Food & Drink

These are the 5 best sandwiches in Detroit right now

Published On 10/01/2013 Published On 10/01/2013
Mikes Famous Ham Place Detroit
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
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1. Mudgie's 1300 Porter, Detroit, MI 48226 (Corktown)

This artisanal deli is a source of pride for Detroit natives, and it should be: nearly all the meats are roasted in-house and everything from soups, salad dressings, and ketchup is made from scratch. What isn't homemade is sourced from local vendors, and the result is hearty sandwiches like a Reuben on onion bread and the multi-meat Gutty packed with salami, pastrami, corned beef, bacon, and beef brisket. A formidable selection of craft beer, including local and imported bottles, makes Mudgie's a veritable Corktown hot spot for locals on the lunch prowl.

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2. Russell Street Deli 2465 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 (Eastern Market)

You'd expect a favorite Motor City deli to serve a tasty meaty sandwich -- and Russel Street Deli, partnered with local vendors in Eastern Market, certainly does -- but their vegetarian sandwiches and soup options truly set them apart. The weekend lines are indication enough. Look no further than the standout potato-leek soup or Avocado Sandwich, on whole wheat with Swiss cheese, organic spouts, mixed greens, and house Ranch dressing, Swiss cheese, organic sprouts, mixed greens, and house-made Ranch dressing. We suggest you grab-and-go, but you’ll likely make a new friend or two if you linger at one of the buzzy, communal tables.

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3. Mike's Famous Ham Place 3700 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

Mike's Famous Ham Place is doling out fresh ingredients, stellar combinations, and mouth-watering ham... hence, uh, the name...

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4. Detroit Vegan Soul 8029 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214 (West Village)

Marrying vegan cuisine with soul food flair, this cozy West Village spot serves up some serious flavor. You’d think it’s impossible to create authentic Southern barbecue fare using 100% plant-based, organic ingredients devoid of trans-fat, but Detroit Vegan Soul executes it perfectly -- for example, take the signature “Catfish” tofu sandwich, a gluten-free option with cornmeal-battered tofu, broccoli-corn slaw, redskin potatoes, and onions. Combined with the cute, contemporary digs and friendly staff, it’s a neighborhood staple.

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5. Lunchtime Global 660 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 (Lafayette Park)

The reason Lunchtime Global in the First National Building has been going strong since the late 90s is because it's hardly your typical grab-and-go spot: a genuinely international menu is made in-house and has impressive range. House-baked breads support filling sandwiches like tahini-soaked falafel and oven-roasted turkey with creamy brie. In the mood for soup? The rotating list of specials are updated regularly and make for globe-trotting flavor tours, from African peanut soup to Brazilain seafood stew. Still, if you want what you know, count on familiar recipes like tomato-basil and chicken noodle, too.