Monday, April 01, 2013

Zingerman's Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, MI

Photo by Frank Roche
My daughter and I took a little day trip to Ann Arbor last week and lunched at Zingerman's, the best sandwich place in the world. Well, I think so, at least.

I love you, Binny's Brooklyn Reuben
Zingerman's menu boasts a long list of cleverly named sandwiches – Abra's Nutty Yard Bird, Lila & Izzie's Skokie Skidoo - but my favorites are the corned beef sandwiches. Zingerman's uses Sy Ginsberg corned beef, out of Detroit, and it is superior. The sandwich that has stolen my heart, though, is the Binny's Brooklyn Reuben. If you love reubens, you must try this one. It's created using Zingerman's phenomenal Russian dressing, sauerkraut and swiss cheese, but instead of corned beef and rye it's made with Sy's pastrami and a tasty, mild pumpernickel bread. These slight changes make a scrumptious difference. Try it. Trust me.

I discovered Zingerman's when I was a student at the University of Michigan. It was pricey, particularly on my student’s budget, but I considered it a well worth the splurge. At that time it wasn't unusual to see the owner sporting an apron and working behind the counter. I bet it's a long time since he's done that. In those days they'd just bought the house next door for extra seating. They simply emptied out the rooms and put dining tables in – it was like eating in a vacant house. Before long they remodeled it to look more restaurant-like, and within the past few years they've bought the house behind the restaurant and expanded into that space as well.

After eating our sandwiches my daughter and I wandered into the deli section of the shop, tasting cheese, marmalade and bread, before selecting a crusty sourdough loaf to bring home to the guys. Mmmmm.

422 Detroit St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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