Are there no proper delis on the peninsula? In his latest review Charleston Scene's Rob Young boldly asserts, "My friends and I long have lamented the absence of a true delicatessen in Charleston, discounting those that masquerade as such." The sliced-meat mecca he uncovers this week is Charleston Delicatessen & Bakery, which, despite the name, is up in Flowertown. He writes,
"It's like an outlier of sorts in a land of pretend delis, coolly delivering Carnegie-style stacked sandwiches, potato knishes, slow-roasted brisket sandwiches and beef tongue from its Summerville outpost."
There is also house-made lox and Jewish rye, desserts of all sorts (with ice cream coming soon) and sandwiches, like "hand-trimmed corned beef ($10.50), tender brisket ($10.50), reubens ($10.95) and spice-rubbed and smoked pastrami ($10.50)." Those looking to delight in the wonders of Charleston Delicatessen & Bakery take note: they are closed on Mondays. Otherwise, Young declares, "It's a place worth your time, worth your travel and worth your indulgence, no matter where you may live in the Charleston area."