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Grab a bite at Woodstone Marketplace along the Bob Jones Trail

The zesty chipotle chicken sandwich with grilled chicken and pepper jack cheese on focaccia bread.
The zesty chipotle chicken sandwich with grilled chicken and pepper jack cheese on focaccia bread. The Tribune

Whether you want a breakfast omelette, quart of milk, hearty sandwich, hostess gift, picnic supplies, dinner for two, a bottle of wine, a bag of chips or a pizza, Woodstone Marketplace at Avila Village has it all — and then some.

Near the corner of Avila Beach Drive on the popular Bob Jones Trail, the original market and deli was briefly shuttered until local residents Sparky and Cheryl Peterman breathed new life into it and reopened as Woodstone Marketplace in March, 2007. (They also reopened Avila Grocery in May 2009.)

The “Woodstone” part of the name comes from the materials inside the Craftsman-style building, which sports a cozy fireplace area and popular outdoor patio overlooking the trail. The “Marketplace” was chosen “because we’re so much more than just a deli,” said Cheryl Peterman.

Indeed, there’s a wine shop showcasing predominantly Central Coast labels, a couple of grocery areas stocked with both basics and gourmet items — many of them from local companies — and an eclectic selection of gift items ranging from jewelry to fresh flowers to wine accessories.

The Petermans relied on their many years of restaurant and retail experience in Pismo Beach to develop Woodstone Marketplace, and they’re augmented on the wine side by Ceci Timmermans, a longtime member of the county’s wine industry.

Open seven days a week, Woodstone Marketplace has something for every appetite, any time of the day, and the expansive menu is impressive given the size the kitchen.

You can start off the morning with a smoothie, or coffee and a baked goodie, or tea and Irish steel-cut oats, or an espresso and one of the fresh quiche specials. Omelettes, breakfast sandwiches and French toast are also available.

At lunchtime, the 20-plus choices encompass pizzas, wraps, entrée and deli salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and daily specials such as enchiladas or beef stroganoff.

Some of the regular favorites include the housemade egg salad on a croissant, a seared Ahi salad with Balsamic vinaigrette, the zesty chipotle chicken sandwich with grilled chicken and pepper jack cheese on focaccia bread, or the unique “Village Italian Pizza” — a hearty pizza topped with marinara sauce, Italian sandwich meats, Parmesan and a salad of mixed greens and chopped tomatoes tossed in Balsamic vinaigrette.

After 4 p.m., the menu gains another dimension with the addition of daily weekday dinner specials and soups.

Each serving is an individual meal, “and we’ve started offering half-size entrees from 4 to 5:30 p.m.,” said Peterman. “Monday is always prime rib with a baked potato and veggies, Wednesday we offer a full turkey dinner with all the fixings, and Friday is always fresh seafood.”

The Tuesday and Thursday dishes — which recently included osso bucco, Swedish meatballs and chicken Parmesan — change every two weeks or so and are listed on the deli’s website, as are the soups.

You’ll likely find something tasty being served on Saturday nights as well, such as pork carnitas, but there are no Sunday dinner specials.

Whether you eat there or get meals to go, food and wine pairing is an essential element of Woodstone Marketplace, with selections available by the glass (if you eat in) or by the bottle. Timmermans also hosts frequent wine tastings, and Woodstone recently introduced an afternoon menu (available from 3 to 6 p.m. daily) of light gourmet appetizers specifically geared to enjoy with wine.

“It’s perfect for people who don’t want a full meal and who just want to relax and unwind with a glass of wine out on the patio or by the fireplace,” said Peterman.

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