Eat Like a Kid: PB&Js in Atlanta

Between childhood and adulthood, "fun eating" goes from loving peanut butter and jelly to obsessing over organic pork belly. We aren't sure at what point knowing our food is sourced locally became more riveting than stuffing our faces with something sweet, but this seems to happen to the best of us. In the name of revisiting childhood favorites, we pay homage to the ultimate kid sandwich: the PB&J. It's OK, order one.

Updated: March 29, 2010

5 to Try: PB&J

Le Petit Marche

1963 Hosea L Williams Dr Se, Atlanta, GA 30317

Whoa! Talk about the best of both worlds. Le Petit Marche has an entire section of their menu dedicated to gussied-up versions of the PB&J. Infused peanut butters? Multiple types of jams? Gourmands who want to eat like a kid will be in heaven here.

West Egg Cafe

1100 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Well, we cheated. The PB&J burger at West Egg doesn't actually have peanut butter or jelly in it. In this case, PB&J stands for pimento cheese, bacon and tomato jam burger. Not sweet, but delicious nonetheless.

Java Jive Coffee House & Cafe

790 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Because peanut butter and jelly shouldn't be limited to just lunch or snacks, this retro diner fills your breakfast need for the classic flavor combo. While the pumpkin pancakes here get all the press, their French toast PB&J is a secret weapon.

Panera Bread

3393 Peachtree Rd NE Ste 3071, Atlanta, GA 30326

This should be considered more of a snack than a full sandwich, because the only way to get a PB&J at this chain bread shop is by ordering off the kids' menu. We say have no shame and snag more than one!

Whole Foods Market

5930 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328

While you can get the PB&J in burger, breakfast or gourmet forms, sometimes the best version is the one you make yourself at home. For choice ingredients we turn to our favorite expensive grocer, Whole Foods. Happy sandwich-making!