Best Sandwich: Zingerman’s

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 3:57pm


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Have you ever transcended your mortal body and reached a state adjacent to nirvana? If you’ve ever had the Georgia Reuben from Zingerman’s Delicatessen, the answer is probably yes. The sandwich that launched a thousand holiday gift basket orders, the Georgia Rueben is a timeless classic in the heart of Zingerman’s sprawling menu. It’s simple, but made to perfection — just turkey, swiss cheese, Russian dressing and the best coleslaw you’ve ever had.

For the last 34 years, Zingerman’s has been the restaurant/deli/bakery/out-of-body-experience that puts Ann Arbor on the map. Sure, we have the best public university in the county, but we also have Zingerman’s — I don’t know which is more impressive.

I can’t remember the first time I experienced the glory that is Zingerman’s. But as the child of two alumni living far, far away from their beloved delicatessen, I’m sure it was as soon as I could chew. When they were Ann Arborites, Zingerman’s was just one house, bursting at the seams with fancy olive oil, cured meats and — most importantly — Georgia Reubens. Now, Zingerman’s is its own empire. The delicatessen now sprawls across three buildings, with a bakery, creamery, a Roadhouse and an outpost in the Detroit airport.

As Zingerman’s expands its empire and cult following, one fact remains constant: anything on the menu (but especially the Georgia Reuben), is bound to be the best sandwich in Ann Arbor.

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