Iconic sandwiches are getting some love across the Eater universe today. Here are twelve of Atlanta's most well-known, ones that have a large following, draw critical praise, or just happen to embody what exactly the city wants in a particular sandwich. Do note that you will not find traditional hamburgers or hot dogs on this map and that there is an emphasis on dishes that have been around for a while. Share your favorites, as well as any icons we may have missed, in the comments below.Read More
Here are 12 of Atlanta's Most Iconic Sandwiches
1. Banh Mi at Lee's Bakery
Lee's Bakery banh mi sandwiches are good, cheap, and made on freshly-baked bread. Try the grilled pork banh mi and maybe a coffee, and be sure to take a baguette home with you on the way out.
2. Shrimp Po' Boy at Star Provisions
There's really no reason not to get Star Provisions's shrimp po' boy. It comes with Cajun mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. The Reuben is pretty fantastic as well. [Photo]
3. Ice Cream Sandwich at Miller Union
Miller Union's ice cream sandwiches are only served during lunch, but they're well worth the midday drive across town. They're made in-house and flavors rotate daily.
4. The "Burger" at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q
The "burger" at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q is not actually a burger— it's chopped brisket, bacon, pimento cheese, pickles, tomato, onion, and jalapeno mayo on a sesame bun.
5. The Castro at Victory Sandwich Bar
Victory is worth a trip for any of the $4 sandwiches (or the Jack & Coke slushie), but the one that really gets people going is the Castro, with pork, ham, pickle, fontina cheese, and yellow mustard.
6. Lobster Roll at Bocado
A good lobster roll can be hard to find, and Bocado's making it that much more difficult: Theirs can only be found on Saturdays starting at 5:30 p.m. Get in early, because the chef only cooks about 18-22 each Saturday. [Photo]
7. Crispy Duck Buns at Miso Izakaya
The pork belly ones can hold their own too, but it's Guy Wong's crispy duck buns that get all the attention at Miso Izakaya. They've got barbecue-roasted duck with crispy skin, scallions, hoisin, cucumber, and star anise jus and are stuffed inside open-face mantou-style steam buns.
8. The Big Nasty at Rosebud
They didn't invent the chicken sandwich, but Rosebud's version of it is pretty damn great: Fried chicken, scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar on a brioche bun.
9. Grilled Cheese at Souper Jenny
Souper Jenny hosts Grilled Cheese Night every Thursday, which means that in addition to soup, you can get the grilled cheese sandwich of your choice. It's BYOB and they also have s'mores, but the point here is that the sandwiches are great, no-frills dishes— aka exactly what you want in a good grilled cheese.
10. Short Rib Torta at Holy Taco
The short rib torta at Holy Taco comes with manchego, arbol aioli, and turnips. Get it. Sit out on the patio. You won't be sorry.
11. Cheesesteak at Woody's Famous CheeseSteaks
Woody's Famous Philadelphia CheeseSteaks opened in 1975 and has become somewhat of a landmark. The restaurant, housed at the corner of Monroe and Virginia, is open until 4 am on Friday and Saturday. The namesake cheesesteak comes with 1/3 pound of beef, sauteed onions, and your choice of cheese (Cheez Whiz is, in fact, an option).
12. Cuban at Havana Restaurant
Although the restaurant's relocated, Havana has been around since 1976. Its Cuban sandwich has pork, ham, cheese, and pickles— get it served with black bean soup and yellow rice.