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Ernie makes a sandwich at Ernie’s Market in Oak Park.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

21 Must-Try Sandwiches to Seek Out in Metro Detroit

The most delicious options between sliced bread

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Ernie makes a sandwich at Ernie’s Market in Oak Park.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Simple, humble, filling. Pretty much anyone can make a fine sandwich, but not all are destined to be great. Here in metro Detroit there are a lot of excellent sandwiches worth the stomach real estate. They’re also conveniently ideal for a takeout meal. From old-school party stores like Ernie’s Market selling custom deli sandwiches on onion rolls to the spicy karaage fried chicken sandwich at Ima, here are 21 certified excellent sandwiches to seek out in metro Detroit.

Which sandwiches are worthy of greatness? Email us at detroit@eater.com.

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1. Mudgie's Deli

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1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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Mudgie's offers an unbeatable variety sandwiches including the Brooklyn, served warm and made with house-smoked beef brisket, applewood smoked bacon, beer pub cheese, and caramelized maple onions on a brioche roll. Order a beer or a bottle of wine to wash everything down. The shop takes online orders for pickup at the walk-up window and also offers dine-in service.

2. Folk

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1701 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 742-2672
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Must-try breakfast sandwiches have made their way onto the menu at cafe-market Folk. The farm egg sandwich features a custardy egg melted together with cheese and maple aioli on crusty bread. Level up the sandwich with additions like bacon, tempeh, or chicken sausage. Place orders at the walk-up window and grab a seat on the patio or order online for easy pickup.

A side view of a farm egg sandwich held in someones hand with eggs, tempeh, cheese, and crisp, buttery bread. Brenna Houck

3. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

It’s practically impossible to go astray with this food truck's menu, but it’s always a wise choice to order the 3rd Street Philly with a side of cilantro fries. Sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, banana peppers, chopped steak, and provolone are layered between two fresh slices of sesame seed-topped bread and pressed. It’s crispy, spicy, and saucy in all the right ways. Place an order for carryout and eat on the patio or take it to-go. The restaurant also accepts delivery orders.

4. Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

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3640 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 894-6620
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This venerable, full-service Michigan Avenue delicatessen is known for its corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. The shop makes a mean Reuben piled high with thinly sliced corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing on toasted rye bread with a pickle on the side. Dr. Brown’s sodas are always on hand. Call in an order for carryout or dine-in at the restaurant.

A reuben sandwich from hygrade deli sliced in half with about an inch and a half of corned beef between two slices of toasted bread Brenna Houck

5. Mike's Famous Ham Place

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3700 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 894-6922

Steamed ham hocks are front and center in the shop window at Mike’s Famous Ham Place, a diner-style restaurant specializing in ham sandwiches, ham and eggs, and pea soup. Customers can sit at the counter and watch their meat carved right from the bone and onto a fluffy poppy seed roll. Take cash.

A large ham sandwich on a bun with poppy seeds. It has a slice of ham on top of the bune and a pile of pickles on the side Brenna Houck

6. Rincon Tropical

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6538 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 334-8526

This southwest Detroit Puerto Rican restaurant serves a menu filled with fried treats like meat-stuffed empanadillas, bolitas de yuca (cheese-stuffed cassava balls), and tostones. But the star is the jibarito — a bread-less sandwich with roots in both Chicago and Puerto Rico that’s held together by long slices of crisp, seasoned plantain stuffed with a choice of chicken, beef, or pork, melty cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Rincon Tropical is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery through DoorDash.

A sandwich with plantains instead of bread is held together with toothpicks and has meat, cheese, and lettuce overflowing from the sides. Brenna Houck

7. El Rey de las Arepas

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7701 McGraw Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 307-2210
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This family-owned Venezuelan restaurant has gained a following among locals and even a few Major League Baseball players for its arepas, wonderfully deep-fried maize cakes filled with everything from cheese to shredded beef to avocado. El Rey’s affordable dishes including cilantro aioli and salsa rosa-slathered french fries are served in a casual atmosphere. Carryout and dine-in options are available.

8. The Lobster Pitstop

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10405 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 406-5854
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The wildly popular Lobster Food Truck set down roots in Dearborn last fall, ensuring that diners can always find a lobster roll when the craving strikes. The rolls here are served on a non-traditional bun overflowing with big, juicy pieces of lobster. The whole thing is dressed up with garlic butter and herbs. Catch the truck roving around metro Detroit or order at the storefront.

