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The Most out of the Box Sandwiches you Must Try

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by Kristi Maier

I have to admit. I’m not much of a sandwich person. A tomato sandwich in summer, a BLT for breakfast and that is usually the extent of my need for things stuffed between two pieces of bread or into a roll. But—occasionally, it’s what’s efficient or affordable and well, once in a while I run across a truly delicious sammie—and that’s what the triadfoodies list is all about.

Let’s start with my super duper #1 favorite in the Triad (after this, in no particular order):

The Lobster Roll, King’s Crab Shack, Winston-Salem

This, coming from someone who has had many a lobster roll on a recent trip up and down New England. Friends, this local lobster roll not only competes with the warm buttery Connecticut-style lobster roll found along the Northeast coast, but hands-down (in my humble opinion) beats the cool mayo version that is touted so highly in Maine. I know that’s like cussing to some of you Northerners. But this lobster roll, filled with warm buttery lobster, delicately seasoned with but a bit of salt and pepper and a dash of warm caramelized onions on a homemade toasted roll is nothing short of fantastic. Sometimes it’s has a slight dredge of mayo on it. Just about the only thing that might step it up would be the New England style hot dog buns that we can’t find down here. Face it, there is something about that New England bun. But King’s bun is still made fresh daily and toasty on the inside with all those nice chunks of lobster claw and tail meat. It used to be a special that we’d only learn about via Facebook, but after much groveling (not saying by me—but there was some groveling by me), it’s now a part of the regular menu. It is my favorite sandwich, ever.

Apple Butter Baby, Mary’s Gourmet Diner, Winston-Salem

This is the breakfast sandwich for people like me, who aren’t crazy about breakfast. You get savory smoked sausage, homemade apple butter and a local egg on toast.

A little smoky and salty. A little sweet. It’s the perfect portable breakfast.

A little dash of some Texas Pete doesn’t hurt either.

Egg Salad on Rye, Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, Winston-Salem

What? An egg salad sandwich you say? Yes! Smoked salmon? Yes! Think of all the things you love about a smoked salmon plate and add it to an egg salad. With dill, capers, red onion and Spring House’s smoked salmon with a lemon peppercorn remoulade. It’s just so fresh and fun and tasty. And could be breakfast, if Spring House was open for breakfast.

Banh Mi, Crafted The Art of Street Food, Greensboro

The sandwich darling of Vietnam attempted by many a chef and brought to deliciousness here in Greensboro by Chef Kristina Fuller. Her version is Grilled chicken, ham pate, cilantro, jalapeño, pickled carrots and drizzled with a sweet aioli. It’s so pretty. You can get a half-size or full for sharing. Just get a full for sharing so you can have a half sandwich and get all the other delicious things on her menu too.

Our Father’s Reuben, O’Briens, Winston-Salem

I figure if we leave out this famous Daddy Reuben from our list, there’d be some “you know what” to pay. It’s unique because it’s served at O’Briens— a tiny little place, you blink and you miss it. It’s made with first-cut corned beef brisket, stacked high on rye with Swiss cheese sauerkraut, deli mustard and Russian dressing. This Reuben is pretty big but if you can’t muster the intestinal fortitude to eat it, you can get a mini with all the same ingredients. But I can tell you, the big one is that much better. Because all the meat.

The Tuna Melt, Village Tavern, Winston-Salem & Greensboro

Another twist on a classic that you might consider mundane, but Village Tavern really takes this sandwich up several notches. And when it’s good, it is oh so good! The VT tuna melt is made with white albacore tuna salad and all its fishiness, but then it’s topped with sautéed caramelized onions and mozzarella on toasted rye. The way the cheese and the onions get all mixed into that tuna salad and the toasty edges of the rye. Gracious, I’m kind of drooling just thinking about it. Paired with a small Tavern salad and a big ol’ glass of tea and you’ve got lunch, VT style.

Pimento Cheese, Tomato & Bacon, Muddy Creek Cafe, Winston-Salem

Here’s another one of those sandwiches that you wouldn’t think of as “unique” until you actually taste it. Because this pimento cheese, tomato and bacon sandwich isn’t “just” that. It’s homemade pimento cheese with a great sharp cheddar, a spicy jalapeño glazed bacon that has a sweet kick, then the tomatoes are pressed in so nicely that they get almost jammy. And the sandwich is grilled in a Panini press so when it leaves the kitchen, it is blazing hot and melty and freakishly delicious for something so simple.

