There’s nothing like an excellent deli sandwich. It’s perfection between two slices of bread. And Detroit has some amazing delis if you know where to look.

Over the last few weeks I dragged my family and friends all over the Detroit area eating sandwich after sandwich in the name of finding the Metro Detroit delis that really stand out in my mind over the rest. Enjoy and eat up, Detroit!

1. Ernie’s Market – Oak Park

Ernie's sandwich in suburbs

Living so close to Ernie’s is a blessing and a curse. Knowing this deli is a minute away means that I am a regular at Ernie’s. While the sandwiches at Ernie’s are amazing, the thing that really sets apart this deli from others is that Ernie puts so much love into each and every sandwich he constructs.

Just a few words of warning. 1. Be prepared to wait in line, Ernie slices all of his meat and cheese on demand. 2. Ernie’s Market is cash only, so be sure to bring your green.

8500 Capital Street Oak Park, Michigan 48237 – Facebook

2. Siegel’s Deli – Commerce Township 

This place is your old school Jewish deli. They offer an entire menu of food, but we opted to try the sandwiches. Both the roast beef sandwich and the Reuben were pretty solid. Also, who knew their rice pudding would be so good?

3426 E West Maple Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390 – Facebook

3. Uncle Harry’s – St. Clair Shores 

When we started talking about this list I already knew this place would be on it. My dad use to bring me to Uncle Harry’s when I was little. Uncle Harry’s has been an east side mainstay since it opened in 1977.

This is yet another old school Jewish deli, and while they serve other items I always end up getting a salami sandwich with new pickles. I know not everyone likes new pickles, but I love a good new pickle. Oh, and Matzo Ball soup.

21809 Greater Mack St. Clair Shores 48080 – Facebook

4. Hygrade Deli – Detroit 

Things have changed on Michigan Avenue over the many years, but Hygrade has not. It is so well known and loved that it would be silly for us not to add it to this list of delis, and if you didn’t know before now you know and you have no excuse. Hygrade also has a full breakfast and lunch menu, so there is plenty of options to choose from.

3640 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216 – Website

5. Gonella’s – Detroit, Dearborn, and soon Redford

If you are looking for a really good Italian sub, then you need to hop in the car and go over to Gonella’s. This giant 14-layer sub with provolone was just $6.50!

Gonella’s is an Italian market that has a killer deli. If you want to learn more about them, then you should check out our post about the sandwiches.

295 S. Oakwood Detroit, Michigan 48217 and inside La Cantina Market 1342 N. Telegraph Dearborn, Michigan 48128. We’ll keep you up to date on the new location once we find out. – Website

6. Star Deli – Southfield 

If you happen to be in Southfield near 12 Mile and Telegraph I suggest stopping into Star Deli. Don’t worry, the line moves really quickly.

Their secret weapon is their dill pickles. Also if you want to see something cool, get a loaf of bread and have them slice it. I watched one of the guys behind the counter slice a loaf of rye by hand and it was mesmerizing.

24555 W. 12 Mile Southfield, Michigan 48034 – Website

7. Lou’s Deli – Detroit and Southfield

Lou’s has been a mainstay in Northwest Detroit for over 50 years. They must be doing something right since there are three locations.

The menu is pretty extensive. They have 41 sandwiches on the “Lou’s Deli Delights,” soups, salads, subs, and burgers. We got the Marty’s Mirage and Marlon’s Magic and both were tasty.

8220 W McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48221; 19440 W 7 Mile Road Detroit, Michigan 48219, 22819 Greenfield Road Southfield, Michigan 48075 Website

8. Mudgie’s – Detroit 

Mudgie's The Barret sandwich

Because of course Mudgie’s. This Corktown deli has a very loyal following, and there is a reason for that. The sandwiches are pretty darn tasty.

I don’t think there is a sandwich that I haven’t liked. There is another great reason to go to Mudgie’s – they have a pretty solid bar now.

1413 Brooklyn Street Detroit, Michigan 48226 – Website

9. Russell Street Deli – Detroit 

Russell Street Deli is one of my regular stops when I go to Eastern Market. The only problem is that it is everyone’s stop when they are in Eastern Market. But it’s worth the wait.

This deli has something for everyone, they have a pretty extensive vegetarian and vegan menu as well. I’ve met many new friends over their communal tables that were around well before communal tables became a “thing.”

2465 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207 – Website

July 28, 2017: We updated our list because one of our original epic delis has closed up shop. We will miss you, Steve’s Detroit Deli.

So there you go. If there’s one you think I missed, I look forward to hearing why it should be included in the comments!

16 comments
  • Hey, hey, hey…what about the BREAD BASKET ?????? Check it out.
    That should be on the top of this list. Wow how could you not .
    Mike wilson

  • the bread basket is the best deli i have been to in the area. to not include them makes this list suspect.

  • where is embers deli..on maple off Telegraph that place has been in the papers famous Michigan actors and such go there to eat..their sandwiches are amazing..

  • is Embers still open? the one in Keego closed a long time ago. (please note, i havent lived in Mi for almost 15 years, so..) And i cant believe that STAGE DELI, of all places..is not on this list!

  • also- i am pretty sure (unless i am not remembering correctly..) that it is Steves Deli that is on telegraph and maple. i could be wrong..

  • Bread basket is the number one deli
    I can’t believe you don’t have them on your list

  • The original Lou’s Deli on west Mc Nichols did not make the list ….. One of the best and oldest delis around.

  • I recently moved to st. Clair Shores and stumbled across Uncle Harry’s and boy is it a great spot. I especially like the split pea soup.

  • Any list of Detroit area deli’s MUST include Bread Basket near the top! I am also huge fan of Star — carry-out only of course. And yes, Stage probably should be on there as well.

  • Alamos 65 year’s on Schaefer in Dearborn, beating Gonella every day I say.

  • A lot of these places I haven’t been to …. but I’ve been the Bread Basket a lot of times and they are superb to me I don’t see how you could not say anything about it….. yes very suspicious

  • Ventimiglias in Sterling Heights. The italian on their hard roll is the BEST!. Just get the peppers on the side.

  • Al, I think you mean Alcamo’s. Went there for years and years. Love it there for everything Italian. Best Italian Market around. Don’t live in the area anymore and really miss it.

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