9. Hamido

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13251 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-0660
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Hamido’s chicken shawarma is simple and delicious. The meat is spit-roasted imparting a nice char-grilled flavor. It comes out hot and juicy in a tightly wrapped pita with garlicky toum and a side of pickles. The restaurant is offering dine-in seating but also does a very steady carryout service.

10. Chef Greg's Soul-N-The Wall

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10009 Curtis St
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 861-0331
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When it comes to Detroit sandwiches, few have achieved the legendary status of the Boogaloo Wonderland at Chef Greg’s Soul-N-the Wall: a hoagie topped with beef, tangy red sauce, American cheese, and caramelized onions. This carryout spot’s signature dish pays tribute to an original recipe at the now-shuttered Brothers Bar-B-Q and to the late “Boogie Wonderland” songwriter Allee Willis, who was a big fan of proprietor Greg Beard’s food. Call in to place an order for pickup or order delivery through DoorDash.

11. Ernie's Market

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8500 Capital St
Oak Park, MI 48237

Ernie’s isn’t just great, it’s beloved. Find huge sandwiches on fresh-baked onion rolls at this Oak Park landmark at affordable prices. Each one comes with a handful of Hershey’s kisses. Call ahead to place orders for carryout and remember to bring cash.

12. Matt & Mo's Italian Beef

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24110 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 307-7970
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Former food truck Matt & Mo’s is now the resident kitchen at the Doug’s Delight stand in Hazel Park, serving up phenomenal Italian beef sandwiches and Guernsey ice cream. The beef for each sandwich is slow roasted in its own juices and a special spice mix and topped with spicy giardiniera and bell peppers. Order one dry, wet, or dipped in sauce at the walk-up window.

13. Que Huong

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30820 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 588-0998

This bustling Madison Heights Vietnamese restaurant is known for its pho, but it also makes a mean banh mi. The soft French rolls come filled with plenty of veggies, herbs, and protein like pork belly or chicken. Place orders by phone for takeout or dine-in.

14. Balkan House

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3028 Caniff St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 262-6234

The German-style döner is the go-to item for customers at Balkan House, a casual mini chain with locations in Hamtramck and Ferndale. Served on springy Bosnian lepinja bread, this pocket sandwich features salty meat grilled on a flat top with garlic sauce and veggies. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. The restaurants offer dine-in and patio seating as well as online ordering.

A close up of a döner sandwich with veggies and meat stuffed in a pocket of soft white bread and drenched with creamy white sauce. Brenna Houck

15. Ima

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4870 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

This hit noodle bar and izakaya also happens to make an outstanding karaage chicken sandwich. Ima’s sandwiches come in two varieties — mild and spicy — with the option of a juicy fried tofu patty instead of chicken. The sandwich is served on a brioche bun from Knickerbocker Baking Company in Madison Heights with furikake Kewpie mayo, tangy napa cabbage slaw, and sides of pickles and lemon. On the run? Ima founder Mike Ransom opened a fast-casual spot, SuperCrisp, earlier this year at 4830 Cass Ave. Suite C where varieties of the beloved karaage sandwiches are the stars of the menu. Dine in or place an order for carryout in-person or online.

16. Mongers' Provisions

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4240 Cass Ave #111
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 651-7119
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Now with locations in Cass Corridor and Berkley, cheese and chocolate shop Mongers’ Provisions plays to its strengths with a selection of grilled cheese sandwiches. The uber-melty raclette sandwich is filled with crunchy Better Made potato chips and pickles. Each order comes flanked by crisp pickles or olives. Walk-ins are welcome but online ordering is available for pickup or delivery.

A grilled cheese sandwich sliced in half on brown paper next to apricots and pickles. Mongers Provisions [Official photo]

17. Rocco's Italian Deli

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3627 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 315-3033
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Modern Italian deli Rocco’s has a way with sandwiches and the Zio Freddo’s Got Serious Beef is among the best of the bunch. The staff starts by melting provolone over a crusty hoagie roll and then stuffs it full of fragrant beef braised with slightly spicy giardiniera. Place orders online for curbside pickup.

