While the sandwich is a fairly simple lunchtime staple, it can also be an art form. Overstuff it with piles of fresh meats and cheeses, and a sandwich can be transformed from a boring desk lunch into something extraordinary. Forget over processed white bread and bologna folks, and try one of Metro Detroit’s best giant sandwiches (giant in both stature and flavor, that is).
Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, is known for its famous Reuben sandwich, but the menu features tons of other choices, including chicken, turkey, pork, beef, pastrami, fish and vegetarian sandwiches. All of which can be ordered Fresser Yiddish, aka the giant size. These sandwiches are guaranteed to please even the hungriest of tummies.
Steve’s Deli, 6646 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, serves nearly 30 overstuffed sandwiches, including choices like Fresh Roast Turkey, Rare Roast Beef, Grilled Chicken Breast and Hot Roast Beef Brisket. All sandwiches are served on your choice of rye, pumpernickel, pita, lavash, bagel, Kaiser roll or onion roll. They’re also piled sky high with ingredients.
Noah’s Deli, 14500 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, is renowned for its Corned Beef sandwich, and the restaurants slogan is “still stacking ‘em high since 1977!” Giant specialty sandwiches include Noah’s Double Trouble (lean corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye bread) and Triple Decker Club (turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on white toast).
Star Deli, 24555 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, has a Corned Beef Special packed with meat, coleslaw, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. It’s also the menu’s number one best-selling item. Other sandwiches reaching impressive heights are the Dinty Moore (corned beef on triple-decker white toast with lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing) and Super Roast Beef (brisket roast beef with lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese and mayo served on rye bread).
Ernie’s Market, 8500 Capital St., Oak Park, is a great place to go if you’re looking for a great sandwich and a new friend. Owner Ernie packs made-to-order sandwiches full of whatever meats and veggies are delivered to the market that day. Sandwiches come in sizes of $3, $4 and $5 increments, and for $5 you definitely get a big enough sandwich to carry you over to dinner—the following night.
The Bread Basket Deli, with several Metro Detroit locations, is home to the “biggest and best corned beef… period!” The deli prides itself on using local ingredients, and piles them so high onto pieces of bread that you just may struggle to take a bite. The menu includes several “Legendary” sandwiches, including Pastrami and Swiss, Breast of Turkey (with coleslaw and Russian dressing) and a Grilled Veggie sandwich (with coleslaw, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, green pepper and Russian dressing).
Next time you’re craving a sandwich, opt for one that nearly reaches the stratosphere with only the best ingredients. You’ll have a great lunch, not to mention plenty of leftovers for the next few days!