Perfect for lunch, good for dinner and ideal for a quiet weekend around the house. Yes, it seems that every time is the right time for a trip to the local deli, where the generous selection of delicatessen fare is a mouthwatering feast that will often have you ordering at least one of everything on the menu. The knowledge of a superior local deli is quite important, you need to know where the best one is and make sure they serve all of your favorites. I like a personal touch to my deli experience, you know, when I walk in they already have my usual order already memorized. Atlanta has several great delis and the grunt work of having to find the best has been spared. So here are the best delicatessens in Atlanta.
1 Reuben’s Deli
Located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Reuben’s is the best deli in the city because of the quality of food, the selection and the overwhelmingly friendly customer service that keeps customers continuously coming back for more of their delicious delicatessen fare. In addition to providing in-store food, they also cater and deliver, ensuring that you can always have a taste of your beloved deli. The menu is vast and features some signature deli favorites with new and innovative additions thrown in. Try the Bellewich (turkey, pepperoni & provolone), Godfather (Genoa salami, capicola, prosciutto & cheese), Serawich (turkey, Greek mayo & feta) and the Olympic Hero (ham, salami, bologna, capicola, cracked pepper turkey, pepperoni & cheese.) I guarantee that anything you choose here will be a very worthy experience.
57 Broad St. NW
2 Bagel Palace Deli & Bakery
A great neighborhood deli located in the North Druid Hills section of Atlanta, Bagel Palace has a remarkable selection of your favorite deli fare. If you want it, they have it here ready to serve. There are so many delicious things available that I never knew existed or never knew I even wanted, but a visit here insists that you sample a little of everything. Do try the pastrami on rye, corned beef hash, olive cream cheese, egg salad, chicken salad, knishes, bagels and a selection of cold cuts so massive that you will often have trouble narrowing down your sandwich toppings.
2869 North Druid Hills Rd. NE
3 Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli
A hugely popular favorite with the Atlanta deli-loving public, Goldberg’s is a great place to get your deli fix. With five Atlanta-area locations, it’s clear that Atlantans simply just can’t get enough of this delicatessen hotspot that serves up some of the best food in the city. The Buckhead location gets the recognition here because of the overall experience that customers are met with once they arrive. The menu is different from the other entries on this list and that is precisely why Goldberg’s made the list, they are different in a great way. The salmon salad, Herring in sour cream, Georgia Reuben, Po ‘Boy, chopped chicken liver sandwich and the stuffed cabbage roll are some menu standouts that give customers a delicious glimpse into what they can expect from this tasty deli oasis.
4373 Roswell Rd. NE
4 New Yorker Marketplace & Deli
This Buckhead deli staple has all the things you look for in a delicatessen: great selection, tasty eats, friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere. New Yorker Marketplace has a delicious abundance of sandwiches, salads, soups and other tasty treats that make a meal here complete. The allure of this spot to out-of-towners is that it provides an authentic New York deli experience, and with the abundance of New Yorkers living in Atlanta, I’m sure they appreciate food that reminds them of home. Try the crowd favorite the Turkey Rachel, classic Reuben, Charley’s chicken club, cubano and the fried bologna sandwich are definitely all worth a sample.
5 St. Charles Deli
Nestled comfortably in the upscale and trendy Atlanta neighborhood of Midtown lies a great deli that has graced several “best of” lists during its 20 years of business. St. Charles has a superior reputation and it is very well-deserved. They operate with an exemplary level of knowledge and professionalism that directly coincides with their delicious food. There are several menu highlights, but here are a few that leave tongues wagging. The Saint Chuck (pot roast, crunchy shredded cabbage, mayo and topped with Chuck roast on a French roll), grilled Reuben, turkey Ranch club wrap (turkey breast, hickory smoked bacon, jack cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato with Ranch dressing inside a tomato wrap), Patty melt, Monte cristo and the classic BLT round out menu must-haves.
22 5th St.