An Italian beef sandwich with cheese melted over the roll on greasy wax paper. Brenna Houck

18. Iggy's Eggies

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34 W Grand River Ave #2
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 986-1174
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At Iggy’s Eggies it’s all about the breakfast sandwiches. Served from a walk-up window in Capitol Park, Iggy’s is a choose-your-own-adventure for eggs between bread. Pick a bread — English muffin, brioche, or biscuit — and add cheese and protein. The simplest (and biggest) sandwich order is the Bodega, featuring fried Sy Ginsberg bologna with white cheddar, a sunny side up egg, mayo, and mustard on a kaiser roll. The restaurant accepts online orders for pickup and delivery. Leave room for French toast sticks.

19. Bucharest Grill

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2684 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

There’s other shawarma and then there’s the Bucharest chicken shawarma. The chicken is marinated and grilled on a flat top. Then the whole thing is wrapped in a pita with garlic sauce, pickle spears, accompanying veggies, and, of course, french fries. Order by phone for carryout or online (make sure to select the correct location).

A box of Bucharest shawarma wrapped in tin foil to-go. Bucharest Grill [Official photo]

20. Breadless

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Off Larned, 2761 E Jefferson Suite A
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 474-2870
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Looking for ways to enjoy a delicious sandwich, without the carbs? Breadless opened its doors in March on East Jefferson Avenue, featuring a line of sandwiches that are wrapped in greens instead of bread. Enjoy sandwiches like the Cloud 9 Pastrami loaded with havarti cheese, shredded cabbage, pickle, red onions, spicy ground mustard, house-made reuben sauce — all in a collard green vessel. Round out the meal with a bag of Caulipops, one in a line of the restaurant’s delicious veggie crips.

21. Marrow

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8044 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 652-0200
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Grab-and-go sandwiches can be a little limp, particularly when they’re picked up from the grocery store deli aisle. That’s not the case at Marrow in West Village, whose butcher shop offers a handful of carryout sandwiches daily that are wrapped and ready to go out the door. The selection rotates out depending on what meats are available in the shop at the time. Think: Roast beef with sliced white cheddar, pickles, and horseradish on sourdough bread. There’s also typically a robust vegetarian option as well such as marinated tofu.

A roast beef sandwich on sliced bread with sliced cheese, lettuce, and pickles. Brenna Houck

1. Mudgie's Deli

1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

Mudgie's offers an unbeatable variety sandwiches including the Brooklyn, served warm and made with house-smoked beef brisket, applewood smoked bacon, beer pub cheese, and caramelized maple onions on a brioche roll. Order a beer or a bottle of wine to wash everything down. The shop takes online orders for pickup at the walk-up window and also offers dine-in service.

1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226

2. Folk

1701 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48216
A side view of a farm egg sandwich held in someones hand with eggs, tempeh, cheese, and crisp, buttery bread. Brenna Houck

Must-try breakfast sandwiches have made their way onto the menu at cafe-market Folk. The farm egg sandwich features a custardy egg melted together with cheese and maple aioli on crusty bread. Level up the sandwich with additions like bacon, tempeh, or chicken sausage. Place orders at the walk-up window and grab a seat on the patio or order online for easy pickup.

1701 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216

3. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

It’s practically impossible to go astray with this food truck's menu, but it’s always a wise choice to order the 3rd Street Philly with a side of cilantro fries. Sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, banana peppers, chopped steak, and provolone are layered between two fresh slices of sesame seed-topped bread and pressed. It’s crispy, spicy, and saucy in all the right ways. Place an order for carryout and eat on the patio or take it to-go. The restaurant also accepts delivery orders.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

4. Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

3640 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
A reuben sandwich from hygrade deli sliced in half with about an inch and a half of corned beef between two slices of toasted bread Brenna Houck

This venerable, full-service Michigan Avenue delicatessen is known for its corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. The shop makes a mean Reuben piled high with thinly sliced corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing on toasted rye bread with a pickle on the side. Dr. Brown’s sodas are always on hand. Call in an order for carryout or dine-in at the restaurant.

