Frugal Foodie’s Deli Guide
1-A Cannon Street
I had heard from friends that Dell’z Deli was a small place, but I didn’t realize how small till I stepped inside. With one foot in the door I found myself standing at the pick-up counter next to a man chowing down on one of Dell’z oversized wraps. He greeted me and we began talking like old friends. He told me that “everybody likes the La Chic Ha, but I get the Beach Bum with tofu. The Turkey Goddess is great too.” As I try and decide, a woman’s laughter booms over the reggae music. As I look up, I see a grinning woman with braided hair pulled back. I didn’t have to ask, I knew she was Dell.
Dell Grayson decided to bring her healthy cooking from Kansas City, Missouri and start her own place in Charleston. Dell’z Deli offers salads, wraps, pitas and more all prepared with fresh ingredients and vegan/vegetarian options. As she showed me albums of her favorite customers, I felt the love she puts into the deli. You can feel it in the music, on the colorful signed walls, and with the customers you sit next to at the counter. She told me, “I have to keep doing something I love.” With a newly opened juice bar around the corner and a sit-down restaurant in progress, I believe her.
Dell’z Deli is the perfect getaway when you need a break from stressful college weeks. Make sure you don’t pass up its tiny storefront, you’ll be sorry you did.
Bull Street Gourmet
60 Bull Street
Bull Street Gourmet isn’t your typical neighborhood corner store. With both a grocery and a café, you can shop for locally made items and then sit down for a bowl of soup made fresh daily. The sandwiches are typical favorites like “ham and cheese” but well-crafted with gourmet items like rosemary ham, aged cheddar and balsamic mustard.
Pit Stop Deli
84 Society Street
Pit Stop is the perfect place to swing by between classes. Situated right off King Street down Society, it’s an easy stop for any CofC student craving a good sandwich. It’s run by a husband-wife duo form New York ready to serve you a quality sandwich layered with Boar’s Head deli meat. Try out the Colin with a side of their creamy potato salad.
East Bay Deli
334 East Bay Street
East Bay Deli is consistently rated Charleston’s favorite deli by City Paper. Don’t expect any surprises here; East Bay Deli is loved for its simple New York style sandwiches and countless options.