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The blackened grouper sandwich at Fishmonger in Atlanta is topped with Florida sauce, herb salad, and pickled peppers served on a buttery toasted bun smeared with nori butter.
The blackened grouper sandwich at Fishmonger topped with Florida sauce, herb salad, and pickled peppers on a toasted bun smeared with nori butter.
Ryan Fleisher

22 Must-Try Sandwiches From Atlanta Restaurants and Markets

From a Mongolian beef dip served with bone marrow jus and a blackened grouper sandwich to a meaty Italian grinder and a grilled cheese dubbed the “King”

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The blackened grouper sandwich at Fishmonger topped with Florida sauce, herb salad, and pickled peppers on a toasted bun smeared with nori butter.
| Ryan Fleisher

The humble sandwich is a handheld meal contained between two slices of bread or a crusty sub roll filled with deli meats and cheeses, mayo-laden salads, and even meatballs and red sauce. Atlanta has plenty of restaurants, markets, and cafes offering great sandwiches of all types on menus any time of day. Here are just a few to check out right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Companion

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The Bolton neighborhood restaurant from Steinbeck’s chef Andy Gonzales continues to serve up a mean burger, but don’t skip the crazy creative sandwiches here. This includes a tempura battered fried fish sandwich and the Crunchwrap du jour, the Companion’s take on a certain fast food joint’s popular sandwich, which can come stuffed with ingredients like spicy pork vindaloo. Make sure to pair that sandwich with the smothered tater tots, topped with smoked pork, shaved Brussel sprouts, melted cheese, and salsa verde. 

The Corner Grille

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This College Park staple restaurant serves a Cajun-leaning food menu mixed with Southern and traditional pub grub dishes. A standout on the all-day menu here includes a blackened chicken sandwich topped with pepper jack cheese, red onions, fresh-made coleslaw, and remoulade sauce.

Heirloom Market BBQ

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This Southern-Korean barbecue restaurant offers a must-try spicy Korean pork sandwich on its menu with chopped rib meat marinated in fermented chile paste, topped with kimchi coleslaw, black sesame seeds, and a sliced scallion. Order the sandwich with a side of Brunswick stew or collards.

Firewall Food Stop

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Located in the Westview neighborhood, Firewall may be best known for its wood-fired pizzas, but the sandwiches here deserve and receive equal billing on the menu. Try the Sloppy Jeaux stuffed with andouille sausage, gumbo, cabbage, and shrimp and crawfish remoulade or the Fertile Crescent pita filled with ten-spice chicken, pickles, greens, poached raisins, and walnuts topped with Zhoug sauce (cilantro). The Flying V comes with roasted cauliflower shawarma and hummus.

Tassili's Raw Reality Café

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Owned by Tassili Ma’at, this West End raw food restaurant is now an institution in the neighborhood, and for good reason. Whether following a raw food or vegan lifestyle, the food at Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe is just plain delicious. Order the South of the Border wrap stuffed with chilli peppers, kale, black-eyed pea hummus, tomatoes, Moroccan couscous, and avocado. Pair it with a side of Popolicious Herbal Popcorn, too. It’s a spicy, savory treat.

MattChews

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Operating from the Forrest Eatery ghost kitchen in Berkeley Park, MattChews stays open late for Korean-American comfort dishes, including the crave-worthy bulgogi cheesesteak. This messy, but oh-so-good sandwich comes with marinated bulgogi ribeye, which is then topped with carrots, scallions, bell peppers, caramelized onions, melted provolone, and drizzles of honey sriracha mayo stuffed in a Cuban hoagie roll.

Humble Mumble

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Owned and operated by chef Justin Dixon, this is the next great Atlanta sandwich shop to watch. Currently located at Tech Square food hall the Collective at Coda, and named for Dixon’s favorite Outkast song, Humble Mumble serves sack lunch sandwiches daily, like the Italian Job stuffed with salami, prosciutto, and soppressata on ciabatta bread and the Senator From Vermont comprising maple glazed ham, Vermont cheddar, apples, and pickled red onions. Keep an eye on Instagram for pop-up locations and sandwiches specials, too, including a meatloaf patty melt.

Noni’s Deli on Edgewood dedicates half of its menu to seriously large sandwiches. There’s no wrong order here, but do try the meatball sub topped with provolone on toasted ciabatta or the Grandfather with pastrami, braised red cabbage, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese on pressed pumpernickel bread. Do not skip the garlic fries here.

