There are three Dellz restaurants in Charleston, all family owned and operated. Maudell “Dell” Grayson opened Dellz Deli in 2010 and is perhaps the most famous of the three. The deli has meat and veggie options. Just around the corner is Dellz Vibez, a smoothie and juice bar, and less than a mile up the street is Dellz Uptown with an all Vegetarian and Vegan menu. We, of course, had to try the Vegetarian joint!
We walked in at 2pm on a weekday afternoon and we couldn’t believe how busy it was. The restaurant is nestled into a residential area with houses and schools in the immediate neighborhood. It is not within close proximity to the touristy districts of Charleston so the crowd was probably mostly locals. And we always love finding the best local hangouts in any city we visit.
The dining room is very small and every seat was filled though we were able to find a table after we ordered. You basically order at the counter, then take a seat and wait for the food. We were given water in cute mason jars. Thank goodness we had the water at least because the food took a really long time.
We ordered the Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip to start and it arrived 40 minutes after we sat down. It was made with Vegan Cream Cheese, spinach, garlic, topped with a mango salsa and served with both tortilla chips and pita bread. We enjoyed it a lot, but I don’t now if it was because we were so hungry or because it really was good. I would order it again though.
Chad had the Beans and Rice bowl with black beans, brown rice, mango salsa, avocado, sprouts and their house made Goddess dressing. I don’t know what they put in the dressing but it was amazing! He was offered cheese, said he didn’t want any and was given cheese anyway. He still really liked it.
I wish I had ordered what Chad had. I didn’t much care for my Cordon Blue wrap. In defense of Dellz, I am not a huge fan of the fake meat and I should have known better. However, the wrap was stuffed with Vegan chicken, Vegan parmesan, green onion, diced tomatoes, field greens and their apparently popular mango salsa (it’s in everything!) There just wasn’t much flavor. The only thing that salvaged the wrap was a side of that delicious Goddess dressing I poured over the sandwich.
If I would have thought it through, I would have ordered the Snobby Joe- basically a Vegan version of a Sloppy Joe. Now soy crumbles, when prepared properly, are delicious.
We loved the fun and eclectic atmosphere with mismatched glasses and delicate China plates. Again, it is my own fault I didn’t care for my sandwich but it is not our fault we waited so long for the food. Perhaps they were just short staffed in the kitchen or maybe that is normal for them, it was after all busy though I would hate to see them at a typical lunch rush. We will still return and give them another chance. There are plenty of things on the menu we still want to try. Besides the Snobby Joe, the menu has a few Vegan pizzas we were eyeing. Three and a half sprouts- mainly just because we had to wait so long for food
There is no website but if you have a Facebook account you can view the menu on their page- Dellz Uptown.