im an LA hound that's been in atlanta on an extended stay since may and with this heat have been craving nice cold sandwiches.
im in kirkwood but have to go to decatur and around emory a lot. where can i get a nice cold sandwich?
(drove to roly poly...closed. tried rocco's on clairmont - dear lord please save yourself that awful experience and dont ever order a sandwich from them. the meat looked like pressed cat food slabs.)
one other thing to keep in mind - i have to drive a big van so parking is a bit of a pain in the ass for me.
ideally, i'd like a place where i can order at the counter and enjoy a cold sandwich.
a little bit out of this area is OK too
no boar's head products, puh-leez.
Sawicki's in Decatur is a great spot for sandwiches and all sorts of other foodie fun. It's near Cakes + Ale, down from Taco Mac.
The Mercantile on DeKalb Ave has amazing specials and a very solid sandwich menu.
Nectar in either Oakhurst or Clairmont/N Decatur serves great panini. (And if you go to the Clairmont location, pop in the Bhojanic Market next door for some fun Indian takeaway.)
1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033
went to the mercantile b/c it's very convenient but walked out when i asked if their only meat was boar's head and the answer was yes. It's astonishing that food marts that are branding themselves as upscale and making fancy sandwiches think they can serve that garbage product. boar's head is garbage. not a treat.
Strong ditto on Sawickis. Their sandwich menu is online, and they always have several specials on the board. My two favorites are the prosciutto, parmesan and arugula on a baguette and the Mediterranean, which is roasted chicken, hummus, veggies and a "salsa verde" of capers, parsley, olive oil, etc. on ciabatta. The cold Italian sandwich looks awesome, too. Lynn (the owner) is a lovely person, and it's a great little shop.
If you're around Kirkwood, check out Le Petit Marche. Also, I kinda dig Dave's Cosmic Subs near Emory. No frills, dumpy place decorated with psychedelia, but they have something like 40 sandwiches on the menu, and I've been happy both times I went. Not sure what brand of meats they use, though. Also hear great things about the Mercantile. And frankly, the sandwich counter at the Candler Park Market has made me happy in the past.
Enjoy your extended stay and your sandwiching!
people dog Dave's Cosmic Subs and i just don't get why. it is by far my favorite sandwich place around these parts and i have tried 10+ menu items, and they are all spectacular- the San Fran is my #1 favorite- you gotta try it!
Dave's Cosmic Subs
1540 N Decatur Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Southern Sweets is another solid rec. Very good desserts and breads in addition to the sandwiches.
You should definitely check out Little's in Cabbagetown. Amazing sandwiches, counter service in a teeny old market. If you have trouble parking on Carroll Street (which you might, if your van is that big), park around the corner on Savannah or Berean or Gaskill and walk a block or two. It's a great place to walk around.
(okay, so I may or may not be a bit biased about the neighborhood, but the food is indisputable!).
Cabbagetown Market and Little's Grill
198 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312