Dakota Blue

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A staple in the Grant Park neighborhood for local residents, grilled cheese lovers will find what the restaurant dubs as the King of Grilled Cheese on the menu. Served on buttery challah bread, the sandwich is stuffed with tangy pimento cheese, arugula, sliced avocado, and tomato.

Staplehouse Market

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Word to the wise: order whatever daily sandwich special is listed on the menu at Staplehouse Market. Sandwiches here have included an Italian grinder stuffed with pickled vegetables, salami, pepperoni, and pistachio mortadella and a muffuletta on milk bread with mortadella, hard salami, maple ham, sheep’s milk cheese sauce, broccoli, and olive condiment. During the season, the soft shell crab sandwich is an absolute must. Grab a bottle of wine, beer, or a cocktail and head out back to the garden patio.

During lunch, this Italian restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward transforms into a sandwich shop serving mostly natural wine, beer, and cocktails. There’s no wrong sandwich move here, but definitely try the jalapeno smoked turkey sandwich topped with pickled red onions, Swiss cheese, and jalapeno aioli on fresh sourdough bread. Make sure to ask about the daily sandwich specials, too.

Ticonderoga Club

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Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market includes on its menu the perennial Ipswich New England-style fried clam roll topped with tartar sauce and served with Cape Cod chips. Another must-order sandwich on the menu is the Yankee BEC served on a toasted sesame seed kaiser roll. The BEC isn’t always on the menu, so make sure to order the sandwich when it’s offered.

Mad Mac's Gourmet Sandwich Shop

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This Forest Park restaurant draws crowds during lunch clamoring for its burgers, gourmet hot dogs, and big sandwiches, including the fried green tomato BLT, the hot pastrami and Swiss on marble rye, and the Alabama Slammer with chicken tossed in white barbecue sauce and topped with pepper jack cheese, pickled onions, and mushrooms. Add a cup of daily soup or a side salad and make it a combo meal.

Fishmonger

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Poncey-Highland seafood market Fishmonger sells fresh-caught fish, oysters, and shrimp from around the South in its cold cases and includes a cafe-style food menu featuring raw bar delights, dishes like shrimp louie, crudos, and fish sandwiches. The breakout star on this menu, however, is the blackened grouper sandwich topped with Florida sauce, herb salad, and pickled peppers on a toasted bun smeared with nori butter. Fishmonger is currently BYOB until it receives its liquor license. 

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

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Come for the barbecue plates, but don’t sleep on the sandwiches here, including the extremely meat-tastic Texacutioner with chopped brisket, hickory smoked jalapeño cheddar sausage, mustard, onions, and pickles on a brioche bun.

MikChan's

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After finding success with JenChan’s in Cabbagetown, Emily and Jen Chan opened a tiny outpost of the restaurant in the former We Suki Suki space in East Atlanta Village serving everything from Taco Bell-style hard shell tacos and Mexican pizzas to bánh mis and Korean corn dogs. Make sure to try the Mongolian dip from Mik Chan’s — a half pound of spicy Mongolian beef pressed into a Cuban sandwich roll stuffed with sauteed onions and melted provolone cheese. There’s bone marrow jus for dipping.

The Po'Boy Shop

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As the name states, it’s all about the classic Louisiana po’boy here. Try the the shrimp po’boy topped with spicy remoulade or turn up the heat with Crystal hot sauce and blue cheese or ranch dressing. For a taste of New Orleans, order the muffaletta po’boy with traditional olive salad.

Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

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There’s rarely not a line at this Cuban bakery and sandwich shop in Decatur. The Cuban sandwiches here are top notch and come served on Buena Gente’s freshly baked bread. The medianoche is the move. Throw in a couple of ham croquetas and one of the daily empanadas, too. Wash it all down with a guanabana milkshake.

E. 48th Street Market

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Venture up to Dunwoody and head right to E. 48th Street Market for hero sandwiches stuffed with everything from meatballs, sausage and peppers, and eggplant parmigiana, to portabello mushrooms, chicken salad, and Italian pepper ham.

The Mad Italian

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Some have dubbed this sandwich the “best cheesesteak in town.” The Mad Italian has been a longtime favorite of Atlantans seeking hearty sandwiches and homey pasta dishes. But the cheesesteak here is the move, made with sliced steak topped with griddled onions and slathered in white American cheese. It’s all stuffed inside a toasted hoagie roll shipped straight from a bakery in Long Island.

