Must-Try Sandwiches In Metro Detroit

By: Carolyn Hall | June 19, 2024
sandwiches tray from mid eight sandwich shop

Metro Detroit is a sandwich lover’s paradise, offering a diverse array of options that range from traditional subs to innovative grilled cheese. Whether you’re craving a classic deli sandwich or a creative new take, these local establishments have you covered. Let’s take a delicious journey through some of the best spots for sandwiches around Metro Detroit…


3627 Cass Avenue, Detroit

Rocco’s Italian Deli in Detroit’s Cass Corridor offers a blend of traditional and contemporary Italian flavors. This shop features an airy atmosphere, a small grocery selection, and a deli counter to pick up your favorites. In the sandwich realm, the Muffuletta is a must-try, featuring layers of Italian meats, cheese, and a tangy olive salad on a round sesame loaf. The Chicken Parm and Meatball sandwiches are other great options, with a fried chicken cutlet or housemade meatballs paired with marinara, mozzarella, and grated parmesan. The Garden sandwich is a bit lighter, with marinated and grilled eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, summer squash, and pesto aioli. Regardless of sandwich choice, they are flavorful options that are perfect for a satisfying lunch or dinner. 

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29113 West 8 Mile Road, Livonia

Specializing in using Michigan products, Mid Eight Sandwich shop is a “traditional mom-and-pop small-business,” according to owners Scott and Connie. This couple takes pride in its quality ingredients and welcoming atmosphere that provides an “at-home feel,” making every meal a special one. The traditional Italian features everything you could want, from ham and pepperoni to banana peppers and red onion. Other popular menu items include the ever-famous Dinty Moore with corned beef and pastrami, the Mid Eight Monster with seven meats and two cheeses, and the Cuban 2.0 with ham, bacon, jalapeños, and pickles on a toasted Cuban roll. This shop has fresh salads, Detroit-style coney dogs, and more for your enjoyment. With a focus on quality, Mid Eight Sandwich Shop stands out with every bite being fresh and flavorful. 

mid eight sandwich shop spread with sandwiches, chips, pickle, pop, and cole slaw
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24110 John R Road, Hazel Park

For a taste of Chicago in Metro Detroit, Matt & Mo’s Italian Beef is the place to be. Their signature Italian Beef Sandwich is a standout, with thinly sliced slow-roasted roast beef, hot giardiniera, and sweet sautéed peppers, either dry, wet with a ladle of au jus over the top, or dipped, with the whole sandwich covered in their savory au jus. It can be a messy, flavorful delight that captures the essence of a true Italian beef sandwich. Other sandwiches include the combo, with homemade Italian beef and sausage, or the Caprese with tomato slices, balsamic vinegar, fresh mozzarella, and pesto on made-to-order garlic bread. Pair any of these with their shoestring fries and a milkshake.


15215 Farmington Road, Livonia

David’s New York Deli brings a taste of the Big Apple to Metro Detroit. Situated in Livonia, this deli is famous for its authentic New York-style sandwiches. Sy Special is a highlight, featuring perfectly spiced pastrami and corned beef with melted Swiss piled high on freshly grilled marble rye bread. Add a side of their tuna mac salad and you’ve got a meal that’s sure to satisfy. Other sandwiches include chicken club melts, turkey avocado, and roast beef and cheddar sandwiches with horseradish mayo.


22965 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale

Hero or Villain Deli is known for its inventive sandwiches, each named after iconic characters. The Thor sandwich features turkey, cheddar, and bacon, while Captain Planet has marinated mushrooms, grilled onions, roasted peppers, and pesto aioli. USA Captain America takes grilled cheese to the next level with cheddar, mozzarella, and tomatoes on grilled sourdough. Order a side of Wookie fries, fresh coleslaw, or an arugula salad with sliced almonds and dried cranberries. Many of the sandwiches can be made either vegetarian or vegan if they aren’t already. Overall, the creative names and bold flavors make this deli a fun and tasty destination.


29145 Northwestern Highway, Southfield

24810 Greenfield Road, Oak Park

Front Page Deli offers a menu full of impressive sandwiches. One of their signature offerings is its namesake, which layers corned beef, coleslaw, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread. The Big Business sandwich features a pound of your choice of meat (turkey, beef brisket, pastrami, and more). You can also find a variety of wraps and grilled cheese on the menu. With multiple triple-decker sandwiches to choose from, along with those on the ‘Lite Side,’ Front Page Deli can satisfy any appetite. Each sandwich combines flavors and textures to make it a perfect choice for a hearty lunch.


1842 Monroe Street, Dearborn

Located in Dearborn, Mati’s Deli is a beloved spot for hearty, old-school sandwiches. This retro art deco spot is known for its generous portions and fresh ingredients, offering a variety of classics. A staple for over 30 years, Mati’s Deli double bakes its sourdough rye bread, as featured on many of the sandwiches served here. Aaron’s Bite has roast beef and turkey along with sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, coleslaw, and Russian dressing, while Uncle Louie’s BBQie combines the perfect ratio of roast beef brisket with lettuce, onion, cheddar, and spicy barbecue sauce on an onion roll. These are a must-try for any sandwich aficionado.