The Cubano, Miami Restaurant & Bar, Winston-Salem

This makes the list because nobody makes a Cuban quite like the Cubans do. I mean, when you are craving a Cuban, who else are you going to trust but Jose Rodriguez? The Cubano is beautiful, with roasted pork and ham, the pickles, the Swiss cheese and mustard on Cuban bread all pressed flat with that gorgeous toasty exterior. It’s not too big and never too bready and going to Miami Restaurant for a Cuban gives you the perfect excuse to order a side of their amazing black beans, maybe an appetizer of empanadas and get a Trigo Milkshake for dessert. Trigo. Trust me.

Avocado Toast, Village Juice Company, Winston-Salem

For the health nuts out there, who also love their superfoods, check out the Avocado Toast called, AGO VEGAN. It has house-made avocado spread, Gnomestead Hollow Royal Curtido, herb oil and Fair Share Farm micro-greens. You can add an egg or bacon for a very filling and satisfying breakfast (which can happen now that Village Juice has extended their hours by opening at 7:30am). As a matter of fact, VJC has a terrific selection of quite unique toasts, or open-faced sandwiches, with all kinds of healthy, organic ingredients, like pear with goat cheese, nut butter, bananas and berries, there’s even a BLT with avocado. They’re so pretty you hate to eat them. But eat them, you will.

Graze Burger, Graze, Winston-Salem

Ya’ll a burger is still a sandwich, kind of. And this burger had to be added to the list because it has all the makings of a great burger: ground beef, smoked Gouda and cheddar cheese, Texas Pete Cha! buttermilk ranch, lettuce, tomato, red onion, bacon and a pickle—AND a piece of Joyce Farms fried chicken. Fried chicken on a burger. It might be the stuff burger or fried chicken dreams are made of. It’s the best of both worlds—like, “I’m craving a burger but fried chicken also sounds good.” And you’re sober and you say that. This burger will satisfy that craving. Come hungry for this one or prepare to share. It’s a dynamo.

The Berkshire, Lindley Park Filling Station, Greensboro

Lindley Park is kind of known for their sandwiches, wraps and salads, all charmingly named after areas in Greensboro. This is a meatloaf wrap. It is substantial and really savory with a great touch of sweet from the sauces and toppings and simply feel good food. It’s Angus meatloaf, provolone cheese, sauteed mushrooms, fried onions, chipotle ketchup on a sun-dried tomato wrap, though you can get it on a different wrap if you like.

Duck Club, Melt Kitchen & Bar, Greensboro

For a club that’s a step above the norm, try this smoky club with its duck confit, pancetta, caramelized onions, Gouda and arugula. It’s served with apricot thyme jam because if there’s one thing duck and smoky Italian meats like, it’s something fruity and herbaceous. Melt is another local favorite that, though new, is known for its Panini. While you’re there it’s a good excuse to hit up some duck fat fries and beignets.

Honorable Mention

Special Grilled Cheese, Mary’s Gourmet Diner

We don’t have a specific name or a photo of this sandwich because it changes all the time. It’s simply called “The Special Grilled Cheese.” It could have three types of cheese, or pimento cheese and tomato, or summer tomatoes with mozzarella and basil or Colby with bacon and tomato. Different breads for different days for different specials and so many different cheese and fillings. It’ll be whatever floats Queen Mary Haglund’s boat. And it’s always super cheesy deliciousness. !

Sandwiches we love from around the Triad
Compiled by the Yes! Weekly Staff

The Sandwich: W Burger The Fixins: Fried Egg, White American Cheese, Bacon, Dukes Mayonnaise, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Brioche Roll The Maker: The W on Elm The Location: 324 South Elm St., Greensboro, NC – 336.617.5922 The Hours: M-F 4pm-10pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-9pm The Cost: $10 The Site: thewonelm.com

The Sandwich: Shallot-Crusted Fried Chicken The Fixins: Demi, Collards, Whipped Red Potatoes The Maker: Freeman’s Grub & Pub The Location: 1820 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC – 336.333.3399 The Hours: M-Sun 11am-12am The Cost: $9 The Site: Don’t have one

The Sandwich: Banh Mi Thit Nuong The Fixins: Baguette, Mayonnaise, Soy Sauce, Cilantro, Onion, Cucumbers, Blend of Pickled Daikon, Carrots and Jalapenos. The Maker: Banh Mi Saigon Sandwiches & Bakery The Location: 3808 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC – 336.856.7667 The Hours: M-Sun 9am-8pm The Cost: $4 The Site: Don’t have one

The Sandwich: Ham Jam The Fixins: Grilled Ham, Melted Swiss, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise, Kaiser Roll. The Maker: JAMS DELI The Location(s): 5707 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 336.547.0771 and 2920-F Martinsville Rd., Greensboro, NC – 336.907.8192 The Hours: M-Sat. 11am-9pm The Cost: $8.50 The Site: jams-deli.com

