Zingerman’s Deli

Delicatessen | Grocery Store | Sandwich Shop
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Zingerman’s began as a small deli and has become a culinary empire that includes a bustling mail order business, a creamery, a bake house, a coffee shop, and a full-service Zingerman’s Roadhouse. While not every such achievement proves the adage that they must be doing something right, I would say that Zingerman’s deserves success for the unbelievable number of things it does not just right, but fantastically well.

There is no point to enumerate them all, but foremost on any short list of the deli’s wonders are sandwiches made with top-notch ingredients (Nueske’s bacon, Amish free-range chicken, Niman Ranch pastrami, Michigan-grown vegetables, Italian salami, Arkansas ham, smoked salmon from Maine, et cetera). Continue reading

Zingerman’s began as a small deli and has become a culinary empire that includes a bustling mail order business, a creamery, a bake house, a coffee shop, and a full-service Zingerman’s Roadhouse. While not every such achievement proves the adage that they must be doing something right, I would say that Zingerman’s deserves success for the unbelievable number of things it does not just right, but fantastically well.

There is no point to enumerate them all, but foremost on any short list of the deli’s wonders are sandwiches made with top-notch ingredients (Nueske’s bacon, Amish free-range chicken, Niman Ranch pastrami, Michigan-grown vegetables, Italian salami, Arkansas ham, smoked salmon from Maine, et cetera). They are constructed on slices of what may be the best bread in the Midwest – world-class baguettes, ryes, rolls, sourdoughs, chile-cheddar, pecan raisin, and challah. I won’t even get into such peripheral (NOT) items as pickles, olive tapenade, smoked fish salads, an amazing selection of cheeses, including the best pimiento cheese north of Paducah.

Getting food can be a little confusing to a first timer. You enter the shockingly small deli, which is primarily a retail operation selling meats, breads, cheeses, etc., and browse the menu posted all over the wall. While you are figuring out what you want and probably getting hypnotized by the beautiful foodstuffs on display, a server will approach to take your order and your name. You are given a check that you take to a register and pay. Find a seat and in a while your food will be brought to you. Unlike the classic New York deli staff, people who work here are friendly, helpful, and patient; and they are full of recommendations if you can’t decide between, say halloumi and muenster cheese.

Yes, Zingerman’s is more expensive than an average sandwich shop. A full-size smoked meat sandwich won’t leave you much change from a $20 bill. But what you get is far superior to, and considerably bigger than, any average sandwich.

Dishes to try
Zingerman’s Deli, Reuben Sandwich (large)
Reuben Sandwich (large)
Must-Try
Seven different corned beef sandwiches are listed on Zingerman's menu. The beef is sliced Midwest-style, i.e. very thin, but retains extreme juicy succulence. The classic Reuben, here shown in its 'fresser' (large) size is corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on thick, hand-cut slices of rye that are grilled to a buttery crisp.
Zingerman’s Deli, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
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'It's just out,' said the order taker as she saw me eyeing a pan of macaroni and cheese. The serving I got was a chewy, cheesy festival of flavor with a bit of crunch and cream for days. Definitely one of the best mac 'n' cheeses anywhere.
Zingerman’s Deli, Bread
Bread
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Here is a small fraction of the breads available any day at Zingerman's. Samples are available. I tried a chocolate cherry bread that was weird and wonderful, but it was the big pain de montagne that sent me to my knees in worshipful ecstasy.
Zingerman’s Deli, Cherry Pecan Bun
Cherry Pecan Bun
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Adjoining the original deli is a coffee shop known as Zingerman's Next Door. It was here I found this cherry pecan danish to go with my excellent strong Zingerman's-brew coffee.
Zingerman’s Deli, Pastrami Sandwich
Pastrami Sandwich
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Not the best pastrami I've had but very good nonetheless. The bread is nice but I didn't think the grilling worked. I'd order it ungrilled next time.
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Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 10pm
Monday7am - 10pm
Tuesday7am - 10pm
Wednesday7am - 10pm
Thursday7am - 10pm
Friday7am - 10pm
Saturday7am - 10pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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