beef, and came with cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, red onion, lettuce, tomato and the signature home-made dressing.
It was a much lighter tasting meal than most sandwich wraps, which was a good thing, and it was more satisfying, taste wise, than most I have eaten. You can substitute a wrap for a bun on any of the sandwiches; although I think I’ll stick to the buns (they’re so good).
My go-to sandwich at Schlotzsky’s has always been the Original, and even though I have not had the pleasure of eating at Schlotzsky’s for well over a decade, the pleasant memories came rushing back as soon as I took my first bite. The freshness, the flavors, the tangy sauces, the fluffy bread, everything about this sandwich was positive.
I really wish I had more room, but let me at least tell you that this franchise also offers Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream products. My daughters are going to love that.
July 18 was Schlotzsky’s grand opening and people were waiting in line at 1:30 a.m. on the day before to be among the first in line when the restaurant opened.
That says something about the outright loyalty of Schlotzsky’s fans.
Make sure to check out the catering menu options and the individual box lunch options and desserts.
I have seen the future of sandwiches in El Dorado County and in it there is a Schlotzsky’s on every corner.
Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon and Carvels is located at 3025 Forni Road in Placerville. The phone number is 530-621-3025. The hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.