One of the most popular delis in Ann Arbor, this corner deli serves Jewish traditional foods, gourmet cheeses, baked pastries, and a variety of ... More
One of the most popular delis in Ann Arbor, this corner deli serves Jewish traditional foods, gourmet cheeses, baked pastries, and a variety of breads, tea, coffee, and chocolates. They are open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I used eat lunch at Zingerman's Deli every other week for several years in the mid 1990's. It was good, it was expensive back then as well, but I thought I got value for my money. I went there for lunch recently with my wife. The sandwiches still have big bread, but we both couldn't believe how little meat was on our sandwiches, she had Turkey and I had Corned Beef (yes we ordered - and payed for whole sandwiches).
Anyway, we left with a feeling that the sandwiches were less, the flavor was less, and my wallet had a lot less cash. There are other NY style deli's out there that make better sandwiches and offer a better value. Plus you won't have to circle the block just to park your car, or wait in a long line to order your meal.
Sorry Zingerman's - It's all true!
The food, service, and selection are great!
It is very expensive, which might be off-putting, but the reason is because they pay their employees well, they use quality ingredients, and they give generous portions.
For me, a poor college student, it's still worth it. You can sample cheeses, meats, and olives for free, and they generally have baskets of bread for sampling their olive oils and vinegars.
Even their sodas and juices are offbeat, from VERY spicy ginger ale, to bubbly kombucha tea, and just plain ol lemonade.
You have to try it just once. If the price is the obstacle, split a sandwich; it's enough for two anyway.
Zingerman's has been around nearly as long as I have, and continues to grow in the form of the new Zingerman's Roadhouse restaurant, Creamery, and ZingTrain seminars.
This fantastic Jewish deli, housed in a historic brick building on a corner of Detroit Street, holds a treasure trove of imported meats (salami, prosciutto, smoked meat, fish), cheeses (British Stiltons, Spanish Manchegos, Dutch Goudas), honeys, jams and preserves (the Scottish whiskey honey is to die for!), olive oils (including priceless balsamics and limited editions), and house-baked breads and specialty coffees.
The main attraction at Zingerman's (as evidenced by the long, long lines) is its sandwiches: no puny flaccid lunchmeat between two slices of white bread here. Instead, sandwiches that take two hands to grab are served on artisan bread (Challah, rye, French country bread) with inspired fillings: free-range Amish chicken salad, Montreal smoked meat, pastrami, divine smoked whitefish salad, and for those vegetarians, an assortment of veggie delights such as grilled portobello mushrooms, vegetarian farmer's hash, and oven-roasted asparagus.
Being a Jewish deli, Zingerman's lovingly recreates Bubbe's classics in their artery-clogging glory: potato knishes (fried!), chopped liver, latkes, noodle kugel, and rice pudding.
A full range of tasty sides is also available, including potato salad, smoked baked beans, hummus, applesauce, and Jewish chicken broth with matzo balls. A kid's menu is also available.
Next store, Zingerman's Bakehouse serves up eye-opening lattes and espressos and a sweet tooth's heaven: flaky French croissants, scones, decadent chocolate cakes, cookies, brownies, and homemade gelato, as well as seating for Zingerman's Deli.
The perfect stop for a delicious lunch with international flair, and a great all-in-one shopping experience of the finest gourmet foodstuffs from Europe, Zingerman's is truly a unique culinary experience that has to be tried to be believed.
I loved everything from the overly-friendly and energetic service staff to the fun and crazy signs to the absolutely fabulous food.
I didn't know eating lunch could feel like I just was at an amusement park or something. It was packed with people, good smells, and laughter from the employees. While I was waiting for my sandwich it was like I took a college course on food, The staff sampled olive oils, vinegars and different cheeses to me while telling me all about it. I left there feeler smarter and fuller. It was definitely a fun and rewarding experience that I plan on sharing with friends and family.
I have been eating at Jewish Delis in Chicago for over 55 years. The best sandwich I've ever had was on a trip to Ann Arbor in February, when I stopped at Zingerman's. I had a potato knish sandwich stuffed with Bar B Que Chicken. I've never had such a creative tasty treat in all my years in eating at deli's. My brother had an exceptionally wonderful corn beef sandwich. They cut the bread on a bias so you get large slices of Rye.
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