Last week, my mother and I realized we hadn’t been to Sutter Creek for a while, and she wanted to try Sina’s Backroads Café for lunch. Since Sina’s is open from Fridays through Tuesdays, we decided to order lunch on Friday, February 26.
After my mother and I decided what we wanted, I called Sina’s and placed our order. My mother ordered a Tuna Supreme sandwich and I ordered the Veggie Wrap. We decided against ordering any sides because we had chips at home.
The woman who took my call said our food would be ready in 10 to 15 minutes. We arrived in Sutter Creek about 20 minutes later and walked (almost) the length of Main Street to reach Sina’s. We saw a couple eating at a table outside the restaurant, but when we went inside we found only one young lady cleaning the floor and one woman behind the counter.
The woman behind the counter looked like she was preparing a wrap for another customer, so we waited a couple of minutes until she was free. She cheerfully greeted us and once I gave her my name, she gave us the white paper bag that contained our lunches. Two minutes later, we paid and were out of the restaurant.
After we got home, we opened the bag and found the sandwich and wrap were individually wrapped in white paper with the names of each meal written on the paper.
The Veggie Wrap contains cream cheese, swiss cheese, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, black olives, cucumbers, and lettuce inside a spinach tortilla. The wrap was cut in half and each half sat side by side inside the wrapper.
The wrap was well sealed and easy to eat because the cream cheese spread on the inside of the wrap helped keep it together. I could have had dressing with my wrap, but I decided to eat it straight so I could taste all the ingredients.
The only ingredients that came out of the wrap were several drips of tomato juice and a couple of slices of olives. Though I couldn’t see or taste much cream cheese, I got to see and taste some in my last two bites of the wrap when there was only the tortilla and cream cheese left to eat.
My Mom’s Sandwich
The Tuna Supreme sandwich comes with albacore tuna salad with celery and red onion, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato slices on untoasted wheat bread.
My mother said the tuna was very good, and the celery in the tuna salad was easy to spot. I agreed with her assessment because I could smell the tuna from my place at the opposite end of the dining room table.
Each layer of tuna salad, lettuce, and tomatoes was about the same height—big enough to give you a lot of taste in every bite, but about the same height as the bread slices so the bread wasn’t overwhelmed.
When my mother started eating the sandwich, she remarked that the bread seemed like typical wheat bread you could buy at a grocery store. As she ate, she revised her earlier comment and said the bread was holding up well without any tearing or moisture, and if the bread was bought at a store it was of high quality.
I could only compare the Veggie Wrap to one other wrap I’ve had locally: the Farmers Market Salad Wrap from Togo’s. Though Togo’s wrap comes with your choice of dressing, includes croutons, and is larger than what Sina’s offers, Sina’s Veggie Wrap has fresher ingredients.
That sums up our experience with Sina’s: As with many local restaurants, Sina’s offers similar food to national places like Togo’s but the quality is a step up. We turn on our green light.
We paid almost $18 for our lunches.
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Sina’s Backroads Café is at 74 Main Street in Sutter Creek, which is at the southeast corner of Main Street and Randolph Street. They are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays, and they are closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Amador Business Ticker food reviews are adventures in local dining with Editor Eric Butow and his mom.