When it comes to sandwiches, you’ve got so many options in Raleigh and the Triangle it is SO hard to stand out. So I was a bit excited when Linus & Peppers was coming to Salisbury Street as a pop-up shop. Staffed by students from the Culinary Academy, its 30-day run extended to a couple of months and now, apparently, they are a permanent sandwich shop for the Level Up Kitchen + Barcadium. So yeah, it was finally time for a visit, now that I knew this place wasn’t going to disappear overnight.
So if you’re looking to lunch at Linus and Peppers, just head over to the Level Up and instead of heading up the stairs, bang a left into the small storefront. It’s a humble little spot with a small dining area up front, sandwich counter in back and some chalked up boards with the specials and regular sandwich menu. Thankfully it’s not a huge menu, maybe 12 or so sandwich choices with 5 specials. I go for the Frenchy, their version of the French Dip. A Jarritos grapefruit gets plucked out of the refrigerated case as my lunch bevvy.
With three people working the counter, it still does take 10 – 15 minutes for my sammich but you can bet it’s not a assembly line operation here at Linus and Peppers. The sandwich is brought to my table and it looks great. A well-stuffed sandwich full of thinly sliced steak, lightly seasoned house chips and a side of jus. The Frenchy comes on a great, light bun, maybe 9″ long. In addition to the rosemary seasoned beef, there’s carmelized onions, gouda and a creamy horseradish sauce, excellent! It’s a very savory and filling sandwich with good balance across all the ingredients. And it’s moist enough (due to onions) where you don’t really need the au jus but the cup provided is great. The chips are lightly dusted with some seasoning so it all makes for a nice meal at $9.
As I finish up the meal, my plate gets picked up and I’m asked about the meal, a big thumbs-up here! All in all an impressive first visit to a very good sandwich shop for downtown Raleigh. I think Linus and Pepper has hit the sweet spot of a great sandwich at a good price with decent service. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the menu and will definitely be back soon…
126 S. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603