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Sympathy for the Deli

Posted by DID 18 May 2012 2 Comments

So I briefly covered Sympathy for the Deli in this post, but wanted to give them a full post now that they are officially on the road.

As mentioned in the previous post, Sympathy for the Deli is the brainchild of Jonathan Richelson and his truck is serving “sandwiches featuring locally-sourced, sustainable meats hand-cured, roasted and smoked in Durham.” In addition to the truck, Sympathy for the Deli also offers catering.

The care and dedication that Jonathan and his team have for the meat shines through in his sandwiches and the quality of the meat. Both nights I’ve managed to catch up with the truck, they were offering a handful of meat sandwiches (pastrami, roast beef, turkey, BLT) and one veggie option (hummus). I’ve tried both the French Dip and the Pastrami.

The French Dip is piled high with flaky, lean roast beef and topped with caramelized onions, swiss and au jus on a crusty baguette. The rather large sandwich (I split one with a friend) costs $7.50. The pastrami sandwich is on rye bread stuffed with tender and juicy pastrami topped with local Two Pounds Mustard. The pastrami costs $8 and can be turned into a reuben, which seems like a no brainer, with the addition of swiss, kraut and Russion dressing for 75 cents.

All of Sympathy for the Deli’s sandwiches come with a few pickled sugar snap peas, which offer a nice refreshing bite when paired with the rich sandwiches. I’m guessing these pickles will change seasonally with what’s available. Keep track of Sympathy for the Deli via their site and twitter.


  • Dave said:

    I concur. I had the French Dip the other night, and it was awesome. I had to pay for the peas ($1 for a little baggy of them), and they were great, as well–crunchy and tangy with just a hunt of spice.


  • Sant said:

    I have had their Reuben. While it was good I like The Pig’s Neal’s Deli’s renditions better because they’re smokier. The French Dip looks killer! Will have to go for that one next time.


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