To do wine country right, you need to find a good sandwich before you start. Wine tasting works up an appetite, and most tasting rooms offer overpriced cheese plates if they serve any food at all. San Luis Obispo, situated between the Paso Robles and Edna Valley wine regions, is home of the High Street Market and Deli. Open in different forms since 1927, it’s where locals get their sandwiches. Over the decades it has transitioned from neighborhood bodega to a lifestyle sandwich shop.
The controlled chaos of the deli can seem daunting. But it makes sense once you get familiar with the menu cards. Sandwiches are neat and well-built, made with thick meat and cheese slices that make a pretty picture even when condiments are applied.
The Dutch Punch is a popular choice. Served on a crisp-skinned “Dutch crunch” roll, it contains a club combo of turkey, bacon, romaine lettuce, and tomato. Avocado and chipotle mayo add California flavor.
In addition to sandwiches, the market portion of the store features a superb selection of chips and drinks — sweet, fizzy, caffeinated and alcoholic. In addition, there is more branded apparel for sale than in a stadium. Why not pick up some branded rolling papers as a souvenir?
You see, culturally, it’s always 4:20 at the High Street Deli. It’s run by a deli-loving fellow known as “Doobie.” When the clock actually shows twenty past four, customers avail themselves of deep discounts on the sandwiches.