1 Gate Six Road, Sausalito CA 94965 (See Map Below)
Neighborhood: Floating Homes. Website is here, with sandwich menu. Free parking in lot.
Don’t Walk on By: Davey Jones is located inside the “Bait Shop Market” next to Bayside Cafe adjacent to the north Sausalito on-ramp to Highway 101, and the exterior signage is not good. Fortunately, the food is! (See map below.)
Davey Jones Deli
We are eternal optimists who always expect great new things to happen in Sausalito. That wish came true a few years ago when Davey Jones, a resident of the Sausalito Floating Homes community, took over this previously-routine deli inside the Bait Shop Market and brought with him a commitment to creating a great place to get food. We knew something was up when our readers started sending us messages that a new gem had somehow appeared on the Sausalito food scene “out of nowhere.”
The Bait Shop owner ought to be going to bed every night saying a prayer of thanks for the arrival of Davey Jones, because the re-birth of this deli has fundamentally changed the community’s view of that liquor-smokes-and-snacks facility. The predecessor deli was… Let’s just say that we had declined to cover the predecessor deli because it fulfilled Gertrude Stein’s description of “There’s no there… there!”
Jones has taken a sandwich counter we once ignored on our comprehensive restaurant pages and turned it into a success, first earning a spot on our Best Sandwiches list and then on the very competitive Best Cafes, Deli’s and Diners list.
Lest you think that is not an accomplishment, there are almost 70 places to eat in Sausalito, from fancy white tablecloth restaurants to mini-marts to fast food. Making a Top 10 against very high quality competitors isn’t easy, and the average quality of all Sausalito restaurants, already high, has risen even further the last decade after the Recession took its toll and only the good survived. We like to say (OK, brag) that the #25 restaurant here would be #1 or #2 in many towns.
Davey Jones and his team do everything their own way here (as reading the menu shows) — even a standard turkey sandwich eschews the typical thin deli slices for chunks of white meat, the kind I’m used to having the day after Thanksgiving when I take the best of the leftovers and make myself a great sandwich.
Do be prepared for sticker shock at Davey Jones, since sustainable sourcing adds costs. Most sandwiches will total out at over $10.
This is a natural stopping point for bike riders coming south on the Mill Valley -Sausalito Multi-Use Trail since it’s the northernmost deli in Sausalito. Having an easy-going sandwich crew that enjoys talking with guests fits in with a nice relaxing ride.
Insiders Tip: After you order your sandwich at the deli counter you’ll pay for it at the mini-mart cash register. Making a bee-line for the checkout after you order may avoid time wasted in line on the mini-mart side standing behind eleven people buying beer, smokes and trash bags.
Green Menu Times Two: They’ll do bike delivery to Sausalito offices with sandwich orders — just call them by 10:00 AM for a noon delivery; there’s a $30 minimum and they’ll deliver earlier or later as well.
Something else that people should know about Davey Jones Deli? Disappointed that we have not done any a) Davey Jones’ Locker jokes or b) Monkees references, because you (justifiably) expect us to stoop to the obvious in our below-the-map allegedly-humorous comments? Please let us know!