McAlister’s Deli

I don’t know about you all, but I very rarely take C into a dining establishment without being already familiar with it. Afterall, dining out with kids can be a risk and I don’t want to lose it all in an attempt to be adventurous in dining. So generally we stick to places we know and that have come recommended. I guess you could say we test-drive restaurants before having C drive one off the lot.

But last week, running errands out in Durham at the Renaissance Center across the street from Southpoint, I just couldn’t do Moe’s yet again (do you worry when restaurant staff starts to recognize you?) and was intrigued by the new McAlister’s Deli there. An aside, but McAlister’s Deli has a few locations around the Triangle, see the full list below. So I threw caution to the wind and gave it a go. It says “deli.” How bad could it be for kids?

It was actually a really easy family dining spot for a quick meal and we had a great experience here. Apparently we’re not the only ones with these feelings. McAlister’s Deli won an award in 2009 as 1 of the 10 best fast-casual dining restaurants in Parents magazine.

This is a walk up counter with a lot of options but is all about sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked potatoes. You can get those potatoes loaded up, ladies and gents! Bacon, chicken, roast beef, onions, olives, it’s crazy in there! The kids menu is for 12 & under and cheap, being at $3.49 at the time of this post, for the choice of an entree plus drinks plus treats (which for us was, creatively and differently, Teddy Grahams, so C was very happy). Kids sandwiches come with chips or applesauce as well.

There were a whole slew of high chairs and lots of seating, both indoor and outdoor, at the Southpoint location we tried out. I always appreciate dining, too, that is fast but served to your table. Something about juggling food trays, drinks, diaper bags, purses, high chairs, booster seats, and kids in a dining establishment stresses me out. Maybe it’s just me. But at McAlister’s you walk up, order, then go get settled and they bring you your meal.

The food was really tasty, too, and the menu had some nice, enjoyable twists on classics.

Even better? If you go to the Southpoint location you can jet over to Sweet Frog afterwards.

McAlister’s Deli

205 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill
WiFi Enabled
Hours of Operation: 10:30am-10:00pm Daily

6807 Fayetteville Road #117
WiFi Enabled
Online Ordering Available

5318 New Hope Commons Dr
WiFi Enabled
Hours of Operation: 10:30am-10:00pm Daily

4361 Lassiter at North Hills Ave

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1 comment for “McAlister’s Deli

  1. Anonymous
    September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    We love McAlister’s when the kids are in tow. The Durham/New Hope location sometimes offers “kids eat free” Monday nights so be on the look-out!

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