3640 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

5. Mike's Famous Ham Place

3700 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
A large ham sandwich on a bun with poppy seeds. It has a slice of ham on top of the bune and a pile of pickles on the side Brenna Houck

Steamed ham hocks are front and center in the shop window at Mike’s Famous Ham Place, a diner-style restaurant specializing in ham sandwiches, ham and eggs, and pea soup. Customers can sit at the counter and watch their meat carved right from the bone and onto a fluffy poppy seed roll. Take cash.

3700 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

6. Rincon Tropical

6538 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210
A sandwich with plantains instead of bread is held together with toothpicks and has meat, cheese, and lettuce overflowing from the sides. Brenna Houck

This southwest Detroit Puerto Rican restaurant serves a menu filled with fried treats like meat-stuffed empanadillas, bolitas de yuca (cheese-stuffed cassava balls), and tostones. But the star is the jibarito — a bread-less sandwich with roots in both Chicago and Puerto Rico that’s held together by long slices of crisp, seasoned plantain stuffed with a choice of chicken, beef, or pork, melty cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Rincon Tropical is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery through DoorDash.

6538 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

7. El Rey de las Arepas

7701 McGraw Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

This family-owned Venezuelan restaurant has gained a following among locals and even a few Major League Baseball players for its arepas, wonderfully deep-fried maize cakes filled with everything from cheese to shredded beef to avocado. El Rey’s affordable dishes including cilantro aioli and salsa rosa-slathered french fries are served in a casual atmosphere. Carryout and dine-in options are available.

7701 McGraw Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

8. The Lobster Pitstop

10405 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126

The wildly popular Lobster Food Truck set down roots in Dearborn last fall, ensuring that diners can always find a lobster roll when the craving strikes. The rolls here are served on a non-traditional bun overflowing with big, juicy pieces of lobster. The whole thing is dressed up with garlic butter and herbs. Catch the truck roving around metro Detroit or order at the storefront.

10405 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126

9. Hamido

13251 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126

Hamido’s chicken shawarma is simple and delicious. The meat is spit-roasted imparting a nice char-grilled flavor. It comes out hot and juicy in a tightly wrapped pita with garlicky toum and a side of pickles. The restaurant is offering dine-in seating but also does a very steady carryout service.

13251 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

10. Chef Greg's Soul-N-The Wall

10009 Curtis St, Detroit, MI 48221

When it comes to Detroit sandwiches, few have achieved the legendary status of the Boogaloo Wonderland at Chef Greg’s Soul-N-the Wall: a hoagie topped with beef, tangy red sauce, American cheese, and caramelized onions. This carryout spot’s signature dish pays tribute to an original recipe at the now-shuttered Brothers Bar-B-Q and to the late “Boogie Wonderland” songwriter Allee Willis, who was a big fan of proprietor Greg Beard’s food. Call in to place an order for pickup or order delivery through DoorDash.

10009 Curtis St
Detroit, MI 48221

11. Ernie's Market

8500 Capital St, Oak Park, MI 48237

Ernie’s isn’t just great, it’s beloved. Find huge sandwiches on fresh-baked onion rolls at this Oak Park landmark at affordable prices. Each one comes with a handful of Hershey’s kisses. Call ahead to place orders for carryout and remember to bring cash.

8500 Capital St
Oak Park, MI 48237

12. Matt & Mo's Italian Beef

24110 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Former food truck Matt & Mo’s is now the resident kitchen at the Doug’s Delight stand in Hazel Park, serving up phenomenal Italian beef sandwiches and Guernsey ice cream. The beef for each sandwich is slow roasted in its own juices and a special spice mix and topped with spicy giardiniera and bell peppers. Order one dry, wet, or dipped in sauce at the walk-up window.

24110 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

13. Que Huong

30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

This bustling Madison Heights Vietnamese restaurant is known for its pho, but it also makes a mean banh mi. The soft French rolls come filled with plenty of veggies, herbs, and protein like pork belly or chicken. Place orders by phone for takeout or dine-in.

30820 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

14. Balkan House

3028 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
A close up of a döner sandwich with veggies and meat stuffed in a pocket of soft white bread and drenched with creamy white sauce. Brenna Houck

The German-style döner is the go-to item for customers at Balkan House, a casual mini chain with locations in Hamtramck and Ferndale. Served on springy Bosnian lepinja bread, this pocket sandwich features salty meat grilled on a flat top with garlic sauce and veggies. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. The restaurants offer dine-in and patio seating as well as online ordering.

