I had a late lunch today at D'Andrea's in Holly Springs, NC. Located in the big new shopping center that boasts a Target, Pier 1 Imports, etc. I try to support independent restaurants whenever possible and I was not disappointed.
My boyfriend ordered the Reuben sandwich ($8.99 plus tax). It offered a choice (yeah!) of fresh corned beef brisket or seasoned Naval pastrami, topped with sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and spicy thousand island dressing on grilled rye bread. The bread was fresh, warm and toasty with just enough crust and had a healthy amount of 1000 island without masking the utter deliciousness of the corned beef. The kraut added the perfect contrast and clung joyfully to the melted Swiss---it was heaven---wonderfully filling. The Specialty Sandwiches come with side orders....he picked the fresh homemade pasta salad. It was tastier than the usual fare, mainly because the chef did not have a heavy hand with the dressing---it was light, flavorful and delicate, piquant with a bit of zip.
I ordered the "D'Andrea's Famous Italian Combo" sandwich ($7.99 plus tax). It came on what was called a freshly baked "Club Roll", but to be honest, it tasted reminiscent of focaccia bread, giving it some heft and chewy goodness. It was piled high with salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion and sweet smoked red peppers. I declined the hot peppers and had them add some mayo. The meats were deliciously spicy, the provolone generous and the toppings were drizzled with some kind of italian dressing as well---it was the perfect Italian sandwich. While I made the unhealthy choice of fries as my side item, I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh and crisp they were. I also like the presentation---the fries were served within their own special cup---upstanding like the "frites" that Europeans love.
The restaurant offers a variety of sandwiches, a decent list of burgers, salads, wraps, soups, kids menu, appetizers and even breakfast. The displaced New Yorker working the register told me that the burgers are to die for....so that is what I will try on my next adventure in Holly Springs.
Oh yeah---they offer delivery, with limitations. Unfortunately, I live 30 minutes away in Raleigh...darn!
D'Andreas, 114 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs, NC 27540
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