It’s one of these disappearing Atlanta places, Baldino’s is. It’s roughly across the road from Buford Highway Farmer’s Market, and used to be a favorite of a 6′ 2″ Korean coworker whose build and athleticism eliminated any notion of Asians as small and spectacled; amazing that he’d find a Jersey sub place among a center of Korean eating. It’s pretty ordinary from the outside.
Inside, there are a host of records, album covers, trophies, and memorabilia of all kinds. That someone put Smokey Robinson on the wall spoke of someone knowing something of the past. What’s not so ancient and forgotten are Baldino’s subs, which come in more ethnic, heavier cuts of meat and cheese than the typical sub place. They’re also bigger. This photo is of a half sized Baldino’s special.
Biting into the sandwich, I end up with nearly a half inch of meaty layers in the middle, a bit of cheese to add fat and flavor, and just enough mustard to please. The bread is hard to ignore, even on my diet. I like this place, have been surprised that no one has ever bothered to write about it. Like so many good eateries just not cool enough for the cutting edge, it gets ignored by the foodie generation. This is one place that shouldn’t be.
Verdict: Excellent, inexpensive subs. Highly recommended.
Baldino’s Giant Jersey Subs
5697 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340
80 Powers Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30067