Review of Victory Sandwich Bar in Atlanta
When I know I’m going to be stuck in Atlanta for a few hours, I always try to make the most of it by jumping on MARTA (Atlanta’s public transit system that connects to the airport) and going somewhere different to eat.
During a recent delay, I used the opportunity to check out Decatur for the first time.
Everything about Decatur was impressive and it’s easy to see why it’s gaining a reputation as one of the best small communities in the United States.
There’s easy access to a MARTA station in the center of the town square, and you’re surrounded by great dining and shopping in a very pedestrian-friendly environment.
There were so many options of restaurants to try, including many that have received national recognition. I know it’ll take many trips to discover all these great places, but Victory Sandwich Bar was first on my list.
It was less than a block from the train station and features an awesome indoor/outdoor atmosphere. It’s also earned numerous mentions for serving some of the most unique and flavorful sandwiches in Atlanta.
The menu offered so many interesting sandwich options that I had to consult with the waitress for her opinion, which I rarely do. The sandwiches are $4 each and on the smaller side, so it’s usually recommended to order a couple to create a full meal while having some variety.
Being a BBQ fanatic, I knew I wanted to try The Porkemon sandwich that featured smoked pork, Korean BBQ sauce, and island slaw.
For my second sandwich, I trusted the advice of my waitress and stepped way out of my comfort zone by ordering The Beeter. It was actually a vegetarian sandwich made with beets that were seasoned with pastrami spices and smoked, which were then topped with white kimchi and Thai mayo.
It didn’t sound particularly appealing, but I wanted to give it a chance.
The waitress also suggested a side of the ramen, which was served cold and mixed with sesame seasoning, scallions and peanuts.
As I waited for my food, I had a nervous anticipation about everything I’d ordered. It was different, but exactly the type of culinary adventure I was looking for.
When I tasted the food, I quickly realized Victory Sandwich Bar was as good as advertised. Victory!
As for The Beeter, it’s difficult to describe but I really enjoyed it. It’s amazing how the restaurant is able to take beets and make them tender, smoky, spicy and delicious. I was skeptical, but it truly did taste like pastrami.
Dwight Schrute would be so proud.
The kimchi and Thai mayo were the perfect toppings to go along with the beets, and they offered a very fresh, clean, citrus-like flavor you’d associate with Asian cooking. To bring it all together, the sandwich is served on rye bread - in true pastrami fashion.
It was such an interesting version on a classic sandwich and one of the more unique sandwiches I’ve ever had.
The ramen was also a very tasty side that offered a nice kick, but serving it cold allowed it to be refreshing rather than intimidating.
Everything about my meal at Victory was excellent. The prices were very affordable, servers were friendly (and helpful!), food was delicious, and the location was convenient.
If Victory Sandwich Bar is any indication of what restaurants are like in Decatur, I need to start eating a lot more in this part of Atlanta.
Actually, I just need to start eating more at Victory!