Next time you are lunching with the littles why not think beyond chicken and fries? In honor of National Sandwich Day, we’ve rounded up eight great spots (all with high-chairs and kid-pleasing plates) to score a sandwich with the smalls.

TomChee

Tom + Chee
This place serves up grilled cheese and tomato soup the way Warhol painted Marilyn. They take a beautiful thing, make it more interesting, add a dash of crazy, and repeat. I mean, the Today Show even dubbed their grilled cheese donut the “Best New Sandwich in America.” That warrants a trip OTP all by itself.

The Extras: Not sure your little foodies are quite ready to try a bacon-blue cheese-mozzarella? No worries. They have a menu for kids that sizzles with the standards: grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Details: Tom + Chee, 1200 Ernest Barrett Pkwy., Suite 208, Kennesaw, 678-498-8321

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Victory Sandwich Bar
If the sandwiches don’t appease the littles, the grown-up drinks will at least make the ensuing meltdown less caustic. But we digress (and we are pretty darn sure the kids will be well pleased by the sandwich offerings). Did we mention that they have a ping-pong table in the back?

The Extras: Order a Hambo for your kiddo and let ‘em loose! They’ll love the prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, and apple combination, and what was that? Oh! Yes! You did just feed your kid all four food groups in one bite. Go, you!

Details: Victory Sandwich Bar, 340 Church Street, Decatur, 404-377-9300

WhichWhich

Whichwich
We all know how kids like to control their own destiny, and at Which Wich, they’ll get more than a killer sandwich. They’ll get a taste of freedom. With over 50 different sandwiches on the regular menu, not to mention unlimited customizable options, this sandwich shop literally has something for everyone. System overload? No worries. They also offer a kids menu with six tried-and-true options (PB&J, roast beef, pizza-wich), and yes, you can order yours crustless.

The Extras: Kids will love using the back of their own bag as an order form, and after they get it back filled with their own designer sammie, they can keep the party going with the games printed on the other side of the bag.

Details: Which Wich, Atlantic Station, 265 18th St. NW Ste. 4100, 404-254-3260, Emory Point, 1699 Clifton Rd., Suite B-150, 404-549-8889, and Brookhaven, 804 Town Blvd., Suite A1035,  404-474-6314

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Fickle Pickle
While you’re noshing on a fried green tomato sandwich with tomato jam, arugula, basil, and homemade mayo, your kiddos will be happily munching on their Little Gherkins meal, which includes a standard (grilled cheese, PB&J, turkey and cheese) with a drink, cookie, and a side. Go on a Tuesday and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

The Extras: Located in a Victorian home built in the 1800s in historic Roswell, The Fickle Pickle will make your kids think you’ve taken them to eat at a long-lost grandmother’s house. With a giant pickle on the porch.

Details: The Fickle Pickle, 1085 Canton St, Roswell, 770-650-9838

SouperJenny

Souper Jenny
This Buckhead institution serving up soups, sandwiches, and salads six days a week is now open in Decatur, as well. The vibe is as funky and homespun as in Buckhead, and the littles will love the daily peanut butter offering (benefitting PB&J for Good, an initiative against Severe Acute Nutrition). While there’s no dedicated kid menu, the kiddos will love the comfy and eclectic feel of each location. Just be sure to go early or late in the lunch hour, as comfy can turn chaotic during prime time.

The Extras: Thursday nights are still grilled cheese nights at Souper Jenny, only now in the new Decatur location. Take the kids there for some gooey goodness and delight them with s’mores for dessert.

Details: Souper Jenny, Buckhead Location, 56 East Andrews Dr. NW, 404-239-9023, and 1 West Court Square, Decatur, 404-378-1500

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Cafe at Pharr
Want a healthy option for the kiddos? Head to Cafe at Pharr where their bread is made fresh daily and their chicken salad, which wins the kid approved purist award (nothing but some bird and a little celery), delights both young and old.

The Extras: Do you have a budding artists in your ranks? Super friendly employees encourage artistry by providing paper and crayons to kiddos who ask, then proudly display their renditions of the Cafe in the restaurant.

Details: Cafe at Pharr, Five locations in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Westside, Vinings, and Miami Circle

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Henri’s Bakery
Henri’s could serve up an asparagus aspic and your kids would eat it, just for the chance to check out their incredible seasonal treats and displays in the bakery and ordering lobby, but luckily for us all, they don’t. Instead, you can count on Henri’s for delicious standards (turkey and cheese, roast beef, ham) which can be grilled, added to, and are perfect for sharing.

The Extras: While they don’t have crayons or coloring pages, you won’t need entertainment at Henri’s. With outside dining (complete with brave little birds to entertain the littles) and incredible interior decorations, they will be far from bored. Need a little coaxing? The bakery case is the bomb.

Details: Henri’s Bakery, Buckhead location, 61 Irby Ave NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 237-0202 and Sandy Springs location, 6289 Roswell Rd. NE, 404-256-7934

Downwind

Downwind
Not only does Downwind offer the excitement of the airplane take-offs and landings just outside the window at PDK, but they also serve us satisfying sandwiches that the littles will love. Get there early for a roast turkey breast sandwich as they tend to fly out of the kitchen.

The Extras: While Downwind is open for lunch and dinner most nights, be sure to steer clear from the spot on Friday evenings, when it’s adults-only. Outside of that, the kids are clear for take-off to enjoy Downwind’s good food and great view.

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Details: Downwind Restaurant, 2000 Airport Rd, Chamblee, 770-452-0973

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—Shelley Massey

Photos courtesy of Tom + Chee and Victory Sandwich Bar via Facebook, The Fickle Pickle via Facebook, Cafe at Pharr, Andrew L. and Daniel B. via Yelp and the author