I attended a meeting of the Delta Conservancy in Walnut Grove and was looking for a bite to eat at lunchtime. Walnut Grove is a larger town by Delta standards so I drove around a bit and then decided to give Alma’s River Cafe a try. It is right on the River Road just a stone’s throw from the Georgiana Bridge and one of the docks where you can leave your boat tied up while you go ashore and explore.
The atmosphere is local diner. I was greeted warmly by the waitress/hostess. She brought my diet coke immediately. While I was there I sent a few e-mails; there is no wi-fi but the reception for Verizon was strong. Locals came in, ate very large helpings of pastrami sandwiches or breakfast (served all day) and then went back to work. I ordered the tri-tip sandwich special with a choice of fries or potato salad. I asked if I could have just a taste of the potato salad, which is made homemade at the cafe. (Rarely do I find potato salad as good as my Mom’s but this one was alright after adding a little salt and pepper.) The sandwich was delicious and a good value at $8.99.
If you are from out of state you may not be familiar with “tri-tip”. It is a cut of beef that benefits from marinade and barbeque. Made popular first in Santa Maria, California, it is now enjoyed in restaurants around the state.
The cafe is also clean (including the bathrooms) and has a pleasant atmosphere, with not just one, but two photos of Marilyn Monroe. It isn’t a huge place, so if you have a big group you’ll have to split up to be seated.
It’s a solid American menu, a good value, friendly and clean. Check it out.
Alma’s River Cafe
14147 River Road
Walnut Grove, CA 95690
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