Yes, I'm hanging 5 stars on this out-of-the-way grocery, deli, gas station aka Oregon House Grocery & Deli. Employees and owner have hit this one right on the mark. We were ravenous by the time we arrived and the very local OHGD went above and beyond to satisfy our taste buds and tummies.
We ordered deli sandwiches. Were they gourmet? Define gourmet. They were fresh. Made to order. First thing for any sandwich is the bread. Just you're basic sliced rye -- but it was exceedingly fresh and we all noticed. Two of us had the veggie -- adding cheese -- all the veggies were cold, crisp and (one more time) FRESH! All the extras pickles, onions. We snatched it down. Our third lunch guest had sliced turkey (yes, pressed) but was perfectly content with the results -- not a scrap left.
While we waited for our lunch we explored and were amazed at what we discovered. Overlooking all the usual sodas and snack food, we found an amazing number of local/regional goods from wine, chocolate, fruits and veggies, We jumped on and bought loaves of local North Yuba Bakery bread -- that was a real treasure and another review coming up soon. Great chocolates and other taste-tempting treats. Local farms of North Yuba Grown should be part of this locavore adventure.
One last thing: Staff was friendly. Sandwiches delivered timely. Now we were there well-after the lunch rush, but still need to acknowledge good service. When we inquired about other local products they were quick to respond and happily so. Good selection of local wines, beer, coffee, jerky, produce. Much of the store is given over to what you would expect in a rural destination such as this -- but they have clearly made an effort to support locavore, farm-to-fork mantras. I can only hope it continues.
The back roads leading to Oregon House Grocery & Deli are a cyclist's dream. Along the way, make haste and get to this oasis of Visit Yuba-Sutter. FYI - Deli closes at 3pm. Grocery store is open until 8:30pm but I always recommend calling ahead. Despite being a bit on the remote side of life, prices were exceedingly reasonable -- three of us agreed. That said, one should expect slightly higher costs for places off the beaten trail.
I am saying loud and proud to be Omni-local @ Oregon House, California! There is much to see and do in this unexplored corner of the Golden State. I'll get it done! You should, too!