The Atrium Deli & Snack Bar is a sandwich shop on the ground floor of the Atrium Building, a six story office building. Most of their business is derived from office workers employed at the site.
While the menu is fairly standard and not terribly exotic, the food is always fresh and sandwiches are prepared with the utmost care. The owners, a husband and wife team are friendly and it is a delight to watch your sandwich being prepared to order. Ask for lettuce on your sandwich and you get a fresh leaf of romaine with the stalky center vein carefully removed as your sandwich is being constructed. Order egg salad and watch as a hard boiled egg is sliced in front of you and mixed with your choice of regular or light mayonnaise. Toast is removed deftly from the toaster using tongs, not because of some corporate lawyers' dictum, but because it is the right way to do it.
Other options from the menu include salads, hot dogs and daily specials that rotate by the day.
Pricing is excellent. A custom made sandwich and drink may be had for under six dollars including tax. I've had lower quality sandwiches at twice the price at "gourmet" sandwich places in the area.
There is limited seating in one of several booths as well as a couple of outdoor tables with umbrellas for those who car to dine al fresco. If you choose to take out, your sandwich is neatly wrapped and placed in a brown paper bag, like the kind your mom used before you stepped up to the Hot Wheels/Barbie/Scooby Doo lunch box.
The Atrium Deli is open for breakfast and lunch, usually closing around 2:30.
Being that a quality sandwich is so difficult to come by in the South, especially Columbia, I urge you to stop by and give the Atrium Deli a try. We need to keep places like this in business.