Sep 18, 2018 - Food and Drink

26 best sandwiches in Charlotte

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Do you consider yourself a sandwich person? Well, put down the Subway and go eat these 26 Charlotte-famous sandwiches.

Note: I’m a lover of Which Wich, Potbelly, Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s and Publix — but I didn’t include them in this list because their headquarters are outside of Charlotte.

I also didn’t include BBQ sandwiches, burgers, lobster rolls or gyros – as it confuses the list. You get it.

The Royal — Pasta and Provisions Wilmore

It’s not sloppy, but it’s not small. It’s not unhealthy, but it’s not healthy. It’s not odd tasting, but it’s not common. It’s just right. Note: You can make any a combo for an addition $3 which means you get a choice of side salad (kale, caprese) or cannellini bean or chips and a drink.

Sandwich Ingredients: Capicola, sausage patty, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, oil and vinegar with mayo on a fresh hoagie roll. $8

BLT — Local Loaf

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Agenda related story: Wait, what? Is the #1 sandwich in Charlotte from a pasta joint?

It’s greasy and unhealthy, but the mixture of their bacon (maybe the best bacon I’ve had in Charlotte) and the fried green tomatoes provides a unique taste.

Sandwich ingredients: Signature white pimento cheese, house smoked maple bacon, local fried green tomatoes, popcorn shoots, on sourdough. $9

Kinda Fried Turkey — Pinky’s

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If you’re doing breakfast at Local Loaf, order the Chicken & the Egg ($9) — hand breaded chicken tenders, aged white cheddar, poached egg, microgreens, chipotle Cheerwine sauce, on a Southern buttermilk biscuit.

You normally go to Pinky’s for the burgers, but you’ve got to mix it up.

Sandwich ingredients: Herb coated turkey breast on a big bun, topped with melted provolone, bacon, basil, tomato & garlic-parmesan spread. $7.25

Chicken Finger Sub — Bisonte Pizza Co

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It’s a Buffalo thing.

Sandwich ingredients: Chicken fingers tossed in buffalo sauce with lettuce and tomato topped with homemade blue cheese. $9.99

Rotisserie Turkey Breast — Reid’s Fine Foods

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Beautiful, simple sandwich.

Sandwich ingredients: House roasted turkey breast, arugula, tomato, muenster, Green Goddess on sourdough. $8.99

French Onion Grilled Cheese – Papi Queso

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Earl’s Grocery is another option for a simple and delicious turkey sandwich. If you’re not a turkey person, checkout Reid’s QC Chicken Salad Sandwich ($9.99) — Reid’s Spiedie Chicken Salad on whole wheat with lettuce and tomatoes.

Papi Queso is the #1 grilled cheese destination in Charlotte. And don’t forget, this popular food truck will have a stall at the upcoming Tompkins Hall.

Sandwich ingredients: Beefy wine-braised onions, poblanos, American, provolone. $8.

Chicken Torta — Rhino Market

Papi Queso

Sandwich Ingredients: Pulled chicken, avocado, provolone, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise on ciabatta. $7.99

Croque-Monsieur — La Belle Helene

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I get it on wheat bread, just FYI

Sandwich Ingredients: Toasted Parisian ham and cheese sandwich with mornay sauce, $14. Add a fried egg on top for another $2.

Chicken Salad — Rooster’s

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Agenda related story: 6 quick takeaways from my first visit to La Belle Helene, the new upscale French brasserie in Uptown

Other tasty Rooster’s sandwiches include their grilled country ham and cheese with pickles, pastrami and swiss on rye, grilled chicken wrap and shrimp roll.

Spicy Turkey — Common Market South End

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The new Common Market South End has 29 signature lunch sandwich options. The spicy turkey is their #1 most popular sandwich for a reason. 

Sandwich ingredients: Turkey, red bell pepper, red onion, banana peppers, pepperjack and spicy brown mustard. $7

Bull Rider — Tasty Bowl

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Agenda related story: Now Open: 5 quick things to know about the new Common Market South End

Rice bowls and subs.

Sandwich ingredients: Steak, jalapeños, onions, mushrooms, pepperjack with a chipotle BBQ.

Sammie the Chicken — Kre8 Gastropub at Wooden Robot

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If you’re looking for a less healthy option while sipping a Good Morning Vietnam at Wooden Robot, start with the He’s Having Beer Cheese and then order their Bosshog Mac & Cheese Eggrolls.

Sandwich ingredients: Pan seared chicken, bacon jam, avocado, kale & sunflower pesto, arugula, ranch. $11

Harvest Chicken Salad Sandwich — The Mayobird

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When you feature 16 different chicken salads like Mayobird does, it generally means you have a chicken salad obsession — and you can taste it with their #1 chicken salad, Harvest.

Sandwich ingredients: Chicken salad with apples, grapes, and pecans. Sandwich comes with tomatoes, onion and lettuce. $7.25 for the sandwich or $8.95 for the combo (get the broccoli salad with bacon as your side).

Fried Chicken Sandwich — King’s Kitchen

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My other favorite chicken salads at Mayobird: Southern (pickles and eggs), Real Dill (dill) and Curry (curry).

Other tasty King’s Kitchen sandwiches include their fried bologna sandwich, copain country panini, and oyster po’boy.

