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Tucked away in an odd location, near warehouses, business parks, and a transplanted Silicone Valley giant is a little gem of a deli, known as P & A Deli.  I've had my eye on this little restaurant for a year or so, and finally today, Friday, October 30, 2015, I had the chance to pay this great deli a visit.

Photo:  P & A Deli is located on the fringe of a couple of business parks, major warehouses, and near a hi-tech giant.  Even the owner admits the location is a bit "odd."  Odd as the location may be, the access is easy, parking is ample, and there is lots of comfortable, outdoor seating.  Note the leaves are turning yellow on this late Friday morning, October 30, 2015.  Unless you know the area, or have a trusty GPS, this cafe would be hard to find.

Photo:  The restaurant is quite spacious inside, and very clean and comfortable.  Not shown in the photo are several large booths located near the front windows.  Most of the diners are nearby warehouse, business park, or hi-tech workers.  I timed my visit for late morning at 1030, as I reasoned customers would be sparse, as I would between the breakfast and lunch crowd.  My strategy was correct, as when I entered the restaurant, the only other customer was the lady at the counter, placing a "to-go" order.  I assume she must be a worker from the nearby hi-tech giant. The all-you-can-drink soda dispenser is to the left, and features Coca-Cola products, yet in the cooler, to the right, Pepsi products are available.  What?  This is a first for me...

Photo:  P & A Deli has your typical format, as the menu is posted above the counter.  You make your selection, pay for it, and your order is brought to your table.  The owners of the restaurant are originally from Laos, so the menu is mostly Asian items, which brings a smile to my face, as I adore the 5 of Asia.  It does offer a couple of "comfort food" choices, such as cheeseburgers, onion rings and fries.  Where are hot dogs?  Bottled beer is available in a cooler, but the have a small selection of draught beer on tap.  

Photo:  My order of onion rings arrives; my burger came a minute later.  This lovely lady is the owner of the restaurant, but unfortunately, I neglected to get her name.

Photo:  My very early lunch of a cheeseburger, onion rings, and a draught beer.

Photo:  Most of P & A Deli's menu is of Asian choices, yet there is a smattering of "comfort food," including burgers, fries and onion rings.  Since a burger is definitely a "minority" on the menu, how could I resist?  So I ordered a cheeseburger...  me very bad.  The friendly owner asked what I wanted on my burger, and I told her everything.  Yes, I want it all, and everything is just what I received.

The cheeseburger was definitely "old school," as it was juicy, and almost came apart as I devoured it.  The only difference between "then" and "now" was the roll - sourdough - while not "old school," was entirely delicious.  I ordered "everything" in the way of garnishes, and that's what I got, including mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce tomato and onion.  The owner asked me if I wanted a pickle - oh my! - and I got a juicy, delicious dill pickle spear on the side.

This is an "old school" burger, as when you bite into it, it's juicy, the condiments and garnishes run all over your hands, and many napkins are needed to keep your face clean.  I used a napkin with nearly every bite, as the juicy burger kept running into my beard.  Close your eyes and image that it's 1965, and that's the kind of burger you get at P & A Deli.  My kind of burger...

Photo:  I toast the friendly owner of P & A Deli, as I'm ready to enjoy a delicious early lunch.

P & A Deli is a great little restaurant!  The staff is super friendly, the prices are good, and the food is delicious.  Pay them a visit, and you'll leave with a full stomach, and a smile on your face.

P & A Deli/Cafe Asian Express
9077 Foothills Blvd. Suite 300
Roseville, CA 95747
916 783-2372

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