Neal’s Deli is my home away from home in Chapel Hill. I’ve become so familiar with the staff and the location that it is a genuinely comforting place to be.
I remember first hearing about Neal’s Deli in a New York Times "36-hours in Chapel Hill" that came out before my sophomore year at UNC started. I walked there early one morning with some friends and I was hooked. I didn’t start by going as much as I do now, but if I was heading to Carrboro before 4 p.m. when they close, I was sure to stop in.
Then in my junior year, I brought my car to school and began going fairly regularly.
Almost every weekend, typically on Sundays around 11 a.m., you’ll find me in line ordering the same thing — a Reuben to go.
The Reuben is the perfect proportions of well seasoned, tender pastrami and creaminess from the kraut and dressing. I couldn’t more highly recommend it.