Take a Bite
Presenting: the great sandwich guide
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Mona Lisa Baguette Club
The Place: Something classic, somethingclassic.com
The Ingredients: Smoked turkey, sopressata, mozzarella, mixed green lettuce, and roasted peppers on a baguette.
The Reason: The crusty baguette says French, the fresh cheese and peppers say Italian, but the friendly neighborhood café atmosphere at all Something classic locations is decidedly charlotte. For two extra dollars, order it "brown bagged" with chips and a drink.
The Price: $5.95
Turkey and Swiss on a Croissant
The Place: Fenwick's, 511 Providence Rd., 704-333-2750
The Ingredients: Turkey, Swiss, lettuce, onion, and tomato on a croissant. The Reason: This small restaurant has been serving simple fare to Myers Park since 1984, which is why one of the menu's most straightforward sandwiches is its best. The turkey and Swiss are good, but it's the flaky, buttery croissant that's made this a menu favorite for more than a quarter of a century.
The Price: $8.95
The Place: Savor café & catering, 1404 W. Morehead St., 704-334-0098
Ingredients: Seared salmon, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and lemon caper aioli on focaccia.
The Reason: one bite of the cracked-pepper salmon and fluffy, warm focaccia and suddenly your days of simply eating BlTs with only the B, L, and T will seem boring in comparison.
The Price: $9.50
The Place: RiRa's Sandwich Bar, 208 N. Tryon St., 704-333-5554
The Ingredients: Order it however you prefer, just make sure they give you an extra-big scoop of the chunky chicken salad.
The Reason: The line is typically out the door of this small uptown lunch counter — especially on warmer days when you can enjoy your sandwich in the Hearst Plaza courtyard in front. While this sandwich is suitably creamy, it's not swimming in mayo like some chicken salads. It is, however, packed with tender chicken and fresh grapes, and served on thick slabs of soft bread.
The Price: $6.95
The Place: Mama Ricotta's, 601 S. King's Dr., 704-343-0148
The Ingredients: Sopressata, pepperoni, rosemary ham, smoked turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and cherry pepper relish on a grinder roll.
The Reason: It's unlikely anyone has ever left Mama ricotta's hungry. If the complimentary buttery garlic rolls don't fill you up, dishes like this sandwich, piled high with rich meats and served on six inches of thick, crispy bread will do it.
The Price: $7.99
The Place: Providence café, 110 Perrin Pl., 704-376-2008
The Ingredients: ribeye steak, Boursin cheese, fried onion strings, lettuce, and tomato on a grilled onion roll with a side of house-made steak sauce.
The Reason: If you're going to indulge in a steak sandwich, do it right and make sure it comes like this: dripping with cheese, stuffed with crispy onions, and served with tender, juicy steak.
The Price: $14.75
The Place: Café Monte, 6700 Fairview Rd., 704-552-1116
The Ingredients: Thinly sliced ham, provolone, gruyère, and béchamel sauce, on a brioche roll.
The Reason: This grilled, open-face sandwich is classic French fare, so it only seems natural to order it in a place where marble floors, antique mirrors, and walls adorned with photographs of Paris re-create the convivial atmosphere of a Parisian café.
The Price: $11
Black and Blue Po' Boy
The Place: crêpe cellar Kitchen & Pub, 3116 n. davidson St., 704-910-6543
The Ingredients: Blackened chicken breast, cheddar cheese, blue cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and ancho chile aioli, on a baguette.
The Reason: Sure, there are dainty and delicate crêpes in this noda spot. But if you're going to be enjoying one of the restaurant's bracing brews, such as Twisted Thistle IPa, you're going to need a sandwich this big and full of bold flavors to match it.
The Price: $9
The Place: georges Brasserie, 4620 Piedmont row dr., 980-219-7409 The Ingredients: lamb sausage, harissa aioli, arugula, tomato, and grilled red onion, on Focaccia.
The Reason: With its tender lamb sausage and spicy harissa aioli, this sandwich has Moroccan influences. But the peppery arugula and slowroasted tomatoes leave little doubt as to what it's doing on the menu of a sophisticated French restaurant.
