There are only two food reviews in this month’s food digest because it’s only been three weeks since our last digest. So, let’s dig right in to review sandwiches from Sizemore Country Store and chicken from Carl’s Jr.

Sizemore Country Store

Last month, my mother told me about Sizemore Country Store in Volcano since she read about it in the Amador Ledger-Dispatch. So, on November 3 I decided I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful autumn day and drive to Volcano to pick up lunch for us.

My mother agreed, and I shared the Sizemore menu on their Facebook profile page with her. She ordered an egg salad sandwich on sourdough bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles—no onions—and mayo only. I ordered a tuna salad sandwich on rye bread with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, red onions (yes, please), and mayo.

My mother’s egg salad sandwich had bits of egg and tomato that peeked through from between the lightly toasted bread and lettuce leaves. My mother said her sandwich was one of the better ones she’s had, with tasty egg salad, fresh produce, and sweet pickles. The bread held together from the first bite to the last, and no ingredients dropped out as she ate.

Sizemore Country Store tuna sandwich on ryeMy tuna sandwich was bursting with tuna salad in between two slices of toasted rye bread, though on one slice the top piece of bread had a crease in it. The tuna and lettuce stayed between the bread, but there was so much tuna that pieces of tomato and pickles dropped out when I put the sandwich on a dinner plate.

I found the tuna bland but the vegetables fresh and tasty. So, I felt like I was eating a vegetable and tuna sandwich instead of the other way around. The bread slices were thin and I had some trouble holding the sandwich together. I needed a fork to scoop up bits and pieces of tuna and vegetables that fell onto my plate.

In sum, we give a green light for Sizemore Country Store with the caveat that if you prefer stronger tuna flavor in your tuna sandwich, you may want to select something else on the menu. You may want to have a different bread other than rye, too.

The cost for our sandwiches was a little over $13. View the menu on the Sizemore Country Store Facebook profile page.

Carl’s Jr.

My mother and I hadn’t been to Carl’s Jr. in Martell for at least two years, and I recently saw TV commercials promoting their new Chicken Tender Bites. Then we received a mailed ad with a bunch of coupons from Carl’s Jr., so I decided to pick up lunch on November 10.

My mother ordered a five-piece chicken tenders combo with small fries and a small Dr. Pepper advertised on one coupon. I ordered six pieces of Tender Bites with one coupon and a small order of fried zucchini with another coupon.

The dining room was closed, so I had to order at the drive-thru. It took a few attempts for the woman taking my order to understand what I wanted, but once she did, I pulled up to the drive-thru window…and waited for more than five minutes. Another employee came to the window and told me that the chicken had to be refried in fresh oil, but he said the good news is that the chicken would be fresh. I received my food about three minutes later.

Carl's Jr. Chicken Tender Bites with Fried Zucchini and dipping saucesAnd fresh and juicy the chicken was. My mother said her chicken tenders were salty, but she found they tasted better with the packet of buttermilk ranch sauce included with her order. She also liked the shoestring fries with skins on the ends—she said the fries were crispy with the right amount of salt and potato inside.

The chicken bites weren’t salty, and I found the breading just crispy enough with moist chicken inside. The buttermilk ranch sauce was also a good compliment for the chicken and the fried zucchini. The zucchini wasn’t too hard or too soft, and the crispy herbed and salted breading on the ten zucchini slices makes them a tasty alternative to fries. However, if you don’t like herbs, you’ll want to stick with the fries.

My mother and I drained our packets of buttermilk ranch sauce during our lunch. We saved the two sealed packets of Carl’s Jr. house dressing, which is a ranch variant, for a future dinner.

We bring out our green light for Carl’s Jr. chicken, fries, and fried zucchini. With the coupons, we spent just over $10. You can view the latest menu, offers, and more on the Carl’s Jr. website.

Amador Business Ticker food reviews are adventures in local dining with Editor Eric Butow and his mom.