Looking for a downtown lunch spot? The friendly folks here offer New York-style sandwiches with some spot-on twists. Hone in on the Hudge Pudge pork, a glorious concoction of in-house roasted pork with surprisingly not-too-strong Muenster cheese and kraut on grilled pumpernickel. Also try the Turkey Timothy with cranberry relish as a primer to Thanksgiving. 111 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-523-0109.
Grouchy's, A New York Deli
If the flip-flopping weather has you down with a cold, send someone to Grouchy's to retrieve the body- and soul-nourishing matzoh ball soup. Sandwiches here run the gamut from chopped liver to Tuscan veggie and Philly cheese steak. Carb-loading? Go for the homemade potato-cheddar knishes. FYI: There's no 'tude behind the name (this is the 'burbs, after all). 11525 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-667-6933.
The New Yorker Marketplace and Delicatessen
Dang, the menu here is dauntingly lengthy. But it's hard to go wrong, so let your cravings lead you. The Dagwood-esque Reuben is a jaw workout. Blue cheese and horseradish mayo lend the Long Island steak sandwich gourmet cred. The traditional Cobb salad also has a nice sense of composition. Parking can be a challenge, but you'll be grateful for the walk back to your car after you down the huge portions. 322 Pharr Road. 404-240-0260.
St. Charles Deli
Easygoing, familiar fare and a cute waitstaff make both these delis accessible choices for weekday meals on the go. Hot Turkey Supreme with avocado, tomatoes and bacon stands out among the sandwiches. For a guilty indulgence, pair the patty melt with an order of crispy waffle fries slathered in gooey cheddar cheese. 2470 Briarcliff Road, 404-636-5201; 22 Fifth St., 404-249-7733. www.stcharlesdeli.com.
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