Nick's Deli solid, substantial, surprising

photo A ham sandwich, foreground, is served with thick-sliced meat on flavorful artisan bread at Nick's Deli on Hixson Pike.

Hixson has more chain restaurants than you can shake a chicken finger at.

So when some friends and I went in search of something we couldn't get everywhere else, we took the packed parking lot around Nick's Deli on Hixson Pike -- across from Abba's House -- as a good sign.

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Nick's has a knack for sandwiches and is known for its New Orleans Muffalettas ($6.75) and Reubens ($6.39). I tried the Rosemary Ham ($6.75) and potato salad ($2.49), while my friend, who was suffering from a cold, looked to the healing powers of Lentil Soup ($3.29)