Corner Deli

10 Roswell St., Alpharetta. 678-566-0576

The Siegel family can't seem to keep its sporting attitude out of Corner Deli. It seeps into the decor, methodology and overall spirit of their marvelously fresh and fun sandwich salon. Game day never tasted so good.

TEAM SPIRIT

Owner Lance Siegel plays the proverbial quarterback, but mom Zelda is the solid safety. It's her recipes that imbue a steady stream of homegrown goodness and solid deli authenticity throughout the menu, starting with knockout sammies down to throw-in-the-towel desserts. Lance's brother Les and dad Mel, a former Philadelphia Eagle, join the roster, too.

Zelda confesses they're all nuts for sports, but that's a sure-fire assumption given the lay of the land. A near incalculable amount of ephemera plasters the walls. Hockey jerseys to the right, ball team pennants to the left. Who knew NASCAR ball caps came in so many styles? A baseball bobblehead doll peers from behind the counter. Laminated menus signed by pro personalities like former Brave Dale Murphy and sports radio talker Christopher Rude hang near the door.

WINNING PROVISIONS

The food's crisp, unprocessed attributes begin with Corner Deli's all-day breakfast offerings. Mel's Egg McBagel finds the customer's choice of bagel, meat (ham, bacon, sausage or sliced turkey) and cheese buddying together with a gobbet of egg. A savory everything bagel, crisp bacon slices and cheddar cheese make cozy and satisfying bedfellows.

For the pancake turnover, Zelda plops egg, cheese and a pick of breakfast meat in the middle of a fluffy saucer. She folds it over and laces it with syrup. Her description causes warm and fuzzies, but it's the truck driver's special that delivers true breakfast bang. Big morning appetites attack two eggs; bacon, ham or sausage; grits or home fries; pancake, toast, biscuit or bagel; coffee or a fountain drink. It's enough to either provide day-long fuel or send you back to bed with a permanent beam.

SUPER SANDWICHES AND SALADS

Everything is made to order, a fact that rings true with each sandwich bite. The luscious corned beef and buttery rye of its trademark Reuben hit tradition directly. Health-conscious customers can lean toward selections like the meal in a peel (a custom-stuffed baked potato) or the sauteed veggie wrap. The latter has a host of vegetables (squash, onion, zucchini, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms) getting a solid saute. It all gathers in a tortilla for a quick grilling. Try it with the sun-dried tomato wrap. All sandwiches come with either homemade macaroni salad, potato salad, pasta salad, cole slaw, chips or cottage cheese.

The kitchen staff whips up the fresh, fab salads each day. The not-to-miss chicken salad stays simple with white meat chicken, celery, mayo, seasoning and touches of garlic, salt and pepper. Can't commit to a whole order? Then spring for a sizable scoop on the side.

Blow-your-mind desserts like apple pie with caramel nut topping wrap things up with casual grace. Thick slices of Granny Smith and golden delicious apples peek from underneath sensationally sweet caramel and a flaky crust.



Hours: Mondays-Saturdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Reservations: No.
Recommended dishes: Egg McBagel, Rueben sandwich, chicken salad, apple pie with caramel nut topping.
Prices: Breakfast items $3.25-$6.50. Lunch items $3.50-$6.50.
Verdict: Corner Deli gets a wave of the baseball cap for an ace breakfast and lunchtime playbook.

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