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Jan 5, 2008 03:14 PM

new deli in Carrboro

Just heard that a deli will be opening next to the Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro...anyone know more? Will they have *sigh* pastrami and kosher pickles...

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  1. hadn't heard about that, but it definitely sounds exciting!!! any idea who's doing it?

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    1. re: tacostacoseverywhere

      It was in the local Carrboro paper, a couple with a farmer's market stand. Sorry I chucked the papers out, otherwise I'd give their names. More power to them!

    2. I did some checking, and found the follow: The Carrboro Citizen reported in that farmer market manager Sheila Neal is stepping down to start "Neal's Deli" with her husband Matt Neal. Neal's Deli is listed on at 100 E Main St. - that is, next to Open Eye - as "coming soon". Whois reveals further that Sheila Neal registered the domain on 11/22/2007. The website is online, but only says 'coming soon' when I checked on 1/11/2008. I'd say this is the place to stay up to date on this. Good luck to Sheila and Matt!

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      1. re: gyzn

        n.b.: Matt Neal is Bill Neal's son.

        1. re: fussycouple

          I just read they've been down to the lower east side in NYC smart!

          give me a really good fatty corned beef sandwich and a pickle and they will come;-)

        1. re: dbsutton

          So is it open now? They have been working their butts off to get it open. Whenever I go out at night, there are at least 2-3 people in there working on it.

          1. re: schmems

            I think they're trying to open at the beginning of next week, provided that all health inspections go according to plan.

            1. re: tacostacoseverywhere

              I walked by there earlier today (Saturday) and they said they're opening "this week". I'm guessing that means Monday. I'll be by mid-week for lunch, no doubt!

              1. re: SenorSuarez

                that's what I heard too. Also the good chef from Southern Rail who left,will be cooking there (yay).

        2. Have you tried the housemade pastrami at the Barbeque Joint in Chapel Hill? Pricey but very good.

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          1. re: bbqme

            bbqme ;
            It is good, but not like nyc pastrami, which must be fatty and spicy. I'm only saying this as the new deli is supposed to make it nyc style.

            1. re: Rory

              I must disagree.

              I dislike fatty pastrami to the max, which is why Katz's in NYC has the best pastrami on earth. They offer superb LEAN pastrami in addition to their other 2 grades of pastrami.

              I sincerely hope we don't get medicocre run of the mill fatty pastrami just because there are a lot of semi-decent places in NYC who make it that way. The best places offer multiple grades of pastrami to suit the differing tastes of people.

              1. re: fussycouple

                As a 3rd generation New Yorker, I can assure you fatty pastrami and fatty corned beef is the only way to go, which is what made the 2nd Ave Deli so great. Katz's feh;-)
                9 days out of 10 I'm vegan due to health cholesterol etc; when I indulge I am uber fussy & why bother if it isn't great?
                Good luck to the new deli here.

                1. re: Rory

                  Amen to fatty pastrami.....the navel cut is the only way to go when eating it warm/hot.....melt in your mouth delicious.

          2. Head's up...I called and they said they are opening today at 11AM.