Matt and I drove over to Point Richmond a couple of weeks ago to take some photographs. It’s an interesting area with some nice old houses and storefronts – a hidden gem. According to the Point Richmond History Association, Point Richmond was once an island on San Francisco Bay and the birthplace of the city of Richmond. Point Richmond is now a Richmond neighborhood and considered its “old town.”
If you spend a little time walking its hilly streets looking at Victorian and Craftsman-style homes, you’ll have no problem grabbing a bite when you’re done. Since we like delis, and think there are not enough of them in the Bay Area, we almost always go to Little Louie’s (49 Washington Avenue). Now, if you’re from a place like New York (like us) or Chicago or even LA, you won’t consider this a “real” deli, rather a good Cali-style fancified kind of deli/casual eating establishment where you can get decent sandwiches.
Little Louie’s is a comfy place where you order at the deli counter and your food is brought to the dining area in the back room. Matt and I opted for panini – one prime rib and one chicken – and a Caesar salad.
The Caesar salad ($5.95) was a nice big bowlful of fresh romaine tossed with the customary trimmings with dressing on the side. It was the perfect thing for us to split with the sammies.
My prime rib panini ($9.25) was very good. and not over-grilled. I give them credit for serving this, because you have to strike a balance with prime rib that’s not cooked to order. Too much grilling and you’ll wind up with overcooked meat – too little and the fat will not have softened sufficiently to get good flavor and mouthfeel. This is exactly why I buy a prime rib at Christmas that is about the right size for one meal – it’s just not the same as a left-over. My still-pink slice of meat, of a sufficient size, was topped with melted cheddar and sauteed onions and served on a high-quality sourdough roll, most likely from Semifreddi’s. It was served with beef jus for dipping, a pickle spear and a couple pepperoncini.
The chicken panini ($8.50), served on a ciabatta roll with spinach, tomato and jack cheese, arrived naked on the plate – no pickle, no nothing, but was tasty. It could have used a few more minutes on the panini maker, but other than that, there were no complaints. I can’t say it was as good as the prime rib sandwich, though.
If you’re in the area I suggest you give this place a try. They’re very nice there, and have an extensive menu, including numerous breakfast items (they actually serve a full breakfast) and carry the whole nine yards falling under the category of “coffee and” if you don’t want a full meal. Burgers, sausages, bagels – it’s all there. They open at 6:00 a.m. during the week and 7:00 a.m. on weekends, but be sure to check their hours because they are open for breakfast and an extended lunch only.