Do you have a favorite deli or sandwich shop you like to visit once or twice a week? Well, move over McAlister’s and look out Panera Bread: Camille’s Sidewalk Café is here with quite a lot to offer. There’s really no competition when it comes to the choices and taste quality of Camille’s signature sandwiches, hot wraps, grilled wraps, Paninis, salads, and even flatbread pizzas. Now I know what you’re thinking: my regular deli stop offers all of those. And McAlister’s even recently started carrying grilled Paninis. But what matters most here is, you guessed it, taste.
As a fan of wraps, I have to say my personal favorite at Camille’s is the Quesadilla wrap, which comes outfitted on a jalapeño-cheddar tortilla, stuffed with grilled chicken breast, bacon, pepper jack cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Anything you’ve ever eaten at Taco Bell doesn’t have a thing on this wrap. Like most of their sandwiches, the Quesadilla wrap is served with a side of multicolored tortilla chips and Camille’s signature spicy salsa. Not a fan of sour cream? Neither am I. No worries. Every wrap and sandwich is made-to-order. So don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for something to be taken off.
If the Quesadilla wrap sounds a tad too hot for your taste buds, why not stay on the safe side with a classic Chicken Caesar Wrap. With grilled chicken breast, parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy Caesar dressing, all wrapped in a warm garlic-herb tortilla, you just can’t go wrong here. Or try the salad version.
And speaking of salads, lately it seems that quirky and creative ingredient blends are all the rage in the salad world. And Camille’s certainly caters to your need to be innovative and original with your food combinations. Take, for instance, their Apple-Walnut Tuna Salad, comprised of “freshly made apple-walnut tuna, Romaine, carrots, tomatoes, black olives, sunflower seeds, sprouts, croutons.” (www.camillescafe.com). Or perhaps you prefer to go a little oriental with their Bangkok Thai Salad (romaine lettuce, carrots, grilled chicken breast, crunchy noodles, water chestnuts, sprouts, sunflower seeds, and sesame Oriental dressing).
With places like Starbuck’s Coffee and other Internet cafés offering several perks in the way of atmosphere and Wi-Fi access, Camille’s stands apart from the competition in quite the positive light. Dining at covered tables has become a relaxing and enjoyable staple of this one-of-a-kind deli, with outdoor seating available at most locations. Here you can sit under the shade of a cozy umbrella and enjoy a good book, while sipping on one of Camille’s signature fruit smoothies: “A refreshing blend of fruit, fruit juice, honey and ice.” (www.camillescafe.com: Printable Menu). I personally recommend the Strawberry Breeze, Blueberries Cozumel, or Peach Paradise. Students can retreat here for a quiet afternoon of studying and refreshment, with Internet access available for homework research and reading.
Camille’s Sidewalk Café has several locations in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, the Carolinas, and countless other states to serve you better. The restaurant’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma reports that there are already over 900 cafés in the developmental stage (in addition to the over 110 already in business). Additionally, there are plans to include Camille’s Sidewalk Cafés in several select Wal-Mart Supercenters across the U.S. as well as twenty-one stand-alone cafés overseas in Puerto Rico. You can visit their official website at www.camillescafe.com for more information and to access a printable menu.