The Sandwich: The Turk The Fixins: Sujuk, a spicy dried sausage, sliced thin, Provolone Cheese, Baba Ghannouj, Yogurt Cucumber Sauce. The Maker: Jerusalem Market The Location: 5002-H High Point Rd., Greensboro, NC – 336.547.0220 The Hours: M-Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 1-6pm The Cost: $9.99 The Site: jerusalemarket.com

The Sandwich: Steak & Cheese Sub The Fixins: Grilled Steak Chopped, Toasted Sub Roll, Provolone Cheese, Sauteed Onions, Lettuce, House Made Dressing. The Maker: Ghassan’s Famous Steak Subs The Location(s): 2501 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC – 336.294.4060; 1605 Battleground Ave., Greensboro, NC – 336.272.8400; 400 E. Cornwallis Dr., Greensboro, NC – 336.378.1000 The Hours: M-Sat. 11am-9pm The Cost: $7.49 The Site: ghassans.com

The Sandwich: Famous Toastery Reuben The Fixins: Corn beef brined in house, choices of turkey, corned beef, sauerkraut and cole slaw.

The Maker: Famous Toastery The Location(s): Downtown Arts District off N. Trade Street (770 Liberty View Ct.) – 336.306.9023 The Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-3pm The Cost: $10.49 The Site: facebook.com/toasterydtws

The Sandwich: Truffle Roast Beef The Fixins: House roast beef, carmelized red onions, horseradish aioli, arugula, shaved parmigiano reggiano, truffle buttered baguette The Maker: 1618 Downtown The Location(s): 312 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC – 336.312.4143 The Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11am-10pm; Sat. 9am-10pm; Sun. 9am-10pm The Cost: $12 The Site: 1618downtown.com

The Sandwich: Philly Cheese Sandwich The Fixins: Your choice of Chicken or beef topped with grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms with melted white American cheese served on an 8″ hoagie roll. The Maker: Bon Bon Wings & Grill The Location(s): 3605 Groometown Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407 The Hours: Sun.- Thurs. 11:00am- 10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm The Cost: $9.49 The Site: www.bonbonwingsandgrill. com

The Sandwich: Fried Flounder Sandwich The Fixins: Fried Tempura Battered Flounder, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Cajun Remoulade The Maker: Jake’s Billiards The Location(s): 1712 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC – 336.373.1303 The Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-2am The Cost: $8.00 The Site: facebook.com/Jakespubandbilliards

The Sandwich: The Reuben The Fixins: Corned Beef, Swiss, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing on Marble Rye. The Maker: Mid City Sandwich Co. The Location(s): 215 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC – 336.272.8968 The Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm; Closed Sat/Sun The Cost: $11.95 The Site: facebook.com/midcitysandwichco

The Sandwich: Sky Dog The Fixins: Corned Beef, Turkey, Ham, Swiss, American, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Special Dressing, On Sub Roll. The Maker: Lox Stock & Bagel The Location(s): 2439 Battleground Ave., Greensboro, NC – 336.288.2894 The Hours: Mon-Thur & Saturday 10am – 9:30 pm. Friday 10am – 10 pm. The Cost: $9.75 The Site: loxstockandbagel.net

The Sandwich: Chipotle Chicken Sandwich The Fixins: Grilled beer-brined chicken breast smothered in bacon, swiss cheese & chipotle sauce, served on a lightly toasted brioche bun with lettuce & tomato. The Maker: World of Beer The Location(s): 1310 Westover Terrace., Greensboro, NC – 336.897.0031 The Hours: Sun.- Thurs. 11:00am- 12am; Fri.-Sat. 11am-2am The Cost: $10 The Site: worldofbeer.com

The Sandwich: Char-Grilled Chicken Sandwich The Fixins: Grilled Chicken Breast topped with lettuce, tomato and honey mustard. The Maker: Cookout The Location(s): Too Many To List. All over the Triad and beyond. The Hours: Sun.- Thurs. 10:00am- 2am; Fri.-Sat. 10am-4am The Cost: $3.39 The Site: cookout.com

The Sandwich: Darryl’s French Dip The Fixins: Tender, hot roast beef sliced extra thin, piled high on a hoagie roll topped with melted Swiss cheese and served with a cup of our au jus for dipping. The Maker: Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill The Location(s): 3300 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC – 336.294.1781 The Hours: Sun.- Thurs. 11:00am- 10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-12am The Cost: $9.79 The Site: darrylswoodfiredgrill.com

The Sandwich: A Wreck The Fixins: Salami, roast beef, turkey & ham with Swiss cheese The Maker: Potbelly Sandwich Shop The Location: 1310 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC – 336.279.9041 The Hours: M-Sun 11am-9pm The Cost: $6.90 The Site: potbelly.com !

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