After seeing a related post on Burlington, NC eats mentioning a "southern kitchen" that does good meat-n-threes, I decided to scope out this place and hit up the outlets for some new socks along the way. It's called Delancy's Restaurant Bakery & Catering, located somewhat behind and to the left of the Lowe's Home Improvement store on Tribek Court. Not an easy find from the main drag unless you know where you're going in advance, but wow what a gem of a find.
The first thing I noticed about the restaurant is how absolutely clean and sparkling everything is. The decor is uncluttered and features b/w photos on the walls and creme-colored walls and flooring. A rack stand of honey and preserves sets off the ordering cashier from the kitchen very well. Upon entering, you'll encounter a menu of their daily specials and the dozen or so veggies they have fresh that day. I spoke to one of the staff after my AMAZING meal, and they said that all of the veggies are fresh - they don't open cans to take shortcuts - and you can really tell the difference.
For lunch, I ordered pot roast (one of their Monday specials), collards, broccoli casserole, limas & corn ($1.25 extra for the third veggie), cornbread, and sweet tea. That came out to $9.34. Photos of the full menu are included in the links below. The pot roast was melt-in-your-mouth tender and was cooked with carrots, potatoes, and onion. Collards were tasty and very fresh, as were the limas and corn. The star of the veggies, however, was the broccoli casserole - done with bread crumbs and a cheese that added a nice bite to the dish. Amazing.
The thing that stood out to me about this meal is how healthy it was. Nothing was greasy - everything was light, airy, and fresh. One of the staff told me that they cook nothing in pork or fatback. While some may find this to impart less flavoring to the dishes that they otherwise would have, I don't mind this one bit. The freshness of the ingredients makes up for a lot of that, as would the table condiments (which I didn't touch - but others are welcome to). This is a place where one could eat everyday without fearing for one's health - and for Southern food, that's a find in of itself.
Next time, I'm going to have to try their pimento cheese and homemade cracker plate (bottomless). I hear their pimento cheese is better than most Southern grandmas can make.
In sum: Delancy's is a place that I wish the Triangle had. At least it's only 35 min. down the road for Durham/Chapel Hill.
menu front: http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/22...
menu inside 1 (starters, soups, salads, daily specials, sides): http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/38...
menu inside 2 (specialties, vegetable plates, kids): http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/82...
menu back (sandwiches, drinks, by the pound):
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
2432 Tribek Court
2432 Tribek Ct, Burlington, NC 27215