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“Smoked Goodness Made In-House”
Review of The Real Deli

The Real Deli
Ranked #86 of 145 Restaurants in Dana Point
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

I love what Charlie and Ali have here. It's your favorite neighborhood deli...they know what you've ordered before and make appropriate suggestions for your next visit. What I particularly love is that Charlie is smoking his meats right here...and I can taste the difference. Flavor, tenderness, juiciness. It doesn't get any better around here. Oh and he smokes his Cheesecake...which by the way is not a typical dense dessert - it's airy and fluffy. They love people and they love to feed us good, delicious food. Oh my and his Cannoli? I'll put those up against any Italian-American deli in OC anytime. Order ahead to save time.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Ali and Charlie are working hard to make REAL food here. They buy hormone free turkey and beef and then smoke the meet themselves; no processed food. They make there own sides such a a wonderfully seasoned pesto pasta salad or a tasty cole slaw with caraway in it. My husband is addicted to their chocolate chip cookies but I think their cannolis are perfection. When they do buy any food made by others, it is the best they can find such as the wonderful breads from OC Baking Company. Real food takes longer so if you do not want to wait, call ahead or order on line. I prefer to go in and ask what is best that day. Well worth the price and the owners are delightful.

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Thank John and Karen T
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Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

Came across this place while looking for a bagle. Decided to get a sandwich instead. Ended up getting the Italian Job. It was absolutely delicious. The bonus is that the owners love their clientele and interact with them about the food. Would highly recommend this place f you're ever in the area!!

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Thank Bob T
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