As you can tell from our Instagram feed – @CLT.Remedy – we know food. But, we’re no sandwich experts.
We grew up in an Asian household where most meals were served with a side of rice. It wasn’t until we immigrated to the U.S. from Guam in 1998 that we realized sandwiches could be a full meal. There are sandwich shops in the Philippines, but sandwiches are not considered a main meal for us. We call them “merienda” — a snack!
But we’ve learned to love a great sandwich. We know the meats, veggies and condiments are important. But, for us, the secret to a great sandwich is that bread. If you get that dough right, it’s straight money.
Join us on this first stop on a tour of Charlotte’s best-kept sandwich secrets.
First stop: Sub One Hoagie House
Fourth Ward in Uptown | 516 N. Graham St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. -7 p.m. | Saturday CLOSED
Sub One Hoagie House is a no-frills spot tucked away in a nondescript strip mall on Graham Street. You’ve probably driven past without noticing it. We’re going to change that today. They’ve been serving loyal customers for over 30 years.
Do yourself a tasty favor. The next time you’re in the area, stop and take the sandwich below for a spin.
There isn’t a single item on the menu more than $5.69 (plus tax), so it’ll be a cheap (yet amazing) score by uptown standards. And, BONUS! They have a parking lot, so you don’t worry about searching (or paying) for a space.
Enter … The Sandwich
We didn’t know what a New Jersey Steak Sandwich was when we walked into Sub One, but it came highly recommended. We ordered it all the way — steak, cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, special sauce, oil and vinegar.
Our sub was made by the owner, Richard Jones. He was kind enough to chat with me about anything and everything and he even doled out some personal advice. That level of service was super comforting.
How was the sandwich? It didn’t even make it out of the parking lot. The fragrance hit us immediately and we dove right in. It was gone in a matter of minutes.
It may look like a plain, white roll, but the bread was perfectly toasted and had a crispy crust while remaining soft and airy inside.
The oil and vinegar combo was insanely good and dripped down our hands as we picked up the sandwich. But, we barely cared.
PRO-TIP: Make sure to have PLENTY of paper towels on hand.
Before leaving, we asked what we should order on our next visit and Richard recommended the Italian sandwich with pizza sauce(“Make it like a pizza!”) and the Chicken Philly.
What Does the Sandwich Have to Say?
What does the New Jersey Steak Sandwich have to say for itself?
The New Jersey Steak Sandwich is voiced by Ohavia Phillips.
About the “I’m a Sandwich Series”
As the pandemic plods on, we find ourselves in desperate need of a new lineup of sandwiches to get us through each workday. We asked you for the best sammies in Charlotte and were crushed with a bountiful buffet of recommendations.
So, we created the “I’m A Sandwich” series to let Crown Town’s best sandwiches speak for themselves … literally. That’s right, we made videos of singing sandwiches. Each will be accompanied by a review and photos from our friends Kriska Woods and Manny Carandang of @CLT.Remedy. And every “savage” sandwich we cover will be voiced by the “one-and-OHnly” Ohavia Phillips (in the role of Megan Thee Stallion).
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