victory at hand March 6, 2011

My obsession started innocently with a drive-by past a simple wooden sign propped up against a wall in Inman Park with two words carved into it. On it said…”Victory Sandwich”. I was intrigued – how could anything with those words be bad?! After a search for information on the Internet – there is no online presence to speak of – I went to scout it out. Located near Dad’s Garage and At The Collective on Elizabeth Street, this unassuming spot has one of the coolest (and refreshingly minimal) interiors to pop up as of late in Atlanta and a food & drink menu to match.

The limited menu – maybe 10 items total on any given day – allows these folks to concentrate on strong flavors and quality ingredients. I’m kind of a sandwich addict and it all starts with the bread, which Victory sources from local favorite Bakeshop. Tucked inside these slider sized sandwiches are classics like the Reuben (with house-made pastrami) and inventive combinations like the Victory at Sea, made up of plump white anchovies and lemon aioli with perky arugula – think a Caesar salad on a bun. On one trip, a special of smoked trout was hearty and smokey with a hint of tang from the radish salad. I’m also a fan of their spicy hummus with the crispy pita flatbread. For those who are counting their carbs, the folks at Victory will make you a salad with ingredients they have on hand that day.

Victory has also put their own twists on some classic cocktail which are worth splurging on to help wash down those delicious sandwiches. Their Frozen Jack & Cokes are almost a cult classic despite the fact that the restaurant has only been open about six weeks. They’re a fun novelty and certainly worth a try. However, I’ve more enjoyed their Bloody Mary garnished with cheddar cheese, olives and crispy bacon (which can be omitted but they’ll playfully tease you about it – I know). I’ve also sipped on their killer Jack & Juice (or Jackal Juice depending on how many you’ve had), a shot of Jack Daniels poured into a bottle of fizzy and perfectly not-too-sweet apple soda. Depending on which adult beverage you pick, a sandwich and a drink will run you in the ballpark of $10.

Yes…you read that right. At $4 a pop, these sandwiches are selling more like hotcakes – those with ample appetites could easily eat two of them so feel free to mix and match flavors. Word to the wise: Victory slow-cooks their own meats, smokes their own trout, etc. That means when it’s gone for the day, it’s gone.  The menu is tweaked daily so be open-minded about which sandwich you try and go with the specials if they have ’em – they’re top-notch. Victory has tables to eat inside, a great outdoor patio space (which seems to be dog friendly) and does to-go service, as well. The bonuses to sitting inside? Movies streaming on the wall, the occasional hair metal song and the ping-pong table tucked in the back.

Victory Sandwich is located in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street Atlanta Georgia 30307. There’s no website that I could find so your only way to get in touch with them is call them at (770) 676-7287 or stop in to check it out for yourself – they’re open until 2 am.



Broderick ~ Savory Exposure Mar 7, 2011 12:03 am

Victory Sandwich is an instant fave, beautiful photos

Tony Mar 7, 2011 09:03 am

Been there, done that and plan to repeat often. The Jack and juice is so simple and so good. Next time, I’ll concentrate more on the food.

Laura Mar 7, 2011 11:03 am

I’m so excited about this place – frozen jack and coke sounds like the perfect summertime “snack.” Can I get them to go for Braves games? ;)

The Teacher Cooks Mar 7, 2011 01:03 pm

What a great description of Victory Sandwich. Beautiful pics!

Amelia from Z Tasty Life Mar 8, 2011 09:03 am

I have yet to go there…can’t wait! Your description make it sound like the perfect hangout for a long chit-chat with a friend. Old fashioned in many ways: and that sounds so appealing. I can see why the obsession. (P.s. saw this post featured in Food New Journal today: congrats!)

Kimberley Mar 8, 2011 01:03 pm

This is the kind of story that makes me want to find an excuse to get myself to Atlanta posthaste. I am totally jealous that it’s in your town and not mine. Victory at Sea? Yes, please!

Harold Apr 27, 2011 12:04 pm

I was hungry already… now I’ll have to suffer through with a sandwich of my own making. Have to agree about the bread; they don’t call if the staff of life for nothing.

Jogos de Luta Mar 24, 2012 10:03 pm

I have yet to go there…can’t wait! Your description make it sound like the perfect hangout for a long chit-chat with a friend.