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Matt's Shrimp Concoction is a sub with sauteed shrimp, red onions, mushrooms and peppers topped with melted American cheese, coleslaw and creole mayonnaise. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

Matt's Shrimp Concoction is a sub with sauteed shrimp, red onions, mushrooms and peppers topped with melted American cheese, coleslaw and creole mayonnaise. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

YOUR PICKS (locally based)

1) New Yorker Deli

You say, “The best choice of quality sandwiches in town. Portion and quality are outstanding along with a number or delicious sides.”

2) Alon’s Bakery & Market

3) Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli

4)  Star Provisions

5) Muss & Turner’s

YOUR PICKS (chains)

1) Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs

You say, “Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs. Nowhere else is even close and the line out the door at lunch every day proves it.”

2) Publix

3)  Jason’s Deli

4) Firehouse Subs

5) Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

A selection of treats from Star Provisions: hot pastrami on onion rye, smoked salmon with cucumber on toasted walnut chive, beet salad, lentils, green beans and a cola.

A selection of treats from Star Provisions: hot pastrami on onion rye, smoked salmon with cucumber on toasted walnut chive, beet salad, lentils, green beans and a cola.

OUR PICKS

1)   Star Provisions

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “Take me to Paris, and what do I want? Well, besides shoes? A ham, butter and cheese sandwich on a baquette, bought from a street vender. I can get a similance of this Francophile sammie at Star Provisions, with Parm and prosciutto and butter on one of the provender’s Parisian-style baquettes.”

2)  Noon Midtown

3)  Leon’s Full Service

4)  Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli

5)  Livingston

1,026 comments Add your comment

Nathan

September 30th, 2009
8:26 pm

The Georgia French Bakery in Duluth is DOMINANT!

The Frenchman owner, Oliver, bakes fresh bread and pastries every day. As for the sandwiches, go with the Veggie on Country French bread… or the Turkey on Baguette. DELICIOUS.

To top it off, the cookies are to die for.

Paul

September 30th, 2009
8:26 pm

Joey Dee’s corned beef on rye is absolutely the best corned beef sandwich in town. They fly the ingredients in fresh everyday from Carnegie Deli in NYC. Get the giant if you are a glutton.

bandido jefe

September 30th, 2009
8:44 pm

hey pat after being in the restaurant business, and in the service industry for more than 20 years i truly can recognize educated people who really appreciate culinary creations .
and i would like to know your culinary back ground to judge which items are necessary or not.. in a sandwich or a dish. you must have seen Julie and Julia few weeks ago and now you must think you’re a foodie huh ..
well lady, i have been working in my life in restaurants that i could not even dream to afford back then, where you would be served 10 courses meals and above.

people like you are just pains. they know nothing and they think they do.
with service comes education.
if you go to the restaurant at the four seasons i doubt they will let you remove such and such.and you still will pay a fine fancy price for your meal.
and before you call anyone server.. with a bad tone ( shows the respect you have for serving people)
servers are not servant .. maybe you should have worked as a waitress in your life for like 6 month and you would know what these people go through when they deal with totally disrespectful people toward them because they had a bad day at work.
you know there is a great place for people like you , it is called BURGER KING have it your way they said. the people at the window are probably as courteous as you would be. and if you need to remove such and such unnecessary items ( as the expert you are knows) they will make you wait on the side like 10 minutes for a greasy disgusting burger.
i love my job, i started cooking professionally when i was still a kid, and believe me my beloved customers can tell and that is why they come back all the time.
i do not need to tell anyone where my place is especially not you, we have a lot of respectful customers ( toward the food and service).
anyway i think i explained you enough what service is about… , it is about providing a wonderful experience to the gracious customers, and not enduring some nightmare from some of them.

since you have the skills to make it at home better than anyone, how about you get started.

and also just to let you know i am far from beeing an expert still after 20 years of work in the kitchens
i am a real chef, trained in Europe, graduated at age 18 with honors, been working all types of cuisine in my life, including diet cuisine , and i could cover you with letters of recommendation of places i used to work at.
so no worries for the expert , because i am not, i am still learning things everyday , and for your sake keep watching the food channel , you might learn few tricks ,and maybe someday reproduce one. :- )
now you can keep writing all you want , i have delightful customers to serve because they truly enjoy my creations.., cooking is an art lady and the most expressive one .period.
respectfully
a Real Chef.

