In search of ... beef on bread

But there are lots of other ways to get a bite of beef on bread, whether it’s slurping a sloppy Joe or munching a meatloaf sandwich.

Alon’s Bakery & Market (not rated)

4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E., Dunwoody. 678-397-1781, www.alons.com

The secret to the luscious sandwiches from Alon’s Bakery is the just-baked bread. The juicy-good roast beef is medium-rare top round roasted in house, thinly sliced and piled on country French bread, with a savory melange of fresh rosemary, balsamic mayo, tomato and romaine lettuce.

Noon Midtown

1080 Peachtree St., Suite 6 (entrance on Crescent Avenue), Atlanta. 404-496-4891, www.noonmidtown.com

At Noon, chef/owner Katie Birmingham has created an oasis of good food for busy Midtown professionals and lucky high-rise residents. A warm meatloaf sandwich, topped with Benton’s bacon, Tillamook cheddar and tomato jam on ciabatta bread, is Birmingham’s hefty comfort version of a burger.

Muss and Turner’s (not rated)

1675 Cumberland Parkway S.E., Smyrna. 770-434-1114, www.mussandturners.com

M&T’s is notable for bringing farmers to the deli table, and the kamado-grilled Riverview Farms grass-fed burger has become a menu staple. The Riverview Farms Sloppy Joe, sauteed with M&T’s “Manwich” sauce and served with melted provolone on a soft challah bun, is the current feel-good-about-chowing-down sandwich sensation.

Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill (not rated)

745 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. 678-797-0502, www.papisgrill.com

Now with four metro Atlanta locations, Papi’s offers the pan con bistec, a hearty sandwich surprise combining steak and potatoes dressed with mayo, Swiss cheese and onions on Cuban bread. The distinctive Cuban sandwich, made with shredded smoked pork that imparts a delightful blend of deli and barbecue flavors, shouldn’t be missed, either.

Sawicki’s Meat, Seafood & More (not rated)

250 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-0992, www.sawickisfoods.com

Chef and fancy food purveyor Lynne Sawicki makes some creative but unfussy sandwiches at her meat and seafood market. Among the substantial choices, look for beef tri-tip with French fries, and roast beef with horseradish cream. The meatball sub, with homemade marinara and fresh mozzarella on a warm, crusty baguette, is a real crowd-pleaser.

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