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by | Jul 8, 2024 | Restaurants, Topsail Beach

Larry’s Deli-Que is a delicious combo of deli sandwiches and Southern barbecue.

It’s a hybrid deli and barbecue place. It’s Larry’s Deli-Que, and it’s quickly become a bustling business on Topsail Beach since opening on December 2, 2023.

Larry’s Deli-Que is the second restaurant venture for husband-and-wife owners Larry and Holly Hollifield, with the first being merely a deli. Now they’ve added the barbecue element.

“I’ve always been into barbecue smoking, so I knew the next restaurant we had I wanted to do barbecue along with the deli,” Larry says.

Business boomed when they first opened their doors, before the Hollifields could add barbecue onto the menu. That, and their popular ice cream shop, Four Cousins (named after their four grandchildren) in the same building, put the couple behind schedule. Now, they serve up barbecue sandwiches and platters of smoked pork, brisket, turkey breast, half chickens, sausage, wings and ribs for lunch and dinner.

Larry Deli-Que Sandwiches

“We also offer a variety of sauces,” Larry says. “We have a South Carolina mustard-style sauce, an eastern-style North Carolina vinegar sauce and a central North Carolina tomato-based sauce.”

The deli side of the menu features a hefty list of hot or cold deli sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, burgers and hot dogs.

Build your own or try the fan-favorite Holly’s Chicken Salad blended with organic chicken breast, fruit and nuts. Hot sandwich offerings include the Grilled Pimento Cheese sandwich or Larry’s Turkey (smoked turkey breast, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce). Build your own burger or dog, or choose one of their creations, like the Pork Burger stacked with Monterey Jack cheese, avocado smash, lettuce and house mustard sauce.  Starters include a basket of Larry’s fries or tater tots, fried pickles, Southern fried okra and more.

For dessert, stop by Four Cousins next door for homemade ice cream with flavors that rotate weekly or order one of Holly’s cakes, pies, cookies or assorted bar desserts at Larry’s Deli-Que made fresh daily.

Topsail Beach NC Larry Deli-Que

“My wife is the baker. I can’t hardly toast a piece of bread,” Larry says with a laugh. “She makes all the desserts that we serve here in house.”

Larry’s Deli-Que also features a full eat-in dining room and full bar pouring handcrafted cocktails, like the Topsail Blue (Blueberry Smirnoff Vodka, Blood Orange Liquor and house-made lemon juice) as well as craft, domestic and import beers, ciders and wines.

Larry says they also offer catering trays prepared onsite for customers to pick up at the restaurant and take to their party or gathering.

“We’re just trying to put out a good product, so we source as locally as possible,” he says. “Our pork for the barbecue, our eggs, chicken comes from local farms. We’re using as many organic ingredients as we can find.

Topsail Beach Larry's Deli-Que

I’ve already got some connections with local farmers here for the summertime for veggies and whatnot that we need. Plus, we’re building a small garden area behind the building. My wife loves to garden, and we always had a garden back home, so she’s going to be growing tomatoes and lettuce and cucumbers and trying to get the good stuff in people’s bellies.”

Larry, originally from Marion, North Carolina, and Holly, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, settled down in the Wilmington area after commuting back and forth when their kids (now ages 30, 32 and 33) went to college here. And the timing for their move seems perfect.

Larry Deli-Que Topsail Beach

“It worked out for the best,” Larry says. “We’ve really been super busy, and the local clientele has just come out in droves. People from Hampstead, Holly Ridge and as far as Jacksonville are coming down here to eat. So I can’t complain, frankly!”

In summer Larry’s Deli-Que hosts live music – both bands and DJs – several nights a week.

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Larry’s Deli-Que
718 S. Anderson Boulevard, Topsail Beach
(910) 928-8010

Photography by Daria Amato

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Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels

I am a full-time freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons. My folio boasts nearly 20 years of regionally and nationally published work, including profiles on such South Carolina celebs as Darius Rucker, Dustin Johnson, Vanna White, Nancy O'Dell, the late author Mickey Spillane and more. I've also taken home two Best of Show ADDY awards and numerous silver ADDYs for my copywriting work that ranges from travel/tourism and hospitality campaigns to food and apparel retail, telecommunications and more. I received my BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh and my MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. When I'm not in front of my laptop, I'm by the water on the beach or on the water on the boat with my family.