Urban Cannibals Bodega and Bites
In the early 2000's on Highland Avenue in Old 4th Ward, there once was a restaurant called The Roman Lily Cafe. It was there before that area became so popular that Chef Calavino Donati pioneered that area with her tasty, eclectic place. I loved eating there and was so sad when she closed it. So, when she and her girlfriend Doria Roberts popped back up on the scene with a sandwich shop in East Atlanta I had to make a visit. Of course it was great, and I have eaten here quit a few times!
We have tried many things on her menu and all have been delicious. This day Luke had the Lamburger. It had great flavor with Mediterranean spices. All sandwiches come with Dirty Chips.
I had the Turkey Reuben on Gluten-free bread. It had smoked turkey, havarti and was topped with local kudzu honey dijon slaw. It was wonderful.
Calavino makes simple sandwiches with a twist of local goodness and the combination is heavenly. She also is big into substituting tofu for meat to accommodate vegetarians. She labels items gluten-free, vegetarian and goes the extra step to label vegan as well.
There are some gourmet grocer type items you can buy and also grab and go items in the cooler to warm up for dinner. They serve their brunch bites on Saturday and Sunday, which also looks fabulous. Urban Cannibals also has a weekly CSA for veggies and host community type events in their restaurants.
Price Range - $7.99 Brie and Local Apple Sandwich to $13.99 The Dogwood Sandwich.
Tip - Empty your bladder before you visit because there is no bathroom inside.