Scott

September 30th, 2009
8:47 pm

Carolyn’s Gourmet Cafe….try the “Motivation” Sandwich(turkey reuben). all the sandwiches are named after inspirational words like…Determination, Champion, Need to Succeed, Winner, etc. Great place.

Teresa

September 30th, 2009
9:19 pm

Tortas Locas

PeteyNice

September 30th, 2009
9:19 pm

Baldino’s is worth the trip OTP, since you can almost touch 285 from the parking lot. It is the best sub I have had here.

I am excited to try Cosmic Dave’s and E48th St Market though.

As for the haters….some food IS better in NYC. Pizza, subs/heros, Italian food etc are among them. You can’t change that. It’s not all bad. The grits here are top notch.

Publix is fine, but nothing that would make a “best of” list.

Stephen Holmes

September 30th, 2009
9:20 pm

Of course..pout out some for Eatzi’s…bu Nick’s tto Go on MLK has the best ready made sandwiches

Teresa

September 30th, 2009
9:20 pm

Douceur de France

I can eat

September 30th, 2009
9:22 pm

Shane’s BIG DAD Baby!!!

Terressa Duggan

September 30th, 2009
9:52 pm

How about My Friend’s Place? I love the tuna on pita sandwich. It is great!

bella

September 30th, 2009
9:55 pm

Char 88 in downtown Buford. Best 10oz. steak burger ever! The fried green tomato sammie is delicious as well.

Ever011

September 30th, 2009
10:25 pm

New York Deli at corner of Johnson Ferry and Glenridge Connector

sarah

September 30th, 2009
10:31 pm

Goldman’s Deli off W. Paces Ferry!

Alabamastan

September 30th, 2009
10:31 pm

I haven’t lived in Atlanta for ten years and I still think about the fresh mozzerella and roasted pepper sandwich at Alon’s Bakery in Va/Highland. Making my moouth water as I type!

sarah

September 30th, 2009
10:32 pm

*Goldberg’s Deli

whoa

September 30th, 2009
10:53 pm

i dont get you people that say “publix” “quiznos” or “subway”…that is like saying you like pizza from dominos or papa johns. Could you possibly like sandwiches with LESS flavor that are more generic???? Atlanta has horrible sandwich places but those are the worst of the worst. I bet you idiots also think Krystal makes great burgers. ugh.

Sales guy

September 30th, 2009
10:55 pm

Bandido- why don’t you just take that chip off your shoulder, quit bragging about how knowledgeable you are and just accept the fact that people can have different idea’s about food. Nobody’s right or wrong. The only thing that’s wrong is your nasty attitude.

Mabster

September 30th, 2009
10:55 pm

Fancy Panty in Alpharetta has the best! The Rising Roll is a close second. Subway??? Give me a break.

Stormdrane

September 30th, 2009
11:15 pm

Schlotzsky’s

Paul From Milton

September 30th, 2009
11:18 pm

The sandwiches at Star Provisions are the best in Atlanta. Their country ham biscuits are pretty special also.

yummy71

September 30th, 2009
11:19 pm

Publix has really good subs…try ‘em on the white mountain bread instead of the sub rolls…tasty

