“Hello, My Dear:” a review of Andy’s Deli

By Chyna Wallace, Dutch Fork HS (Irmo, South Carolina)

Pictures on the wall.

Trophies on the shelves.  

A home away from home.

Andy has had this restaurant since August of 1978, and it’s always been family-owned since the beginning. Andy’s Deli is what the name says it is, a deli. You can order any kind of sandwich.

When you go in, nine times out of ten, Andy is there in the front to welcome you with a “Hello, my dear,” or a “Hello, my friend.” While placing your order, Andy would most likely recommend his famous “Andy’s Special” that comes with his special sauce. No one except Andy and his two sons know the recipe.

Families have brought their children and their children’s children to Andy’s for generations. Overall, this place is a home away from home, you’re always gonna get the feeling that he cares about you and your part of his family.  

Andy has created names for all of his sandwiches. Normal names like  Ruben, Sub, & Hoagie. But he also has names he’s created himself like: “Double Treat,” “Astronaut,” ”Rocket” and “R2D2.”

No matter the name of the sandwiches, what matters is the taste. You can order anything on the menu and you will be satisfied. You can order just a sandwich or get the combo that comes with chips and a drink.

Coming from Lebanon, Andy lets his cultural background influence the sandwiches he makes. While eating exotic cuisine may scare you, once you taste it, you’ll be glad you tried it.

Andy has pictures of his actual family, but then he also has photos of him with people he’s come across over his years.

Big trophies, small trophies, all over the shelves from baseball and basketball to football and cheerleading – all the local teams Andy supports in his free time.

Everything Andy does really shows you Andy takes pride in his restaurant and the Five Points neighborhood.  

Looking around the restaurant, you just know in your heart Andy really cares about the community.

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