Sandwich ingredients: Buttermilk battered chicken breast, honey mustard slaw, Duke’s mayonnaise, house pickles, grilled potato bun

Italian Stallion – NoDa Bodega

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Simple, pressed sandwich from the top sandwich shop in NoDa.

Sandwich ingredients: Prosciutto, finocchiona, coppa, fresh mozzarella, basil and peppadew relish on a baguette. $8

The Gobbler – Sandwich Club

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Delicious and simple pressed sandwiches. I probably should have asked for lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on my Italian Stallion.

Sandwich Club is an Uptown staple that literally has a line out the door on most days.

Sandwich ingredients: Rotisserie turkey, whole cranberry sauce, savory stuffing and mayo on rye. $7

Reuben — Growlers Pourhouse

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If you’re a Reuben person, the marble rye mixed with the dressing and slaw will make your mouth dance.

Sandwich ingredients: Corned beef (or turkey), sriracha Russian dressing, swiss, purple slaw & juniper berry sauerkraut on marble rye. $9

Lemongrass Grilled Pork Banh Mi (#6 on their menu) — Le’s Sandwiches

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Huge fan of the vibe inside Growlers Pourhouse. Also check out their cocktails, wings and oysters.

Huge fan of this mom and pop shop serving traditional, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches for 13+ years in the Asian Corner Mall. The #6 is their most popular sandwich.

Sandwich ingredients: Grilled pork, sliced jalapeños, cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumber and daikon (type of radish) served on banh mi bread (like a baguette). $4.25

Crispy Chicken Sandwich — Hello, Sailor

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Agenda related story: I went to Le’s Sandwiches for the first time and their Banh Mi lives up to the hype

Start with the hushpuppies ($3.99) which are served with a yuzu kosha-honey butter. Also skip the beer and order the cocktails — go with their Subterranean Spritz.

Sandwich ingredients: Chicken, lettuce, pickles mayonnaise served with choice of fries, house salad, coleslaw or watermelon pastor. $10.99

Chicken Torta – Sav Way

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Agenda related story: Takeaways from my first visit to Hello, Sailor

With over 20 different types of tortas, Sav Way is an authentic sandwich-lovers paradise. Foodies love it there. Local food journalist and friend of the Agenda Kathleen Purvis argues that Sav Way’s $9 Chorizo Torta may be the #1 sandwich in Charlotte.

Sandwich ingredients: This football-sized torta on fresh bread is stuffed with chicken, avocado, cheese, jalapeños, onions, lettuce and mayonnaise. $7.50

Turkey Sandwich — Laurel Market

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Sav Way is a little down Central Avenue from the heart of Plaza Midwood. They’re a Latin American grocery store, so expect a slight language barrier if you don’t speak Spanish.  

You can’t go wrong with any Laurel Market sandwich (they do a huge business), but their simple turkey sandwich (#4 on their menu) is the correct order. Watch out, the chipotle spread has a little kick to it. Not too much, but it’s there.

Sandwich ingredients: Turkey, bacon, pepperjack, tomato, lettuce, chipotle spread on your choice on the bread (I’d go wheat). $6.95

Pressed TCB (Turkey Cordon Bleu) — Sandwich Max

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Another top seller at Laurel Market is their chicken salad; people swear by it. Agenda related story: People freak out about Laurel Market’s tasty breakfast sandwiches, here’s why

Owner Max Nicholson, sandwich freak and friend of the Agenda, told me that sandwiches run in his blood: “It’s a family business. My parents were in the sandwich business. All of my brothers had stores too.”

Sandwich ingredients: Swiss, turkey, ham, bacon, with mayonnaise on a fresh sub roll. $5.25 small, $8.50 large

Alligator Po Boy — Po Boy’s Seafood Market

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Agenda related story: Is Max’s Sandwich Shop the best sandwich place in Charlotte?

Their most popular po boy sandwiches are the fried catfish filet ($6.95), fried shrimp ($6.95) and alligator ($9.95). Go with the traditional po boy sauce. Po Boy’s low country boil plates are also popular. 10 shrimp will run you $8.95 and twenty are $17.49. The plates include red potatoes, corn on the cob and andouille sausage.

Cheesesteak – Clover Joe’s

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There are no tables inside Clover Joe’s – it’s a grab and go spot. Up on the wall are Clover Joe’s famous favorites. Fries cost an extra $2 and drinks cost $1.

Sandwich ingredients: Steak, cheese, peppers and onions served on 8″ toasted Italian bread.

Reuben – Alexander Michael’s

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Agenda Story: $7.25, 8-inch, torpedo-like Uptown cheesesteak delights bankers, construction workers and me

Neighborhood restaurants don’t get any better than Al Mike’s. Grab a booth and cozy up with friends or lover(s).

Sandwich ingredients:4th ward style” with corned beef, kraut, dijon mustard, 1000 island & swiss cheese on grilled rye bread. Not too big, not too small. 

Turkey Sandwich – RiRa’s Sandwich Bar

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Paradise for blue shirt bankers, this Uptown hotspot serves up carved turkey on freshly baked rolls.

Sandwich ingredients: Fresh turkey, your choice of toppings.

Happy sandwich eating!

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