In search of Wilmington’s best turkey sandwich – Port City Foodies – Wilmington Star News – Wilmington, NC – Archive

One afternoon in the newsroom about a month ago, I started talking nonstop about craving a turkey sandwich. I know my colleagues thought I was nuts. but they usually do, so I didn’t let that bother me. since then, I’ve been on a quest to find the best turkey sandwich in Wilmington.

For those who don’t know, I’m the metro editor at the StarNews and I’ve lost 80 pounds in the past year. so I do have a few requirements about what I’m looking for.

1. it has to be relatively healthy. I prefer mustard instead of mayo, but I won’t turn down cheese and bacon as long as there isn’t too much of either.

2. the bread is important. I don’t like it toasted and I prefer something other than a sub roll.

3. As for the turkey, I like thin slices of oven roasted, not smoked, turkey. I’ll eat smoked, but it’s not my favorite.

Beyond that, I’m pretty open-minded about it. When I first started rambling on about my craving, Paul Stephen posted a note on the Port City Foodies Facebook page. I’ve gotten numerous suggestions and hope to try them all eventually. I’ll use this post to let you know what I think as I try different places. Eventually, I plan to pick a favorite.

Here are the ones I’ve tried so far and my thoughts on each.

Temptations Everyday Gourmet at Hanover CenterI’ve tried two here. the turkey, apple and brie is delicious and filling. I particularly like the creamy brie and crunchy green apples. it comes on a baguette, but I think it’s better on a croissant. the cajun club is also tasty, especially the bacon and spicy mustard. I get the mustard on the side, though, because it is spicy.

Brixx at Mayfaire Town CenterI had the turkey wrap, which comes with turkey, artichokes, roma tomatoes, hearts of romaine and aioli wrapped in flatbread. Yummy is the only way to describe it. the best parts, though, were the sprinkle of parmesan cheese on the outside of the wrap and the artichokes. so good.

S&L new York Style Deli on 17th StreetIf you want a plain old turkey sandwich, this is the place to get it. They’ll make it pretty much however you want it. I went with white bread and cheddar cheese. I wouldn’t call it a favorite, but sometimes I just want simple. and it doesn’t hurt that it’s right up the street from the office.

The Lunchbox on 17th StreetSo I veered off course slightly and went with the Tidewater Club, which has turkey, ham, bacon and cheddar cheese on toasted wheat with lettuce, tomato and mayo. I do love this sandwich, but rarely get it because it’s really not very good for me. Probably the best club I’ve ever had, though.

McAlister’s on South College Road

I went with the build-your-own option and had turkey and havarti on multi-grain bread with spicy mustard. A good solid sandwich. and I love that havarti is one of my cheese choices. you can’t get that at most delis. I also like that they have fruit as a side so you don’t have to get chips.

Chop’s Deli on front StreetMy favorite so far. I had the Plymouth, which comes with Oven Gold smoked turkey breast, havarti cheese, thinly sliced granny smith apples and cranberry relish on multigrain. I know, I said I prefer oven roasted over smoked. and I definitely should have gotten the bread untoasted. but the cheese, apples and relish make this sandwich. A week later, as I write this, I can still taste it.

South College Sandwich & Deli

Numerous people have recommended this spot, so I finally had to give it a try. I went with the Port City Pepper — turkey, pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and mustard on wheat. you can get mayo and they have various types of fresh-baked bread. I’ll admit that my expectations were high. I liked it but didn’t love it. the pepperoni and cheese were nice because I do like spicy. but there was more lettuce than turkey and it just felt sort of plain. the homemade chips, however, were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Maybe that’s really why people like this place so much.

As I try more places, I’ll keep adding them to the list. if you have a favorite you think I should try or disagree with my assessment, feel free to post a comment. once I’ve tried 10 or 15 places, I’ll pick my favorite.

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