When Nicole Bert, of Sacramento, lived in Amador County, she drove all the way to Angels Food Market in Angels Camp to get its signature Gold Rush sandwich. Many other customers of the deli the market agree that the sandwiches there are worth a long drive.
“When you live in a rural area, getting high-end food is not easy to do,” Bert said. “All the time I would come in here to get something to eat because the food is delicious; it’s fabulous. They’ve got all kinds of things.”
Bert formerly worked in the wine industry and often went to Calaveras County to participate in wine events. She believes the wine industry helps create demand for high-end foods that supports Angels Food Market in the long run.
“The wine industry is up here, so you get people who expect a higher level of sandwich,” Bert said.
She also loves the variety of the deli’s premium cheeses and breads. It offers 18 different varieties from buffalo cheddar to smoked Gouda and breads from focaccia to garlic parmesan, while other stores in the Mother Lode often only have four or five types of each, she said.
“You normally have to drive to Sacramento to get cheeses like this,” she said. “When I lived in Jackson, you could get cheddar, jack, pepper jack and provolone.”
Liz Mather, assistant manager, attributes the deli’s success to its use of premium ingredients and bread that’s baked daily onsite. Mather said the best-selling sandwich is the Gold Rush, which includes turkey, avocado and bacon on a Dutch crunch roll.
“The sandwiches are delicious,” Mather said. “People just love to come here and eat them.”
Mather said Angels Food Market averages 500 customers per day.
Other features of the Angels Food Market deli include an olive bar and sushi counter, complete with an onsite sushi chef who prepares the rolls by hand.
Eddie Kautz, 28, of Angels Camp, frequents the deli counter and orders the same thing every time: a turkey and bacon sandwich.
“It’s authentic stuff; it tastes really good,” Kautz said. “I’ve had all the sandwiches in town, SaveMart, Subway and stuff like that.” He says Angels Food Market wins for presentation, too.
“They slice it up right in front of you,” Kautz said. “It’s as much about the presentation as it is the taste.”
Angels Food Market also earned the most Best of the Mother Lode votes from readers for Best Meat Department. The meat counter is a resource for cooks, many of whom know to ask for items that may not be on display, such as soup bones or unusual cuts. In many cases, butchers will trim meat to order on the spot.