ATL: deli near piedmont park?
Before I moved into the city, I kept on hearing about a great deli next to Piedmont Park. Italian-ish I believe? Very stupidly, I never paid attention because I lived a bit of a distance away.
Fast forward to now--I live next to the park and am looking for that sandwich spot for a picnic take-away! Anyone able to help me out? Is it still even in existence?
The deli you were thinking of was Fabianos and it has closed, but the Mediterranean Cafe has good hummus, soup, falafel, etc.
In walking distance from the park I'd second Metrofresh. Kool Korners has great cuban sandwiches, but there is also a good Cuban place within walking distance on 5th Street (I think)called Las Palmeras - check their hours first though as I've walked past it many times and it is not open...
I would also consider take-out from the Bread Garden, in the Amsterdam Walk shopping center off Monroe Drive. It's a rather grim, unattractive space ... but they are neck-and-neck with Alon's as the best bread bakers in town, and their sandwiches are divine. And since you'll be taking out, you won't have to endure the grim, unattractive space for very long.
People also rave about Metrofresh, which is in the Midtown Promenade shopping area. They serve healthy soups, salads, and sandwiches.
On a junkier tip, you can pick up tasty cheese steaks from Woody's, at the juncture of Monroe and Virginia.
I believe that the place that you're thinking of was located on Monroe Drive at 10th/Virginia (can't recall the name). Sadly, it closed recently and is now a Mediterranean cafe.
Whole Foods, and the soon-to-open Trader Joe's are probably your best picnic grub options on the East side of the park. On the West side, I'd head a mile up 14th St to Kool Korner for the best Cuban sandwich this side of Pluto.