14 Must-Try Sandwiches Around Detroit

What’s better than a bunch of ingredients getting busy between two pieces of bread? Nothing, if you ask us! Sandwiches are always a Michigan Chews & Brews favorite.

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve had a front row seat to our favorite sandwiches across Michigan. From a grand grilled cheese to a satisfying Italian sub, we just can’t get enough of ’em. We invite you to explore 15 of our favorite sandwiches around Detroit.

Stache International (Detroit) — Stache Favorite

Stache International Detroit Eastern Market

Loaded with house-made bologna, the Stache Favorite is comfort food at its finest. This Detroit delight brings together the best parts of a bologna sandwich and an old school grilled cheese sandwich. Order a side of Firecracker Bites to complete your Stache International experience.

Ventimiglia Italian Foods (Sterling Heights) — Italian Sub

Ventimiglia Italian Foods Sterling Heights Michigan
Ventimiglia Italian Foods (Sterling Heights, MI)

Prepare your taste buds for a celebration of Italian meats at Ventimiglia in Sterling Heights. The Italian Sub is highly recommended, but their Eggplant Sub is sought after too.

Ernie’ Market (Oak Park) — Monster

Ernie's Market Oak Park Michigan

You have to try the Monster from Ernie’s Market in Oak Park at least once in your lifetime. You get 7 meats, cheese, and all the toppings your heart desires. The taste is almost as big as Ernie’s personality; he serves every sandwich with a lot of love.

Mudgie’s (Detroit) — Lobster Roll

Mudgie's Deli Detroit

To say that Lobster Roll week at Mudgie’s is a phenomenon would be a gross understatement. To sink your teeth into one of these sought-after beauties, you may find yourself waiting in a line that wraps around the building. Your patience will pay off in the end.

Zino’s Subs & Pizza (Madison Heights, Livonia & Belleville) — Zino Super Sub

Zino's Subs & Pizza Livonia Belleville Madison Heights

Made on their homemade bread, Zino’s serves up a delicious delight known as the Zino Super Sub. You’ll love the way the salami, ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and ranch dressing come together on soft, fresh-from-the-oven bread. For all of you cheese bread fans out there, Zino’s makes some of the best we’ve had. Shout out to our brother for the heads up on this gem!

Café Muse (Royal Oak) — Grilled 3 Cheese Sandwich

Cafe Muse Royal Oak Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Perhaps the most notorious grilled cheese sandwich around Detroit, the famous Grilled 3 Cheese from Royal Oak’s Café Muse is a favorite of ours. We’re in good company, because Oprah calls it one of her favorites, too. The splendid combination of havarti, fontina, and fresh mozzarella create the foundation for this perfectly cheesy creation. The addition of fresh basil, tomato, and honey take the sandwich to a whole new realm.

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine (Detroit) — Cubano Grande

Vicente's Cuban Detroit

For an amazing Cuban sandwich without leaving the country, head to Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine in downtown Detroit. The pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mayo on pressed Cuban bread will have you coming back for more.

Lefty’s Cheesesteak Hoagies (Livonia) — Cheesesteak Sandwich

Lefty's Cheesesteak Hoagies Livonia Michigan

The name says it all. When you visit Lefty’s in Livonia, you have to get their famous Cheese Steak Sandwich. Get yours topped with diced cherry peppers for a little zip.

Gonella’s (Detroit & Redford) — Italian Sub

Gonella's Oakwood Detroit

Anyone on Detroit’s southwest side will tell you that you’re not a true Detroiter unless you’ve had an Italian Sub from Gonella’s. Order your sub based on the number of meat and cheese layers you’d like, then prepare for a feast. The fresh cuts of meat, veggies, and dressing taste magical on their locally baked bread. No wonder there’s a line wrapping around the store every day at lunch time.

Peepo’s Subs & Shawarma (Taylor) — Africano Sub

Peepo's Subs and Shawarma Taylor Michigan

One of the more unique sandwiches on our list comes from Peepo’s Subs & Shawarma in Taylor. We recommend ordering their spicy Africano Sub with your choice of protein (we like the crispy chicken). The Africano sauce provides a good deal of heat, so wash it down with one of their delicious smoothies.

Second Street Sub Shop (Royal Oak) — The Special

Second Street Sub Shop Royal Oak

A long-time Royal Oak establishment, the Second Street Sub Shop has a phenomenal sandwich known as the Special. Sure to please Italian sandwich lovers, the Special features salami, pepperoni, mortadella, provolone and American cheese, complimented with lettuce, tomato, pickles, peppers and house-made dressing.

Detroit Institute of Bagels (Detroit) — Super Nova

Detroit Institute of Bagels

If you’re a fan of smoked salmon, you’ll love the Super Nova at the Detroit Institute of Bagels. The salmon and scrambled eggs make the sandwich great for breakfast, but we think it’s a solid choice for lunch as well. What really sets off the Super Nova is the sautéed kale, adding another dimension of flavor and a welcome textural component.

Chadd’s Bistro (Rochester Hills) — Chadd’s Tremendous Brunch

Chadd's Bistro Rochester Hills Michigan

A sandwich lover’s paradise, Chadd’s Bistro in Rochester Hills serves brunch between two slices of bread. Ham, turkey, egg, avocado, cheddar, provolone, mayo, lettuce, and tomato make up the behemoth known as Chadd’s Tremendous Brunch. Clear your schedule; you’ll need a nap after devouring it.

Huron Room (Detroit) — Hot Fish

Huron Room Detroit

The Hot Fish from the Huron Room isn’t your average fish sandwich. Featuring perch, romaine lettuce, tomato, and smoked mayo, it’s quite the catch.

One thought on “14 Must-Try Sandwiches Around Detroit

  1. Great list, just a shout out to few of me favorites, , Hygrade Deli, Johnnie Ham King, Alamos all been around more than 40 years still pack the crowd in every day.

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