When I was younger, I thought sandwiches were boring. Bread with just stuff in the middle was how I looked at it. Thankfully, with age, I wised up. Sandwiches can be fantastic! And I’m paying them more mind and am basking in our honeymoon phase. I have been exploring the world of sandwiches in the Research Triangle Area of North Carolina and am happy to share with you a list of winning sandwiches.
9 Restaurants in the Raleigh-Durham Area to Get Your Sandwich Fix
1. Na’ Mean
cucumber, mint, cilantro, pickled vegetables, KoKyu
chili sauce, crushed peanuts; $12
4823 Meadow Dr. Suite 108, Durham, NC 27713
2. Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
with house made pickles, iceberg lettuce
and buttermilk herb dressing; $8.50
iceberg lettuce, special sauce, potato bun; $6.50
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey was my first experience of an Ashley Christensen restaurant and though I admired her from afar, eating at Beasley’s endeared me to her work even more. I had been scouting the area for Nashville Style Hot CHicken and was almost certain that it doesn’t exist in the area when I got wind of Beasley’s Chicken + Honey having it on their menu. That spicy sandwich had me sweating in seconds, and yet, I’d go back for more. It hurt so dang good. I also tried their fried chicken sandwich, and what it lacked in spicy kick, it made up in uncomplicated pleasure. Mmm, that perfect crispy batter on the outside and the juicy chicken on the inside!
237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
3. Raleigh Times
Vietnamese slaw, sesame oil,
and a spicy yum-yum sauce; $12.95
Far East Reuben; beer-braised corned beef,
collard green kimchi, swiss cheese,
special sauce on grilled rye; $11.95
One of my Austin friends, Patrick, would ask me if I made it to Raleigh Times anytime we caught up since I moved to the area. He kept mentioning their Reuben. I finally heeded his advice and tried their Reuben (blurred in the background of the photo above), and their shrimp po’boy. And I loved both their sandwiches so much that I’m certain I’ll only order these two sandwiches when I return. Maybe future dining companions will broaden my experience by ordering other things that I can steal bites of, but I’m smitten with these two sandwiches. The Reuben had kimchi collard greens. I’ve yet to have a Reuben with collard greens, much less kimchi collard greens. It worked pretty well! The shrimp po’boy was just as delightful with their Vietnamese purple slaw. I highly recommend both sandwiches!
14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
4. Merritt’s Grill
bacon, bacon, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, salt,
pepper, and bacon; $7.15 / Extra $1.31 for avocado (worth it!)
1009 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
5. Saltbox Seafood Joint
You can get amazingly fresh seafood at Saltbox Seafood Joint. Their fish sandwiches are topped with their slaw will have you excited to come back and order another. Order yours with a side of their hush honeys!
608 N Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701
6. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
When in the South, you must partake in the chicken biscuit sandwich. And if you’re in the Research Triangle Area, the place for chicken biscuit sandwiches is an unassuming drive-thru establishment opened only for breakfast and lunch, called Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. I’ve learned this humble establishment has become somewhat of an institution for the chicken biscuit sandwich. I decided to order my chicken biscuit with added pimento cheese, to give it another layer of Southern charm, and because I’m a glutton, I ordered a hash brown and slipped it into my sandwich. Um, if that’s too much for you to handle, just the chicken biscuit will probably make you happy too!
1305 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
8. Grub Durham
1200 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
9. Eastcut Sandwiches
This adorable new sandwich shop in Durham is a popular and casual new addition to Durham. I went recently for the first time and loved everything about my order. The buffalo chicken sandwich with curly fries. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I enjoyed curly fries! Simple pleasures, my friends, simple pleasures.
3211 Old Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707
Over to you now! Did I miss your favorite sandwich? If you’re not from the RDU area, please comment and tell me about your favorite sandwich.
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