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First Bite: Kool Korner Sandwiches (Vestavia Hills)

Kool Korner Grocery - Classic Cuban Sandwich

Recently, I have wondered how one could possibly go wrong eating a hot pressed sandwich with melty cheese, roast pork, ham, pickles, and a few other choice toppings. I am sure it’s possible, just not at Kool Korner, located in the Publix shopping center in Vestavia Hills.

IIldefonso Ramirez, the shop’s Cuban-born owner, arrives each morning and personally roasts enough pork, eye-round, and chicken for the day. He opened the original Kool Korner Grocery in Atlanta in the mid-1980s and reigned as the cuban sandwich king through the 1990s. The Vestavia location opened in June 2009 and he runs the shop with his son Guillermo and grandson Will.

For more on my experience here, check out the January 2010 issue of Birmingham Magazine and its Buzzwords podcast.

Kool Korner Sandwiches
790 Montgomery Highway #134 [map]
Open Monday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Dan is the producer of ‘Ham Sandwich. Read about his cooking adventures as Skip on The Gourmetro and learn about him on aisle-9.net.

One Comment

  1. Lance says:

    One word… Yum. I’ve always loved Kool Korner in Atlanta, glad to see another outpost popped up in B’ham.

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