Sandwiches make up 93 percent of a college student’s meals. OK, we made that statistic up. But because sammies are cheap, convenient, and, obviously, delicious, they are the perfect meal for lunch or dinner, and they can cover all four food groups. Lucky for us, Charleston has a solid offering of subs, hoagies, and wraps. I would literally punch my sister in the ear for a Publix sub or a hoagie from Jersey Mike’s. But there is no Publix downtown, and a large sub Mike’s way costs a pretty penny even without a drink. Here are a few local sandwich spots that will provide you with a fix when Peanut Butter Jelly Time rolls around.
429 King St.
This convenient King Street sandwich spot is only a block from several CofC dorms. It has a decent amount of dine-in space, but also has free delivery if you are stuck in the library or bed. We suggest the Workingman Hot Sub ($6.95). The stomach stuffer is made with turkey, bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, grilled onions and peppers, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Slye’s huge chalkboard menu also includes a large number of original cold subs and veggie options.
334 East Bay St.
With veteran chef Eva Keilty, Ted’s offers some fantastic gourmet meals. But the shop also has a surprisingly affordable lunch menu. The house-roasted wagyu beef sandwich ($8) tops perfectly tender beef with caramelized onions, sautéed exotic mushrooms, and blue cheese garlic aioli. Bacon lovers (who isn’t?) should mark the calendar for the bacon of the month BLT ($7).
The Pit Stop Deli
84 Society St.
Hungry students will appreciate Pit Stop for its Boar’s Head meats, fresh sandwich accoutrement, and the restaurant’s racing theme, if they’re into NASCAR. The Spare Tire ($8) comes with pepperoni, salami, sopressata, capicola, pistachio mortadella, provolone, roasted red peppers, tomato, lettuce, olives, and oil and vinegar, all piled high on hero bread. The Pit Stop also has salads and, for your hangover-curing pleasure, breakfast is served all day.
337 King St.
Both a great lunch spot and busy bar, Kickin’ Chicken is always crammed with a college crowd. The menu is as chock-full of chicken items as the name would suggest. For $8, you can get a number of salads topped with grilled or fried chicken. The chicken tenders are a classic and come with your choice of over 20 sauces. But this is a guide to sandwiches, and the Kickin’ Chicken Sandwich ($7.99) is what keeps fried chicken lovers coming back. You’ll get about as much fried chicken, provolone, and bacon as can possibly be stuffed into a sub roll.
51 George St.
One thing you’re going to learn about Charleston is that we love our local businesses. But sometimes you’re going to get a hankering for something you know and trust, something that reminds you of home when you’re far away from it, like when you’re down in the dumps after your first major roommate fight. Head to Jimmy John’s — or get it delivered, even late — for their dependable subs and giant club sandwiches. The J.J. Gargantuan, with five kinds of meat, will feed you for a week. Or at least a day.
The Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive.
If you have some spare time and want a solid pint with your sandwich, make the trip up the peninsula to the Tattooed Moose. A bit expensive, Mike’s Famous Duck Club ($13.50) is worth every dime you “borrow” from your sleeping roommate. This sandwich is a triple-decker monster filled with duck confit, applewood-smoked bacon, smoked cheddar, lettuce, garlic aioli, tomato, and red onion on sweet Hawaiian bread. The copious amount of rich duck makes it hard to eat in one sitting, so save the leftovers for an early dinner. For a cheaper option, try the smoked chicken salad BLT ($7.50). No matter what you order, make sure you get some of the hand-cut duck fat fries on the side.
Drop In Deli
32 B Center St. Folly Beach.
On those days you decide to skip your afternoon statistics lecture and head out to Folly Beach, stop by the Drop In Deli. The conveniently located sandwich stop is a no-thrills kinda joint. The modest bar has decent beer deals, but the sandwiches with corny names are what make this place a standout. The Pollo Loco ($8.59) with house-marinated grilled chicken, melted fontina, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, and spicy ranch dressing on a Kaiser roll is a solid choice. The Pholly Cheesesteak ($7.99) and vegetarian delight Althea ($6.59) are also great sandwiches for your beach day. Excuse us, sick day.