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Sandwich report

The Korean at 7 Hens

The Korean at 7 Hens

Hello, good people of Atlanta. Here comes a minor post about two decent but not great sandwiches.

At left we have the “Korean” at 7 Hens, the Decatur sandwich shop that serves a variety of internationally themed chicken schnitzel sandwiches and appears to be the prototype of a hoped-for franchise operation. I like the place well enough, and my kid loves it, so we go now and again.

I thought the latest offering would be right my wheelhouse. Fried chicken strips, kimchee and a slathering of galbi sauce? Yes please. Unfortunately, it all turned mushy and goopy fast, and the chicken lost its all-important crunch. The over-marinated, falling-apart cucumbers I chose for a side didn’t help. I’ve liked other stuff here better.

IMG_9586Next up, the “Rebel Reuben” at Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in Dunwoody. Sliced turkey breast joins sweet cole slaw, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on grilled pumpernickel bread. It was fine  – something I might order again (without cole slaw: this non-rebel wants sauerkraut) if a deli across the street from my office served it. But “gourmet” in my book means better bread, sharper cheese and a crispier griddle job.

A slice of decent coconut cake made for a good ending to the meal.

There you have it. Got any better sandwiches for me to try?

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

37 comments Add your comment

Finn McCool

February 4th, 2014
10:46 am

My dad used to make peanut butter and syrup sandwiches. Sounds gross but it’s actually quite a good combination.


February 4th, 2014
11:04 am

We’ve tried 7 Hens twice and been very underwhelmed both times. For us, everything is underseasoned and just blah. The sandwich was better than the salad option, but not by much.

We don’t eat sammiches very much when dining out so I don’t have a rec, but I’m curious to see what others post!


February 4th, 2014
11:26 am

One of my favorite sandwich shops is Jurassic Subs in Bremen. They’re located in a former Quizno’s, and all of their subs are a lot bigger than either Subway, Blimpie, or Quizno’s. Instead of the 6-inch and 12-inch, they have a 9-inch and 15-inch. Their ingredients are fresher; they slice their own meats, cheeses, and veggies in-store. You get more meal for your money, and the staff is always very friendly.


February 4th, 2014
11:54 am

Grilled lamb sandwich on sourdough bread at Artisan Bakery Cafe in Roswell is worth the trip..


February 4th, 2014
12:01 pm

The “Toscano” panini at Toscano & Sons in Virginia-Highlands is fantastic, especially if you add proscuitto.


February 4th, 2014
12:34 pm

My favorite place for sandwiches in ATL is Muss & Turner’s


February 4th, 2014
1:00 pm

I agree with Jimmy, Muss and Turner’s has the city’s best sandwiches


February 4th, 2014
1:04 pm

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Typical Redneck

February 4th, 2014
1:06 pm

The Hot Italian at Baldino’s is my go to sandwich.


February 4th, 2014
1:35 pm

The Muffelleta at East 48th Street Market in Dunwoody.

Dr. C

February 4th, 2014
2:22 pm

I can’t drive any farther than Quoc Huong for the barbeque pork bahn mi. Even with the higher price ($3)….


February 4th, 2014
2:23 pm

You must not forget Star Provisions….definitely the best sandwiches in town.


February 4th, 2014
2:23 pm

The hot or cold Italian at Baldinos, best big sandwich for my buck


February 4th, 2014
2:36 pm

Wright’s Gourmet was underwhelming! Too old fashioned and out-dated.

However – Try E 48th Street Market on Jett Ferry Road. Very good and authentic market.


February 4th, 2014
2:51 pm

Bahn Mi from the tofu shop on Jimmy Carter Blvd.


February 4th, 2014
3:32 pm

@Lola you mean VN Tofu on JCB, just East of the interchange, where the Hong Kong Food Market is located?


February 4th, 2014
3:44 pm

As the risk of being shamed by other bloggers, if I am going to pay for a sandwich, the sub at Publix Deli is at the top of my list. Jimmy Johns is first choice, Publix second. Granted, I do prefer a simple sandwich, and the bread is just as important as the rest of the sandwich, and those 2 are damn near perfect when it comes to the bread!


February 4th, 2014
4:21 pm

The smoked turkey reuben at Thumbs Up Diner is excellent. They smoke their turkey in-house. The cole slaw has a nice tang. The grilled marble rye adds a nice crunch. Take cash as they don’t take credit.

