The Hot List: 5 spots to grab a sandwich
By John Harper
Barrier Island Bagels
- Where: 5549 N. Croatan Hwy. (Marketplace shopping center), Southern Shores
- Info: 252-255-2888, barrierislandbagels.com
The shop is filled with the intoxicating scent of all kinds of bagels.
But there's also the refreshing aroma of breads, vegetables and meats in the air.
So, you know something else is going on.
On the menu are a dozen specialty sandwiches, with names like the “Carolina Club,” and “The Atlantic.”
The former features three slices of bread (rye, white or wheat), filled with turkey, roast beef, bacon, lettuce and tomato, along with a bag of chips.
Homemade tuna salad powers the latter, which is accented with melted Swiss cheese, avocado and house vinaigrette.
The shop has indoor and outdoor seating.
Waveriders Coffee and Deli
- Where: 3022 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 11, Nags Head
- Info: 252-715-1880, waveridersobx.com
Located in the Pirate’s Quay Shopping Center, the deli-coffee shop has a unique set-up.
There are tables, a bar, an outdoor patio and two semi-private sitting areas, which are often used for meetings.
Waveriders offers a wide array of deli sandwiches.
We'll pick two.
“The Chuck” is all about turkey and feta cheese on Panini-pressed wheat bread, topped with avocado, spinach, and balsamic drizzle.
And there's the signature sandwich (The Waverider, of course), which features chicken and pepperoni on Panini-pressed rye bread and loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, banana peppers, red onions and Cajun remoulade sauce.
Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop
- Where: 303 Queen Elizabeth St. Manteo waterfront
- Info: 252-473-3333, poorrichardsmanteo.com
The eatery has been feeding locals and visitors in downtown Manteo since 1984.
Cold and grilled sandwiches are on the printed and old-school blackboard menus (with daily specials).
They can be served on bread (white, rye, flat and wheat) or in a wrap.
Among the choices are roast beef, corned beef and cheese, knockwurst, ham, club, sailor, and Reuben.
A popular item is the tuna melt.
All sandwiches come with a side (choose 1): pasta salad, potato salad, cucumber salad or chips and pickle.
There are tables and booths indoors.
The back porch affords diners a view of the Shallowbag Bay and the Elizabeth II.
Where: 1900 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: 252-441-5684, countrydeliobx.com
The shop has been serving up sandwiches since 1990, first operating at Surfside Plaza in Nags Head before moving in 2017 to a new, much larger space in Kill Devil Hills.
Owned by wife-and-husband Karla and Mark Hutchins, the deli's slogan is “famous for our over-stuffed sandwiches.”
The joint is usually jumping, but the team of sandwich-makers, including Mark and Karla, is a well-oiled machine.
More often than not, there are two cash registers going.
The deli offers a wide variety of sandwiches, including triple-deckers, classics (Reuben, cheese steak and meatball, among others) and favorites (Hawaiian, “killer” and “Mollie's Mess,” for instance).
There are also a number of selections for turkey and veggie “lovers.”
Indoor and outdoor seating is available — and the deli delivers.
Stop ‘N’ Shop
- Where: 100 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
- Info: 252-441-6105, stopnshopobx.com
Don't let those gas pumps surrounding the building fool you.
Inside the convenience store is delightful deli that serves subs and sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats.
If you enter on the east side of the building, the deli window is straight ahead.
Stop ‘N’ Shop offers two-dozen subs and sandwiches (smoked turkey, chicken salad, and corned beef, among others), all made to order.
Specialty items include the “Big Dog Club,” “Corned Beef OBX,” and the “Wright Monumental Club.”
A popular choice is the “Veggie Weggie.”
Breads include wheat, rye and white.
There's no seating, but the beach is about 100 yards away.