Neal’s Deli Serves Up a Superior Sandwich in the Heart of Carrboro

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The marinated tuna sandwich at Neal’s is packed full with colorful veggies. Photo by Briana Brough

Started up nine years ago, Neal’s Deli has accumulated a good number of regulars, who order their usuals of the deli’s classic menu selection – think pimiento cheese, Italian subs and salads – over the phone (to beat the lunch crowd). One favorite is the marinated tuna sandwich, pumped with bright, delicious veggies – roasted red pepper, lettuce and tomato – along with the zing of red wine vinaigrette, marinated white anchovy and capers all cushioned by a Guglhupf roll. But, “a lot of people get it as a salad,” too, co-owner Matt Neal shares.

Back when they opened in April 2008, Matt and wife Sheila thought dinner service was “well enough covered in the Carrboro and Chapel Hill downtown,” but they saw a need for a lunch and breakfast spot. Matt’s family background also played into the decision to open up shop, as he is the son of La Residence co-founders Moreton Neal and the late Bill Neal also of Crook’s Corner. “As a kid, I loved the old storefronts in downtown Carrboro and dreamed of having a business in one,” Matt admits. He couldn’t be happier with where he landed on the corner of East Main and South Greensboro streets, just a skip away from Carrboro Farmers’ Market where he is excited to source tomatoes, watermelons and okra from this summer. “We have great customers and neighbors; it’s a pleasure and privilege to be where we are,” Matt says.

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Laura Zolman Kirk

Associate Editor Laura Zolman Kirk is a Kentuckian turned Chapel Hillian and totally in love with this special slice of North Carolina.
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