3028 Caniff St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

15. Ima

4870 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

This hit noodle bar and izakaya also happens to make an outstanding karaage chicken sandwich. Ima’s sandwiches come in two varieties — mild and spicy — with the option of a juicy fried tofu patty instead of chicken. The sandwich is served on a brioche bun from Knickerbocker Baking Company in Madison Heights with furikake Kewpie mayo, tangy napa cabbage slaw, and sides of pickles and lemon. On the run? Ima founder Mike Ransom opened a fast-casual spot, SuperCrisp, earlier this year at 4830 Cass Ave. Suite C where varieties of the beloved karaage sandwiches are the stars of the menu. Dine in or place an order for carryout in-person or online.

4870 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

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16. Mongers' Provisions

4240 Cass Ave #111, Detroit, MI 48201
A grilled cheese sandwich sliced in half on brown paper next to apricots and pickles. Mongers Provisions [Official photo]

Now with locations in Cass Corridor and Berkley, cheese and chocolate shop Mongers’ Provisions plays to its strengths with a selection of grilled cheese sandwiches. The uber-melty raclette sandwich is filled with crunchy Better Made potato chips and pickles. Each order comes flanked by crisp pickles or olives. Walk-ins are welcome but online ordering is available for pickup or delivery.

4240 Cass Ave #111
Detroit, MI 48201

17. Rocco's Italian Deli

3627 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
An Italian beef sandwich with cheese melted over the roll on greasy wax paper. Brenna Houck

Modern Italian deli Rocco’s has a way with sandwiches and the Zio Freddo’s Got Serious Beef is among the best of the bunch. The staff starts by melting provolone over a crusty hoagie roll and then stuffs it full of fragrant beef braised with slightly spicy giardiniera. Place orders online for curbside pickup.

3627 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

18. Iggy's Eggies

34 W Grand River Ave #2, Detroit, MI 48226

At Iggy’s Eggies it’s all about the breakfast sandwiches. Served from a walk-up window in Capitol Park, Iggy’s is a choose-your-own-adventure for eggs between bread. Pick a bread — English muffin, brioche, or biscuit — and add cheese and protein. The simplest (and biggest) sandwich order is the Bodega, featuring fried Sy Ginsberg bologna with white cheddar, a sunny side up egg, mayo, and mustard on a kaiser roll. The restaurant accepts online orders for pickup and delivery. Leave room for French toast sticks.

34 W Grand River Ave #2
Detroit, MI 48226

19. Bucharest Grill

2684 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
A box of Bucharest shawarma wrapped in tin foil to-go. Bucharest Grill [Official photo]

There’s other shawarma and then there’s the Bucharest chicken shawarma. The chicken is marinated and grilled on a flat top. Then the whole thing is wrapped in a pita with garlic sauce, pickle spears, accompanying veggies, and, of course, french fries. Order by phone for carryout or online (make sure to select the correct location).

2684 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

20. Breadless

Off Larned, 2761 E Jefferson Suite A, Detroit, MI 48207

Looking for ways to enjoy a delicious sandwich, without the carbs? Breadless opened its doors in March on East Jefferson Avenue, featuring a line of sandwiches that are wrapped in greens instead of bread. Enjoy sandwiches like the Cloud 9 Pastrami loaded with havarti cheese, shredded cabbage, pickle, red onions, spicy ground mustard, house-made reuben sauce — all in a collard green vessel. Round out the meal with a bag of Caulipops, one in a line of the restaurant’s delicious veggie crips.

Off Larned, 2761 E Jefferson Suite A
Detroit, MI 48207

21. Marrow

8044 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214
A roast beef sandwich on sliced bread with sliced cheese, lettuce, and pickles. Brenna Houck

Grab-and-go sandwiches can be a little limp, particularly when they’re picked up from the grocery store deli aisle. That’s not the case at Marrow in West Village, whose butcher shop offers a handful of carryout sandwiches daily that are wrapped and ready to go out the door. The selection rotates out depending on what meats are available in the shop at the time. Think: Roast beef with sliced white cheddar, pickles, and horseradish on sourdough bread. There’s also typically a robust vegetarian option as well such as marinated tofu.

8044 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

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