Many people might assume that in a city like Charleston, sandwiches are mostly biscuit rafts floating in a sea of gravy—and there is some truth to that. But one of the hottest food cities in America is experimenting with all sorts of interesting items between two slices of bread, from Southern-style steamed buns to vegetarian sandwiches so good you’ll never miss the meat. Here are the best places to find them.
1. Hominy Grill
It gets no better than Hominy Grill’s breakfast mainstay the Charleston Nasty Biscuit, packed with fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and a dousing of sausage gravy. At lunch, the fried catfish po’ boy with lettuce, tomato and remoulade sauce on a soft French baguette makes a strong showing.
2. Bon Banh Mi
Order a toasted baguette stuffed with ginger lemongrass chicken, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon radish, cilantro holy basil, crispy shallots and chili-mayo. Not into meat? Opt for the five-spice tofu with the same accouterments and a side of Vietnamese slaw.