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A BLT with avocado at Merritt’s Grill in Chapel Hill.
Erin Perkins

11 Epic Sandwich Stops to Try in the Triangle

Discover double BLTs in Chapel Hill, corned beef Reubens in Raleigh, and Italiano sandwiches in Durham

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A BLT with avocado at Merritt’s Grill in Chapel Hill.
| Erin Perkins

Sandwiches take on many meanings across the Triangle — from grilled cheeses and chicken cutlets to hoagies, baguettes, and toast — there’s a wealth of choices. Here are 11 unique places across the Triangle worth visiting for a filling sandwich.

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Ideal's Sandwich and Grocery

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Arrive well before Ideal’s opens in Durham to avoid a sellout (it happens often) Ideal’s has become a Triangle destination with its fresh hoagie rolls and focaccia bread. From the Italiano to the fried eggplant and ricotta, Ideal’s sandwiches are smothered in toppings like basic mayo, Calabrian chili oil, and roasted red peppers. A full sandwich runs around $15, and half sizes are also available.

Merritt's Grill

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Best known for its bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, Merritt’s is a Chapel Hill institution. The classic BLT is piled high, and hungry diners can even make it a double. Merritt’s is also home to old-school items like a chicken salad sandwich, grilled cheese, and a turkey club.

Eastcut Sandwich Bar

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With locations in Durham and Raleigh’s newly opened IronWorks, Eastcut is a self-proclaimed “sandwich utopia.” The menu has an entire section for cutlets — chicken, eggplant, or meatless — paired with an array of toppings. Curly fries are a nostalgic and delicious side item, especially dipped in Eastcut’s house sauces like ranch and chipotle aioli.

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The brainchild of Matt Fern, (ish) puts its own spin on classic sandwiches. Its location within Person Street Pharmacy adds to the kitsch of the space, and crowd favorites include the Reuben with your choice of pastrami or corned beef, the smoked fish melt, plus the fried pickle grilled cheese. Don’t forget the burnt ends potato salad and a glass bottle soda to wash it down.

Jubala Coffee

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Known for its extensive and beloved coffee program, Jubala’s lunch menu is also something to be celebrated. The turkey avocado sandwich is a grilled-cheesy delight served on local Boulted bread. The tomato jam sandwich is Jubala’s take on a BLT, with mozzarella as an added bonus. Add a fried egg to any sandwich for just $2.

Longleaf Swine

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From brisket to pulled pork, throw it on a bun and make it a sandwich at Longleaf Swine BBQ. Enjoy the expansive patio year round plus a full bar. Vegetarians are welcome too — the barbecue joint’s collard green melt is an easy method to eating greens. The Longleaf sides are a must, including the roasted sweet potatoes with goat cheese and pimento cheese mac and cheese.

State of Beer

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An offshoot of Trophy Brewing, State of Beer is also a must for a warm, comforting sandwich like the Sicilian (and maybe a beer, too). Hang on the patio or listen to the rotating vinyl at the bar. Insider tip: Get the housemade tri-colored, Italian pasta salad as a side.

A Place at the Table

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A Place at the Table’s mission to feed everyone in its community certainly makes the sandwiches taste even better. The black bean melt and turkey bacon avocado club are menu highlights at Raleigh’s first pay-what-you-can cafe. A Place at the Table is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday and provides meals to all — at the price folks are able to pay. Add a little extra to your tab to support someone else’s meal.

Lucettegrace

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Downtown Raleigh patisserie Lucettegrace boasts a handful of sandwiches worth trying, and a lunch box combo is just $16. The Toulouse is a Francophile’s dream — salty butter on a baguette with ham and cheese, sprinkled with crunchy cornichons.

Alimentari at Left Bank

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Another Transfer Co. favorite, Alimentari at Left Bank is chock full of gourmet groceries, and of course, sandwiches. Tigelles, bite-sized sandwiches on homemade flatbread are a perfect snack and filled with everything from tomato jam to tuna salad. Alimentari also offers full-sized goodness like a meatball sub or caprese sandwich. Pro tip: Grab some freshly made pasta, antipasti, and other Italian specialties to take home for later.

