If the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words “fish sandwich” is a square patty of minced fish at your local fast food joint, Atlanta’s local restaurant scene has plenty to change your mind. When the fish is high quality and paired with a good bread and sauce, a fish sandwich can be elevated to a delicacy. Atlanta has the gamut of great fish sandwich choices, from New Orleans-inspired po’ boys to ethnic variations to high end restaurants putting gourmet spins on the dish.
Papi’s Cuban And Caribbean Grill
216 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 607-1524

If you’re looking for a great fish sandwich, a good place to start is a restaurant based on an island culture. Sure enough, Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill is consistently ranked one of Atlanta’s best sandwich stops. While their sandwich selection is wide, their Ropa Vieja Fish Sandwich is a standout option. Made from a breaded tilapia filet and topped with swiss cheese, mustard, mayo, and lettuce atop Cuban bread, it’s a no frills take on a fish sandwich that just delivers the goods. Papi’s also offers their fish sandwich as a Cuban wrap, as well as an appetizer of fish tacos in corn tortillas.

The Nook On Piedmont Park
1144 Piedmont Ave., N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 745-9222

Situated just across from Piedmont Park, The Nook’s patio seating offers one of the more scenic views on Atlanta’s food scene. But their unique take on the fish sandwich is what keeps people coming in the door. The Nook’s spin on a fish sandwich is the Salmon BLT. Starting with a six-ounce salmon filet cooked to order, The Nook adds in the required bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes and finishes it off with a creamy aioli. The whole thing is brought together on a multigrain bun. For those wanting a more traditional fish sandwich, The Nook also offers Al’s Amazing Salmon Burger.

Crawfish Shack Seafood
4337 Buford Highway, Suite 170
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 329-1610

Cajun food has always been known for its spicy and tasty handling of fresh seafood. Vietnamese food has a similar reputation. So while a Cajun restaurant with a twist of Vietnamese fusion might sound odd, it’s a pairing that works. Crawfish Shack Seafood has a menu full of seafood preparations, but it’s their po’ boy menu that will be of interest to anyone looking for a great fish sandwich. The thing that makes Crawfish Shack Seafood one of Atlanta’s best is its selection. You can have your po’ boy made with catfish, tilapia, swai, red snapper, or grouper. All come on fresh Gambino’s French bread and topped with remoulade sauce.

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1106 Crescent Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 817-3650

If you want something a little more high-end in your fish sandwich, look no further than Lure. One of Atlanta’s highest profile upscale seafood restaurants, Chef Brent Banda and his crew are best known for their exquisitely prepared seafood plates. But if you head to Lure when its lunch menu is on, you can get their Grilled Swordfish Club. The sandwich not only features one of the tastiest fish around, but is topped with bacon, smoked trout pate, frisee, and buttermilk dressing. They also offer an olive-oil poached yellowfin tuna melt.

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
3279 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 474-9508

The Big Ketch’s aim is to bring the Southern coast to Atlanta and, judging from the critical accolades they have received since opening, they’ve succeeded. With fresh seafood delivered daily, The Big Ketch offers the freshest catch in town. From a fish sandwich standpoint, The Big Ketch offers a grilled salmon and blackened grouper sandwich. But the unique sandwich that puts them on this list is what they call the TBK Greuben. Combining a fish sandwich with a reuben, the TBK Greuben starts with grilled grouper and tops it with a tangy slaw and caper-horseradish Russian dressing.

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