Ned Ludd

February 4th, 2014
4:53 pm

Henri’s Buckhead—-Roast Beef or Pastrami. —Never disappoints


February 4th, 2014
5:06 pm

Finn: re peanut butter and syrup. a cousin who was brought up in an orphanage says they used to give the kids that for a meal. when I went to her house when I was a kid, she made this for me. yes, it was quite good. but I wouldn’t want it as a substitute for a ‘real’ meal .


February 4th, 2014
6:00 pm

Nonis – the Patricia!

Hal Boyd

February 4th, 2014
6:11 pm

Steak and Cheese at Mad Italian
Roasted Lamb sandwich at Alons
Jalapeno Sloppy Joe made with Brisket Burnt Ends at Community BBQ
Meatball sub at Mellow Mushroom


February 5th, 2014
12:45 am

A reuben with both pastrami and corned beef. With saurkraut and swiss cheese toasted.

Topped with thousand island dressing and for a crispy crunch, sliced red onions, sliced cucumbers and sprouts.


February 5th, 2014
7:16 am

Henri’s Sandy Springs —-Roast Beef —Never disappoints


February 5th, 2014
7:46 am

I really enjoy the pork bahn mi from Lees Bakery on Buford Hwy. I’ve had the lam sandwich from Alons bakery but has been a while, I will have to try again. I always loved Mad Italians steak and cheese but only those that were a the Windy Hill location, unfortunately they’ve closed, that was a sad day.


February 5th, 2014
7:47 am

Kar……you just described the perfect sandwich. 5 out of 6 times I use 1,000 island dressing the other time I use Russian dressing.


February 5th, 2014
7:54 am

Hal Boyd mentioned a great sandwich also; Mellow Mushroom’s meatball sub. I just had one last week in Eatonton, Ga

Mike G

February 5th, 2014
8:40 am

Big Tex in Decatur has a great fried catfish sandwich with pickled vegetables on their menu now. Really good.

No. 246 had a pork “french dip” at lunch that was amazing, but enough food for three meals. Instead of “au jus” they had pork drippings to dip it in. Not sure if they still have that sandwich on the menu, but it is worth a try at least once.


February 5th, 2014
8:59 am

The New York Steamer at Firehouse Subs is also very good! Corned beef, pastrami, provolone, mustard, mayo and Italian dressing…

M Dot Shizzle

February 5th, 2014
9:32 am

Lobster Roll @ the Big Ketch


February 5th, 2014
10:26 am

Urban Cannibals in East Atlanta serves up some amazing sandwiches. Their sandwiches that keep me coming back are Urban Reuben, Carnitas Po’boy, and seasonal sandwiches like The Georgian… House Roasted Turkey, Housemade Moonshine Infused Fig + Walnut Compote, Goat Cheese, Organic Mixed Greens, Tomatoes +Purple Onions on Toasted Ciabatta?? Come on…

Kate Conlon

February 5th, 2014
10:55 am

Hi John, We would love for you to come and try one of our reubens and deli stacks here at Goldberg’s Bagel Co. Thanks,


February 5th, 2014
11:09 am

I order the reuben at every lunch place I go to. The best rueben is at Zuffys on Buford Hwy. Goldbergs on Chamblee-Dunwoody has the 2nd best


February 5th, 2014
1:52 pm

I second the turkey rueben at Zuffy’s (but now the place is called Montie’s Public House – same owner)! i had one last night. it is huge and yummy.


February 6th, 2014
1:23 pm

GD……how in the world do you remember all that? You must go there every day!


February 6th, 2014
2:27 pm

I’ve never had a bad sandwich at Muss & Turners.

I read a favorable comment about Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop in Dunwoody a while back and headed over that way. Man what a dump that place is.


February 8th, 2014
5:50 am

This is Michael from 7 Hens. The above issues were addressed and the Korean schnitzel sandwich is better than ever. I love almost all the places mentioned by the public here and encourage you to try something you may have not had before, chicken schnitzel. My promise is that it is something different than anything you’ve had (roast beef, reuben etc.). You may like it! Angela – I guess you like your food very seasoned, more than what the majority of people do? I can recommend Top Spice to you – they use plenty of seasoning if you ask them to “spice it up” on their scale. Buffalo wild wings is also an option for very spicy.