The American Deli Gets 5 Stars For Its Wings

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - by Dennis Norwood

This past Wednesday I accompanied my wife, Gail, to the mall so she could get her walk in as I immersed myself in the newest Brad Thor novel. Being that it was near noon time we decided to grab a bite to eat first. Our normal food choice in the Hamilton Place Food Court is Charley’s Phillys for a Chicken California sandwich, which I highly recommend, as well.


However, on an earlier visit I had spied the menu for the brand new American Deli just across the way.

Their menu listed lemon pepper wings, one of my favorites. So, off to their counter we went.


I had decided to get one of their 10-piece wing meals, but asked if I could get half in the lemon pepper variety and the other five of honey bbq. I was told it would cost an extra 50 cents, to which I was readily agreeable


At this point, Gail had noticed that a combo including fries and a drink was available for an extra $2.99. The 10-piece cost $8.49 on its own. We both opted for the same meal plus combo. My upgrade to an extra large drink was another 50 cents.


When we received our meals from a very friendly server, we were amazed at the amount of food. We both remarked that we could’ve easily shared one meal.


Now to the good part! The wings were well sauced and were probably the best I’ve ever had in the Chattanooga-area, perhaps anywhere. The lemon pepper wings were delicious, but the honey bbq quickly took the lead with my taste buds. Their taste was exquisite, if such a description of wings is appropriate.


Gail noted that hers were equally delicious and for being a normally light eater, she ate every last bite.


The amount of fries was very large and they, too, were some of the best I’ve ever eaten. They were crisp on the outside and hot and soft on the inside, just the way I like them. I would compare them favorably with the fries at Ankar’s on Brainerd Road, my all-time favorite fry.


American deli offers mild, medium and hot in the flavors of the previously mentioned lemon pepper, honey bbq, along with teriyaki and garlic parmesan.


Sizes offered are six piece, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 and 50 piece, all available in the combo offering.


In addition to wings, the deli also offers reubens, chicken tenders, burgers, and fish meals. Also offered are gyros and philly steak sandwiches.


Speaking with another customer standing in line, she highly recommended the gyro in its combo form.


With such a wide menu offering, Gail and I will return – over and over and over. The food is that good.


In summary, I would give the American Deli five out of five stars for quality, service and deliciousness.


One note, if you do happen to eat the wings there, make sure you get plenty of napkins!


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