It grew up on a quiet residential street on the south side of Carlisle.  Nearby sit an elementary school and the borough’s historic ‘Old Cemetery.  Business was good.  But as it grew, owners Billy and Amy Barnett were quickly running out of space.  The Southside Deli outgrew the small, cinder block, shoe-box-shaped, 450 square foot building.  It was time to move on.

“We were just getting so busy,” Billy said.  “It seemed like we were running out of space.”
Looking for more visibility and the addition of seating, the husband and wife team selected a storefront downtown at 46 West High Street (across the street from the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center).

“We want to be a staple in downtown for years and years and decades to come,” Barnett said. “
Enough about the history of how this deli moved from the south side of Carlisle to the south side of the borough’s busy major east-west thoroughfare.  What about the food!!

I can be a picky eater.  So when I’m willing to write about a local eatery, bet your bottom dollar the food is fresh, tasty and hard to find anywhere else.  Call the subs, hoagies, torpedoes, these sandwiches are their mainstay.  The variety is wide.  They come in small, large and extra-large sizes.  It’s your choice of white or wheat rolls.  My taste buds have fallen in love with the Italian sub and the cheese steak.  It’s always a difficult decision to make.

Patrons also love the homemade soups…usually four offerings a day.  Another favorite is their salad menu.  I haven’t tried one yet, but it is on my to-do list. They look and smell delicious.

Also available are deli salads, also homemade.  And owner Billy Barnett is quick to talk up their crab cake sandwich.  The crabs were just recently living in the Chesapeake Bay.  When it comes to “filler,” well there’s very little (just enough to hold it together).

The staff is fantastic.  Billy and his wife, Amy, set the standard for customer service.  Friendly, smiling and eager to serve best describes them.

Southside Deli has an interesting slogan.  It’s printed on their shirts and the back of their hats.  And I’m not telling what it is.  I recommend you stop by and see for yourself and enjoy the food of one of downtown Carlisle’s newest eateries.    

-Kirk Wilson