Mendocino Farms in Walnut Creek is Now Open

It’s the day every sandwich lover in Walnut Creek, California has been waiting for! Mendocino Farm’s Walnut Creek store is now open for business.

Here at the Bay Area Telegraph, we originally noticed that construction on the new Walnut Creek Mendocino Farms was beginning in July. They build out the restaurant fairly quickly, and it opened in mid August.

We recently visited the new Walnut Creek location to check it out.

The Walnut Creek location of Mendocino Farms is located just across the street from Heather Farm Park. It’s also nearby to Sweet Affair Bakery, another local sandwich place that we love.

The location is in a standalone building, which has been decked out in Mendo’s signature blue and white.

Interior of Mendocino Farms in Walnut Creek
Interior of Mendocino Farms in Walnut Creek

Inside, you’ll find table seating and a big ordering area. You’ll also find a kitchen that was absolutely full of staff preparing lunches.

To say this is a bustling location is an understatement! We’ve never seen so many people working in a single, smallish kitchen before.

Kitchen at Mendocino Farms
So many people in the kitchen!

Like many Mendocino Farms locations, the Walnut Creek location has a big area for online orders, as well as a beverage bar.

Drink station at Mendocino Farms
The Watering Hole

There’s a cow theme (see “The Watering Hole” above) but it’s not as strong as in other Mendo locations. There’s no cows on the ceiling as in San Ramon, and there’s not giant cow sculpture like in Santana Row.

This location feels like it’s all business. Given the number of people we saw in scrubs, it seems to be attracting lots of doctors and medical staff from the nearby John Muir hospital.

The food at the Walnut Creek location was much like all of Mendo’s food–delicious! Stop by for a sandwich or cous cous, but be aware that at lunch time, waits can be long as this new and very popular branch.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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