By Perry Solomon
When you ask around campus about the good places within walking distance to get a yummy morsel to eat, there are a few standard answers. People usually tell you to try the chicken with Jaqbo Sauce at Jaqbo's, get the cheeseburger basket at Junior's, maybe try the wings at Billy Bob's, or avoid the Varsity like grease avoids Formula 409TM. But has anyone told you to get a Cuban sandwich from Kool Korners Grocery?
On the corner of State and 14th Streets stands a dilapidated red building with barred windows. It doesn't really look like a good place to get something to eat, much less a place you would expect to be famous for its Cuban sandwiches. Kool Korners Grocery may be a grocery store in name, but it's not really a place that you would go to get a gallon of milk. Their stock consists mostly of staple goods, which is a good thing because I think some of that stuff has been on the shelf for a few years now! That's okay, though, because not too many people go to Kool Korners to get their groceries; they do, however, flock there at lunchtime to get what is, according to Creative Loafing, the best Cuban sandwich in Atlanta.
I found out about Kool Korners one day when the line at Jerry's Barbershop next door was pretty long and I was quite hungry. Discouraged with the line at Jerry's and tired of contemplating how I was going to fit an extra Maple project for Professor Herod into one of my fine arts classes, I walked next door to get a bag of chips and a drink. I was amazed to find about 10 people in line at the counter either waiting for their sandwich or waiting to order one.
Behind the counter, an elderly Cuban lady runs the register while an elderly Cuban man (and sometimes an assistant) makes the sandwiches. There is a choice of about six different types of sandwiches, depending on what type of meat they have fresh that day. If you've never had one before, go with the Cuban Classic and get it "all the way." This includes hot peppers and a special sauce, and is, in my opinion, the only way to go. The sandwich is made and then put into a hot press where it is squished and browned.
I kid you not: these are really good sandwiches. There really aren't that many things that make my mouth water just writing about them, but these sandwiches belong in that category. Those of you who have been keeping a list of my salivary delights have already guessed I just put these sandwiches in the same category with Fat Matt's Rib Shack, so go get one! Just leave Jerry alone; he's busy trying to scare customers away these days.
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