Ah, August. In Michigan, it marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Kids are whining that summer “is never long enough,” and parents are just counting down the days. For everything that August represents, one thing you might not know about August is that it is National Sandwich Month. That’s right. Move over July, AKA National Hot Dog Month. The royal majesty of conveniently designed meals is here now and as for metro Detroit, you can rest assured there’s plenty places to chow-as-you-go on the delicious handheld meal.
Given its name, Astro’s specialty is, of course, coffee, but Astro does serve a small selection of baked goods and, you guessed it, sandwiches. All of their baked goods and sandwiches use only organic products that are sourced from Brother Nature, ACRE Farms, Singing Tree Garden, Keep Growing Detroit and Grown in Detroit. Dairy products (which includes the cheese on your sandwich!) are from Calder Dairy in Carleton, MI, and the bread is from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor.
Located in downtown Farmington, Dagwood’s Deli has been serving delicious deli sandwiches and more since 1984. Dagwood’s has 25 speciality sandwiches with names like, “Here Comes the Boss,” “He’s Late Again!” and “Girl Talk,” on top of which you can add on or customize the sandwich with different types of bread, including bagel options. Dagwood’s also has sub sandwiches, roll ups, pita wraps and more.
Home to the $5 “Monster” sandwich, Ernie’s Market in Oak Park packs a punch. Regulars and newcomers alike will remember Ernie’s signature “Yeah, baby! Ernie loves ya!” catchphrase as Ernie himself loves to share the joy he takes in preparing fresh sandwiches for everyone. All ingredients are sliced in front of you as you watch the staff prepare your sandwich, but fresh ingredients aren’t the only thing that bring customers back — it’s Ernie’s love of the people.
What would a list of Detroit-area sandwich shops be without one from the Eastern Market district? Russell Street Deli has been around since 1989 and is currently owned by two guys that started as dishwashers at the restaurant in 1990s. Since buying the restaurant, owners Ben Hall and Jason Murphy have continued to sell deli sandwiches to the Eastern Market masses and even provide catering options for events. A lot of Russell Street’s food is sourced from producers selling their product at Eastern Market itself.