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Apr 14, 2010 07:10 AM

Neal's Deli of Chapel Hill Mentioned in NY Times

This may get moved to Food Media and News, but since it concerned a local establishment, I figured I'd start it here.

Neal's Deli
100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

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  1. I haven't had their pastrami, my dad who grew up in Greenwich Village thought their corned beef was okay, but he missed the kosher pickles, the whole deli experience.
    Is their meat fatty? it has to be to be good del

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    1. re: Rory

      I liked their corned beef which they also do in house. Kosher pickles are the bane of the pickle world. Okay not the bane but they are all over the place and for me don't represent a true deli experience. I've found two places where you can get a half sour pickle. For me the thing that kills me about Neal's is that their rye bread is lacking to me. It's too fluffy. The meat is great from what I've had and the chopped liver wasn't bad. Too bad they don't offer health salad either. I'll say this for Neal's compared to almost any other establishment in the Triangle.. their deli sandwich (which they state they are not trying to be NY/Jewish/Kosher Deli) is probably the best.

      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        okay I'll go there & try the health salad. I was there twice but the vibe of the place, nowhere to sit etc really didn't thrill me. My dad also didn't like that they didn't have condiments out, they put it on for you, ugh. I'd love a Dr. Brown's and a kosher special with really good sauerkraut, I really really would.
        and a sour kosher pickle!

        1. re: Rory

          They don't have health salad. I was saying it was too bad they didn't as kind of a smirk about the lack of kosher deli's. It's been awhile since I've been to a NY deli, but thought that half sours ruled the roost more sore than the typical kosher dill. Maybe they were just full on sours. Yeah lack of seating is an issue there, but speaking strictly on the taste/quality of their food. It's hard to beat in the Triangle.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            Seems to me that J&J Deli In Timberlyne in CH had health salad some years ago ... but it's been a while.

            1. re: TerryG

              Lol, that was wishful thinking on my part about heatth salad.
              fyi Just saw over at Weaver St that they are selling their own Corned Beef, never had it but....
              A good friend of mine is sending me his recipe for kosher sour dills, he warned me it's an art, and my dad & I have been trying but I feel confident as he gave me tons of advice. If they work out, I'll bring a crock to a hounds get together

              1. re: Rory

                It is pretty time consuming from what I've read about pickle making. It almost reminds me of keeping a sourdough starter. Good luck.