Chicken Salad Chick Claims Andolini’s Old Address

Chicken Salad Chick, the Alabama chain which “offer(s) customers a ‘custom-fit’ chicken salad experience”, today announced it’s taking over the Andolini’s Pizza space at 82 Wentworth Street.

The chain already operates a store in Greenville, and plans in the coming year to add another seven stores across the Southeast, including the Charleston location.

The menu at Chicken Salad Chick features 15 chicken salads sold by the sandwich and the pound. Among the varieties are a chicken salad with pineapple and macadamia nuts; a chicken salad with ranch dressing and bacon and a chicken salad with extra onions.

According to a press release, Chicken Salad Chick will open in Charleston in early 2014.

Looking For Deli? Make It Yourself.

The-Artisan-Jewish-Deli-at-HomeA new generation of restaurateurs has reinvented nearly everything about the traditional Jewish deli: At places such as San Francisco’s Wise Sons and Brooklyn’s Mile End, the sandwiches are reasonably sized; the knishes and babka are handmade; the coffee is of high quality and the counter clerk’s more likely to pontificate about the origins of kugel than snap at a customer for speaking too softly.

What hasn’t changed, though, is the deli’s staunchly urban identity. Unlike other imported cuisines, which have popped up far from the immigrant communities associated with them, deli hasn’t strayed much beyond the very biggest cities.

Nick Zukin, founder of Portland’s revered Kenny & Zuke’s and co-author of the newly-published The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home, says he doesn’t foresee thoughtful deli sweeping the nation anytime soon. Continue reading

Hungry For a Free Lunch?

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Newk’s Eatery

A Jackson, Miss.-based fast-casual chain is celebrating its entry into the Charleston-area  market with a “first menu item free” deal. The password is “Brack.”

Newk’s Eatery has opened dozens of location since 2004, when founder of the McAlister’s Deli chain first unveiled their new concept in Oxford, Miss. Industry publication QSR last year named Newk’s as one of the nation’s best franchise deals, citing its “combination of high-quality fare and low prices.” The Newk’s menu features salads, pizzas, soups and toasted sandwiches (I can vouch for the pimento cheese, having made a snack run to the original location when a Southern Foodways Alliance luncheon was unexpectedly delayed.)

In addition to its café seating, Newk’s also offers catering trays, party platters and a “grab-n-go option, where ready-to-go sandwiches and salads are available for immediate pick-up,” according to a press release.

The Newk’s at 210-D Azalea Square Blvd. in Summerville’s Azalea Shopping Center is one of five planned by franchisee NPR Food Services, headed by Todd Pennington, Jim Newton and Brack Rowe.

The promotion named for Rowe will run through the end of next week. Just drop his name at the counter to claim your free food.