Tru Deli


By: Emma Belk

Tru Deli: Is that love in the air? Or is it sandwiches? 

I’m not saying sparks always fly at restaurants, but if they were to it would most likely be here. I think Tru Deli has one of the most romantic vibes in Chapel Hill, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a first-date spot. That being said, romantic dates are hard to come by and sometimes the most valuable date is time we share with our friends and family. That may be cheesy but so are sandwiches. Moral of the story, Tru Deli is a lovely place to wine and dine. 


The Atmosphere

Tru has the perfect set-up for casual chatting over dinner and drinks. The main reason I’ve deemed it most romantic is because of its lighting ambiance and seating options. The upstairs of Tru is an outdoor patio with picnic tables and couches, and light bulbs stringing across the top canopy. 

Downstairs, the main restaurant is broken into three separate rooms. One open area with many tables, another more intimate long table location, and finally a really comfy couch and chair seating area with a bar. Tru also dims the lights perfectly to set the mood, whatever mood you may be going for. 


The Menu

The customer experience at Tru is so customizable to each individual because of the way their menu and serving system is set up. Customers are able to simply log on to their website and order right from their phones. The sandwiches are completely customizable and you can just add whatever you want, along with chips or a cookie for a side if you wish. 

The same goes for their drinks and drink specials of the week. It’s all laid out on their website which is very easy to figure out. It’s also simple for reordering more rounds and takes the pressure off who in the party is going to pay for the night.  


The Location

Parking for Tru Deli is best available in the parking deck off Rosemary Street, which is a short walk to the restaurant. It is also very walkable from Chapel Hill town center. Despite it being in the heart of Chapel Hill, it still remains off the beaten path well enough to offer a quiet and intimate meeting place for anyone wanting to enjoy their company over a build-your-own sandwich, outside or inside. 


Final Remarks

Tru is underrated among Chapel Hill dining experiences. The atmosphere is chill and relaxing, and the service is always good. Not to mention the food is really what you make it. You can’t be delivered a bad sandwich unless you just don’t really know what you fancy in between bread. Sometimes after a long week, it is lovely to enjoy a nice glass of wine and chat with someone you care about at Tru. 



Restaurant Info: 

Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

​*bar open later


114 Henderson St

Chapel Hill, NC



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