In the course of the dine-around bunch preparing our annual Fourth of July fandango and grill-out, it was discovered that several key components were missing from the larder. Not to worry, we all piled in the car and made straight for Mountain View Bulk Foods.
As we pulled into their parking lot, it was evident that a lot of other folks had the same idea. Add in a sizable tour bus contingent whose members had just finished their meal at the restaurant next door, and the fine ladies were up to their elbows helping customers.
From long experience gained from last-minute Christmas shopping in mall stores, you have to “flow” yourself through the crowd of people, you being the fish, they the stream. A gentle arm inserted in the press with a murmured “Pardon me,” is usually enough to open your way upstream. Just be careful of toes, (yours and theirs) and keep smiling. If you can’t keep smiling, keep moving. After the final 10-yard lunge past the artisan breads wall, the homemade butter and cream products dairy case, and 18 linear feet of shelves containing all manner of snack items (dried okra chips by the bag. Whatever next?), the dine-around bunch and I arrived at the deli counter.
A patron in front of us was filling a shopping cart with enough meats and cheeses to provision the next polar expedition. As Team Polar Support staggered off towards the checkout counter, we each got a chance to place our order with a patient, pleasant and remarkably un-frazzled young lady.
A sandwich from Mountain View’s deli is simple to order. You choose the meat from a selection of over 20 varieties, a cheese the same way, the bread from eight homemade artisan creations, your choice of extras and condiments to top it off, and all for just $3.99.
If you are unsure about which meats or cheeses you should choose, try the samples placed thoughtfully to hand as you approach the deli counter.
My creation was corned beef with aged Jarlsberg Swiss, topped with lettuce, onions and yellow mustard on sourdough bread. My dining partner ordered Off-the-Bone Ham (think Sunday supper) with Smoked Gouda, lettuce, light mayonnaise, mustard and dill pickle on wheat.
The Retiree chose Fried Chicken Breast with artisan Havarti cheese, lettuce, onions and mustard, again on sourdough. The Dieter also picked the chicken breast, but smoked instead of fried with low-fat Lacey Swiss, lettuce and mustard on whole wheat. Lastly, the Carnivore picked Cooked Salami, Smoked Horseradish Cheddar, lettuce, onions, banana peppers and mustard on rye. Adding in a bag of homemade chips each and one of Aunt Ruth’s $2 donuts (Yes, the Aunt Ruth from the Johnson City Farmer’s Market), we all repaired to the Mountain View front porch for lunch and then some.
Each half of my sandwich took two-hands and tasted great down to the last bite. The Smoked Horseradish Cheddar took some getting used to on my part, but didn’t seem to bother the Carnivore at all, who polished off his sandwich, pronounced the salami excellent and ordered a sliced pound of it to take home ($2.61/lb).
Purchases in hand, we all piled back in the car for the return trip, tummies full, the taste and smell of homemade goodness lingering about us like a sunny summer afternoon.
Mountain View Bulk Foods
7730 Erwin Highway
Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fri & Sat 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Available on Facebook
Credit cards welcome