National Sandwich Day

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National Sandwich Day celebrates the birthday of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who, while in the middle of a gambling binge, requested that his servants bring him some meat placed between two pieces of bread, for ease of consumption.  On that day, the sandwich was born, and life for humankind became that much better.

In celebration of National Sandwich Day, here is my “”final four”” of Atlanta  sandwiches:

Quoc Huong’s Pork Bahn Mi

The best bahn mi in Atlanta, hands down.  We’re talking about insanely fresh French Bread, pork that’s been through some serious roasting, pickled carrots, fresh cilantro, sliced cucumbers, jalapenos and a homemade mayonnaise.  This sandwich is nothing short of marvelous, and for $2.50 you almost feel like you’re stealing it.  Definitely worth the drive up to Buford Highway (5150 Buford Hwy NE Doraville, GA 30340, 770-936-0605) so long as you bring cash and don’t come on Tuesday.

Roy’s Cheesesteaks

The location might scream office park suburbia (2900 Highlands Parkway Southeast, Smyrna, GA, 404-799-7939), and the interior might be a little antiseptic, but the sandwiches are worth planning your day around.  A big stack of meat and an ample portion of ‘wiz sitting atop a genuine Philly bun is all you really need, but the typical add-ons (mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.) are also present if you’re thinking about turning the volume up to 11.  This is straightforward sandwich goodness, something that the Earl of Sandwich most definitely would have appreciated.

Alon’s Garlic Roasted Lamb Sandwich

Alon’s knows how to make the people happy.   They put out fantastic baked goods, top-notch prepared foods and a great assortment of foodie finds. But it’s their Garlic Roasted Lamb Sandwich that knocks it out of the park.  The lamb is complemented with red onion marmalade, fresh tomatoes, and a little mayo, all gently framed on some seriously crunchy bread.  I actually have a family member that has contemplated moving to Atlanta for this sandwich.  Head to their Morningside (1394 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, 404-872-6000) or Dunwoody (4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, 770-730-9909) locations and get some.


Pita Palace’s Falafel Pita Sandwich

This is by far the most often consumed sandwich in my repertoire.  There’s nothing quite like Pita Palace’s freshly fried falafel, especially given the fact that you can dress it as you wish with their Israeli salad bar.  I like mine with hummus, baba ganoush, chili paste, fried eggplant, pickles, mango sauce and Israeli salad.  A pilgrimage to their North Druid Hills location (1658 Lavista Road Northeast, Atlanta, 404-781-7482) is a must for anyone that considers themselves a sandwich connoisseur.

Am I missing anything?  Add your favorite Atlanta sandwiches in the comment section…

Photo Credits: Quoc Huong (Chowdown Atlanta), Roy’s Cheesesteaks (Foodie Buddha), Alon’s (The Patagonian Toothfish), Pita Palace (Urban Spoon)

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Jon Effron is widely regarded as one of the leading Realtors in Atlanta, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the metro area to maximize their real estate investments. In 2014, Jon was the #1 individual agent at Keller Williams Intown, one of the largest brokerages in Intown Atlanta. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jon was the Vice President of Development at Tujay Group, an Atlanta real estate development firm. His career pre-real estate included stints at, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.