Snappy Lunch | Best Pork Chop Sandwich in Mayberry

Review by: Michael Stern

The Exalted Pork Chop Sandwich

A pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch is one of the great meals of the South. As created by late proprietor Charles Dowell, it begins with a boneless, tenderized loin chop. The cook dips it in sweet-milk batter and fries it in a shallow pool of oil until it turns golden crisp. Moist and porky in some areas, crunchy in others, the finished cutlet defines lusciousness. Its girth extends beyond any ordinary breadstuff, but a bun sandwiches it nonetheless. Condiments including tomato, chopped onion, mustard, cole slaw, and special chili sauce complete the package.

The chili itself deserves hosannas. Combined with slaw, the sweet tomato paste perfectly haloes the creamy rich pork chop. The heft of a single sandwich, even if cut in half, challenges the eater to pick it up without major spillage. At the counter and booths of this old diner, it arrives wrapped in wax paper without a plate. To drink with it, you want sweet tea.

A Weird Hamburger

One other item on the menu that adventurous eaters ought to try is the “breaded hamburger.” It’s an economical item left over from Depression days when precious beef was stretched by adding breadcrumbs as a filler. Some old-time customers got to liking it that way and still order it today. For us, it’s a curiosity … but no match for the truly superb pork chop.

Snappy Lunch in the Morning

Much as we adore the pork chop sandwich for lunch, we also treasure breakfast in this venerable town cafe. That is when pans of hot biscuits come out of the back oven, perfuming the whole place with their bready steam. Although tourists tend to overrun Snappy Lunch and the town in general, some locals of the cafe’s old morning crowd still come early. They engage in repartee concerning issues of great import to early-morning diner denizens everywhere: weather, sports scores, and politicians’ foibles. In those moments at Snappy Lunch, it’s easy to understand how Mount Airy was the inspiration for Andy Griffith’s Mayberry.

What To Eat

pork chop sandwich

Breaded Hamburger

Iced Tea

Fried Balogna Sandwich


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2 Responses to “Snappy Lunch | Best Pork Chop Sandwich in Mayberry”

Ann V

November 12th, 2021

Nov 12, 2021 – Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. The product is not fresh. I believe the pork chops are made then frozen because they had absolutely no flavor. The chili had no flavor, the coleslaw had no flavor, the soda was flat. If you want to just be able to say you ate at Snappy Lunch, but a bag of chips and then go get a meal elsewhere. Really rough.


Bob Wilkus

January 2nd, 2004

We were lucky to find a parking place in front of Snappy Lunch on a rainy December day at 1:05 p.m. (they close at 1:15). And the luck continued when we sat at the counter and were served one of the great original sandwiches in America. Snappy’s pork chop sandwhich with all the trimmings is a multi-textured delight — tender fried pork, slightly crunch slaw, toothsome chili, and yummy condiments — that’s a one-of-a-kind experience. A bag of chips and ice tea are just right on the side. And after you’re done, wash up in the dining room’s sink and savor the experience.


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