I grew up in Philadelphia, where the steak sandwich is as much the city’s symbol as the Liberty Bell. New York? Chicago? New Orleans? Those are sandwich towns.
Charlotte’s still figuring out its niche when it comes to putting meat and bread together, but there is one sandwich that’s coming into its own here: The banh mi.
If you’re new to it, a banh mi is a wondrous blend of French and Vietnamese food culture, with marinated pork and pickled vegetables married with jalapeños and aioli on a crispy, flaky baguette (which, it is important to note, is the key to the whole thing).
To simply refer to it as a sandwich undersells the cultural gravitas the banh mi employs. It’s East-meets-West on a roll.
So, where do you find a good banh mi in Charlotte?
You don’t have to look far. They’re popping up on menus all over the city, from high-end to BBQ to vegetarian to the traditional haunts amid Charlotte’s international eateries.
But if you need the list narrowed a bit, here are 6 must-try banh mi sandwiches.