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In the Northern California seaside town of Half Moon Bay, the Garden Deli & Cafe is about as old-school, no-frills sandwich shop as they come: a minimal menu of sandwich options (ham, turkey, PB&J) behind the register, a few stools for seating, picnic benches outside.
But all of their sandwiches are made on house-baked bread, immediately taking them up a few notches. While the slices of the highly-touted olive-walnut bread I tried were quite underbaked, the "French Bread" on which I ordered an egg and avocado sandwich ($6) was much better.
The egg salad was light on the mayonnaise, which I appreciated, tasting more like well-seasoned hard-boiled eggs than a mayo sandwich; whatever creaminess was lost there was more than made up for with thin, spread-out slices of soft, ripe avocado. Just one more example of why so many Californians believe that everything is better with avocado.
Garden Deli & Cafe
356 Main Street, Half Moon Bay CA 94019 (map) 650-726-3425