Benchwarmers Bagels

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Is a bagel sandwich a sandwich? Benchwarmers Bagels makes the case, especially when they are loaded with funky fillings. Located in Transfer Co. Food Hall, Benchwarmers has a delicious array of breakfast sandwiches, including classic egg and cheese — don’t skip the Duke’s mayo. For lunchtime bagels, fried bologna with yellow mustard is a menu staple along with the #1 with avocado, crispy garlic, radish, and a charred grapefruit glaze.

Ideal's Sandwich and Grocery

Arrive well before Ideal’s opens in Durham to avoid a sellout (it happens often) Ideal’s has become a Triangle destination with its fresh hoagie rolls and focaccia bread. From the Italiano to the fried eggplant and ricotta, Ideal’s sandwiches are smothered in toppings like basic mayo, Calabrian chili oil, and roasted red peppers. A full sandwich runs around $15, and half sizes are also available.

Merritt's Grill

Best known for its bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, Merritt’s is a Chapel Hill institution. The classic BLT is piled high, and hungry diners can even make it a double. Merritt’s is also home to old-school items like a chicken salad sandwich, grilled cheese, and a turkey club.

Eastcut Sandwich Bar

With locations in Durham and Raleigh’s newly opened IronWorks, Eastcut is a self-proclaimed “sandwich utopia.” The menu has an entire section for cutlets — chicken, eggplant, or meatless — paired with an array of toppings. Curly fries are a nostalgic and delicious side item, especially dipped in Eastcut’s house sauces like ranch and chipotle aioli.

(ish) delicatessen

The brainchild of Matt Fern, (ish) puts its own spin on classic sandwiches. Its location within Person Street Pharmacy adds to the kitsch of the space, and crowd favorites include the Reuben with your choice of pastrami or corned beef, the smoked fish melt, plus the fried pickle grilled cheese. Don’t forget the burnt ends potato salad and a glass bottle soda to wash it down.

Jubala Coffee

Known for its extensive and beloved coffee program, Jubala’s lunch menu is also something to be celebrated. The turkey avocado sandwich is a grilled-cheesy delight served on local Boulted bread. The tomato jam sandwich is Jubala’s take on a BLT, with mozzarella as an added bonus. Add a fried egg to any sandwich for just $2.

Longleaf Swine

From brisket to pulled pork, throw it on a bun and make it a sandwich at Longleaf Swine BBQ. Enjoy the expansive patio year round plus a full bar. Vegetarians are welcome too — the barbecue joint’s collard green melt is an easy method to eating greens. The Longleaf sides are a must, including the roasted sweet potatoes with goat cheese and pimento cheese mac and cheese.

State of Beer

An offshoot of Trophy Brewing, State of Beer is also a must for a warm, comforting sandwich like the Sicilian (and maybe a beer, too). Hang on the patio or listen to the rotating vinyl at the bar. Insider tip: Get the housemade tri-colored, Italian pasta salad as a side.

A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table’s mission to feed everyone in its community certainly makes the sandwiches taste even better. The black bean melt and turkey bacon avocado club are menu highlights at Raleigh’s first pay-what-you-can cafe. A Place at the Table is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday and provides meals to all — at the price folks are able to pay. Add a little extra to your tab to support someone else’s meal.

Lucettegrace

Downtown Raleigh patisserie Lucettegrace boasts a handful of sandwiches worth trying, and a lunch box combo is just $16. The Toulouse is a Francophile’s dream — salty butter on a baguette with ham and cheese, sprinkled with crunchy cornichons.

Alimentari at Left Bank

Another Transfer Co. favorite, Alimentari at Left Bank is chock full of gourmet groceries, and of course, sandwiches. Tigelles, bite-sized sandwiches on homemade flatbread are a perfect snack and filled with everything from tomato jam to tuna salad. Alimentari also offers full-sized goodness like a meatball sub or caprese sandwich. Pro tip: Grab some freshly made pasta, antipasti, and other Italian specialties to take home for later.

Benchwarmers Bagels

Is a bagel sandwich a sandwich? Benchwarmers Bagels makes the case, especially when they are loaded with funky fillings. Located in Transfer Co. Food Hall, Benchwarmers has a delicious array of breakfast sandwiches, including classic egg and cheese — don’t skip the Duke’s mayo. For lunchtime bagels, fried bologna with yellow mustard is a menu staple along with the #1 with avocado, crispy garlic, radish, and a charred grapefruit glaze.

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