"This is deli done Southern style. Specifically, Carrboro style and, most important, Neal style, which means a lot in these parts."
"In Carrboro, North Carolina, the brilliant Neal's Deli serves Italian-American subs, Provençal-style sandwiches and the world's best (and only) pastrami biscuits."
"We don’t pretend to be a Jewish deli, or a New York deli,” he said. “This is just the kind of good, real food I decided I wanted to eat for lunch every day."
"What Mr. Neal and others like him do want to cook are full-flavored versions of the food they learned at their parents’ elbows."
"His sandwiches surpass any I’ve found in my Brooklyn neighborhood. He does not sell barbecue."
"The speakers boom with “Dirt Track Date” by Southern Culture on the Skids. The walls of this shotgun café are cerulean. The line cook wears, without irony, a paper Krispy Kreme skiff."
"The food was darned good--rooted in the region but inspired by the world around it. His father, I imagined, would be very proud."
"Opening day at Neal's Deli (with a happy Matt Neal)."
"Popular opinion and brown bags about town would suggest that he’s doing it right."
"And while there are plenty of local examples of more elaborate cooking, one of Neal’s early mottos is “nothing fancy."