Traveler

September 30th, 2009
11:22 pm

I’m amazed, and yet not so, to find people that think Publix and QuikTrip make the best Sandwiches? Really? Has your life been so sheltered that this is the best you can find in the city of Atlanta? Even if you’ve never traveled outside the city, is Publix the best you can truly find? It’s pointless to compare a Reuben to a Chicken Salad to a Cuban, because that gets down to individual taste. What makes a sandwich unique is the BREAD. I’m sorry – I’ve lived in Atlanta since I was 6 years old (and I’m 52 now) and what passes for bread in this city for the most part is pretty bad: squishy and sugary and devoid of texture and FLAVOR. Bread shouldn’t gum up on your teeth because it’s so spongey, and it shouldn’t taste like dessert. It should have texture and chew and compliment its contents. What is sold as French or Italian bread in Atlanta is nothing like the real thing. Take a trip to France or Italy (or Germany or Spain – or New York or San Francisco or Chicago!) and see what the real bread tastes like. The fine people that have attempted to bring real bread to Atlanta often don’t last, because there’s no tradition for good bread here. Yes, I eat sandwiches from Publix and Jason’s. And while they’re filling and fine, they’re hardly the best. That’s not being a snob – it’s being discriminating, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Years ago, there were some real deli’s in Atlanta, but all are long gone. Anytime someone opens up a local operation, it’s hit or miss whether the people here will support it. I’ve looked long and hard for consistently good sandwiches in Atlanta, but as much as I love this city, the population here would rather support mass market chains where food is developed by corporate marketing people and ingredients are mass produced and designed for maximum shelf life and minimum flavor. I was amazed when Einstein’s Bagels opened up shop across the street from the Toco Hills Bagel Palace & Deli. Why would anyone want one of those squishy, airy things that they pass off as bagels when the real thing has existed across the street for years? Well, their parking lot is always crowded, which confirms my theory. Alas, I’ll have to be content to get a REALLY good sandwich when I leave the city, but I will definitely check out some of the suggestions on this blog.

Teri

September 30th, 2009
11:35 pm

Nine South in downtown Roswell has a GREAT chicken salad sandwich!! Worth the wait!

NavyMom

October 1st, 2009
12:19 am

lol@Martin but I totally agree with Robert. Publix makes really good sandwiches. I only eat the Boarshead so can’t comment on the other.
@Johnny – you get a time out that’s not nice. Seriously it’s his opinion, he just has to try them.

Slothtosser

October 1st, 2009
12:21 am

Star Provisions, Alon’s, and Duck’s Cosmic Kitchen. I think the shrimp po’ boy from Star Provisions is the best sandwich in town (by far).

NavyMom

October 1st, 2009
12:21 am

@Traveler-ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The post said in the A not all that other crap. The cappucino the serve here is crappy and the best I’ve had is in Italy – hello we are in Atlanta. Save the commentary.

Mcdan

October 1st, 2009
12:25 am

Going to check out some of your recommendations.
Can anyone recommend a good Reuben Sandwich north of the Prado?

NavyMom

October 1st, 2009
12:27 am

OK let me stop reading before I need a time out. Question: is a sandwich not a sandwich because it’s made in a grocery store DELI? Who’s the idiot retreads? So much for wholesome advice.

joseph

October 1st, 2009
1:06 am

Joel’s at downtown has the best turkey sandwich. They actually roast a whole turkey and slice it for their sandwiches as well as their meat and 3 veggies. I alos am very impressed with Jersey Mike’s as it’s #13 Italian is the best!!!

doob

October 1st, 2009
1:30 am

The Chicken Salad Sandwich at Hoboken Bread & Bagel in Marietta. In fact, ALL their sandwiches are awesome!

chuck

October 1st, 2009
2:28 am

someone said no luck for pastrami on rye in atlanta, the clubhouse has one they fly their meat and bread down from nyc’s carnegie deli

Sunshine

October 1st, 2009
2:54 am

I was there on Hwy 155 when Shane’s Rib Shack started serving in the beginning in 2002 – BBQ Pork Sandwich is the best. It is huge – I could make 3 meals out of it & the sauce is great. It does get messy, so be sure to have lots of napkins. I grew up with a dad who took us to sample every BBQ sandwich in GA and the surrounding states and no one in my memory has ever come close. Thanks Shane & Stacey!

Marty

October 1st, 2009
4:41 am

Enter your comments hereHoward’s In Smyrna @ Concord & South Cobb Dr. They haven’t been around for 40 + years for nothing.

mjon

October 1st, 2009
8:08 am

Hoboken Bread and Bagel makes amazing sandwiches. You have to try the chicken salad if you have never had one form Hoboken. For breakfast its bacon egg and cheese on a jalapeno bagel, or for a real treat, New York Style (Lox).

Pat

October 1st, 2009
8:36 am

Bandido-

Are you a “Real Chef of Atlanta” or something? Seriously, what esteemed chef would even need to explain him/herself to me if I’m not worth it? Seems you may think too much of yourself…..

