Day 70: Zingerman’s Deli and a visit to Ann Arbor.
On the 1st day of our cross country journey, we were drenched in sweat as we crossed the Nevada desert. And on the 70th day of our cross country journey, we crunched the crisp leaves that had fallen from the trees surrounding our Airstream. Or as Mila our 3 year old jokingly calls it, our “car house”.
When we meet people during our travels, we usually get some type of look from them (good or bad) before they inquire about some of our future destinations. Whenever we mention going to Ann Arbor, they ALWAYS pipe up about Zingerman’s Deli. So as soon as we headed into Ann Arbor and found a parking spot, we walked over to this famous delicatessen.
Zingerman’s opened its doors in 1982 with only 5 tables. Over the span of the next 30 years, this famous Jewish deli added an additional 700 sqft building next to the original building, started catering, opened up a coffee shop, creamery and a roadhouse and won lots of awards.
The selection of sandwiches here is huge. It was overwhelming to tell the truth. Plus being rushed to order off of it did not help the situation. The guy at the front counter helped guide us down the right path.
Dan ordered #48 Binny’s Brooklyn Reuben, which was Zingerman’s pastrami (instead of the classic corned beef), real Switzerland Swiss cheese, sauerkraut & Russian dressing on grilled pumpernickel bread. The small was $13.99. But for two buck more you could get the large. And that is what Dan did.
I got #26 Frank & Kathy’s Half-Italian Sub, which was all-beef salami, Italian mortadella, Arkansas peppered ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, spicy fire-roasted New Mexico green chiles, olive oil & red wine vinegar grilled on an Italian paesano roll. Yum! Make mine a large too.
The kids are not fans of sandwiches but they insisted on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich… for 5 bucks. What a rip. And guess what? Yup, they hated it. But luckily for them, we also ordered a large chicken noodle soup for them to split.
So our total for lunch today was $48. Yes, you read that right. Kinda shocked us too. And we didn’t even order drinks. But the sandwiches are sooo good. Really good. Because days later, I am still thinking about them. And Dan is still shaking his head about paying $16 for his sandwich. I was reading another blog about Zingerman’s Deli and they complained a little about the price too. For a 50-dollar lunch, the sandwich better be piled with meat a foot high… or they better get us drunk. Haha.
As we walked around town, we stopped by a place called Kerrytown. It reminded us of of the public market in historic Milwaukee.
Dan had set-up a playdate with an old co-worker of his at the Hands-On Museum in town. We happened to get there on the day they offer 5 after 5. All of us got into the museum for only $20 bucks. Perfect because we “left” all of our money at Zingerman’s Deli!
Yesterday we enjoyed pizza from Cottage Pizza but today we ended up at the original restaurant, The Cottage Inn. Truthfully, Dan and I were too stuffed from our lunch to even think about the pizza. I know, I know. Shame on us. We split a salad. That never happens! How pathetic. But the pizzas there smelled and looked awesome.
We ended our night with a quick stop at the gelato place next door. During our last trip to Croatia, Ava fell in love with lemon ice cream, which is difficult to find stateside. But her odds increase at gelato shops… and she was in luck tonight.
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