August 12, 2020

30 essential Detroit area sandwich shops you should have tried by now

Let's be real: We've never met a sandwich we didn't like.

In fact, our personal nutritional pyramid is made up of 65% sandwich and/or sandwich material and condiments. No, but really. Like, if we had a final meal — be it death row, apocalypse, or another four years of Trump (we'd prefer the death row/apocalypse, please) — it would be a sandwich from one of these 30 essential metro Detroit sandwich shops. Would we choose a pastrami and rye from one of the area's beloved and classic Jewish delicatessens? Or a Moroccan-spiced chicken sandwich? What about some sort of breakfast-on-a-bagel situation? Well, hopefully, we have some time before we have to select a final meal but for now, we don't have to pick just one. Follow your heart, dreams, and hunger pangs. And grab some antacid while you're at it!

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Chef Greg’s Soul “N” the Wall
10009 Curtis St., Detroit; 313-861-0331; facebook.com/chef-gregs-soul-n-the-wall
Chef Greg’s is known for its signature sandwich, the Boogaloo — a Detroit-style sloppy joe. The newly revived business also offers other Boogaloo Wonderland sandwiches such as Steak Boogaloo, Veggie Boogaloo, and more.
Photo by Tom Perkins

Chef Greg’s Soul “N” the Wall

10009 Curtis St., Detroit; 313-861-0331; facebook.com/chef-gregs-soul-n-the-wall
Chef Greg’s is known for its signature sandwich, the Boogaloo — a Detroit-style sloppy joe. The newly revived business also offers other Boogaloo Wonderland sandwiches such as Steak Boogaloo, Veggie Boogaloo, and more.

Photo by Tom Perkins
Ernie’s Market
8500 Capital St., Oak Park; 248-541-9703; erniessandwichshop.com
Ernie’s is known for its large, unique sandwiches — and for Ernie, a shopkeep with a propensity for saying, “Baby!” You can put a number of toppings on them, and choose from a wide variety of sides. The local business has been serving the community for years.
Photo via Ernie’s Market / Facebook

Ernie’s Market

8500 Capital St., Oak Park; 248-541-9703; erniessandwichshop.com
Ernie’s is known for its large, unique sandwiches — and for Ernie, a shopkeep with a propensity for saying, “Baby!” You can put a number of toppings on them, and choose from a wide variety of sides. The local business has been serving the community for years.

Photo via Ernie’s Market / Facebook
Stateside Deli 
653 S. Adams Rd., Birmingham; 248-550-0455; statesidedeli.com
You can’t go wrong with a restaurant that has an entire section of its menu dedicated to “Deli Delights.” This classic Birmingham restaurant and deli offers authentic deli classics, like corned beef and pastrami and their award-winning reuben. 
Photo via Stateside Deli & Restaurant/Facebook

Stateside Deli


653 S. Adams Rd., Birmingham; 248-550-0455; statesidedeli.com
You can’t go wrong with a restaurant that has an entire section of its menu dedicated to “Deli Delights.” This classic Birmingham restaurant and deli offers authentic deli classics, like corned beef and pastrami and their award-winning reuben.

Photo via Stateside Deli & Restaurant/Facebook
Hygrade Deli
3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620; hygradedeli.com
This old-school restaurant is known for its huge corned beef sandwiches. In addition to that, Batman vs. Superman and The Pickle Recipe were filmed there.
Photo via Hygrade Deli / Facebook

Hygrade Deli

3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620; hygradedeli.com
This old-school restaurant is known for its huge corned beef sandwiches. In addition to that, Batman vs. Superman and The Pickle Recipe were filmed there.

Photo via Hygrade Deli / Facebook
Rocco’s Italian Deli 
3627 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3033; roccosdetroit.com
The new-ish Italian deli on the block, Rocco’s is a contender for one of the best damn sandwiches in town, offering a small selection of sandwiches, like the Il Rocco (hot soppressata, mortadella, fontino, romaine, spicy red pepper relish, and garlic-lemon aioli) or the breast chicken parm. They've got veggie-friendly options, too, as well as salads, take-and-bake pasta dishes, and the occasional cannoli.
Photo via Rocco’s Detroit/Facebook

Rocco’s Italian Deli

3627 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3033; roccosdetroit.com
The new-ish Italian deli on the block, Rocco’s is a contender for one of the best damn sandwiches in town, offering a small selection of sandwiches, like the Il Rocco (hot soppressata, mortadella, fontino, romaine, spicy red pepper relish, and garlic-lemon aioli) or the breast chicken parm. They've got veggie-friendly options, too, as well as salads, take-and-bake pasta dishes, and the occasional cannoli.

Photo via Rocco’s Detroit/Facebook
Bucharest Grill
Multiple locations; bucharestgrill.com
We’re not going to get into the wrap vs. sandwich debate when it comes to this classic and casual Middle-Eastern chain. For us, the shawarma qualifies as a sandwich which is why Bucharest Grill gets a nod on this list. 
Photo via Bucharest Grill/ Facebook

Bucharest Grill


Multiple locations; bucharestgrill.com
We’re not going to get into the wrap vs. sandwich debate when it comes to this classic and casual Middle-Eastern chain. For us, the shawarma qualifies as a sandwich which is why Bucharest Grill gets a nod on this list.

Photo via Bucharest Grill/ Facebook
Mike’s Famous Ham Place
3700 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6922; mikesfamoushamplace.food-places.com
Mike’s has been serving different variations of ham for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for decades. Menu items include ham and egg sandwiches, ham melts, and more.
Photo via Mike’s Famous Ham Place / Facebook

Mike’s Famous Ham Place

3700 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6922; mikesfamoushamplace.food-places.com
Mike’s has been serving different variations of ham for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for decades. Menu items include ham and egg sandwiches, ham melts, and more.

Photo via Mike’s Famous Ham Place / Facebook
Ember’s Deli 
3598 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-1033;embersdeli1.com
Since 1969, this family-owned and operated deli and restaurant combines traditional deli favorites as well as a whole delicious mess of smoked and roasted meats, as well as soups, salads, and breakfast.  
Photo via Ember’s Deli and Restaurant/Facebook

Ember’s Deli


3598 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-1033;embersdeli1.com
Since 1969, this family-owned and operated deli and restaurant combines traditional deli favorites as well as a whole delicious mess of smoked and roasted meats, as well as soups, salads, and breakfast.

Photo via Ember’s Deli and Restaurant/Facebook
The Turkey Grill
8290 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-872-4624; theturkeygrill.com
The Turkey Grill offers Southern sandwiches and dishes, and serves everything in large portions. It also features daily specials.
Photo via Turkey Grill / Facebook

The Turkey Grill

8290 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-872-4624; theturkeygrill.com
The Turkey Grill offers Southern sandwiches and dishes, and serves everything in large portions. It also features daily specials.

Photo via Turkey Grill / Facebook
Dimo’s Deli and Donuts
2030 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-662-7944; dimosdelianddonuts.com
If you’re craving a sandwich and a doughnut (or four), Dimo’s is the place to go. Some include variations of corned beef, pastrami, salami, ham, and many more.
Photo via Dimo’s Deli & Donuts / Facebook

Dimo’s Deli and Donuts

2030 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-662-7944; dimosdelianddonuts.com
If you’re craving a sandwich and a doughnut (or four), Dimo’s is the place to go. Some include variations of corned beef, pastrami, salami, ham, and many more.

Photo via Dimo’s Deli & Donuts / Facebook