The Price: $9
The Place: duckworth's grill & Taphouse, 4435 Park rd., 704-527-5783
The Ingredients: Steak, onions, and cheese on a roll.
The Reason: Philadelphia expats can cure homesickness with one bite of this classic, modeled after Philly's own Geno's and Pat's. This seven-inch comes with five ounces of steak, but you can double it (which we suggest) for 99 cents. and speaking of suggestions, might we also recommend the cheese Whiz?
The Price: $8.99
Pork Banh Mi
The Place: Le's Sandwiches & Café, 4520 N. Tryon St., 704-921-7498
The Ingredients: grilled pork, pickled vegetables, cilantro, mayonnaise, and jalapeños on a banh mi baguette.
The Reason: You don't go to Le's Sandwiches, a small restaurant located inside asian corners Mall, for the atmosphere. You go for the classic pork banh mi, which is the city's best. It's the perfect combination of pork, pickles, and crunch all tucked in the traditional white baguette. Warning: it comes with spicy, fresh jalapeños, which add a kick for those with courageous taste buds, but you can ask to hold them and there's still plenty of flavor.
The Price: $3.50
Black Bean Wrap
The Place: Pewter Rose Bistro, 1820 South Blvd., 704-332-8149
The Ingredients: Black bean patty, lettuce, salsa, Fontina cheese, and jalapeño aioli, in a flour tortilla.
The Reason: Pewter rose may be known for its sweet scones and savory brunch frittatas, but vegetarian foodies know that the quaint South end restaurant offers several tasty meat-free options. however, this wrap, with its spicy aioli and creamy black bean patty, is worthy of attention from meat eaters and veggie lovers alike.
The Price: $10
The Place: Greek Isles, 200 E. Bland St., 704-444-9000 The Ingredients: lamb, beef, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and tzatziki.
The Reason: The décor may seem kitschy in spots, but this South end restaurant is owned and run by a greek couple whose menu reflects the flavors of their native country. This means there's no better place for this sandwich, with its perfectly seasoned, moist meat drizzled in creamy tzatziki and wrapped in a soft, warm pita.
The Price: $6.95 at lunch, $8.95 at dinner
The Place: Foskoskies on Shamrock, 2121 Shamrock Dr., 704-535-2220
The Ingredients: corned beef, Swiss cheese, 1,000 Island dressing, and chowchow on rye bread.
The Reason: This may sound like every other reuben you've ever had, but that's only because you haven't tasted the housemade chowchow relish at this small Plaza Midwood restaurant. It's piled high with savory meat and cheese, but it's the chowchow that gives the classic german sandwich a tasty Southern twist.
The Price: $8
Pork Belly on Steamed Bun
The Place: Good Food on Montford, 1701 Montford Dr., 704-525-0881
The Ingredients: Pork belly, hoisin, and pickled vegetables on steamed bun.
The Reason: The pork belly is rubbed in five spices and fall-apart-when-you-touch-it tender. The steamed bun is light and chewy bread, so fresh it almost tastes sweet. There's a reason this gourmet version of a sandwich is on the same menu as items like quail eggs and foie gras.
The Price: $10
Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana Hero The Place: Villa Francesca, 321 N. Caldwell St., 704-333-7447
The Ingredients: Breaded chicken, Parmesan, mozzarella, and tomato sauce on a hero roll.
The Reason: This is the mother of all chicken parm subs. It's New York–style huge and served freshly made in a homey pizzeria by a guy from Brooklyn named louie. It's as authentic—and good—as you'll find on this side of the Mason-Dixon line.
The Price: $6.95
The Place: Mueller's Neighborhood Grill, 119 Huntley Pl., 704-940-6880
The Ingredients: grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of sauce and cheese on a Kaiser roll.
The Reason: Tucked away in the back of a Myers Park parking lot, this burger joint used to be the city's best-kept secret. The word is out, though, and now everyone loves the juicy burgers. next time, skip the red meat and order this classic grilled chicken. The smoky tender meat, served fast and hot from the grill, is so good you'll forget about the burgers. But shhh ... this one is still a secret.
