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Week 12: Roccab’s Café and Deli

Roccab’s Café and Deli at 1070 E. 14th Street is a small cafe right on the edge of the creek just past City Hall and the police station.

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!

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Distance traveled:

Roccab’s Café and Deli:  1.8 miles roundtrip

Total travelled so far: 17.9 miles

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Barry Kane July 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Cool, thanks for the review, its on my list to try! Great that they are dog friendly on the patio, a place for "us" to go after a walk. 6 AM - 5PM 7 days a week or just weekdays, I wonder?.
Jill Replogle July 25, 2011 at 02:07 AM
I love Roccab's. One of two places in town where you can eat creekside, and the porch is really quiet and lovely. The coffee is good and the owners are super nice.
Michael Barber July 26, 2011 at 03:23 AM
It's always good to find a place for the doggie and I. Even though I doubt they are technically allowed to, the thought is still nice! They are oven till 5 everyday except Saturday they close a bit early, 3pm, and are closed all day Sunday. We also tried to go there on some random weekday, but they were closed for a holiday weekend.
Michael Barber July 26, 2011 at 03:24 AM
That creek view is amazing isn't it? It even seems to block out the noise of E. 14th too somehow!
Angela Marrujo January 13, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I love Roccab's too. The older couple who runs it are incredibly nice people, and you're right Michael, the creekside balcony manages to provide solace from the noise of the street. The view is really great.

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