Food & Drink

Best Sandwiches In Charlotte

August 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

The Queen City offers a great selection of food options that can accommodate even the pickiest of eaters. Sandwiches are a perfect lunchtime food – portable, tasty and reasonably priced. Our list runs the gamut with chicken, cheese, beef and pork options. In most of these spots, there are other delicious options on the menu as well. It all depends on your preference.
The King’s Kitchen
129 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 375-1990
www.kingskitchen.org

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.

Growlers Pourhouse
3120 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 910-6566
www.growlerspourhouse.com

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.

Pinky’s Westside Grill
1600 W. Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 332-0402
www.eatatpinkys.com

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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The Common Market Southend
1515 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 332-7783
www.commonmarketisgood.com

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.

Le’s Sandwich Shop
4520 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
(704) 921-7498

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.

Related: Best Pulled Pork In Charlotte

Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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