We were not disappointed. Located off of Route 202 in New Britain, Bucks County it is tough to avoid noticing the Duck Deli with its animated duck welcoming you.
While we waited for the dining room to finish being vacuumed we perused the large selection of barbecue sauces for sale and some of the dessert offerings displayed in the glass case. We were quickly seated and ordered some glass bottle sodas and unsweetened iced tea. Fountain sodas are also available.
The menu is big, with sandwiches, platters, salads, appetizers — a little bit of everything.
I have had the legendary tuna hoagie on previous visits — it is a tuna steak grilled and cubed tossed in a light mayonnaise. It was good, but it was not my cup of tea. But tuna lovers rightly revere it.
We ordered hush puppies (fried cornmeal) with honey butter dipping sauce and a small order of buffalo wings. The hush puppies were tasty and perfectly fried. The buffalo wings were another matter.
The main eater of buffalo wings declared these genuine wings “the best buffalo wings I have ever had”. These are not your little drumsticks and wings that you’re used to getting. These were real portions of bird cut to order. The table was rightly impressed with them and while I am not a lover of wings (though I do enjoy them), these were like getting a meal and very well done. They were meaty, not deep fried but smoked and grilled like the rest of the barbecue we had that day.
Pulled pork, chicken and beef was tasty and moist. The ribs were meaty and large and reported to be very good as was a beef barbecue sandwich ordered by the 7 year old in the group (but she complained the bbq sauce was a little too spicy for her tastes). A Texas brisket was also well prepared and tasty. Two sauces are placed on the table, both made by the house. One a tomato based variety was very good. A North Carolina vinegar based sauce was well done, but not my preference for flavor.
At the old Hickory Pit in North Wales, which went out of business about 3 or 4 years ago, they offered a Carolina style mustard and apple cider vinegar sauce I found addictive on my chopped chicken. I haven’t found it since.
We did not partake of the dessert offerings. Who could eat with the included baked beans, cole slaw, hush puppies, fries and other side dishes?
Platters are affordable but not cheap but all of the meat is smoked on premises and very well presented.
The Duck Deli BBQ Restaurant
524 E. Butler Avenue (Rt. 202)
New Britain, PA 18901