Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? From French dips to Italian subs, the combination of ingredients you can place between two slices of bread is seemingly endless. Fortunately for the sandwich lovers in Detroit, Motor City offers several establishments that serve epic sandwiches. Explore the following top five best sandwich shops in Detroit.
You haven’t had a Detroit sandwich until you’ve eaten one from Detroit 75 Kitchen. Forget your average ham and cheese on rye. Detroit 75 Kitchen’s sandwiches are world-class creations offering artful arrangements of ingredients, textures, and tastes between two pieces of bread or stuffed into a roll.
If you’re not sure where to start, give the Third Street Detroit Philly a try. Tender beef melds with lettuce, tomato, sweet pickled jalapeno peppers, mushrooms, sauteed peppers, onions, Swiss cheese, and homemade vinaigrette. The Corktown Beef Barbecue builds on the Third Street Detroit Philly with Detroit 75 Kitchen’s barbecue sauce and an Alabama white barbecue sauce.
Transport your taste buds farther into the South with the hearty shrimp po’boy, or take them to the Indian subcontinent with the I-75 Chicken Shawarma or the Vernor Highway Shawarma. Pair your sandwich with a side of zesty garlic cilantro fries, fattoush salad, or hickory-smoked wings for a veritable foodie feast to get you through a busy afternoon.
Location: 4800 W. Fort St.
When you step into Ernie’s Market, the experience is like walking back in time to the sandwich shops of yesteryear. Fresh meats and cheeses fill the air. Looking around, you spot shelving and counters reminiscent of the 1950s. Grabbing a sandwich at Ernie’s involves more than running in and out with your food. It’s a chance to catch up with Ernie, hear him call you baby, and have some fun while you wait for him to prepare your sandwich just the way you like.
Build your sandwich creation with one, two, or three meat selections. Mammoth appetites call for an Ernie’s “Monster” featuring seven meat selections: chicken, corned beef, ham, pastrami, pepperoni, salami, and turkey. Try the Ernie’s Bird, a chicken or turkey sandwich made in any size you desire, or for a vegetarian option, you can opt for the Ernie’s Veggie sandwich.
During periods of peak customer traffic, lines are sometimes long. But loyal Ernie’s regulars say the wait is worth it as they watch Ernie go to work crafting a good-looking sandwich before their eyes.
Location: 8500 Capital St., Oak Park
If you crave a fantastic Italian sub, then the Original Gonella’s is a must-visit establishment you need to put on your list. Detroit’s original Italian deli is home to its world-famous Italian subs that have satisfied customers’ tastes for more than 75 years, thanks to its insistence on using only the freshest ingredients to create monumental sub sandwiches.
The sandwich artisans at Gonella’s craft their Italian sub creations carefully. They use meats such as hard salami, smoked ham, capicola, mortadella, and cotto salami. Additional ingredients include provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and the signature Gonella’s dressing. Choose from your preference of hard or soft sub rolls. Prices range from $6.50 for a sub with six layers of meat and one layer of cheese to $11 for a sub with 18 layers of meat and three layers of cheese.
If you want to get in on a sandwich creation of your own, you can build a sub by selecting from among your favorite deli meats and cheeses. Additional sub offerings include vegetarian, chicken salad, and tuna salad versions.
In addition to its home base in Detroit on Oakwood Boulevard, Gonella’s operates a second location in Redford.
Locations: 295 Oakwood Blvd., Detroit | 10021 Telegraph Road, Redford
Legions of Detroit locals know the name Rocco’s when it comes to specially crafted deli sandwiches. This Cass Avenue Italian deli is a mecca for artful sandwich specialties in the Motor City.
Part of the fun of ordering from Rocco’s is saying the clever names for the sandwiches. Order a Hard Proof Prosciutto Means Love featuring the finest prosciutto with fresh mozzarella, oven-roasted tomato, and basil pesto. The Much Loved Sauseetz unites fennel sausage with sauteed onions and bell peppers, mozzarella, and a marinara mustard sauce. Finally, Zio Freddo’s Got Serious Beef combines braised Italian beef with sharp provolone cheese for one undeniably exceptional sandwich.
Rocco’s deli case is always stocked with the finest cured meats, cheeses, and olives so that you can take its high-quality ingredients home with you to create a sandwich that stars with flavor.
Location: 3627 Cass Ave.
Tucked inside Detroit’s Eastern Market, Stache International delivers familiar sandwich favorites with creative international flavor influences.
If you’re new to Detroit, regulars will be quick to recommend the Stache Favorite: a beef bologna sandwich with American cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, and Carolina mustard on Texas toast. Put some beef in your sandwich with the house-seasoned fresh beef patties, American cheese, Stache’s burger sauce, shredded lettuce, and caramelized onion served on a fresh Italian roll.
Take a bite of Coney Island in Detroit with the Vegan Coney Dog. This vegan hot dog gets topped with homemade vegan chili, mustard, onions, and KAYPEC Kay-Shew cheese, a fermented cheese-like product made from cashews. Don’t forget to pair your sandwich creation with one of Stache’s approachable, fun cocktails or a craft or classic beer to round out your meal.
Stache International is open at the market every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Location: 1416 E. Fisher Service Drive
Detroit doesn’t disappoint with its sandwich shops delivering unbeatable freshness with every bite of your sandwich. What did you think about our list? Did we miss one of your favorite establishments that you feel we should include? Write to us and let us know. At Goodman Acker P.C., our personal injury and car accident lawyers enjoy sharing information about the dynamic small businesses that make our Detroit community special.
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