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Following Foodie: An Ann Arbor Institution

So difficult! I had such good eats all day today, but I think I’ll post about them tomorrow morning. Tonight, I’d like to introduce everyone to possibly the most famous food institution in Ann Arbor, the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. The “Community” consists of a Bakehouse, Creamery, Delicatessen, Catering Company, Coffeeshop and the Zingerman’s Roadhouse, a full-service restaurant.  I actually found out about Zingerman’s the first time I visited Ann Arbor (all the way back in June…) when I was researching “the best places to eat in Ann Arbor”. Zingerman’s came up in basically every search I did.

Zingerman’s Delicatessen is located in the Kerrytown district of Ann Arbor, which I wrote about yesterday. 

The Deli is featuring bacon right now (Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s, wrote a book on bacon called Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon…), and it’s immediately apparent when you come across the place – I could smell the bacon (quite literally!) and knew immediately what I wanted on a sandwich! The menu is very clear and concise (which is good, because it’s hung on a wall, and there’s usually a wall of people between you and the menu), and is divided by different types of meat and then vegetarian options – my eyes went right to the pork section! I decided on the Jen’s Pimento Parti – “Pimento cheese (Southern cheese spread with Vermont cheddar, mayo & pimentos), Arkansas peppered bacon, tomato on grilled brewhouse bread”. You also get asked what kind of pickle you want with your sandwich (how could it be a deli otherwise?); I chose a garlicky pickle (I could have also chosen a cucumber-y one…).

My sandwich came out pretty quickly; it was also really busy (if you go on the weekends, there’s usually a line out the door and around the block…). And *this* is what I received:

And yes, that’s a half size :)

The sandwich was spicy and delicious – I especially liked the bacon, because it was real thick-cut bacon, with a ton of pepper around the edges.

One of my favorite aspects of Zingerman’s is that they are completely transparent with where each and all of their ingredients comes from. The “general store” of Zingerman’s, which is inside the Deli, features a meat counter, a cheese counter, a bread counter, and different “sundries” (don’t you love that word?). For each item, there’s a description of not only what the item is, but where it comes from. There’s a lot of local foods (such as peanut butter from Michigan! – I want to try that!), and also specialty international items – I really want to try a pesto they sell there that’s from Italy. The only downside is that it is pretty expensive – both the sandwiches and the items they sell. But the quality is so good, that it’s easy to overlook the slightly high prices, because you know you’re getting a great product.

Of course, I had to end my meal with some sort of dessert (yes, I had to :)). I walked over to Zingerman’s Next Door, which has coffee, pastries, bagels, and ice cream. Which I immediately gravitated to.

I love the small size – the sandwich was so big, I don’t think I had room for anything bigger!

As I was leaving Zingerman’s I passed by this:

Which is a little garden with all different kinds of herbs (cinnamon basil? all kinds of mint – all kinds of awesome!) and tomatoes. It really just reinforced my positive feelings regarding the “Community of Businesses” – they’re really committed to producing the best food they possibly can, even if it means growing it themselves!

September 10, 2009 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment


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