As for my comments, they weren’t directed to all servers or chefs–only you. It seems you missed the boat on service yet again. I respect anyone willing to serve someone, but don’t feel you deserve any more respect than the person eating your meal.

Oh, and the Food Network has more sponsors, experts, and pull in your industry than you do. So I think I’d rather take advice from them.

Bill

October 1st, 2009
8:51 am

With deference to all preceding comments, may I suggest the following:
You are ALL right – your favorite is YOUR favorite. The question is, have you tried BALDINOS GIANT JERSEY SUBS?

To those who suggested Publix, you’re right. Any given day, depending on how old the bread is or who is making your sandwich, the subs are good – but it’s a gamble; the staff is not trained to make sandwiches and for sure, the system is not geared towards recipe or customer service.

For those of you who prefer sub sandwich chains, you probably have not been to Baldinos; there is one in Doraville and one in Marietta – that’s it in the ATL…www.baldinosofatlanta.com

And with deference to bandido jefe – you are right as well: There are ‘gourmet sandwiches’ out there that cost over $100 using rare ingredients like black truffles and caviar. Carnegie Deli in NY will sell a sandwich for $20 that you can’t get your mouth around but for the rest of us ‘everyday sandwich eating public’; quality meats, fresh ingredients and fresh baked rolls are the key to a good Sub, and what makes it GREAT is the portion of all the combined ingredients. BALDINOS has a variety of 30 different Subs; some have less meat than others. The produce they put on the sandwich is direcly proportionate to the amount of meat; and the amount of vinegar & oil is directly proportionate to the amount of produce – get my drift?

I apologize for this wordy comment but to sum it up: BALDINOS uses quality meats, SLICED FRESH WHEN ORDERED; produce is prepped at the restaurant every morning – nothing is prepackaged; the bread is baked all day, every day. Day old bread is sold or given away – never used on a sandwich. Their Hot Subs are grilled – not nuked or toaster ovened and the price is right! Yes, BALDINOS is my favorite.

reservoirDAWG

October 1st, 2009
10:11 am

Bill is right. Baldino’s is the spot.

Jason Greene

October 1st, 2009
10:11 am

Still love the roasted lamb sandwich @ Alon’s/Highland Ave. For a chain, it’s Jimmy John’s.

carolfb

October 1st, 2009
10:13 am

Fried fish sandwich at Star Provisions. Especially when its made with grouper. Get a cold beer, sit outside on a hot day, and you can smell the salt air . . .

D. DAVIS

October 1st, 2009
10:55 am

JERSEY MIKE’S IS THE BEST! #8 MIKES WAY IS THE BEST WAY!!

smitr

October 1st, 2009
12:10 pm

Carolyn’s Gourmet Cafe has some great sandwiches, and their pizza is really good too. The last time I had a Publix sub, the bread was like cardboard, so it’s not consistent. It’s also not a sandwich, and I think this poll is about sandwiches, not subs.

GayBlackCripple

October 1st, 2009
1:37 pm

Henri’s you dang fool crackers!

HENRI’S!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robin

October 1st, 2009
1:39 pm

Enter your comments here
NY Deli in Vinings everytime

LauraJSB

October 1st, 2009
1:42 pm

Jimmy John’s has good subs. As for Publix, I got a severe case of food poisoning from one of their subs.

buckshotannie

October 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

The Corner Bistro in Woodstock, GA has not only the best sandwiches but a great variety of them and they have an excellent choice of breads. Their soups are home made and they make great fried green beans and offer sweet potato fries in addition to regular fries.

Taylor

October 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Muss and Turners

PLN

October 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

Never Enough Thyme and Fancy Pantry in Alpharetta

mike

October 1st, 2009
1:51 pm

Reuben’s Deli – Downtown… had it every day when i went to ga state.. greatest sandwiches ever!!!!!! F all that pretentious stuff- Alon’s, Star Provisions, etc.. i mean there stuff is good but its all about the name to you people

E

October 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

Baldinos or Chamblee Bistro

North Ave Pimp

October 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

The New Yorker on Pharr… Awsome, I third that!!