Southern Sandwiches

Aug 22 2012

by Whitney Long

(Elvis Panini – recipe and photo via

by Whitney Long

August is National Sandwich Month and The Southern Coterie compiled a bucket list of some of the best sandwiches in the South! Whether it’s a tried-and-true favorite or a new spin on an old classic, our list is full of “must-try” selections and has something for all of us sandwich lovers.

But first, a brief history of the simple sandwich-

sandwich actually refers to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who was a free-spirit kind of guy who loved games and gambling. Since he was always in a hurry going from game to game, he never stopped for a full meal. He requested a piece of meat between two slices of bread to eat on the run. Others saw how practical this new way of eating was, and the sandwich was born.

In 1827 the sandwich was introduced to the US when Elizabeth Leslie published her cookbook that included a recipe for a ham sandwich. It was an instant hit that gave an easy, portable meal for workers and schoolchildren. By the 1900s, bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, so that sandwiches were easy to create. The sandwich then came into its glory and became a part of our everyday lives!


Bottega’s Restaurant and Café – Birmingham

Italian club sandwich: chicken, pancetta, mortadella, provolone and arugula

Dreamland BBQ – Tuscaloosa

Barbeque rib sandwich: no description needed


Olio Market – Jacksonville

Duck Grilled Cheese: Duck confit, tomato, gruyere, American cheese on thick sour dough bread


Southern Soul BBQ – St. Simons Island

Philly Soul: brisket with grilled onions, peppers, Swiss cheese on a hoagie roll

Empire State South – Atlanta

NC Catfish Po’Boy: Spicy remoulade, lettuce, pickled jalapenos, capers, mixed greens


Sobounola – New Orleans

Suckling Pig Cuban Sandwich: suckling pig, tasso ham, Swiss cheese, and mustard pickled okra


City Grocery – Oxford, MS

Chicken Liver Boy: crispy cornmeal dusted chicken liver, red onion, baby mustard greens, peach mustard, buttered french bread

Lil’Rays – Gulfport, MS

Oyster Po-Boy: fried oysters on French bread delivered daily from New Orleans dressed with mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles


New South Kitchen – Charlotte

Chicken Sandwich: fried chicken with honey mustard, grilled apples and cheddar


Hominy Grill – Charleston, SC

BLT: fried green tomato BLT with ancho chile lime mayonnaise


Automatic Slims – Memphis

Slim’s Burger: Smoked Gouda, Onion Jam, Roasted Tomato, Bacon

The Patterson House- Nashville

The Elvis Panini: Peanut butter, bananas, thick cut bacon and sour-dough bread


Reef – Houston

Grilled salmon BLT with avocado, pesto aioli


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Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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2 responses on “Southern Sandwiches

  1. whitneylong Post author

    The Elvis Panini and I just added the link so you can go straight to the recipe. Doesn’t it look amazing?

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