Merritt’s Store and Grill, home of North Carolina’s best BLTs

There’s always a line, but it’s worth the wait.

Since 1929, Merritt’s has been proving to locals and tourists alike how deeply satisfying a humble BLT can be. And how? For starters, there’s an assortment of fresh, daily-baked breads, like potato, sourdough, and sunflower. The bacon is perfectly fried and generously layered, the tomatoes are red and juicy, and the lettuce is light and crispy. A proper slather of mayo binds the entire sandwich together. For an authentically local touch, request some homemade pimento cheese on your BLT. And when the weather’s nice, grab a seat outdoors before tucking into a taste of history. (Local tip: to avoid the inevitable lines, pop by before or after the lunch rush.)




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