Chai Pani Decatur

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This Decatur restaurant from award-winning chef Meherwan Irani continues to evolve its menu of Indian street foods, and that means it occasionally offers paneer sandwiches served on a griddled pav bun. Paneer is marinated and grilled then topped with cucumbers, onions, green chutney, Maggi ketchup, and a dusting of chaat masala.

Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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Quoc Huong in the Asian Square complex might just serve the best bánh mì in metro Atlanta. The fresh French bread definitely contributes to this long-held reputation. The favorite order here is the barbecue pork. The shop is cash only, but sandwiches average around $3.50 each. Order five bánh mì, and that sixth one is free.

The Companion

The Bolton neighborhood restaurant from Steinbeck’s chef Andy Gonzales continues to serve up a mean burger, but don’t skip the crazy creative sandwiches here. This includes a tempura battered fried fish sandwich and the Crunchwrap du jour, the Companion’s take on a certain fast food joint’s popular sandwich, which can come stuffed with ingredients like spicy pork vindaloo. Make sure to pair that sandwich with the smothered tater tots, topped with smoked pork, shaved Brussel sprouts, melted cheese, and salsa verde. 

The Corner Grille

This College Park staple restaurant serves a Cajun-leaning food menu mixed with Southern and traditional pub grub dishes. A standout on the all-day menu here includes a blackened chicken sandwich topped with pepper jack cheese, red onions, fresh-made coleslaw, and remoulade sauce.

Heirloom Market BBQ

This Southern-Korean barbecue restaurant offers a must-try spicy Korean pork sandwich on its menu with chopped rib meat marinated in fermented chile paste, topped with kimchi coleslaw, black sesame seeds, and a sliced scallion. Order the sandwich with a side of Brunswick stew or collards.

Firewall Food Stop

Located in the Westview neighborhood, Firewall may be best known for its wood-fired pizzas, but the sandwiches here deserve and receive equal billing on the menu. Try the Sloppy Jeaux stuffed with andouille sausage, gumbo, cabbage, and shrimp and crawfish remoulade or the Fertile Crescent pita filled with ten-spice chicken, pickles, greens, poached raisins, and walnuts topped with Zhoug sauce (cilantro). The Flying V comes with roasted cauliflower shawarma and hummus.

Tassili's Raw Reality Café

Owned by Tassili Ma’at, this West End raw food restaurant is now an institution in the neighborhood, and for good reason. Whether following a raw food or vegan lifestyle, the food at Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe is just plain delicious. Order the South of the Border wrap stuffed with chilli peppers, kale, black-eyed pea hummus, tomatoes, Moroccan couscous, and avocado. Pair it with a side of Popolicious Herbal Popcorn, too. It’s a spicy, savory treat.

MattChews

Operating from the Forrest Eatery ghost kitchen in Berkeley Park, MattChews stays open late for Korean-American comfort dishes, including the crave-worthy bulgogi cheesesteak. This messy, but oh-so-good sandwich comes with marinated bulgogi ribeye, which is then topped with carrots, scallions, bell peppers, caramelized onions, melted provolone, and drizzles of honey sriracha mayo stuffed in a Cuban hoagie roll.

Humble Mumble

Owned and operated by chef Justin Dixon, this is the next great Atlanta sandwich shop to watch. Currently located at Tech Square food hall the Collective at Coda, and named for Dixon’s favorite Outkast song, Humble Mumble serves sack lunch sandwiches daily, like the Italian Job stuffed with salami, prosciutto, and soppressata on ciabatta bread and the Senator From Vermont comprising maple glazed ham, Vermont cheddar, apples, and pickled red onions. Keep an eye on Instagram for pop-up locations and sandwiches specials, too, including a meatloaf patty melt.

Noni's

Noni’s Deli on Edgewood dedicates half of its menu to seriously large sandwiches. There’s no wrong order here, but do try the meatball sub topped with provolone on toasted ciabatta or the Grandfather with pastrami, braised red cabbage, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese on pressed pumpernickel bread. Do not skip the garlic fries here.

Dakota Blue

A staple in the Grant Park neighborhood for local residents, grilled cheese lovers will find what the restaurant dubs as the King of Grilled Cheese on the menu. Served on buttery challah bread, the sandwich is stuffed with tangy pimento cheese, arugula, sliced avocado, and tomato.

Staplehouse Market

Word to the wise: order whatever daily sandwich special is listed on the menu at Staplehouse Market. Sandwiches here have included an Italian grinder stuffed with pickled vegetables, salami, pepperoni, and pistachio mortadella and a muffuletta on milk bread with mortadella, hard salami, maple ham, sheep’s milk cheese sauce, broccoli, and olive condiment. During the season, the soft shell crab sandwich is an absolute must. Grab a bottle of wine, beer, or a cocktail and head out back to the garden patio.

