Zingerman’s Delicatessen – Saturday Restaurant Review

Earlier this week my sister and 17 month old niece came for a visit from Grand Rapids. My sister suggested a trip to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Since they were arriving around lunchtime, we decided to meet for lunch at Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Kerrytown. Zingerman’s is a short walk from the Hands-On Museum. 

Ordering at Zingerman’s Delicatessen

If you haven’t been to Zingerman’s for a few years, you’ll find that their process has changed a bit since their remodel. Instead of ordering sandwiches in the deli, you’ll head down the hall to the new ordering area. You’ll be met by staff with tablets to place your order. 

This area is a bit hard to navigate with a stroller or a wheelchair since there are a couple of stairs in the line. Since we had 4 adults, my sister used the ramp with the stroller and joined us in line. 

Menu at Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Zingerman’s menu is quite extensive offering a wide variety of sandwiches. The menu is divided by meat (corned beef, chicken, pork, turkey, vegetarian, etc) with salad options and side dishes. The kids menu is posted on the wall. Kids Menu options include grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly. 

Their sandwiches are available in two sizes, normal and large. The large sandwich is the same size bread, but includes extra meat. Personally, the small size is even a little big for me, but it isn’t quite big enough to share. A large would be large enough to share or bring some home.  

Zingerman’s Delicatessen Seating

After placing your order, you’ll fill your drinks, grab chips, if you wish, and pay for your order. Then you need to find a table. The seating is greatly expanded since their renovation with indoor seating on the first and second floor. If you need the elevator to the second floor it is back by the order station.  There is also indoor seating at Zingerman’s Next Door. There are outdoor picnic benches with umbrellas to provide shade. 

Zingerman's Delicatessen - Outdoor Seating

We initially sat outdoors since the first floor seating was full and there were 6 of us. Unfortunately, there was no way for us to maneuver the umbrella to shade either end of the table for my niece’s high chair.  We ended up moving to the second floor and eating indoor. If you need an elevator to reach the second floor seating or the restrooms, it is located near the ordering station.  

Food at Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Zingerman’s food was delicious as always. I had a “#85 J.V.W.’S DETROIT ST. BBQ” – a grilled sandwich with BBQ chicken, applewood smoked bacon, and coleslaw. YUM! 

JVW Detroit St BBQ Chicken

As is her custom, my daughter skipped the kids meal. She and my husband shared a “#26 FRANK & KATHY’S HALF-ITALIAN SUB”. Since they were sharing, they opted for the large sandwich with extra meat. Our order indicated that they were sharing so the two halves were brought in separate baskets. Just to clarify, this picture is half of the half-Italian sub.

Zingerman's Delicatessen - FRANK & KATHY'S HALF-ITALIAN SUB

My mother and sister both had chicken sandwiches, but I am not sure which ones.

Overall Review of Zingerman’s Delicatessen 

Overall we really enjoyed our meal at Zingerman’s. It was a perfect location for a visit to the Hands-On Museum and for my husband to meet us from the Medical School. We actually timed it perfectly that he called me to say he was leaving his office just as I was approaching his building so I was able to pick him up. This way he only had to walk one direction in the hot weather. 

On the downside, Zingerman’s Delicatessen is fairly pricey. For my family of 3, the bill was $42 with my husband and daughter sharing a sandwich. We did buy a bag of chips to share with the table and 3 fountain beverages. 

We will definitely return to Zingerman’s in the future, particularly with people who are visiting Ann Arbor. However, the price will keep us from visiting as often as we might otherwise. 

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