129 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Many consider The King’s Kitchen Fried Chicken Sandwich to be the greatest sandwich in the Queen City. And they are right. This delectable concoction of fried chicken breast and honey mustard slaw on a fresh-baked ciabatta roll is a sandwich that will keep you coming back. The bread adds the perfect crunch, the chicken the epitome of crispy, juicy goodness, and the slaw brings a freshness and sweetness to the dish. The sandwich is $9 and comes with your choice of side. As The King’s Kitchen is a not-for-profit eatery, 100 percent of the profits go towards feeding the hungry.
3120 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
The Growlers Reuben sandwich was voted best sandwich in Charlotte by the Charlotte Observer in 2012. It’s a combination of corned beef (or turkey), Gruyere cheese, juniper berry sauerkraut and a sweet, tangy, purple caraway seed slaw with a house-made sriracha Russian dressing piled onto marbled rye. The sandwich is then grilled on a sandwich press. It’s tasty, salty, sweet, spicy and messy, but worth every drip.
1600 W. Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Ding Dong Chicken at Pinky’s is a delicious concoction that starts with a Thai spice-marinated chicken breast. The chicken is grilled, thrown on a bun with a crunchy peanut butter/sriracha sauce and honey-cilantro slaw. Delicious doesn’t begin to do justice to describing this type of perfect sandwich. The sauce gives it a slow burn, not enough to set your mouth on fire, just the right amount. And the slaw adds a crunchy highlight to help cool things down.
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1515 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Pimento cheese is a Southern specialty – chedder cheese or pepper jack cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos and secret spices. At the Common Market, you can order a Pimento Deluxe where you get your choice of bread, a thick spread of pimento cheese, bacon and tomato. It’s all of the things that you love and crave.
4520 N. Tryon St.
Le’s makes the best Banh Mi in Charlotte. Unfortunately, the shop is located in a run-down shopping center with a parking lot filled with potholes the size of craters. It’s like something out of a “Mad Max” movie. If you are willing to take a chance, your reward is a fabulous banh mi. French bread, pickled onions and carrots, cilantro, cucumber and grilled marinated pork (the #6) are put together in the perfect proportion. The café only accepts cash, so make sure you stop at an ATM first.
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