Best Delis Around Detroit

December 9, 2011 9:26 AM

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Looking around Detroit for spots where meat, bread and a pickle spear find perfect harmony? Seek out to the Lunchbox Deli, Onion Roll Deli and Stage Deli as your best places to start…
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Lunchbox Deli

17018 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
(313) 884-1501

This cutting-edge deli has over 20 different kinds of bread, and that’s just to start. Catering and delivery are also available.

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Onion Roll Deli

27302 Woodward
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 545-9804

There is a lot of character, and characters as well. The menu isn’t huge, but what they do—corned beef, pastrami, turkey and insane piles of French fries—they do well. Did you get the idea that portions are big? Would you like to help us with these onion rings?

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Stage Deli

6873 Orchard Lake Rd.
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
(248) 855-6622

A Detroit institution that started in Oak Park way back in the ’60s, the West Bloomfield Stage is a far more glamorous cry than the original. It’s huge, but it is the food, not the glam, that keeps the crowd buzzing here. The sandwiches, named with a Broadway theme, barely fit into your mouth. The hot corned beef is the Tony winner, but they have everything else from chopped liver to matzo balls that demanding deli diners desire.

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Steve’s Deli

6646 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
(248) 932-0800

Named one of the country’s finest delis by the 2005 Zagat Restaurant Guide, Steve’s has been pleasing discriminating palates since 1994. The homemade chicken soup, served in glass jars, is delicious. The sandwiches are bursting with meats and cheeses, and the baked short ribs are renowned. Enjoy dining in the cozy restaurant under twinkling chandeliers seven days a week, or take advantage of their full carry-out and catering service. It’s about as close to New York as you’ll get without a plane ticket—right down to cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli.

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  • Jpruitt1

    You guys have missed two of Metro Detroit’s Deli jewels: Lou’s Deli:
    22819 Greenfield Road
    Southfield, MI 48075-3711
    (248) 559-6001
    and ‘Bread Basket Deli:
    26052 Greenfield Rd
    Oak Park, MI 48237 42.4814 -83.2022
    (248) 968-0022

    • gjfox

      Thanks J, I’ll take a look at those suggestions. What’s your favorite thing about these places?

      • jpruitt1

        gjfox, Corn beef triple-decker @ Bread Basket and David’s Drip @ Lou’s

  • Eric Podzorski

    Bread Basket is good, but the one in Oak Park is not a part of the chain. They broke chains with Big Al and decided to go at it alone. I think the quality has diminished since then. The Bread Basket on 8 mile is the best in my opinion.

    Of course there’s also Zingermann’s in Ann Arbor.

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