Best Of 2014

Best Deli in Oakland County: Steve’s Deli; 6646 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-932-0800

Everyone has their own yardstick for measuring the quality of a deli. For us, it’s a pastrami sandwich. Like corned beef, pastrami starts as a brisket pickled in brine, but then the two meats part company. Pastrami is coated with cracked peppercorns, garlic and other spices, then smoked. Steve’s makes a great pastrami sandwich on hand-cut rye bread with a crunchy crust. It’s piled high with meat, but not so high that you can’t get your mouth around it. No doubt this wonderful sandwich sealed Steve’s win.