We’ve come now to the natural border in San Leandro, the San Leandro Creek, that runs from Lake Chabot to the Bay. We are about to leave the land of Ignacio Peralta, the former Mexican land owner, who raised cattle and grains on the northside of the creek, and into the José Joaquín Estudillo estate.
There are so many cool old photos, and maps of the area, giving rise to thoughts of people settling here 176 years ago. So many of the plots of land are now honored with street names, where huge orchards, cattle pastures and grain fields used to be. What’s your favorite historic San Leandro fact?
But for now, let's settle in on a sandwich.
at 1070 E. 14th Street is a small cafe right on the edge of the creek just past City Hall and the police station. They are open early — 6 a.m. 'til 5 p.m. — and serve up yummy coffee and pastries for breakfast, as well as salads, and sandwiches for lunch. Their website needs a bit of attention, as all the photos are linked incorrectly, but they link to the pages they are supposed to, at least!
There is a surprising back patio area overlooking the creek/jungle, that you would never think would be there. On this beautiful day we could see tons of blackberries that were just starting to think about being ripe. Only the most bold and daring person could venture down there though, as the blackberry bushes were about 5 feet tall.
I didn’t get a good photo of Roccab’s interior, as it was hella crowded when we entered, and when we left, which is always a good sign. I borrowed this one from the kids over at yelp.
I consider myself a bit of a sandwich connoisseur, in fact at my house we measure price by the equivalent number of sandwiches something would cost. ”Fix the roof?! That’s like 1,500 sandwiches right there!.”
Roccab's has the usual deli selections and bread, and the two sandwiches we had were great. My roast beef was perfectly cooked and still moist, and the bread was super soft and delicious. The turkey sandwich was also delish.
Not much to report other than they were nice enough to let us bring the dog out to their patio. Thanks sandwich people! Maybe I’ll stop in for breakfast on my way to work sometime!
Roccab’s Café and Deli: 1.8 miles roundtrip
Total travelled so far: 17.9 miles
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