The Sandwichery

Review by: Jess Dawson

Pat and Sandy Watson own and operate The Sandwichery, which has stood on Tehama Street in Redding for 34 years. They never turn anyone away, even if you arrive 10 minutes before closing (guilty). They playfully josh with new and returning customers, which makes eating here a delightfully personal experience.

This is California, so avocado has a strong presence on the menu, which includes sandwiches, soups, and salads. The P.L.T.A. — pastrami, lettuce, tomato, and avocado — is not to be missed. Its pastrami is crisped to bacon-like perfection. The bread—your choice, toasted or not—is fresh and soft. The portions are huge. The Super San is another frequently-ordered item: corned beef, pastrami, and your choice of cheese. There also is a variety of vegetarian-friendly options, including a “stuffed avocado” salad.

In addition to sandwich-slinging, Sandy bakes fresh cookies. Oatmeal raisin is popular, but I like chocolate chip, which has little bits of pecans you might not notice right away. A vanilla-y aftertaste compels you to reach for another bite, and another, until — sadly — it is gone.

The cozy spot feels more like your great uncle’s living room than a deli, with a vibe that’s unabashedly patriotic. Pat has a passion for WWII history, and in fact authored an almanac on the topic. There’s a copy to peruse should you care to catch up. Photos from the war and kitschy signs like “Thou shalt not whine,” decorate the walls; model airplanes dangle from the ceiling.

Enjoy at least half your sandwich in the company of the Watsons. You’ll likely take the other half home, and Pat will be ready with a to-go bag. Pat insists on bringing them out to the car, especially if you have a dog he can pet. If you want to stay, the colorful patio out back is dog-friendly.

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