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The Most Mouth-Watering Atlanta Sandwiches You Can Order Right Now

Perfect for a park picnic.

Every year I tell myself: This will be the year we go on a picnic. And then the year passes by without me packing a basket. Well, this is the year it finally happened. Nothing is good about a pandemic, but it did drive me and my family to the outdoors for a picnic. As long as social distancing is maintained (and you don’t go at the hottest time of the day), dining outdoors is significantly safer than eating in a restaurant’s dining room. Plus, it’s a great way to get acquainted with the city’s parks.

Any meal can be picnic-friendly if you try hard enough, but sandwiches are the surefire way to go if you want something easy to eat and clean up. Fortunately, there is no shortage of delicious takeout sandwiches available in Atlanta. So grab a picnic blanket, a mask, and some hand sanitizer, and try one of Atlanta’s must-eat sandwiches.

Prosciutto Baguette from Star Provisions

West Midtown
Star Provisions is currently offering curbside and the prosciutto baguette is, thankfully, on the menu. This sandwich is proof that simple is sometimes best. It’s just prosciutto, butter, and parmesan and it’s so deliciously minimalistic. 
How to order: Order contactless curbside pickup online.

Norteña Torta from Tortas Locas

Multiple locations
Tortas are ideal picnic sandwiches because they travel so well. There are several Tortas Locas locations in the Atlanta area including two on Buford Highway and one in Sandy Springs. You really can’t go wrong, but if you’re feeling carnivorous go for the norteña packed with steak milanesa, chihuahua cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and jalapeño. Don’t forget an agua fresca.
How to order: Call your particular location for takeout orders.

Cuban from Buena Gente

Decatur
Buena Gente made a name for itself with its pink food truck, but now the truck is off the road as it gets ready to open a brick and mortar location in August. Once it opens, hungry Atlantans will be pleased to reunite with the city’s best Cuban sandwich. Cuban bread is stuffed with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard -- and pressed to perfection.
How to order: Track the food truck and wait with bated breath for the grand opening.

Big Texas Brisket from Heirloom Market

Cumberland
Heirloom Market’s owners Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee put a lot of love into their Korean-meets-Southern barbecue and it shows in the Big Texas brisket sandwich. The sandwich features miso-injected brisket topped with Southern coleslaw and an onion ring. The catch: It’s a recurring special and not available everyday. If you absolutely must have Heirloom Market on a different day, get the pulled pork. 
How to order: Order takeout online.

Italian Grinder from Fred’s Meat & Bread

Inman Park
It’s really hard to choose just one sandwich at Fred’s Meat, but if we have to, it’s the Italian grinder. This baby is loaded with all the trappings -- salami, mortadella, pork, provolone, tomato, iceberg, cherry peppers, garlic aioli, oil and vinegar -- and it’s executed so well on house-baked bread. Get a side of Old Bay or garlic fries or you’ll live to regret it (been there).
How to order: Order takeout online.

The American Special from Baldino’s

Multiple locations
Baldino’s isn’t artisanal, but goodness it is delicious. These sandwiches are massive, so plan on sharing or devouring after doing some physical activity. (Walking from the car to the pick-up line counts, since it’s summer in Georgia after all.) The American special features turkey, boiled ham, and roast beef.
How to order: Order takeout online.

Oyster Po’boy from AJ’s Famous Seafood

East Cobb
The oyster po’boys at this East Cobb hole in the wall are almost as good as the ones in New Orleans. There are plenty of plump, not overly breaded, oysters and each sandwich is served dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. You can order a half or a full and it comes with fries.
How to order: Call 678-999-0767 for takeout.

The Gobbler at Muss & Turner’s

Smyrna
This might be controversial, as Muss & Turner’s has so many creative sandwich options, but the Gobbler is our go-to. Think Thanksgiving dinner, but on a sandwich. And, if you do plan on eating it in nature, it’s especially compact and portable -- served on a bun with roasted turkey, Ritz Cracker stuffing, lingonberry coulis, and thyme aioli. Don’t forget to add an Evil Chocolate Chip cookie to your order.
How to order: Order takeout online.

Pastrami on Rye from The General Muir

Druid Hills
Inspired by a classic Jewish deli, it’s no wonder this Druid Hills spot gets such a traditional sandwich right. The brining process for The General Muir’s pastrami is long and laborious. Needless to say, the result is a perfect pastrami. It’s served on rye. 
How to order: Call 678-927-9131 for takeout.

Chickpea and Sunflower Seed from Garnet Gal’s Coffee Shop

Buckhead
Garnet Gal’s opened in the middle of the pandemic, but we’re so glad it’s here. The bakery makes sandwiches with house-milled flour and, while there are meat options, this vegan one is truly crave-worthy. Chickpeas and sunflower seeds are piled on house-made focaccia and combined with vegan mayo, Dijon mustard, red onion, and dill for a sandwich filling that’s tangy with a slight crunch.
How to order: Walk in for takeout orders.

Just Veggin’ from LottaFrutta

Old Fourth Ward
The cozy Latin cafe in Old Fourth Ward is filled with eclectic decor, good vibes, and plenty of sandwiches. If you’re meatless, try the Just Veggin’ with havarti, avocado, tomato, cucumber stuffed in a sweet loaf and pressed like a panini. 
How to order: Order takeout online.

Falafel Pita at Rina

Poncey-Highland
The falafel pita at Rina is an Israeli food lover’s dream -- crispy yet fluffy falafel stuffed in a pita along with hummus, slaw, tahini, schug (a spicy, herbal green sauce), and Israeli salad. 
How to order: Order it at the takeout window and enjoy along the BeltLine.

Chopped Sticky Rib at Socks’ Love Barbecue

Cumming
Ever since Steven Hartsock introduced this sandwich as a special, it was an automatic hit. -- appearing quite often because of how popular it is. The sandwich features chopped sticky ribs topped with a spicy slaw. Socks’ Love is quite outside the Perimeter but it’s not far from Lake Lanier if you’re into that kind of thing. 
How to order: Call 470-302-8383 for takeout.

Lao Banh Mi at Snackboxe Bistro

Doraville, Battery
Each dish at Snackboxe Bistro is packed with sharp flavor and the Lao banh mi is no exception. Your choice of pork or chicken -- along with pickled papaya, carrots, onions, cilantro, jalapeño, house-made mayo, and sweet-spicy chili -- sauce get packed into a toasted baguette made by a local bakery. It’s extremely portable (and delicious).
How to order: Order takeout online for both Doraville and Battery locations.

Eggplant Parmesan at Varuni Napoli

Inman Park
Earlier this summer, Varuni Napoli introduced Neapolitan-style sandwiches to their Krog Street Market menu. The standout of the three is the eggplant parmesan with lightly fried eggplant, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce. Plan on splitting with a loved one -- these things are massive and they’re best enjoyed fresh out of the oven.
How to order: Takeout available through DoorDash, Uber Eats, or ChowNow.

The Chicken Biscuit from Buttermilk Kitchen

Buckhead
Before the pandemic, brunch at Buttermilk Kitchen meant scrounging for parking and then waiting an hour or so before being able to sink your teeth into its eponymous treat. We’re sorry that isn’t currently the case, but, in the meantime people can enjoy the beloved chicken biscuit at home (or in nearby Chastain Park). The biscuit is stuffed with a plump piece of tea-brined fried chicken, red pepper jelly, and house-made pickles. Get a side of pimento cheese grits, too, for good measure.
How to order: Order takeout online.

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Lia Picard is a contributor for Thrillist.