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10 Places to Pick Up a Picnic-Worthy Sandwich

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Springtime is all about spontaneity and enjoying the pre-death-by-humidity phase of the year. What better way to get outside and take advantage of Charleston's beauty other than a picnic? And while the word "picnic" may have some thinking of hours of planning, here's a secret: pre-made sandwiches, a bunch of grapes, and some wine (though, most likely illegal in public parks) works just fine to enjoy the great outdoors. Grab those baskets and load up on these wonderfully toteable creations.


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Bon Banh Mi

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If your tastes run a bit more Vietnamese, then this Spring Street shop has the sandwich and Sriracha for you. You can pick your fillings from red curry beef to five-spice tofu to accompany the traditional banh mi condiments.

Butcher & Bee

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Lunchtime stop Butcher & Bee might be the undisputed king of gourmet sandwiches in Charleston. Multiple publications have cataloged them in top ten lists for meat on bread. Check their social media for daily offerings and expect menu items like barbecued pork, lamb pita, or double cheeseburger.

Caviar & Bananas

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If you haven't been lately, busy lunch/take-out space Caviar & Bananas debuted a new sandwich menu a few months back to freshen up their offerings. Patrons can still build their own, but now there are also selections like Mediterranean chicken, a Cuban panini, and an indulgent pimento cheese BLT.

goat.sheep.cow.

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With an endless supply of ingredients, it's only natural that this little cheese shop would get into the sandwich game. Down on Church Street, goat.sheep.cow. utilizes what they have on hand to produce a small amount of highly covetable handheld lunches every day. One of their favorites to assemble is prosciutto cotto, Big John's Cajun cheddar, Lusty Monk whole grain mustard, Vermont Creamery cultured butter and cucumber slices on an EVO semolina baguette.

Persimmon Cafe

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Lobster rolls in a laundromat—that’s all you need to know. The couple that opened this tiny soup and sandwich shop is redefining the meaning of convenience food. Get your fix with a fancy grilled cheese, like the grilled zucchini with Fontina, red onions and pistachio pistou, or the previously mentioned Maine staple.

Queen Street Grocery

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This storied Harleston Village corner shop offers pressed paninis any time of the day. The Tenacious Turkey with a secret honey basil sauce is their most popular staple, while the Happy Houdini with Virginia ham comes in a close second. Check their specials board for a creative twist on their usual offerings.

Ted's Butcherblock

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This butcher shop shaves the meat to order, so you know it’s good. Owner Ted Dombrowski knows his cuts, so trust him to build a perfect BLT or Wagyu beef sandwich.

The 'Wich Doctor

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This Folly Beach pit stop gives new meaning to the town’s title, “Edge of America.” Their offerings push the boundaries of what should be sandwiched between two pieces of bread. Or they do away with the traditional carbs all together and slap a fried chicken breast between two waffles and drizzle it with smoked maple mustard.

The CO-OP

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Headed to the beach for your picnic? The Co-Op is an easy stop on the way. Their sandwich menu ranges from classics, like egg salad or a Reuben, to a little more creative, like the Cro-Magnon (a beef and bacon with cheese meal).

The Southern General

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With two winning reviews from local publications under their belt, craft sandwich shop The Southern General is pulling in crowds bored of the same old meat and cheese menus. Creative takes on classics like the pulled pork Super Butt with sweet potato cream cheese on grilled brioche are waking up the lunch crowds on Johns Island.

Bon Banh Mi

If your tastes run a bit more Vietnamese, then this Spring Street shop has the sandwich and Sriracha for you. You can pick your fillings from red curry beef to five-spice tofu to accompany the traditional banh mi condiments.

Butcher & Bee

Lunchtime stop Butcher & Bee might be the undisputed king of gourmet sandwiches in Charleston. Multiple publications have cataloged them in top ten lists for meat on bread. Check their social media for daily offerings and expect menu items like barbecued pork, lamb pita, or double cheeseburger.

Caviar & Bananas

If you haven't been lately, busy lunch/take-out space Caviar & Bananas debuted a new sandwich menu a few months back to freshen up their offerings. Patrons can still build their own, but now there are also selections like Mediterranean chicken, a Cuban panini, and an indulgent pimento cheese BLT.

goat.sheep.cow.

With an endless supply of ingredients, it's only natural that this little cheese shop would get into the sandwich game. Down on Church Street, goat.sheep.cow. utilizes what they have on hand to produce a small amount of highly covetable handheld lunches every day. One of their favorites to assemble is prosciutto cotto, Big John's Cajun cheddar, Lusty Monk whole grain mustard, Vermont Creamery cultured butter and cucumber slices on an EVO semolina baguette.

Persimmon Cafe

Lobster rolls in a laundromat—that’s all you need to know. The couple that opened this tiny soup and sandwich shop is redefining the meaning of convenience food. Get your fix with a fancy grilled cheese, like the grilled zucchini with Fontina, red onions and pistachio pistou, or the previously mentioned Maine staple.

Queen Street Grocery

This storied Harleston Village corner shop offers pressed paninis any time of the day. The Tenacious Turkey with a secret honey basil sauce is their most popular staple, while the Happy Houdini with Virginia ham comes in a close second. Check their specials board for a creative twist on their usual offerings.

Ted's Butcherblock

This butcher shop shaves the meat to order, so you know it’s good. Owner Ted Dombrowski knows his cuts, so trust him to build a perfect BLT or Wagyu beef sandwich.

The 'Wich Doctor

This Folly Beach pit stop gives new meaning to the town’s title, “Edge of America.” Their offerings push the boundaries of what should be sandwiched between two pieces of bread. Or they do away with the traditional carbs all together and slap a fried chicken breast between two waffles and drizzle it with smoked maple mustard.

The CO-OP

Headed to the beach for your picnic? The Co-Op is an easy stop on the way. Their sandwich menu ranges from classics, like egg salad or a Reuben, to a little more creative, like the Cro-Magnon (a beef and bacon with cheese meal).

The Southern General

With two winning reviews from local publications under their belt, craft sandwich shop The Southern General is pulling in crowds bored of the same old meat and cheese menus. Creative takes on classics like the pulled pork Super Butt with sweet potato cream cheese on grilled brioche are waking up the lunch crowds on Johns Island.

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