ATL has dank BBQ, fried chicken and waffles (and there really is a Waffle House in walking distance, regardless of where you are). When you get sick of all the greasy Southern staples for your cheat day eats, it’s time to go back to the basics: the sandwich. Fortunately, there’s nothing basic about Atlanta’s sandwiches. Here’s your guide to Atlanta’s best.
Reuben’s Deli: The Eastsider on sourdough
You won’t leave unhappy with anything on Reuben’s menu, but the Eastsider is a signature favorite. You start with 1/3 lb corned beef and pastrami, pile on cole slaw, and top it with Thousand Island dressing and a pickle. My only complaint? Only one pickle.
The Deli at Candler Park Market: The Reuben Bagelwich
It’s the classic Reuben: Pastrami, swiss cheese, kraut, Thousand Island or spicy mustard… on an everything bagel.
Woody’s: The Pepper Steak
Woody’s has the best cheesesteaks ITP… and probably the entire southeast. This hole-in-the-wall spot is right off the Atlanta Beltline near Piedmont park, serving every ATLien’s post-run needs: Veggies, steak, and cheeeeeeeeese.
Star Provisions: Shrimp Po’Boy
If you can imagine a trendy, upscale Cracker Barrel, then you’ve imagined Star Provisions. What it lacks in obscene quantities of rocking chairs, it makes up for with this po’boy.
Alon’s: Roasted Chicken with Pesto
Alon’s is one of Atlanta’s best markets, so much so that it barely looks like a restaurant inside. This place is stocked with pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, veggies and, if you poke around long enough, sandwiches. The chicken is marinated in fresh lemon and herbs and topped with swiss cheese, romaine, and homemade pesto mayonnaise on Alon’s country French bread.
Folk Art: Fried Chicken Sandwich
Folk Art is the all-day breakfast gem of Inman Park with a sandwich menu that could have substituted this entire article. The fried chicken sandwich is a Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives original approved by Guy Fieri himself.