Last year readers of the Mountain View Voice voted Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wursthaus the Best of Mountain View; and you’ll understand why when you visit. This grocery and deli is a little gem of a food purveyor poised between Mountain View and Palo Alto, and you’re sure to imagine you’re taking a short visit to a European market if you make a field trip there. For such a small shop (with an almost equally tiny parking lot!),it certainly presents a whole lot of choices if you’re hungry not only for meat, but for many other selections to entice your taste buds.
We like to think of it as being a place where you could shop from A almost to Z. Along one wall you’ll find a complete grocery holding a large selection of premium European beverages – coffees, teas, sodas, etc. In the deli case on the other side of the aisle, there are choices of bacon, bratwurst (as well as other varieties of sausage – did you ever see Portobello links?), quite a few different cheeses, chicken, and, of course, coldcuts sliced just as you like them.
If your budget allows, you can take home the exact size you need of beef tenderloin, or perhaps some imported Italian prosciutto (at $20.99 a pound, but it is authentic – and you don’t need to buy an entire pound to wrap a few thin slices around melon). Almost finishing the alphabetical listing of gourmet food offerings in this Old World-style deli and butcher, Dittmer’s smokes their own salmon, so you know exactly what you’re going to be putting into your mouth. There is stew meat cut to your order, and lastly, but not least for those of you who take delight in the more “wild” side of the table, Dittmer’s has a small selection of venison – and you can buy your Christmas goose here, also. The real live butchers are happy to discuss selections with you, and will take special orders, also.
Perhaps we shouldn’t have said “lastly”, because if you look again, you’re sure to see items you have been wanting to bring home, but which we haven’t even mentioned. Pork chops, anyone?
From time to time, even we cooks prefers to taste our food almost immediately. If you don’t mind standing in line for a short wait, Dittmer’s also has a made-to-order sandwich service. This is not your average sandwich take-away shop; customers are discerning and arrive armed with patience as well as an appetite. When your number is called, you may select the sandwich ingredients from just about anything cooked that’s in the showcase. This grocer imparts a whole new level to the term “coldcuts”.
While your lunch is being constructed, you will have a few moments to browse the accompaniments in the grocery section along the wall: choose from a variety of olives, a few pickles, perhaps some “crisps” – and don’t forget a sweet to top off the meal. Dittmer’s also imports a selection of those. While you’re at it, pick a tasty mustard to take along and taste with your next home kitchen lunch.
One last little detail. On one Saturday each month, Dittmer’s, recognizing the need for home cooks to have well-prepared kitchen tools, offers a sharpening service for your own knives. Click here for details.
Take a trip to Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats and Wursthaus, 400 San Antonio Rd., Mountain View, 650-941-3800.
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