Michigan is home to plenty of chain restaurants offering sandwich options that will satisfy your cravings in a pinch. But there’s something completely irresistible about biting into a tasty homemade sandwich from a local eatery. When ingredients are combined in precisely the perfect way, something magical happens — and these ten sandwiches in Michigan will certainly keep your tastebuds satisfied.
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1. The Barrett - Mudgie’s (1300 Porter St, Detroit)
This sandwich is a must-try when you stop in at this charming Detroit deli. The Barrett perfectly combines corned beef, Swiss cheese, tasty coleslaw, and homemade dressing on a warm onion roll. Yum.
2. The Reuben - Zingerman’s Delicatessen (422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor)
Made with amazing Zingerman’s corned beef, delectable sauerkraut, Swiss Emmental cheese, and traditional Russian dressing on warmed Rye bread, this Reuben is one of the best you’ll ever try. Isn’t your mouth watering just looking at that photograph?
3. Croissant Sandwich - Pekadill’s (503 S Mears Ave, Whitehall)
This beloved family favorite in Whitehall is known for its vintage-style ice cream parlor, but visitors also rave about its incredible homemade food. Try one of its croissant sandwiches (available with several meat and cheese options) for a truly delicious meal.
4. Prime Rib Sandwich - West Texas Barbecue Co. (2190 Brooklyn Rd, Jackson)
Head to Jackson and bite into this tasty sandwich, which will surely leave your tastebuds tingling and your stomach ready for more. It’s the ideal combination of hearty meat and perfectly blended flavor.
5. Bird In The Hand - Kitchen 67 (1977 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids)
This insanely delicious chicken sandwich has repeatedly been included on “best of” lists for sandwiches, and it’s no surprise why. Its crispy patty is cooked to mouthwatering perfection, and you’ll never look back.
6. Pastrami Monte Cristo - Frenchies Famous (619 Randolph St, Traverse City)
Frenchies is a small but completely charming restaurant in Traverse City that constantly draws in locals and visitors alike with its amazing food. When you’re looking for a sandwich that brings a sweet twist to a classic dish, look no further than the eatery’s Pastrami Monte Cristo sandwich. House-made pastrami sits perfectly on French toast bread with raspberry jam.
7. The Yardbird - Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit)
It’s hard to go wrong with any menu item at this beloved Detroit Bar BQ joint, but visitors constantly rave about the amazing taste of the Yardbird sandwich. With one-of-a-kind mustard-marinated pulled chicken, cheddar cheese, and bacon on a poppyseed bun, it makes for an unforgettable dining experience.
8. The Vermaire - Marie Catrib’s (1001 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids)
This neighborhood favorite in Grand Rapids will undoubtedly keep you coming back for more. While Marie’s offers a truly unique and extensive list of cuisine options, the Vermaire delightfully combines chicken and cranberry with cream cheese, provolone, and spinach on thick challah bread. Mmm.
9. The American - Togo’s (1000 N 3rd St, Marquette)
For over 50 years, Togo’s has been a fixture for amazing food in the Upper Peninsula. While you’re there, you simply must bite into The American, which brings together bologna, ham, cooked salami, and American cheese on fresh-baked bread in a classic yet completely delicious way.
10. The Big Baby - The Food Exchange Restaurant (8451 Harper Ave, Detroit)
If you’re hungry, The Big Baby is calling your name. This sandwich is a truly massive burger that weighs nearly a half-pound and is topped with corned beef, onion, lettuce, pickles, three whole cheese slices, and other condiments of your choice. You might only be able to eat it once, but it’s a must-have experience in the Great Lakes State.
11. Italian Beef Sandwich - Ray Ray’s Italian Beef and Sausage (1715 Miller Rd, Kalamazoo)
This is one sandwich that’s absolutely overflowing with flavor and spice. Its name is self-explanatory — you’ll be biting into heaps of perfectly cooked Italian beef topped with any pepper or veggie you can imagine — but you truly have to taste this dish to believe it. Ray Ray’s offers out-of-this-world food in a modest, sports-themed atmosphere.
We know this list can’t possibly include all of the amazing sandwiches that are available here in Michigan. Tell us in the comments: what did we forget?