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Sandwhich - Chapel Hill, NC

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Sandwhich - Chapel Hill, NC

Noel Brewer | Sep 12, 2005 11:11 AM

Here's a follow-up to a post from a few months ago on Sandwhich at 431 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC (located behind Penang and next to 3 Cup). The place serves some of the tastiest food in Chapel Hill. It's hard to beat their food. Fresh, casual, and hip.

Previous posts mentioned Merritt’s as having the best BLT in Chapel Hill and I think I'd challenge that. I live a block from Merritt's and am a fan but I think Sandwich has effectively thrown down the gauntlet for best of the area. I have taken a few longtime residents who agree. Comments included, “The BLT is like having a food orgasm.”

Then there is the bresaola sandwich I had there last week with the best cured beef I think I have ever had with perfectly fresh arugula and razor thin sliced lemon. Shockingly delicious.

Oh yes, the potato chips are a sin. Freshly made by hand and served warm with sea salt and some parsley. The $2 bag is enough for most people.

Not mentioned in the previous post are Sandwich’s "antidepressant chocolate chip cookies" with pumpkin seeds (the anti-depressant part) and a flavorful version of a Mexican wedding cookie with a vanilla flavor that floats over the top of the palate. The best cookies in the area (Weaver St offers some very good ones as well).

The there is the Moroccan iced mint tea. I don’t know why it is so delicious but it is.

The price... Sandwiches run about $8 and have the flavor of a $15-20 entree. I agree that is pricey but I find it to be an exceptional value. If you want quantity, Subway is your place but for quality and freshness there is no stronger restaurant I can think of in the area except maybe Lantern and the sister restaurant Enoteca Vin. The ingredients at Sandwich are of the quality used by restaurants that get Michelin listings.

In sum, the place gets a total rave from me. The flavors are so distinct, bright and lasting in their food. I can't think of an equivalent place at this price range even in Manhattan or San Francisco where I was born and raised. Run don't walk... You get the drift.

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