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Oct 28, 2009 05:37 AM

New York style deli in the Huntsville area?

I'll be spending a week in north Alabama soon, with visits to Huntsville, Arab and other locations. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest an authentic New York style deli in that general area?

We were watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives the other night and saw a deli in Houston, and that's what made us wonder fi anything similar was in the Huntsville area. To get a look at what we're looking for, check out


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  1. None that I know of. I'm not native though.

    Out of curiosity, what part of the country do you live in??


    4 Replies
    1. re: Davwud

      Outer Banks of NC, you?

      Outer Banks
      7734 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505

      1. re: CDjockey

        I'm in Toronto but my in laws live in HSV.

        I'd check out Alabama BBQ if I were you. Save NY Deli for NYC.


        Ny Deli
        900 Cloverleaf Plz, Kannapolis, NC 28083

        1. re: Davwud

          I'm an Alabama native, moved to the OBX about 10 years ago. Lived in the north Alabama area for 21 years before moving here. Love BBQ in Alabama, (including the white sauce at Big Bob Gibson's, and the red stuff at Dreamland). I just can't get used to this eastern NC stuff.

          1. re: CDjockey

            LOL. I married a Memphian. I'm lucky not to have a predetermined idea of what BBQ is. So as such, I can eat anyhing from anywhere.
            The KC stuff seems too sweet and I like sweet BBQ though.

            The closest thing you'll get to deli is Jason's Deli. We like that. I usually get a muffaletta. Mrs. Sippi gets a pastrami or a Rueben.

            Here's a thread you may be interested in.

            Also, I did a blog entry on Dreamland you may find interesting.


    2. I don't know of any New York style delis, but if you're set on a deli you might try Dallas Mills Deli on Pratt Avenue. The sandwiches are good there.
      Dallas Mill Deli
      500 Pratt Ave NW, Huntsville, AL
      (256) 489-3354‎

      I agree with Davwud, you should get BBQ or fried catfish.

      If you're going to Arab or Guntersville, you might try Top O' the River in Guntersville. There is a fairly new Wentzel's Oyster Bar in Guntersville as well, not as good the 2nd time we went.

      Not much in Arab, meat & 3 at Gannon's between Arab and Guntersville, Fonseca Factory on Hwy 231 in a little strip mall on the east side of the highway. We did actually get good BBQ at a place on Hwy 231 on the east side of the highway maybe sort of across the highway from the tractor store(?). I don't remember the name though. And it seemed like it might be just take out, which is what we needed.

      What are your "other locations"? Where are you staying?

      For a nice steak (or beer tasting on Thursday or wine tasting on Saturday) you might try Pauli's in Madison.
      The food is consistently good there. Don't know what your budget is.

      Dallas Mill Deli
      500 Pratt Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35801

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      1. re: glecroy


        Are you talking about Merridianville BBQ on 231 by the gas stations?? It's further north than TSC but it's good. A little shack, a couple picnic benches out front is all.


        1. re: Davwud

          No, although the BBQ from Meridianville is good. There is a BBQ place in Arab too, that is similar, maybe picnic tables outside, like Whitts in Fayetteville. Sells BBQ, a few sides, gallons of sweet tea and homemade pies. I still think Mr. Crites in Athens beats Dreamland ribs by miles. You should make the trek out there next time you come to AL. Not much further than Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur for you. There may be a way to cut through from Meridianville, but I'm not sure.

          1. re: glecroy

            Mr. Crite's is on my radar. Not sure if we'll make it this trip or not. Probably at Christmas. If we go somewhere out that way, Mrs. Sippi wants to try Hickory Barn.


            1. re: Davwud

              If you're going to Athens anyway, you should go by and get ribs to go at Crites :)

              We just had BBQ brisket from Chuckwagon on Madison Blvd in front of Old Time Pottery in Madison. Owner is from TX. Not your traditional southern BBQ but mighty tasty!

        2. If you make it as far south as Birmingham, we have a good one, Max's, which is part of a chain that does a good job. Here's a thread on that restaurant:

          1. In Arab you might also try The Fried Tater Mill.
            Fried sweet potatoes, with a glob of cinnamon butter on them is what they are named for. Basic southern food.

            1. Tony's Itallian Deli located in a trailer park off Wall Triana Hwy on James Madison Drive in Huntsville. It's one of the best kept secret's in town.