13 Spots to Grab a Sandwich in Metro Detroit

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Detroit 75 Kitchen’s Third Street Detroit Philly // Photograph courtesy of Detroit 75 Kitchen

From paninis and wraps to submarines, metro Detroit has some of the best sandwiches around. These local sandwich shops stack them high whether you’re looking for a classic lunch option or a deluxe deli favorite.

Detroit 75 Kitchen

This stationary food truck has become a staple in Southwest Detroit, and it’s open year-round. Using local ingredients, Detroit 75 Kitchen’s menu features hand-cut fries, a BBQ Beef sandwich, a Warren Ave. Falafel wrap, a Third Street Detroit Philly, and Fisher Fwy. Fish sandwich, among many other things. Detroit 75 Kitchen, 4800 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-843-3215; detroit75kitchen.com

Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop

Mudgie’s offers artisanal sandwiches alongside a deluxe bar. Sandwiches are made with locally baked, fresh bread. Highlights from the deli’s menu include The Jerk Chicken sandwich, Tuna Melt, and plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop, 1413 Brooklyn St., Detroit; 313-961-2000; mudgiesdeli.com

Hygrade Deli

Family-owned for 45 years, Hygrade Deli offers affordable mouthwatering sandwiches. Best known for its corned beef sandwich, they also offer options like a Bacon and Egg sandwich and Toasted Triple Deckers. Customize your sandwich with bread choices like Kaiser rolls and onion rolls. Hygrade Deli, 3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620; hygradedeli.com

Zingerman’s Delicatessen

The wait is worth it at this local legend. Zingerman’s offers up an impressive menu of deli sandwiches, with standouts including the Zingerman’s Rueben; Dave’s Open Road, which features grilled Amish chicken breast, applewood-smoked bacon, Wisconsin muenster cheese, and ranch dressing and lettuce on grilled challah bread; and the Gemini Rocks The House, a vegetarian option featuring fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and Italian pesto on grilled farm bread. Pricing may be higher than your average deli, but that’s because Zingerman’s only uses the highest quality ingredients. Zingerman’s Delicatessen, 422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-3354; zingermansdeli.com 

Spread Deli and Coffee

“We spread good vibes and great sandwiches,” is the motto at Spread Detroit. Sandwiches at this deli are massive, and options include the Big Al, which features turkey, avocado, tomato, onion, lettuce, provolone, and sriracha mayo, and the Nuna Tuna, which features tuna, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sriracha mayo. Spread Deli and Coffee, 4215 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-782-4946; spreaddelidetroit.com

Breakaway Deli

Offering sandwiches in sizes big, bigger, and biggest, Breakaway Deli packs a punch. The deli’s Classic Rueben is the most popular sandwich on the menu, but they also have meat-free items and a “construction zone” option that lets you completely customize your meal. Breakaway Deli, 61 W. Long Lake Rd., Troy; 248-528-8130; breakawaydeli.com

The Lunch Café

From panini’s to wraps, The Lunch Café has a ton of sandwich options. The café’s Jalapeño Popper sandwich combines cream cheese, marble cheese, and jalapeños on grilled whole grain bread, while the TLC BLT wrap includes chopped bacon, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese, topped with a secret TLC sauce. The Lunch Café, 3116 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-544-2233; thelunchcafe.com

M.C. Wiches

Home of “Detroit Style Subs,” M.C. Wiches offers a bit of local flavor on its menu. Choices include the MC5, which features pulled chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, bourbon onions, and apple barbecue sauce; The Motown Philly, made from steak, provolone and cheddar cheeses, house sauce, red onion, and yellow peppers; and the 8 Mile, which is made with turkey, pastrami, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and house sauce. Sandwiches can be made on white, parmesan-garlic, jalapeño cheddar, or gluten-free bread. M.C. Wiches, 40 N. Washington St., Oxford; 248-572-4790; mcwiches.com

Ernie’s Market

Tucked away in an Oak Park subdivision, Ernie’s Market churns out massive sandwiches with a lot of charm. Sandwiches are completely customizable, and ingredients are sliced on the spot. Opt for the simple Ernie’s Special, a sandwich that features one meat for $6, or test your appetite with Ernie’s Monster, a massive seven-meat sandwich that runs at just $9. And while the sandwiches are delicious, the real draw of the place is the owner, Ernie, who is known for his catchphrase “Who loves you, baby? Ernie does!” Ernie’s Market, 8500 Capital St., Oak Park; 248-541-9703; erniessandwichshop.com 

Second Street Sub Shop

Operating since 1998, Second Street Sub Shop sells pretzel bites, waffle fries, and mouthwatering subs. The simplistic sub options include Chicken Parm, Meatball, BLT, and Veggie, while signature sandwiches include the Reuben, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Pesto Chicken. Second Street Sub Shop, 108 W. Second St., Royal Oak; 248-543-7474; facebook.com/secondstreetsubshop

Pik Nik Basket

The Pik Nik Basket offers up a ton of lunchtime favorites, like soups, salads, and, of course, sandwiches. The Downriver Chicken or Tuna — a deli sandwich with your option of chicken or tuna salad with lettuce and tomato on a croissant — is a popular choice. A variety of beef dips and grilled cheese options are also available. Wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s fresh fruit smoothies — there’s nearly 15 to choose from. Pik Nik Basket, 8511 W. Nine Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-268-4132; pik-nik-basket.business.site  

Noah’s Deli

“Still Stacking ’em High Since 1977,” Noah’s Deli is known for its Super Sandwich, which features corned beef, roast beef, pastrami, salami, and swiss cheese all stacked on an onion roll. Other options include the Chicken Bacon Melt and Triple Decker Club. Noah’s Deli, 14500 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-8361; noahs-deli.com

Sylvia’s Super Sub Shop

Sylvia’s Super Sub Shop has a wide range of submarine sandwich options to choose from. Keep it simple with a BLT or cold cuts sub, or opt for something creative like the Pizza Burger sub or Hamburger Sub, which can be topped with mushroom or green pepper. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as Sicilian style pizza. Sylvia’s Super Sub Shop, 4531 Allen Rd., Allen Park; 313-381-4930; sylviassubshop.com