Given that the average American eats approximately 200 sandwiches each year, it shouldn't be too hard -- despite the proliferation of all the sweet, new Atlanta restos -- to eat the nine best... provided you know which ones they are. That's where we come in...
Woody’s CheeseSteaks (address and info)
The little wooden shack outside Piedmont Park slings slices of beef and cheese (plus beer!) seven days a week. While turkey and veggie are on the menu, stick with the 1/3lb shaved Angus with peppers, onions, and mushrooms, which are glued to that beef with white cheddar, provolone, or liquid orange “whiz."
Victory at Sea
Victory Sandwich Bar (address and info)
Subtly tart and creamy white anchovies are tossed in a lemon-butter aioli, rested on crispy frisee, put on a crunchy roll, and served with peppered chips. To go with it, grab a cheap canned beer, a Jack & Coke slushie, or maybe a few of your friend's chips.
Urban Cannibals (address and info)
Cast your eyes on what may possibly be the most ingredients two pieces of sourdough could ever hold: house-roasted turkey, house-roasted Berkshire pork, pastrami, Genoa salami, Black Forest ham, cheddar, provolone, Swiss, smoked Gouda, “bodega” mayo, honey mustard, a spring green mix, tomatoes, and sweet onions. Oh, and you can also get this beast on multigrain or marbled rye for the same amount of (sour)dough.
Bánh Mi Thit Nuong
Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food (address and info)
The ATL's best version of this Vietnamese-French ‘wich (which starts with slow-roasted, marinated pork that's finished on the grill, then gets a house-spiced mayo, the usual daikon/carrot blend on top) can only be found, of course, on our famous I-85 parallel.
The Nasty McAlister
Rosebud (address and info)
This brunch special takes the best ideas that Top Chef contestant Ron Eyester has ever had and puts them on your plate. Buttermilk-marinated fried chicken is topped with a scrambled egg, which is topped with smoked bacon, which is topped with Tillamook cheddar, and then dropped on a soft bun.
Havana Restaurant (address and info)
Delicious roasted pork, ham, pickles, and mustard are topped with a touch of white cheese, and grilled between two long slices of pan Cubano. Simple, filling, and best served off the little lunch counter that has found its home in Atlanta’s most diverse neighborhood.
Yo Mama's Sweet Meat Heartburn Remix
Bone Lick BBQ (address and info)
Mike LaSage has taken his little pop-up from roadside shack to a must-attend for locals (and out-of-towners alike). His most awe-inspiring creation drops expertly smoked pork, slaw, and cheese sauce on top of freshly-fried porky rinds, puts it between slabs of Texas toast, adds a skewer of fried pickles for pizzazz, and then leans one of their incredibly wet, yet dry-smoked spare ribs on the side.
Greatest Grilled Cheese Ever
Ocean Market (address and info)
The most desirable sandwich in this Midtown shop has nothing to do with the ocean, but it does involves rivers of melty smoked Gouda, triple crème brie, and homemade spiced pimento cheese that're... um, sandwiched between two pieces of perfectly grilled bread.
Shrimp Po’ Boy
Star Provisions (address and info)
Fried and seasoned shrimp, spicy Cajun mayo, tomatoes, pickles, and a little lettuce are layered on a fluffy hoagie. It's a pretty simple recipe, but to make it great, each of the ingredients need the expertise that Anne Stiles Quatrano gave to Bacchanalia and Abattoir.
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1. Woody's CheeseSteaks981 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta
2. Victory Sandwich Bar Decatur340 Church St, Decatur
3. Urban Cannibals477 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta
4. Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food5150 Buford Hwy C-170, Doraville
5. Rosebud1397 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
6. Havana Restaurant3979 Buford Hwy NE #108, Atlanta
7. Bone Lick BBQ1133 Huff Rd, Atlanta
8. Ocean Market489 Peachtree St, Atlanta
9. Star Provisions1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta
The little wooden shack outside Piedmont Park slings slices of beef, cheese, (and beers). While turkey and veggie are on the menu, stick with the 1/3 -pound of shaved Angus beef. Go with the peppers, onions, and mushrooms, which are glued to that beef with white cheddar, provolone, or liquid orange “whiz”.
The Victory Sandwich Shop in Decatur is known for its small but mighty selection of tiny, affordable, and cleverly named sandwiches. The pressed squares’ flavor combinations range from the Tea Bird, with chicken, ghost pepper jack, tomato, lettuce, and sweet tea mayo, to the Okie Dokie, with Brie, confit tomato, artichoke, arugula, and pesto. If you’re looking to mix it up, salads and sides are also options. On the beverage side of things, get a brain freeze from a “world famous” Jack and Coke Slushie or sip on a spiked soda.
This cool general store & deli features locally-sourced & organic eats, plus eco-friendly goods. Be sure to try The Dogwood
The best version of the Vietna-French ‘wich is found, of course, on our famous I-85 parallel. The pork is marinated, slow-roasted, then finished with fire. A house-spiced mayo calms the heat, and the customary daikon-carrot blend has the bitter and tart to make that layer complete.
Enjoy American fare with a Southern twist at this neighborhood resto serving brunch (Saturday & Sunday, plus Monday nights!), breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Seriously authentic Cuban eats -- empanadas, tostones, Cuban sandwiches -- that've been enjoyed by Atlantans for more than 32yrs.
Bone Lick's a saucy meat mecca with a recycled wood bar and skee-ball pointed out by a gigantic lit-up carnival arrow.
This European-inspired deli offers up in-house smoked and cured eats, dominating the lunch scene with dishes like their bahn mi: 18-hour smoked pork topped with a foie gras cream and purple cabbage slaw on a baguette.
A gourmet food market where you can pick up quality wines, cheeses, fish, meats, cookware, and more. They've also got some super-tasty sweets and treats, like their dossant (croissant-donut hybrid!).