February 07, 2018

We went in search of metro Detroit's best fried bologna sandwich — here's what we found

Is there a more misunderstood and maligned meat than bologna? Probably not. It's the sweaty, flaccid meat disc that generations of thrifty moms regularly slapped between two pieces of low-grade Wonder Bread along with a sticky slice of American cheese. It's the meat that's there when your funds aren't, and it's the processed pariah that even the Michigan Department of Corrections turns to for a cheap and effective punishment. But, fortunately for those of us in the Midwest, bologna is a regional delicacy. As Serious Eats notes in its bologna deep dive, bologna shares a name with Bologna, Italy, and is a close cousin to mortadella. In the Midwest it was German settlers who fashioned bologna after their homeland's fleischwurst or frankfurter. No-frills bars began making and serving logs, and over the years bologna turned it into a staple with as many variations as watering holes. At the same time, some of the smaller German producers grew into larger household names like Flint-based Koegel's, Kowalski, Dearborn, and Oscar Mayer.

We visited Metro Detroit restaurants in search of the best fried bologna sandwich. These are our favorites.

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After cooling for a day, the logs are ready to be sliced, fried, and placed between two pieces of bread.
After cooling for a day, the logs are ready to be sliced, fried, and placed between two pieces of bread.
Stache International
1416 E. Fisher Service Dr., Detroit
313-974-6895
Stache International
1416 E. Fisher Service Dr., Detroit
313-974-6895
Stache International
1416 E. Fisher Service Dr., Detroit
313-974-6895
Stache International
1416 E. Fisher Service Dr., Detroit
313-974-6895
The Root
340 Town Center Blvd. E106, White Lake
248-698-2400
therootrestaurant.com
The Root
340 Town Center Blvd. E106, White Lake
248-698-2400
therootrestaurant.com
The Root
340 Town Center Blvd. E106, White Lake
248-698-2400
therootrestaurant.com
The Root
340 Town Center Blvd. E106, White Lake
248-698-2400
therootrestaurant.com
Green Dot
2200 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
313-962-5588
greendotstables.com
Green Dot
2200 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
313-962-5588
greendotstables.com
Green Dot
2200 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
313-962-5588
greendotstables.com
Green Dot
2200 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
313-962-5588
greendotstables.com
Grey Ghost
47 E. Watson St., Detroit
313-262-6534
greyghostdetroit.com
Grey Ghost
47 E. Watson St., Detroit
313-262-6534
greyghostdetroit.com
Grey Ghost
47 E. Watson St., Detroit
313-262-6534
greyghostdetroit.com
Grey Ghost
47 E. Watson St., Detroit
313-262-6534
greyghostdetroit.com
The Bronx
4476 Second Ave., Detroit
313-832-8464
Bronx Bar
The Bronx
4476 Second Ave., Detroit
313-832-8464
Bronx Bar