Panini @ Dry Creek General Store
- Melanie Wong
Last Saturday I took the scenic route south and stopped at the Dry Creek General Store (founded in 1886). I hadn't been here since Gina Gallo and her husband purchased it. The menu of sandwiches has taken a turn to include more italian-style cold cuts than before.
At noon time, the line was more than 30-deep. Only one of the two cash registers was staffed and the person working it was really slow. But it didn't really matter because the food orders weren't being delivered faster than his pace.
Anyway, the coppa with fresh mozz, tomato and roast garlic aioli on the special sandwich board sounded good to me. I asked for it to be pressed.
The light and airy focaccia had crisped up nicely in the press. That's all the positives I have to say, unfortunately. The bread had been slathered heavily with mayonnaise, so much that it dripped down the sides, that had no hint of the promised roasted garlic. There was lots of coppa, wadded up in big clumps. I opened it up and tried to smooth out the slices so that it would be possible to bite through. But it was pointless because the meat had been cut three times as thick as it should be. I'd hate to see what they'd do to prosciutto di parma. The coppa itself, a brand from New Jersey, wasn't very tasty anyway and the tomatoes were mealy, so after plucking out a couple bites of cheese this just went into the dumpster.
With a bottle of fancy soda and leaving the change in the tip jar, this wasted ten bucks.
Dry Creek General Store
3495 Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448