The Great Lakes State is overflowing with fantastic places to eat, whether you’re craving a burger, an ice cream cone, or something in between. But there’s something perfectly charming about visiting a delightful deli, and Michigan has its fair share. Here are nine lesser-known delis throughout the state that you simply must visit when hunger strikes.
1. Cherry Deli (834 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids)
This lovely Grand Rapids spot is popular with locals for its mouthwatering sandwich options, many of which are named after streets in the city. Whether you grab your food to go or sit at one of the deli’s on-site tables, you’re sure to encounter friendly service, fantastic food, and a welcoming atmosphere.
2. New York Deli (510 W Washington St, Marquette)
Venture northward for an unforgettable experience at Marquette’s New York Deli, which serves up a wide array of eats that will satisfy your every craving. Try the cuban sandwich, enjoy a cup of fresh soup, and finish it off with a side of coleslaw. With countless sandwich options and fantastic service, it’s difficult not to enjoy your time at New York Deli.
3. Bad Dog Deli (14091 Center Rd, Traverse City)
This charming deli in Traverse City sells a wide variety of products, including Boar’s Head meats, cheese, and wine -- but it’s also known for fresh, delicious sandwiches and homemade pizza! You’ll have the opportunity to build your own sandwich at Bad Dog, which charms locals and visitors alike with its unique setup and mouthwatering eats.
4. City Delicatessen (52 E 8th St, Holland)
This small but mighty deli in downtown Holland should certainly be at the top of your must-try list. Each and every sandwich is freshly prepared on sight, and the menu at City Deli is truly one-of-a-kind. From roast beef wraps to sammies topped with turkey, ham, gouda, and avocado, there’s something for everyone.
5. State Side Deli (3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos)
Tucked away just outside of Lansing in the town of Okemos, State Side Deli is a fantastic spot for lunch. Try one of the deli’s signature sandwiches: we recommend The Famous, which comes with hot corned beef, coleslaw, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese on rye. Is your mouth watering yet?
6. Penny’s Kitchen (112 Spruce St W, Sault Ste. Marie)
Step up to the counter at this friendly spot in Sault Ste. Marie and prepare for a genuinely fantastic meal. With a wonderful combination of breakfast, lunch, and bakery options to choose from, you can satisfy every last craving during your time at Penny’s. Whether you opt for the chicken avocado sandwich or a homemade pot pie, you’ll fall in love with this eatery.
7. Lou’s Deli (multiple locations, Detroit)
With a slogan like "Lou’s Deli: Good For The Beli," it’s pretty much impossible not to love this fantastic eatery in the Motor City. Lou’s serves up a variety of sandwiches, from pastrami to chicken salad, at its three Detroit locations. No matter which branch you choose to visit, you’ll certainly be back for more.
8. Intermission Deli (2128 Bay St, Saginaw)
Come hungry when you show up for lunch at this Saginaw gem, which features a no-frills environment and some of the freshest, tastiest food imaginable. Visitors rave about the massive portions at Intermission Deli, so prepare for a sizeable meal. Whether you opt for turkey, roast beef, or another delicious cut, you’re sure to return for a second helping.
9. Dimo’s Deli and Donuts (2030 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor)
When you think Ann Arbor delis, you likely think Zingerman’s -- but Dimo’s is well worth visiting as well. The atmosphere at this charming spot is undeniably upbeat, and the food is always wonderfully fresh. Opt for a traditional reuben, try a grilled ham and cheese, or simply satisfy your sweet tooth by picking up a donut or two. Talk about a fantastic dining experience!
Are there any other wonderful Michigan delis that we should know about? We’re always eager to hear about your favorite hidden gems, so share your suggestions with us in the comments below!