Chandler’s Deli

Bar-b-q | Cafeteria | Meat-and-Three | Soul Food
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Chandler’s Deli is a soul-food cafeteria where everything the kitchen makes plays reveille for taste buds. There are no surprises on the menu. Barbecue, fried chicken, and catfish can be had with all the expected sides: mac ‘n’ cheese, broccoli casserole, dirty rice, green beans, cornbread, et. al. What is surprising is the potent flavor of everything, from earthy rectangles of cornbread to sunny peach cobbler.

Fried chicken is a must. Somehow, every piece seems 150% larger than normal. Or is that extra size just the surfeit of thick, crunchy, super-seasoned crust that makes every bite ecstatic? Broccoli casserole does indeed contain broccoli, but mostly as a foil for all its cheese, butter, and reefs of unctuous bread: a stunning transmogrification of a green vegetable into gold indulgence. Continue reading

Chandler’s Deli is a soul-food cafeteria where everything the kitchen makes plays reveille for taste buds. There are no surprises on the menu. Barbecue, fried chicken, and catfish can be had with all the expected sides: mac ‘n’ cheese, broccoli casserole, dirty rice, green beans, cornbread, et. al. What is surprising is the potent flavor of everything, from earthy rectangles of cornbread to sunny peach cobbler.

Fried chicken is a must. Somehow, every piece seems 150% larger than normal. Or is that extra size just the surfeit of thick, crunchy, super-seasoned crust that makes every bite ecstatic? Broccoli casserole does indeed contain broccoli, but mostly as a foil for all its cheese, butter, and reefs of unctuous bread: a stunning transmogrification of a green vegetable into gold indulgence. Greens are oily and verdant. Fried green tomatoes – fried to order and served piping hot – are discs of dizzying, delicious contrast: lush, fallapart crust and puckery al dente discs of tomato. This is the Platonic ideal of the dish.

Among desserts, simple caramel cake is simply unimprovable: fresh, moist, and piled with enough sweet icing to make every bite heavenly. Banana pudding is loaded with cookies, its custard devilishly dark.

I won’t call Chandler’s Deli a dive, because it is too homey for that term to apply. In fact, one table in the somewhat disheveled dining room is like a home kitchen office, piled high with mail, reading material, and miscellaneous business paperwork to which the management occasionally pays attention. Nor will I say that the place could use a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning, for its, shall we say, unkempt appearance is part of its well-burnished personality. In other words, if you are a fastidious drill-sergeant sort who frets about disorder, this restaurant is probably not for you. But if you love soul food at its finest, dished out by a welcoming staff who take great pleasure in the delight shown by happy customers, Chandler’s Deli is a treasure.

Dishes to try
Chandler’s Deli, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Must-Try
Big, beautiful pieces of dark-meat fried chicken burst with juice inside their vividly-seasoned crust.
Chandler’s Deli, Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Must-Try
Cooked to order, fried green tomatoes require a wait. It's worth it: these flaky, tangy discs are some of the best anywhere.
Chandler’s Deli, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Must-Try
Butter-rich and full-flavored, mac 'n' cheese is a side-dish must.
Chandler’s Deli, Caramel Cake
Caramel Cake
Must-Try
Simple, perfect: Moist yellow cake is crowned with a thick ribbon of caramel frosting.
Chandler’s Deli, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Cheesy, buttery, bread-ribboned broccoli casserole is as wickedly luxurious as a vegetable can be.
Chandler’s Deli, Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Banana pudding's custard has a dark caramel note. Loaded with cookies, it is like a bowl of viscous banana cake.
Chandler’s Deli, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Warm peach cobbler contains plenty of fruit and savory pastry, but suffers from glutinousness.
Chandler’s Deli, Corn Bread
Corn Bread
Individual cornbreads are cooked in vintage cast iron pans.
Directions and Hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 46 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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