Sandwiches are a staple to many of our diets, but what happens when you’re craving something sweet, yet savory, and reminiscent of breakfast? It’s time to reach for a Monte Cristo sandwich, with layers of cheese, ham and turkey that just so happens to be deep-fried.
When sweet and savory is what you seek, head to one of the following establishments in Metro Detroit:
Jolly Pumpkin of Ann Arbor serves its brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On it, you’ll find a Monte Cristo with rosemary ham, Cheddar cheese and sesame mayo atop battered and fried five-grain bread. It’s served with homemade fig and apple jam for dipping.
Steelhouse Tavern in Troy is known for its happy hour, but you’ll be the happiest camper around once you take a bite of the Monte Cristo, available only on the dinner menu. Tempura battered and dusted with powdered sugar, it’s got layers of smoked turkey, Bavarian ham, American cheese and Swiss cheese. The sandwich is served with raspberry preserves to dunk it in.
Stage Deli, with locations in West Bloomfield and Troy, has fun names for its “Broadway Favorites,” including the #53 Guys and Dolls, their version of the Monte Cristo. Topped with turkey, ham, Swiss cheese and honey Dijon, the sandwich is made with deep-fried challah bread and served with strawberry preserves.
The Hudson Café in Detroit allows you to start your day off on a hearty note: with the Monte Cristo French toast. Complete with ham steak, Swiss cheese, berry compote and a dusting of powdered sugar, you’ll likely need a nap afterward.
Dino’s, located in Ferndale, serves brunch between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, when you can enjoy Montecristo Gigantico. Focaccia is French toast-ified, then stuffed with Bavarian ham, roasted turkey, applewood bacon, hash browns and Swiss cheese. With a dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup, who wouldn’t want to start their day like this?
Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Monte Cristo sandwiches will provide the sweet and savory combo your taste buds crave.