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ATL-->deli suggestions?

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Hi all! After a whole year in Atlanta, I have yet to find a favorite deli. Anyone have a favorite deli that they'd be willing to to suggest?

p.s. not Jewish, so kosher is not an issue, but I do love love love Jewish/New York-style delis! (think: pastrami, smoked salmon, etc)

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  1. Goldberg's is where I normally end up going. The New Yorker makes a mean sandwich. Bagel Palace is good for breakfast.

    1. I was all ready to say Goldberg's and you beat me to it. Great bagels, sandwiches, etc.

      1. I'm a big fan of the E 48th St Market in Dunwoody, though it's been a while since I've been there. It's NY/Italian focused, and they do really good sandwiches- like mozzarella and prosciutto, that sort of thing.

        1. I agree with the others. Goldberg's is really really good for Jewish-style non-kosher. Great breakfast and lunch.

          1. Not sure what area you are looking for but in Gainesville, GA there is a little restaurant called Brad's that is great. Also Sweet Magnolia's in Gainesville has the best chicken salad and sandwiches I've ever had. Jason's Deli which is on Roswell Rd. and also at the Forum on 141 in Norcross is really good. Henri's either on Roswell Rd. or in Buckhead has great sandwiches also.

            1. Not a true deli in the sense of the word - but my favorite, favorite place for soup and sandwich is Souper Jenny in Buckhead (just off the triangle). It is amazing!

              1. Oh! I thought of anothe one: Belly General in Virginia-Highland. Their sandwiches are very good, but they are known for their rosemary and sea salt bagels. Not being a bagel fan, I always get the breakfast wrap - a handmade masa tortilla filled with homemade mole, scrambled eggs, cheese, and guac.

                1. Goldberg's is very good, but you may want to consider Muss & Turner's - which is just north of I-285 on Atlanta Road in Smyrna. There sandwiches may be the best in metro Atlanta. This isn't exactly a deli, but it's worth checking out just the same.

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                  1. re: Milt

                    I've been trying to work out a lunch with clients as an excuse to get back to M&T's, so I'll withhold judgement til then. But, Milt, "best in metro Atlanta," are some strong words ;-)

                    Just have to throw in that Alon's has my favorite sandwiches around. The veggie pesto and lamb sandwiches are the best.

                    1. re: ted

                      Yes, but what I said was that their sandwiches MAY be the best in metro Atlanta. I stand by my words. It is a very good place to eat.

                  2. With all this hype, I tried Goldbergs, and as a New Yorker I have to tell you, the place is mediocre at best. No self-respecting NY'er would EVER call those bagels good, but when all you ahve to compare them to is Einstein's, I supose to the typical Atlantan, they might qualify.

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                    1. re: paz5559

                      What do you think of the bagels at Bagel Palace?

                      1. re: LizATL

                        My preference for bagels is Bagelicious. I don't see much mention of them, but I prefer them to all that I have tried in metro Atlanta.

                        1. re: Milt

                          I agree about Bagelicious. I was seriously sad when they closed their Emory outpost. The remaining one is just too far for me to travel.

                          1. re: LizATL

                            Bagelicious has good spreads and the fish is reminiscent of home. Unfortunately, the bagels are still too close to bread, and not chewy enough to get anything other than a disappointed yawn in my book.

                      2. re: paz5559

                        while goldberg's may be mediocre, new yorkers are always predisposed to not like anything where nyc sets the standard, EVAH !

                        1. re: ob2s

                          True, but that's because we actually know what the real thing is actually supposed to taste like, and are not predisposed to rave about white bread donuts or mediocre smoked meat sandwiches...

                          1. re: pastramiking

                            no, you miss the point, which is....the exact same arrangement of molecules could be served in Atlanta as New York and a New Yorker would say that the nyc version was vastly better. I've never had a new york bagel, but I know ATL bagels are bs. The best I've had was in SF, but that could NEVER be as good as a nyc bagel could it ?

                      3. As a recovering ex-New Yorker, I agree with you about the mediocrity of Goldberg's. Nothing in metro Atlanta fills my pastrami and corned beef sandwich void.

                        Much of the problem is the un-discerning-ness of the clientele. You know that scene in Annie Hall where Diane Keaton orders a pastrami sandwich with mayo and tomato?

                        I just get my fix every time I'm back in Nueva York (Katz's, Barney Greengrass, the dearly-departed 2nd Ave Deli), and bring dozens of bagels and bialys in my carry-on luggage.

                        I second Ted's rave for Alon's. Their hot pastrami sandwich is remotely passable (hold the onions), but their lamb sandwich is sublime.

                        1. first sunday of every month, the atlanta corned beef society serves corned beef and pastrami at twain's billards in downtown decatur. it's the real thing.

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                          1. re: sadie1

                            I have heard about the corned beef society and want to try it! I am born and raised in the south and never have been to NY, but I also have had no memorable experiences my few times at Goldberg's. It is fine, but no big shakes. The closest I have come to what I think is a "real" NY deli was in Portland, Oregon at Kornblatt's deli - I could eat three days off that pastrami sandwich! yum!

                            1. re: atlantanative

                              The next New York Corned Beef Society of Atlanta is on Sept 11, at 4pm. I'm so there.

                              1. re: pastramiking

                                Yikes. Given the date, is this a good time to attend for the first time? I'm not sure if I can eat corned beef if folks are all in mourning.

                          2. You want sammiches? Try Muss and Turner's. They have a huge selection of sammiches on their lunch menu and they do prepare all the meats in-house. Might get me a reuben from there tonight now that I'm thinking about it....

                            1. As I recall there's a delicious place for cubans a couple of blocks away from the Georgia Tech campus...can't remember the name or address, but seemed to be popular. Very interesting style of service - know what you want, have exact change ready at counter, no second chances. Entirely worth it though...anyone have any ideas?

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                              1. re: inmybackpages

                                That place is Kool Korners Grocery on 14th Street. Speaking of Cuban...I also love Little Havana at the corner of Buford Hwy. and N. Druid Hills.