Even for the bacon-shy (yes there are a few of us out there), the Fried Green Tomato BLT ($8.95) is a must-order at Hominy Grill in Charleston. Head chef Robert Stehling takes an otherwise ordinary lunchbox staple and gives it his personal twist. Fried green tomatoes, neither overly crunchy or too soggy, are topped with a few slabs of crispy bacon and iceberg lettuce.
The medley carefully assembled in between a soft kaiser bun. To up it some more, there's a generous slathering of ancho chile lime mayonnaise. Sweet, salty, and fatty, with a spicy kick, it's all the flavors I look for in a sandwich. And it's flanked by a couple of deep-fried cheese grit cakes and pickled okra. It makes me wonder why I ever left the South.
The Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403 (map); 843-937-0930