The Place: Mortimer's Café & Pub, 201 E. Trade St., 704-688-0366
The Ingredients: Spiced turkey, bacon, pepper Jack cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, lettuce, and Cajun-style mayonnaise on French bread.
The Reason: Forget saints marching. You'll be the one marching to this cozy Epicentre pub once you've discovered this massive sandwich, piled high with just enough spicy ingredients to give it a kick of flavor even a new orleans native could respect.
The Price: $9
Grilled Vegetable Panini
The Place: Aria Tuscan Grill, 100 N. Tryon St., 704-376-8880
The Ingredients: Portobello, eggplant, mozzarella, tomato, basil, oil, and vinegar on panini bread.
The Reason: It's unlikely you've ever craved a grilled-vegetable anything before. Well, get ready. order this panini featuring hot, roasted vegetables mixed with melted mozzarella on fresh-pressed bread and you'll be rearranging your lunch schedule to make sure you can make it for your midday serving of veggies at this chic uptown Italian spot.
The Price: $7
Falafel Pita Wrap
The Place: Kabob grill, 1235 East Blvd., 704-371-8984
The Ingredients: Falafel, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and tahini sauce in a pita.
The Reason: In most cities, the best falafel comes on street carts, but charlotte's favorite falafel is from this small, casual Dilworth spot. This wrap, served in a soft, chewy pita, is stuffed with crunchy falafel balls and served with a generous helping of tahini.
The Price: $7.50
The Place: Soul Gastro Lounge, 1500 Central ave., 704-348-1848
The Ingredients: BBQ pork, ham, pickle, provolone, and mustard on a cuban roll.
The Reason: leave it to the always-inventive chef Jason Pound to mix a Cuban favorite with an Italian sandwich. This creative Cuban-omeets-panini, packed tightly with tender meat and melted cheese, would likely impress nationalities on either side of the Atlantic.
The Price: $8
The Place: Red Rocks Café, 4223 Providence Rd., 704364-0402; 8712 Lindholm Dr., 704-892-9999
The Ingredients: Crabcake, dill mustard sauce, lettuce, and tomato, on a Kaiser roll.
The Reason: There are huge chunks of fresh lump crab and very little filler in these golden seared crabcakes. Slightly crisp outside and meaty on the inside, they're served with a dollop of house-made dill mustard.
The Price: $10.95
Beef on 'Weck
The Place: Lebowski's grill & Pub, 1524 east Blvd., 704-370-1177
The Ingredients: roast beef on a toasted Weck roll.
The Reason: Owner Kirk Weaver is a Buffalo transplant, so it's only natural that he'd serve Upstate new York's favorite sandwich at this Dilworth spot. The top round beef has been roasted for hours, dipped in au jus, and then piled in a roll and topped with coarse sea salt and caraway. Just don't forget to add the horseradish.
The Price: $7.95
The Tony Baloney
The Place: Pinky's Westside Grill, 1600 W. Morehead St., 704-332-0402
The Ingredients: Bologna and your choice of toppings on a burger bun.
The Reason: Burgers and dogs may rule the menu at this casual new Westside spot, but this comfort-food icon, with its thick, juicy grilled bologna, deserves attention, too. It's served in a basket, and while you can order it with lettuce, tomato, and mayo, we suggest "Westside" style with mustard, chili, slaw, and onion. When in Rome, you know?
The Price: $4.75
Turkey and Swiss Melt
The Place: River's Edge Bar & Grill, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., 704-391-3900
The Ingredients: Turkey, grilled onions, Swiss cheese, and sun-dried tomato aioli on toasted ciabatta bread.
The Reason: Not only is this a good sandwich, brimming with roasted turkey and a tasty mix of toppings, but you get to eat it while overlooking white-water rapids, a climbing wall, and (in the summer) live entertainment. The only problem may be actually focusing on the melt.
The Price: $9.50