Originally Published: March 6, 2012 9:59 p.m.
Jim and Vanessa Drake have a unique connection to strip malls. Jim was working at a sandwich place in a strip mall in Hemet, Calif., in the mid-1990s when a woman working at a dry cleaning business a few doors down played Cupid and connected him with Vanessa, an employee at the neighboring beauty shop.
"It was a mini-mall romance, you might say," Jim quipped.
They married a year to the day after they met in 1996, and now they're starting a new path at another strip mall in Prescott Valley. The couple opened the Sourdough Country Deli at 3050 Windsong Drive, Suite 101, in October 2011.
The deli's concept is similar to that of the sandwich place Jim worked at years ago.
"I loved the concept. I love sourdough," he said. "I knew I wanted to do a restaurant."
The menu features a dozen sandwich choices such as the "Gold Nugget," which is a meatball and marinara sandwich, and "The Motherlode," a hot pastrami and swiss with mustard and pickle. Sandwiches are made on sourdough, though customers can substitute white or wheat bread.
Most small sandwiches cost $5.69, and large sandwich prices range from $9.79 to $11.59.
Other menu options include salads, soups and chili, which are all homemade.
"We make our food as if we were going to eat it," Jim said.
Customers can grab a seat, watch some television and enjoy a sandwich in the dining area, which has a warm and cozy homey feeling.
"We tried to make this place look like somebody's home," she said.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
For more information, call 772-6723 or visit www.sourdoughcountrydeli.com.