Wright’s Gourmet is a bit of southern hospitality in the heart of Dunwoody, close to the intersection of Mount Vernon and Chamblee Dunwoody. It’s reachable by heading north on Chamblee Dunwoody from the intersection and turning left as soon as you can, into the Shops of Dunwoody. Just opposite Wright’s is an Old Hickory House and nearby is the Dunwoody Tavern and the Dunwoody outpost of C’om Vietnamese.
You’ll see the outdoor seating for Wright’s long before you find the entrance. They have about 20 tables with chairs outside, all colored white, under large ceiling fans and shaded with a generous overhang. Inside, there are perhaps 10 tables, all natural wood and showing some age, as if they collected them all in estate sales. It’s part of the charm of the place that they mix old fashioned with 21st century expertise.
Once inside, there are the chairs. To the right are display cases with full sized cakes, cupcakes and other prepared foods. There are good looking chicken pot pies in the cases, as well as lasagna, ziti, manicotti and other pastas, family sized and ready to pop into the oven. In the back is the counter where you can order. Behind the counter is a blackboard with the salads and sandwiches available that day. Another display case is on the right of the counter, and it has prepared salads you can choose.
The day I came I got a medium order of their marinated vegetables and Glenda’s Garden, a vegetarian sandwich.
It was a really good sandwich, full of flavor, with slices of tomato, cucumber, sprouts, red onion, avocado and very thin slices of cheese. Their marinated veggies were also quite tasty. I was hungry that day and the vegetables didn’t last long.
I came here later in the afternoon and there were a lot of people here still. People were gathered around tables and there were distinctly more women than men lingering. It almost had the feel of a tea house or one of the Asian bakeries, where men and women gather, eat small amounts of food and chat.
This is a place whose offerings and food compete directly with a place like Alon’s. It’s just that while Alon’s is a place to get a sandwich, a bit of gelato and maybe a cream brulee, at Wright’s you might get a sandwich, buy a pot pie for your daughter, and maybe pick up a slice or two of red velvet cake. The target audience for Wright’s is a lot more down to earth.
Wright’s, The Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe
5482 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338