New York native Ray Dorry serves up some of the most flavorsome sandwiches, salads and other provisions you’ll ever taste at his namesake eatery. Located in downtown Cary, the fast-casual Dorry's Downtown Deli & Catering is bustling at lunchtime, so consider going early to avoid waiting for a table.
The commitment to quality is evidenced by the restaurant’s superlative meats, cheeses and breads, which are purveyed by Boar’s Head and esteemed local bakery Neomonde. Wisely, the deli also provides bottomless Pepsi products on tap.
Among the stellar specialty sandwich offerings include Uncle Louie with salami, capicola, pepperoni, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, red and banana peppers, oregano and oil and vinegar; The King of Queens, comprising steak and cheese with peppers, onions, mushrooms, jalapeños and mayo on a sub roll; and the delectable deluxe Reuben on rye with sauerkraut. A popular build-your-own-sandwich option is also available.
Side items are 99 cents extra, but choices worth splurging on are the banana pudding, potato salad or—my favorite—rice pudding.
In the mood for a salad instead? Whether you choose Greek (red peppers, feta, tomato, olives, red onions and cucumber); spinach (bacon, egg, mushrooms, red onion and bacon dressing) or the hearty summer split (tuna, egg and chicken salads atop a garden salad), you can’t go wrong.
Daily specials like shrimp tacos (pictured below), crab cake sandwich with house-made wasabi cilantro remoulade and Italian sausage-infused lasagna up the ante several notches.
The breakfast menu features omelets, wraps and sandwiches, such as the Kaiser roll special with two fried eggs, American cheese and bacon, ham or sausage. Most breakfast items are bargain-priced at less than $5.
A newly renovated dining room features ceiling-mounted track lighting and Carolina Hurricanes hockey paraphernalia on the walls. What’s more, an outdoor patio provides patrons an inviting atmosphere to hang out and enjoy an informal dining experience.
When it comes to customer service, Ray does a great job engaging customers and making sure they have everything needed to enjoy their meals. It’s good to see an owner who knows the importance exceeding his guests’ expectations. Those people quickly become loyal patrons. Count me among them.