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Apr 9, 2012 06:16 PM

Meat sandwiches for lunch in downtown Charleston?

We're heading down for the weekend and we have reservations for dinner at FIG and lunch at Husk. In between, we're planning on stuffing ourselves silly on oysters and softshell crabs. I'd also like to get over to goat.sheep.cow and maybe even Bin 152.

For lunch on Friday I've got a hunkering for a sandwich. Is there any place downtown that has good meat sandwiches (Italian cold cuts, cured meats)? Maybe even some po boys and fish sandwiches too.

I know I'm asking for a lot here. But a girl can hope, right? ;-)



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  1. sometimes Bucther and bee has po boys and othe sandwiches on their daily board...I keep up vi
    a their facebook page.

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    1. re: LaLa

      I haven't been there yet but that menu always looks great. Maybe Caviar and Bananas?

      I had a killer softshell crab po boy at the Grocery last week. It's at the corner of King and Cannon.

      Have fun, lynnlato. The weather is going to be the BEST.

      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        Thanks Sue and LaLa!!!

        Butcher and Bee - that's the place I was trying to remember! And I had The Grocery on my list but their website says they aren't open until 5pm during the week. :-(

        1. re: lynnlato

          Butcher and Bee would be my nom. When we were there a few weeks ago, it was awesome! Great sandwiches. Also, take a look at Two Boroughs Larder. They had our favorite dish of the trip - mix of Piquillo peppers with crispy duck skin. I'm drooling at the thought of it....

        2. re: Sue in Mt P

          I spent a long Easter weekend in Charleston this past weekend and had the softshell craby sandwich at Grocery for brunch on Saturday. Good stuff! My wife had the shrimp and grits and we shared a bowl of "red neck ramen" which was seriously tasty stuff.

            1. re: danna

              On their printed bunch menu, it was listed as "Redneck Ramen", but if you look at their brunch menu online, its listed as "Pork and Hominy Stew" and described thusly:

              "Smoked Pork Broth, Fresh Hominy, Greens, ‘Burnt Ends'. Add a Sea Island Farm Egg ~ $2".

              Of course, I opted to add the egg to our bowl. It was pretty awesome. Smoky, porky and corny.

              1. re: ToothTooth

                I had that sammich a week ago Sunday. Those pickles! Yum. My friend got the oyster one and it was great too. It's a neat place.

      2. "FIG and lunch at Husk. In between, we're planning on stuffing ourselves silly on oysters and softshell crabs. I'd also like to get over to goat.sheep.cow and maybe even Bin 152."

        Damn, lynn, you have seriously nailed some good eatin' right there. I could have written that list myself, wish I had. ;-)

        actually, goat sheep cow had some pretty sweet-looking charcuterie.

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        1. re: danna

          Danna, I follow you and Sue's posts regularly. You ladies know what I like - whether you know it or not. ;-)

          Tom, I have Two Boroughs Larder on my iPhone list. I wanted to do Sunday brunch there, but alas, they are closed. That pic of their eggs, polenta and broccoli rabe gave me a case of the wants - yummm.

          I had brunch here in Charlotte at Halcyon on Sunday and had their app. of crispy fried chicken skins and fried pig ears served with a Tabasco sorghum dip and let me tell you, that was some good eatin', y'all. If you get up to Charlotte, be sure to visit Halcyon. It's the closest thing we have to any of the deliciousness in your neck of the woods. Good stuff going on there.

          Serious wines-by-the-glass lists are awesome... espeicially with some good cheese and "sweet-looking charcuterie".

          I'm cutting carbs and exercising all week - I plan to do some serious damage in Chucktown this weekend.

        2. Oh I forgot:Bin 152 is great. I've only been once, but the wine selection is serious. And it's fun.

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          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Tattooed Moose is great for sandwiches too - Pork Belly Bahn Mi, Duck Confit club and low country Cuban are all delicious. Cool, funky place too and the front patio would be perfect at this time of year.

            1. re: mcattrone

              This place looks bad ass in all the right ways. Thanks for the heads up. LOVE their website. The photos are very Addams Family-like - love it.

              The Lucky #1 sub looks so good - BBQ Braised Pork Belly, Seared on the Grill, Topped with House Made Kimchi, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Crispy Onions, Cilantro, Wasabi Mayo, & Sweet Red Chili Sauce, All on a roll.

              According to their website, all meats are smoked in-house over pecan wood - Hell yea!

              1. re: lynnlato

                I had the duck confit and I highly recommend.

                As you go back into town there's a new bar on the left, American something or other. Very hip with excellent cocktails. The large rum punch hit the spot.

