Neal’s Deli and Sandwich shop in Carrboro has its own special uniqueness to it. This small, funky little deli is reminiscent of the delis of New York and is also a hippie hang out. It’s not a typical Jewish deli, but has many sandwiches that you would find in a Jewish deli, such as corned beef, Reuben and pastrami sandwiches.
I had read a lot about Neal’s Deli as this place became so famous it’s been featured more than once in the New York Times. Owners Sheila and Matt Neal opened the restaurant in 2008 and have been an instant success. Neal’s is typically only open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, so I have never had the chance to eat there until I happened to take a day off in the middle of the week and ended up having a hankering for a pastrami sandwich. I decided to go into town and check it out.
Neal’s has a nice little outside deck where you can eat, but it was quite hot out, so I decided to eat inside. I sat on a stool looking outside the shop. When you first enter the restaurant, you are at the deli counter where you order your food. I got a pastrami on rye and asked them to replace the mustard with mayonnaise.
Neal’s cures their own meat, so the corned beef and pastrami is all made in-house. Most of the other meat comes from Cliff’s Meat Market, which is also located in Carrboro. The eggs and bacon come from a local farm in the region as well.
When I got my sandwich, the meat was nice and tender, with just a hint of the pepper. The meat was very lean, which I appreciated. The bread was really fresh and had a nice springiness to it. I really enjoyed the bread. I wish the deli would have more meat in the sandwich, but do appreciate that it is not overstuffed with meat. The dill pickle was nice and crunchy and very garlicky.
Neal’s also serves some great biscuits with corned beef and ham. My boss has picked some up in the past and brought them into work for us. It’s a great combination of Southern food crossed with deli food.
I appreciate having a place in town that serves some deli food as there is a great lack of any kind of delis in the Triangle region. There have been a couple of other places around, but most of them have gone out of business.
Neal’s Deli is located at 100 East Main Street in Carrboro. It is open Monday – Saturday from 7:30am – 4pm. You can like them on Facebook.