[Ann Arbor] Zingerman’s Deli

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Zingerman’s Deli | www.zingermansdeli.com
Address: 422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Date visited: 2013.02
Total bill: $32.83 (split between two people)
Verdict: Worth the hype, you need to go.
Will return: Definitely
What to get: 
   – Reuben
   – Mac & Cheese
   – Pot Pie

Everyone and their mothers love Zingerman’s. Zingerman’s is known for their Reubens… and literally everything else on the menu. Everything is seriously so good.

When you first walk in, you are greeted by the friendly staff who encourage you to take some samples. They really want you to take as much samples as you want so don’t be shy. On this day, we got Magic Brownies (tasty) and bacon bread (interesting).

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Inside Zingerman’s Deli: (from L-R) entrance, deli goods for purchase, and deli menu for order.

As you move forward (from left to right in the photo above), you pass by a glass display where you can purchase all sorts of deli goods such as duck fat, goose mousse, truffle mousse, Andouille sausage, and Ligurian pesto to take home.

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Zingerman’s Deli Display
Once you make it past the display of duck confit screaming “buy me,” you get to the deli menu where there is more friendly staff waiting to help you. The menu is pretty extensive so you should check the menu online prior to going so you have a faint idea of what you might want (at least narrow it down to what animal you want to eat) and the staff can help you from there. 
People often complain about how expensive the prices are ($12-16 per sandwich) but that is also because they are stuffing a small cow in your Reuben. I recommend sharing with someone and splitting a sandwich, one or two sides, and a pot pie or hot dog for price control and variety. Spoiled by years of family-style Chinese food, this is the strategy I usually coax my friends into in order to try as many different dishes as possible. My friend and I decided to split a #48 Binny’s Brooklyn Reuben, Darina’s Dingle Pie, and side of Mac and Cheese. We debated getting a hot dog as well (we are greedy pigs, I know) but restrained ourselves to save room for dessert.

Mac and Cheese ($6.99)
It is not hard to make Mac and Cheese but it is hard to make one that stands out. This Mac and Cheese was out of this world. Really. I am not a cheese connoisseur but this had a slight kick to it, which I can only imagine was due to the Vermont cheddar. Rich and gooey cheese–I could feel my arteries clogging as I ate this. Delicious.

Zingerman's Mac and Cheese

Zingerman's Mac and Cheese

Darina’s Dingle Pie ($9.99)
Pot pie filled with lamb, potatoes, rutabaga, onions, cumin, and rosemary and wrapped miner-style (no tin) in a buttery crust. Bomb.



#48 Binny’s Brooklyn Reuben ($13.99)
I give you the Reuben: this is what you come to Zingerman’s to eat. We got the pastrami version (as opposed to corn beef) with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye. If you don’t like sauerkraut, go for the cole slaw. If you don’t like cole slaw either, then you are not meant to eat Reubens.

Zingerman’s sandwiches are packed and come in two sizes, small or large. Trust me when I say the small is big enough. We split a small since we already had two other things.

Zingerman's Reuben