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Thank you kindly... sounds like a very good possibility for Friday when we roll into town.

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    The Luck #1 Sub is the sandwich I mentioned as Bahn Mi - it's delicious. The Duck Confit Club is a commitment but a very good one.

          2. I'm back from my food whirlwind tour of Charleston and I am full, y'all! Wow! I'll give a brief recap.

            Friday lunch - Butcher & Bee. SO had the falafel burger on brioche bun w/ fries and I had the roast beef sandwich on ciabatta w/ a pepper chimichurri and onion jam. Both sandwiches were perfect in every way. One small exception was that it seemed that i had gotten a roast beef sandwich other than what was described on the chalk board. It was described as roast beef, chimichurri, onion jam, ciabatta. However, there was nothing on it that resembled chimichurri (the green, garlickly, parsley concoction) and there was nothing that tasted of onion jam to me either. I ate every last bite because it was delicious. they really let the rare roast beef shine and it had a light slather of a red pepper spread and a mayo-like spread. I asked the folks at the counter when we left and they said the sandwich was served as described and the chimichurri was a less traditional version. Oh, and the house-made pickles that accompany your sandwiches are tart, slightly sweet and have great crunch.

            We didn't get to enjoy our dinner at FIG due some bloodsugar issues. So, I can't offer much about that. I was so bummed.

            Oysters sampler at Pearlz - yummm. So good we returned the next night for a couple more dozen and some fish n' chips.

            Bin 152 we had the country pate, a hard Italian cheese we let them select for us and a few glasses of dolcetto that went perfectly with the hard to pair fat-laden charcuterie. I liked this place a lot. The massive cheese list will blow your mind!

            Lunch at Husk was delicious and service was stellar. I have come to love that place. It's laid back, easy, charming, they deliver creative southern food at really great prices too. For lunch I had the burger which which was two thinner patties as opposed to one thick patty w/ yellow cheddar cheese oozing out everywhere and lots of mustard all on a brioche bun. It came w/ these fried potatoes that were crunchy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside - yummm. SO had the fried chicken BLT on toasted brioche. But the best part was the server, Rob, who recommended the buttermilk pie (cornmeal crust and fresh local strawberries). That pie was so damned good, y'all. I will not soon forget it.

            We also did a random stop at Burger Babies to grab a drink. I checked out the menu and saw that they had steamed buns (bao) and so I had to get a pork belly steamed bun to go. So glad i did - they served it with house-made pickles and a spicy crushed peanut topping. Very good snack, it was!

            FINALLY, we visited goat.sheep.cow. I LOVED this little cheese and charcuterie shop! The owners were SO gracious. Patricia gave us samples of everything and we left glad to have met her and with a bag full of goodies that included wild boar salumi, baguette, castelvetrano olives, CA organic olive oil and Idiazabal cheese from Spain. They have a great selection of wines, tastings on Saturday afternoons and they make the most gorgeous platters of meats, cheeses, etc.

            On the way home today I ate a banana for lunch. Back to reality.

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            1. re: lynnlato

              Wow. I saw your other post. So glad it was so great.

              Wait-did you get to go to FIG or was it just not good?

              Love Bin 152. It's really different from everything else around there, isn't it?

              I have had that buttermilk pie. It is very special.

              I never heard of goat.sheep.cow until you mentioned it, so I guess I need to hurry on over there. It sounds great.

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                We didn't get to eat at FIG - so bummed. :(

                I'm not sure how I heard about goat.sheep.cow, I thought here on the boards. Please do visit it, it's a great place and run by lovely peeps. I came home yesterday and had a lovely snack of all things I picked up there and I was a happy, happy girl. There olive oil is so fruity and bold. It's $14 a bottle and if you bring back the empty bottle and screw top they will recycle it and give you $2. A nice, little touch.

                Thanks Sue and everyone for all the advice. I wish I could of eaten at all the suggested places. I packed a lot of food into those 48 hrs though. Thanks y'all!

                1. re: lynnlato

                  good job lynn!

                  the goot.cheese.cow people gave me so many samples on my trip there I had to ask them to stop...I was on my way to McCradys and was worried I'd be too full to eat!! Now, that's some generous sampling!

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    Poor lynn. You'll get to FIG. You're not that far away.

                    Maybe we should do a meet and greet!

                    1. re: Sue in Mt P

                      I would love to, Sue! We're headed back down to Folly in late June. I'll holla at you when we get closer and maybe we can work something out. Loved to put a face with all the great recs you given us over the yrs.