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During lunch, this Italian restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward transforms into a sandwich shop serving mostly natural wine, beer, and cocktails. There’s no wrong sandwich move here, but definitely try the jalapeno smoked turkey sandwich topped with pickled red onions, Swiss cheese, and jalapeno aioli on fresh sourdough bread. Make sure to ask about the daily sandwich specials, too.

Ticonderoga Club

Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market includes on its menu the perennial Ipswich New England-style fried clam roll topped with tartar sauce and served with Cape Cod chips. Another must-order sandwich on the menu is the Yankee BEC served on a toasted sesame seed kaiser roll. The BEC isn’t always on the menu, so make sure to order the sandwich when it’s offered.

Mad Mac's Gourmet Sandwich Shop

This Forest Park restaurant draws crowds during lunch clamoring for its burgers, gourmet hot dogs, and big sandwiches, including the fried green tomato BLT, the hot pastrami and Swiss on marble rye, and the Alabama Slammer with chicken tossed in white barbecue sauce and topped with pepper jack cheese, pickled onions, and mushrooms. Add a cup of daily soup or a side salad and make it a combo meal.

Fishmonger

Poncey-Highland seafood market Fishmonger sells fresh-caught fish, oysters, and shrimp from around the South in its cold cases and includes a cafe-style food menu featuring raw bar delights, dishes like shrimp louie, crudos, and fish sandwiches. The breakout star on this menu, however, is the blackened grouper sandwich topped with Florida sauce, herb salad, and pickled peppers on a toasted bun smeared with nori butter. Fishmonger is currently BYOB until it receives its liquor license. 

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Come for the barbecue plates, but don’t sleep on the sandwiches here, including the extremely meat-tastic Texacutioner with chopped brisket, hickory smoked jalapeño cheddar sausage, mustard, onions, and pickles on a brioche bun.

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MikChan's

After finding success with JenChan’s in Cabbagetown, Emily and Jen Chan opened a tiny outpost of the restaurant in the former We Suki Suki space in East Atlanta Village serving everything from Taco Bell-style hard shell tacos and Mexican pizzas to bánh mis and Korean corn dogs. Make sure to try the Mongolian dip from Mik Chan’s — a half pound of spicy Mongolian beef pressed into a Cuban sandwich roll stuffed with sauteed onions and melted provolone cheese. There’s bone marrow jus for dipping.

The Po'Boy Shop

As the name states, it’s all about the classic Louisiana po’boy here. Try the the shrimp po’boy topped with spicy remoulade or turn up the heat with Crystal hot sauce and blue cheese or ranch dressing. For a taste of New Orleans, order the muffaletta po’boy with traditional olive salad.

Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

There’s rarely not a line at this Cuban bakery and sandwich shop in Decatur. The Cuban sandwiches here are top notch and come served on Buena Gente’s freshly baked bread. The medianoche is the move. Throw in a couple of ham croquetas and one of the daily empanadas, too. Wash it all down with a guanabana milkshake.

E. 48th Street Market

Venture up to Dunwoody and head right to E. 48th Street Market for hero sandwiches stuffed with everything from meatballs, sausage and peppers, and eggplant parmigiana, to portabello mushrooms, chicken salad, and Italian pepper ham.

The Mad Italian

Some have dubbed this sandwich the “best cheesesteak in town.” The Mad Italian has been a longtime favorite of Atlantans seeking hearty sandwiches and homey pasta dishes. But the cheesesteak here is the move, made with sliced steak topped with griddled onions and slathered in white American cheese. It’s all stuffed inside a toasted hoagie roll shipped straight from a bakery in Long Island.

Chai Pani Decatur

This Decatur restaurant from award-winning chef Meherwan Irani continues to evolve its menu of Indian street foods, and that means it occasionally offers paneer sandwiches served on a griddled pav bun. Paneer is marinated and grilled then topped with cucumbers, onions, green chutney, Maggi ketchup, and a dusting of chaat masala.

Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

Quoc Huong in the Asian Square complex might just serve the best bánh mì in metro Atlanta. The fresh French bread definitely contributes to this long-held reputation. The favorite order here is the barbecue pork. The shop is cash only, but sandwiches average around $3.50 each. Order five bánh mì, and that sixth one is free.

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