Yes, back in 2011, I posted an article, detailing my visit to Roundhouse Deli. Fast forward to June, 2013, and Roundhouse Deli is under new management, and the new management has made subtile, yet significant changes to their menu, and mode of operation, so it's only appropriate that I publish a new article about my latest visit to one of the the best delis that I've had to visit, in Roseville, CA.
Photo: If you're a fan of tri-tip - which is "California," when it comes to barbecue - you'll want to visit Roundhouse Deli on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as they park a wood-fired smoker in front of the deli, and smoke tri-tip over oak. But if you miss "tri-tip" days, no worries, as everything on the menu is great, and the staff is friendly!
Photo: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 was a tri-tip day, so I made my way over to Roundhouse Deli to order a tri-tip sandwich, where the meat is smoked for hours over oak, on the smoker, parked in front of the deli. Friendly Drea smiles for my camera, after I asked her if I could take her photo. I always love to take photos of beautiful women! Note the railroad photos, and the poster of the Southern Pacific SD-40 locomotive. I love the railroad theme of the restaurant!
Photo: Roundhouse Deli has an appropriate name, as it's located directly across the street from the Union Pacific Railroad engine service facility in Roseville. If you're a trivia buff, U.P.'s Roseville yard is the largest railroad yard west of the Mississippi River. The term "roundhouse" is a tad outdated, as the word hails from the days of steam, when steam engines were housed in a "round house" and turned on a turntable, which isn't the case in 2013. I'm sitting on an outside table, enjoying the smell of oak, coming from the smoker, and enjoying the activities from the railroad facility, just across Church Street. You just have to love that 1965 Chevy pickup truck in the photo!
Photo: It's "Tri-tip Tuesday," and co-owner Chad has just loaded in a couple more tri-tips to be smoked. Chad and Andrea know how to cook tri-tip!
Photo: Friendly Drea, smiles, as she brings my smoked tri-tip sandwich to me. She and her husband, Chad, have owned the deli for about a year, and have made subtle, yet significant changes to the menu, all for the better. Example: tri-tip Tuesday and Wednesday... Yeah!!! You can see U.P.'s engine service facilities in the background of the photo.
Photo: I asked Drea to snap my photo, as I pose, in all of my glory, with my unwrapped tri-tip sandwich, and a quart of Corona beer. Life is good in Roseville!
Photo: My lunch of a tri-tip sandwich, and a 32-oz Corona beer. The sandwich started with 7-oz of rri-tip, smoked over oak, and was diced, and placed on a large, toasted French roll. The sandwich was garnished with diced onion, lettuce, and sliced tomato, and barbecue sauce and mayonnaise were added. Wow!!! What a sandwich! I challenge anybody to find a better tri-tip sandwich, anywhere! In the words of Icona Pop, "I Love It!"
Photo: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, I enjoyed three tri-tip tacos and a Pacifico beer. Before today, I'd never enjoyed a tri-tip taco, but Drea told me about them, so I just had to try one out. Each tri-tip taco starts on a deep-fried corn tortilla, then it's loaded with smoked, shredded tri-tip, and topped with shredded cheese, tomato and lettuce. As you can see, you get a "mountain" of goodies on each tortilla, which makes for messy eating, but that's part of the fun, and there are plenty of napkins. A "ballena" of icy-cold Pacifico beer rounds out a delicious lunch.
Photo: A few days earlier, on June 25, 2013, I enjoyed a hot dog and a Pacifico beer. Roundhouse Deli grills a delicious hot dog, and the price is only $2.50!!!
Photo: September 27, 2013 I enjoyed the "Cheeseburger Basket" and a large Pacifico beer for lunch. The "Cheeseburger Basket" starts with a perfectly-cooked, 1/3 hamburger patty on a French roll that's crusty on the outside, and chewy on the inside, just the way I like it. The burger is garnished with tomato, onion, lettuce and dill pickle slices, along with melted cheese, and includes mustard and mayonnaise as condiments, but if you've got a sweet tooth, ketchup is available in a squeeze bottle, which comes in handy for the fries. It's an outstanding burger. The large helping of fries are delicious, and cooked to a golden brown on the outside, and soft and tender inside, and aren't greasy or overly salted. I really like large, crinkle-cut fries such as these, and Roundhouse Deli knows how to cook fries! This was a delicious lunch!
I challenge you to find a better tri tip sandwich in Roseville, or anywhere else, and I challenge you to find a deli that is staffed by people as friendly as Chad and Andrea. Great food, great scenery - for the railfan - and wonderful people! Roundhouse Deli is as good as it gets!
Now, let's go back to February 07, 2011, when Roundhouse Deli was under different management...
How many times have I walked past Roundhouse Deli in the 11 years or so that I've lived in Roseville, CA? Many times... I say again... many times. Timing is everything, and it all came together at 1100 on Monday, February 7, 2011, when I finally opened the door to Roundhouse Deli.
Photo: Roundhouse Deli is located just across the street from Union Pacific's gigantic engine service facility, and offers lots of parking, and outdoor dining... with a great view of railroad operations. If you're a railfan, this is a great place to enjoy a wonderful meal.
Roundhouse Deli is a small restaurant... as you open the door and walk in, you look to your left, and see the soft drink - and beer - coolers, you turn your head to the right, and you'll see a few tables and chairs, and if you look ahead, you'll see the order counter, with the friendly chief cook and bottlewasher, Sal, behind the counter, with his reserved daughter helping him. Look straight ahead and you'll see their menu that's posted above the counter. Yes, Roundhouse Deli offers much more than hot dogs... but if you like hot dogs, you won't want to pass on Roundouse Deli.
Photo: This is the order counter with the posted menu, as Sal's daughter begins to prepare my hot dogs. She was quite shy and didn't seem to want her photo taken, so I was discreet with my camera...
Photo: This photo only depicts a small portion of the railroad memorabilia that decorates the restaurant.
Roundhouse Deli is located just across the street from Union Pacific's engine service facility - which is one of the largest rail yards on the west coast - so if you like trains, then this is a restaurant for you. Due to the close proximity to the U.P. yard, Roundhouse Deli caters to the taste of railroad employees... so if you like blue collar fare, Roundhouse Deli is your restaurant. The interior decor is railroad all the way, and even has many photos from the Southern Pacific era - both steam and diesel. If you're a railroad buff, Roundhouse Deli is the place to visit.
Photo: Sal wears a Union Pacific Railroad hat... good thing, as the deli is located as close to the tracks as you can get.
Photo: As my meal was being prepared, Sal and I had quite a conversation of experiences in Viet Nam, Mexico, and other places - we conversed both in English and Spanish - but I got him to snap my photo of me, with my two hot dogs, and my "whale" of a bottle of Pacifico beer, which is my favorite brand of beer. OK, that's a QUART of beer, but kids, I'm walking, so there's no dui in the forecast. No threat of dui, and no problem...
Oh yes... the hot dogs. Each hot dog is a quarter pound, it's split in the middle and grilled. The split dog is served on a French roll and garnished with mustard and sweet relish. Each dog is a meal in itself; I ordered two of them for lunch, and was full for the rest of the day.
Photo: You take a "whale of a beer," a couple of great hot dogs, eat half of one, and split the rest apart, and then leave the other one mostly intact, ready to eat in a few minutes. Geeeezzzzz!!!! These hot dogs are good!!!!
Sal is a great guy to talk to, and a Viet Nam veteran. He and his family will treat you well when you visit his restaurant. I highly recommend a visit to Roundhouse Deli.
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