I grew up in Tampa, FL and visited the original Wright's Gourmet House there many times. Fifteen years ago, that was our "payday Friday" lunch indulgence - a colleague and I would split the Monte Cristo on white with a piece of the chocolate cake with fudge icing - pure decadence. I was last there a year ago. I was thrilled to find out several years ago that there was a Wright's in Atlanta - apparently a branch of the same family, same recipes, same names - but entirely separately owned....and the place in Dunwoody (Atlanta) has a chip on their shoulder about that.
I've now been to the Wright's Gourmet Shoppe in Dunwoody 4 or 5 times. The Monte Cristo on white (whether from the Tampa or Dunwoody location) is still the best sandwich I've ever tasted - I literally moan when I bite into it. Perfectly toasted with ham, turkey, pickle slices, cheese, and the most incredible mustard sauce. I had lunch there yesterday with a friend and ordered the Monte Cristo as usual. I asked for some extra mustard sauce on the side, but when they called my number and I walked up to the counter, there was no side, so I had to ask again - from a different woman. I asked for some Pete's mustard sauce on the side and she looked at me very blankly and said "some what?" I said "uh...the Pete's mustard sauce....." and she said "you mean Wright's mustard sauce?" and I rolled my eyes and said "sorry, I grew up in Tampa and am used to that location....yes, Wright's mustard sauce please". She pulled a plastic container with some sauce in it from a refrigerator and said "we'll just call it special mustard sauce". I thought that was just plain uncalled for. She knew exactly what I wanted and was just being pedantic to make a point. Whatever.
Unfortunately, their selection of cake by the slice was limited to rum cake, Black russian cake, and Italian cream cake. They had at least half a dozen different cupcake flavors but none with chocolate/fudge frosting, which I had been craving. The sides all looked wonderful, including the broccoli salad, a pasta salad, potato salad, tuna, and their house special turkey salad. We were there at 11am and had the place to ourselves, but by noon there was a long line, and the 8 or 9 tables inside were packed. They also have an outdoor covered seating area with plastic tables and chairs.
Wright's is in a strip shopping mall but pretty easy to find, particularly with a GPS. They have a faithful following of locals, with good reason, and are well worth a drive. In addition to sandwiches they also had a number of "ready to bake" dishes including chicken pot pie, lasagna, and a meat pie for takeout. They have a number of catering packages - I wish my company was located close enough to take advantage of that.
Wright's takes pride in their dishes - they roast the turkey for their turkey salad in-house - this isn't Boars Head! My friend yesterday had the large fruit salad and it was a beautiful bowl of cut fruit with a "sugary sauce'. Besides the Monte Cristo, the Beef Martini is very popular - rare roast beef with sauteed mushrooms - or the Bahama Baby with roast pork, ham, jarlsberg cheese, thinly sliced cucumber slices....yum! There's something for everyone here - and all fresh and delicious. Even though it's a 40 minute drive from my house, I will continue patronizing Wright's whenever I can. It's that good.
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