Snappy Lunch

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A pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch is one of the great meals of the South. A boneless, tenderized loin chop is dipped in sweet-milk batter and fried in a shallow pool of oil until golden crisp. The finished cutlet has an irresistibly luscious character, moist and porky in some areas, crunchy in other areas where the pork is thin but the batter is thick. As created at Snappy Lunch by the late proprietor, Charles Dowell, this lovely piece of food is too broad for bread or bun, but it is sandwiched in a bun nonetheless, along with a battery of condiments that include a slice of tomato, chopped onion, mustard, cole slaw, and special chili sauce.

The chili is extraordinary, a sweet, tomato paste that, along with homemade slaw, perfectly haloes the creamy richness of the pork chop. Continue reading

A pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch is one of the great meals of the South. A boneless, tenderized loin chop is dipped in sweet-milk batter and fried in a shallow pool of oil until golden crisp. The finished cutlet has an irresistibly luscious character, moist and porky in some areas, crunchy in other areas where the pork is thin but the batter is thick. As created at Snappy Lunch by the late proprietor, Charles Dowell, this lovely piece of food is too broad for bread or bun, but it is sandwiched in a bun nonetheless, along with a battery of condiments that include a slice of tomato, chopped onion, mustard, cole slaw, and special chili sauce.

The chili is extraordinary, a sweet, tomato paste that, along with homemade slaw, perfectly haloes the creamy richness of the pork chop. One sandwich is such a substantial meal that even cut in half it is virtually impossible to lift to one’s mouth without major spillage. At the counter and booths of this old diner, it is served wrapped in wax paper without a plate; and the beverage of choice to accompany it is sweet tea.

Another item on the menu that adventurous eaters will want to try is the “breaded hamburger” – 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.

Much as we adore the pork chop sandwich for lunch, we also treasure breakfast at Snappy Lunch, for that is when pans of big hot biscuits come out of the back oven, perfuming the whole place with their bready steam, and when the little restaurant is occupied almost exclusively by locals, engaged in classic café repartee concerning issues of great import to early-morning diner denizens everywhere: weather, sports scores, and politicians’ foibles.

Dishes to try
Snappy Lunch, pork chop sandwich
pork chop sandwich
Must-Try
The pork shop is crisp-skinned and unctuous, the slaw is crisp, the chili is sweet and slightly spicy, the mustard (not see here) adds a sharp note. The result: a great American sandwich.
Snappy Lunch, Breaded Hamburger
Breaded Hamburger
Cross section view of a breaded hamburger gives a visual hint of how the beef is stretched by the addition of bread. Chili, slaw, tomatoes, and mustard make up for the frail flavor of the beef.
Snappy Lunch, Iced Tea
Iced Tea
The beverage of choice is sweet tea.
Snappy Lunch, Fried Balogna Sandwich
Fried Balogna Sandwich
Griddle-crisped balogna is not a thick slice, but it packs some good porky flavor.
Directions and Hours
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SundayCLOSED
Monday6am - 1:45pm
Tuesday6am - 1:45pm
Wednesday6am - 1:45pm
Thursday6am - 1:15pm
Friday6am - 1:45pm
Saturday6am - 1:15pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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