To out-of-towners this North Carolina diner is best known for its appearance on the Andy Griffith Show; locals love it for its to-die-for pork chop sandwich. Find more diners and dives from Off the Eaten Path.
[MUSIC] I'm Morgan Murphy. I have traveled 10,000 miles this summer to find the very best food in the South. Come along with me as I show you the South's best restaurants off the Eaten Path. I'm Morgan Murphy. Today we're in hot pursuit of the best lunch in Mount Airy, North Carolina, better known to TV fans as Maybery. There's a place called Snappy Lunch here which is one of the first places mentioned on the Andy Griffith show. And they served a pork chop sandwich that is to die for. So let's get into high gear, go over there and grab us one of those. I'm here in Snappy Lunch in Mt. Airy, North Carolina with Mary Dowell, the owner's wife. Thank you for having us. Thank you for coming. We're, I'm so excited to try the pork chop sandwich. Tell me about how that sandwich came to be. Charles and actually the owner of the cafe, he invented the pork chop sandwich. I think it was sometime in the sixties maybe. And he told me that he had seen pork chop sandwhiches other places and he tried one. And it had a bone, initially it had a bone and, and, and it was so hard to eat, that he didn't think it would go over. That he developed a way to take the bone out. He used a pork tenderloin. And why is it called Snappy Lunch? Charles said because when they started, they, they would come in and say I want seven eight, make it snappy. And so, yep. Make it snappy. It's that fast. Well I'll have a pork chop sandwich, make it snappy. Right, right, there you go. Let's go see how we do that. Okay. I'm here in the kitchen at Snappy Lunch with the master of the pork chop sandwich, George. And what's this, George? That's a hat. This is a hat. Yeah, you gotta wear... Is this required wearing for back in your kitchen? Yeah. You have to wear a hat. Okay. So I'mma, this is my Snappy Lunch hat. Pretty sexy, I think. We start with one of these. We start with a pork... This is a big pork tenderloin. And how thick do you slice it? Basically three and a half ounces. Pork chops go into the batter. So you just put the, put the pork chop on the grill. And you let it harden on one side and grill it until it hardens on the other side and finish it off in the pan. I love pork chops. Bring on the tour buses. So Diane you're gonna show me how to make, assemble the pork chops. [SOUND] A chop over there. Chili. Onions. And slaw. Hello? These are tiny sandwiches, and it is a beauty, it's probably only got about 5,000 calories, and I can't wait to have every one of' em. Is sweet and tender, and kind of crunchy at the same time. This is a messy sandwich, man. I'm glad I'm wearing an apron and my special sanitary hat. Man, that pork chop sandwich was outstanding. If you wanna know how to make it yourself, pick up a copy of my book, Off The Eaten Path. [MUSIC] You know right now I'm a go look for Checkpoint Chickie.