Zingerman’s puts the “deli” in delicious

IMG_0258Even if you have never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan, there is a fairly good chance you have already heard of Zingerman’s. It happens to be one of the coolest, hippest, and yummiest delicatessens anywhere on planet Earth.


Located in the historic Kerrytown district of the city just north of downtown, Zingerman’s is a must see, shop, and/or dine third place on almost every Ann Arbor visitor’s itinerary. Even getting there by automobile can be an adventure as the one-way streets of Kerrytown seem to whisk one in every direction except toward the delicatessen. Add in the never-ending dearth of on or off-street parking spaces with meters that eat quarters by the dozen and it is truly best to venture there on foot or by bicycle. That only adds to the mystique of the place.

Source: kingsleylane.com

Source: kingsleylane.com

Once you enter the front door, one feels instantly transported to New York City or Europe as dozens of happy aromas compete for your nostril’s attention – cheeses, fresh-baked breads, meats, and an assortment of other delights all vying for your attention. Scanning the menu, it is quite difficult to decide what to eat, especially for a first time customer, as all of the choices sound absolutely heavenly. In addition, good luck coming out of Zingerman’s without having purchased at semi-truckload deli goods, sweets, or other goodies – the store is packed to the rafters with them.


Part of the fun of Zingerman’s is its overall atmosphere – the eclectic collection of deli and dessert options adorning several historic buildings, standing in line to order your meal amid the plethora of epicurean delights, the occasional celebrity sighting (my family saw Emilio Estevez there a few years back), the communal dining arrangements, and the general setting on a brick street. It is like you entered a live placemaking forum.  Having been there a dozen or so times, Zingerman’s never fails to satisfy one’s craving for great food, good fun, and the Bohemian spirit in all of us. Definitely check it out!

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9 Responses to Zingerman’s puts the “deli” in delicious

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    This is an excellent article! Would “pig out” at that deli, I guarantee you! Kerrytown must have been an Irish-type neighborhood at one maybe? Obviously its been revitalized…


  2. basil berchekas jr says:

    In Indianapolis whenever you’re there, Shapiro’s Deli on the south side of downtown Indianapolis on South Meridian Street is a “real” deli as well. Shapiro’s started out when the neighborhood (near Harry E Wood High School, the original “Manual” High School) was predominantly a Jewish neighborhood, before they started moving to the North Side. Shapiro’s has remained, however, and has a diverse crowd of customers with many downtown office workers. Almost next door to the south is another fine place, the Greek Islands restaurant, owned by George Stergiopoulos, a local Greek-American (needless to say, “Greeks” are into restaurants and cafes!). He gets corporate customers as well local Indianapolis residents. Clay Clark, my brother-in-law who is retired from Allison’s Engines (in Speedway) took clients there all the time, and they were always “impressed”. Thought I’d throw this in, Bro.


  3. Lady da Vinci says:

    Hey there Rick How about beautiful bridges? I am tending to my aging mom in glorious Charleston SC on the harbor. There are many lovely bridges here. Until now, I had no interest in bridges, but as I drive the many bridges here connecting the islands, I see new beauty and engineering with an eye for design as well as function.

    Another topic that may interest you, is the early history of Michigan – you gotta wonder about the Fr. Marquette thing, in what, 1611? From the uncharted St Lawrence Seaway to Lake Superior and into the river lands, and the Great Lakes. They traveled the Mississippi down near the Spanish in the Gulf around New Orleans and returned. They were for the most part, peaceful with the natives. 1611… think about that! when Michigan became a state, it had a choice of Toledo & the ports there, or the U.P. – they wisely choose the rich land of the U.P. and hence the birth of UPpers!

    Thanks for all your research and interesting blog reads!

    >________________________________ > From: Panethos >To: thecolorlady@yahoo.com >Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:18 AM >Subject: [New post] Zingerman’s puts the “deli” in delicious > > > WordPress.com >Rick Brown posted: “Even if you have never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan, there is a fairly good chance you have already heard of Zingerman’s. It happens to be one of the coolest, hippest, and yummiest delicatessens anywhere on planet Earth. Located in the historic Kerrytow” >


  4. LeRoy Harvey says:

    And… you can buy Zingerman’s products here in East Lansing! http://elfco.coop/wp/good-food-2/our-local-suppliers/


  5. Ingrid Ault says:

    Zingerman’s philosophy was recently described at an Ann Arbor sustainability forum by co-founder Paul Saginaw. Besides great food they had big ideas before opening their doors. Here is the link: http://annarbor.com/news/zingermans-co-founder-weve-got-a-longterm-vision-and-were-not-going-anywhere/. Oh, and anyone can have Zingerman’s at their door — here is the mail order link: http://www.zingermans.com/?utm_source=deli&utm_medium=zinglink&utm_campaign=zcobbar.


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