Meat & Cheese Stacked: Sub Sandwiches in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | April 11, 2014
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If you think the sandwich is a boring food item, you’re doing it wrong. Sure, the art of sandwich can be ruined by slapping some olive loaf on plain ‘ol white bread (say it with me now: ew), or it can be fully expressed in all its glory in the form of the submarine sandwich. There are many aliases for this sandwich—submarine, hoagie, grinder, etc.—all of which are delicious, and basically a diet staple of the American public. Clearly it’s also a staple for Metro Detroiters, since there are delis and sandwich places on deck in southeast Michigan.

Pronto, 608 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, is known for its sandwiches, including a vast variety of subs. Your sub-tastic options include the Stowe Grill (a vegetarian sub with grilled zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, roasted red peppers, melted mozzarella cheese, balsamic dressing and lettuce), California Cluck (smoked turkey breast, chipotle black bean paste, lettuce, sour cream, avocado and salsa) and Chuck’s Too Hot to Handle (spicy grilled chicken breast, pepper jack cheese, chipotle black bean paste, avocado, sour cream, salsa and lettuce).

Each sub is served with homemade potato chips and a pickle, but you can substitute French fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, orzo, French potato salad, or coleslaw.

Ventimiglia Italian Foods, 35197 Dodge Park Rd., Sterling Heights, is an Italian deli/grocer with one of the best sub sandwich counters around. Subs are served on a soft roll, hard roll, loaf of bread (for the hungriest amongst us), or artisan bread. Your sub options include Our Italian Sub, Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Corned Beef & Cheese, Eggplant & Rosemary Ham, and more.

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All subs come with your choice of toppings, including lettuce, tomato, onion, hot peppers, mustard, Miracle Whip, and Italian dressing. Keep in mind the following information for your next gathering: party subs are an option. Which is the perfect excuse to throw a party.

Mudgie’s, 1300 Porter St., Detroit, is probably one of Detroit’s most renowned sandwich shops, and with good reason. The fine people at Mudgie’s know how to make a serious sub sandwich. Take, for instance, the Beefy Bleu (beef brisket, red onion, tomato, baby spinach, crumbled bleu cheese and balsamic vinaigrette) and Campbell (house roasted chicken breast with Asiago cheese, homemade marinara sauce, romaine lettuce and tomato).

You can also custom design your own sub sandwich from Mudgie’s extensive (over a dozen) selection of meats, including Sy Ginsberg corned beef, turkey breast, meatloaf, peppered ham and chicken fajita salad. Greens, cheeses, condiments and extras are all priced individually and can be added to make the sub of your dreams.

Dagwood’s Deli, 33179 Grand River Ave., Farmington, is home to the famous Dagwood sandwich, a two-pound “midnight snack” named after the cartoon character of the same name from Blondie. The menu’s Grub on a Sub section contains a variety of 12-inch sub sandwiches, including Roast Beef, Steak & Cheese (with Swiss cheese, grilled onions, tomato, lettuce and horseradish), and Southwest Sub (smoked turkey, havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pepper rings, guacamole and horsey sauce).

Sides include veggie pasta salad, potato salad, cole slaw and fresh fruit.

Joe’s Deli & Catering, 1058 Ann Arbor Rd. W., Plymouth, bakes its bread fresh daily and specializes in Italian deli meats and cheeses. Fine deli items make for a delightful sub sandwich, and at Joe’s, they are available in six-inch or nine-inch portions, including BLT, Capicola, Chicken Fajita, Corned Beef, Reuben, Turkey Reuben and more.

On Wednesdays and Fridays only, grab a nine-inch Italian Sausage sub, which appears on the menu just twice a week. Add some Redskin Potato Salad or Coleslaw from the deli while you’re at it and you’ve got yourself a meal!

Pizza House, 618 Church St., Ann Arbor, doesn’t make just pizza (although they do it incredibly well). In addition to cheesy, gooey Chicago-style pies, the restaurant serves over a dozen different sub sandwiches. The menu includes BBQ Beef & Cheddar (roast beef, onions, banana peppers, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce), Chicken Parmesan (grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce), and Vegetarian Italian (onions, hot banana peppers, mozzarella cheese, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing) varieties.

Subs at Pizza House are served on Italian or Honey Whole Wheat bread and come with your choice of side dish.

Next time you’re craving a sandwich, skip the chain assembly line and head for one of the above delis and sub shops in Metro Detroit, where you’ll truly eat fresh.