Time out: Mr. Pickles is at the top of the sandwich game

By From page B3 | February 21, 2014

Mr. Pickles Restaurant: Mr. Pickles

Address: 4601 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville

Phone: 530-642-1677

Hours: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Mr. Pickles is in Placerville and doing very well.

Did you know you can buy Mr. Pickles T-shirts, hats, hoodies, bumper stickers, even a Mr. Pickles antennae topper (all available at ‘Tis true, this county has its share of “Pickle Heads,” those who swear by the Pickle Man’s Dagwood delights and who wear their pickle apparel proudly. Say that 10 times fast.

Hyperbole aside, I heard that Mr. Pickles has some of the best, freshest sandwiches in the county so I took a couple of friends to check it out.

Their regular menu is to the point, the way a specialty restaurant such as this should be, with a mere 20 varieties of sandwiches to choose from.

Of course, this does not count the thousands of variations that the collective imagination of El Dorado County residents could come up with utilizing Mr. Pickles “Create Your Own” option.

The first thing I notice is that they bake their own bread, daily, which is a must for me. No fresh bread? Sayonara sandwich joint wannabe.

I totally ignore the caloric number and order my “Italian Stallion” on Dutch crunch. For those of you not familiar with the afore-mentioned “Stallion,” it is a hearty helping of ham, salami, pastrami with jack cheese and Italian (naturally) dressing.

You can have the fixin’s your way, I chose “everything (naturally) — which is mayo, tomato (sliced extremely thin; some folks have an issue with that, I actually like it that way), pepperoncinis, mustard, onions, lettuce, garlic sauce and … duh … pickles. With it comes a side of cookie, freshly baked that very same day — a very nice touch.

Two co-workers accompanied me to Mr. Pickles. One ordered the roast beef sandwich, which is self explanatory, the other favored the Reggie-Reggie, which comes complete with juicy, sliced chicken breast with melted pepper jack cheese and Baja sauce.

Co-worker No. 2 absolutely loved and subsequently devoured his RR and co-worker No. 1 thought his roast beef sandwich was pretty special but had one small complaint — the lettuce.

Mr. Pickles serves their sandwiches with shredded lettuce and he prefers his sandwiches with a whole leaf.

I prefer mine shredded and companion No. 2 was indifferent in regards to the lettuce controversy. A minor quibble, to be sure, and overall the experience was way above average.

Regulars will often see owner Claude Sutherland milling about, chatting with customers and making sure their experience is a pleasurable one.

He has really done a fantastic job with the place. It is spotless and runs like a well-oiled machine, thanks to his friendly and super dedicated employees.

A unique feature is the drive-through that he put in when he first took ownership in December 2013. He has done wonders with the landscaping and firmly believes (as do I) that this feature of convenience will help attract new customers. That drive-through, in addition to Mr. Pickle himself (out there on the sidewalk in front of the joint virtually every day, waving you to ‘come on in’), should help ensure Mr. Pickles’ future here in the county. That and those amazing sandwiches.

Mr. Pickles is located at 4601 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville and is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The phone number is 530-642-1677.

Earle Camembert

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