Templeton Market and Deli serves up fresh food made from scratch

Saturday, February 17th, 2024

Templeton Market Deli

Locals thrive on their menu of excellent homestyle cooking

— Templeton is the Central Coast’s epicenter of all things agriculture, and smack dab in the middle of town, on Main Street, is Templeton Market & Deli. This spot isn’t your usual gas and go with prepackaged faire.

This hometown favorite gets along well with everyone and serves up fresh food made from scratch in their deli. Besides having a fair amount of grocery items and other odds and ends, this popular location has thick, juicy, amazing made-to-order sandwiches and burgers. In the mood for all-American favorites like fried chicken, mojos and salads? These folks do it right and for extremely reasonable prices. Savor each bite of homemade perfection in the simple comfort of their indoor and outdoor dining areas. Gas up your vehicle or try out the self-serve car wash.

Run by manager Abby Allen, Templeton Market & Deli opened in Nov 1999. When first started, it was the brainchild of Gary and Jan Davis from the Templeton Livestock Market. Allen had been working for the brothers for a long time and developed the deli as partners. She worked at the sales yard throughout high school and college and knew the Davis’s very well, even her mother worked there. Allen has been the full-time manager of Templeton Market since its opening.

Allen said, “We try to accommodate our local customers, business people, youth and their needs. Many of Templeton’s local kids have worked for us over the years, and we love having that connection to our community. It is all about Templeton for us.” The market is part of the fabric of Templeton.

Templeton Market and Deli is known for its popular breakfast specials, fried foods, salads, sandwiches, wraps, juicy burgers and catering. They provide platters, trays, salads and appetizers for weddings, office parties, memorials, and on-site barbecues or full-service catering for any special event.

Allen said, “Everything we sell is house-made made from the dressings to the salads. Nothing is out of a box or bucket. We even make our own croutons, which is not typical of delis.”

“We love serving our customers and we love giving back to the community that supports us.” Allen is active in the community, was named Citizen of the Year in 2020, served as Homecoming Grand Marshal,  and is co-founder of the Nightmare on Main Street haunted house, a local nonprofit that has given back over $90 thousand to the community. The Market also sponsors Concerts in the Park, local Templeton youth sports teams, the Templeton High School FFA, Relay for Life, the Templeton 4th of July parade, the Wine and Roses Bike Ride, The Templeton Easter Egg Hunt, the Farm Supply Quiz Jam at the Mid State Fair for FFA and 4-H, Central Coast Honor Flight and the Templeton Community Library, as well as many other organizations and activities.  Allen also has served as a THS Mock Rock judge and on the Save Templeton Fire committee as well as past board member of Templeton Recreation Foundation.

The Templeton Market & Deli is located at 390 S. Main St., in Templeton, Calif. Open 7 days a week from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. For more information, call (805) 434-2345 or visit them on Facebook.

-Cassandra Frey


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