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Best Corned Beef Sandwich in Michigan...

I'm looking for the best corned beef sandwich in Michigan. I grew up outside of New York City and have not found anything worthwhile in W. Michigan since I moved to Grand Rapids. So far the best I've had is Star Deli (Telegraph & 12 Mile). The Corned Beef Special on hand-sliced rye is pretty good. I think my best bet for really good corned beef will be on the east side of the state Any recommendations/suggestions?

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  1. star deli is the best...i grew up in the detroit area and think our corned beef is the best i have ever eaten anywhere ... and star is the best of the best...for a sit down restaurant try stage deli on maple aka 15 mile road and orchard lake road, 6873 orchard lake road ...248.855.6622...also deli unique, 6724 orchard lake road...248.737.3890...both are in west bloomfield...stage is closed on mondays...enjoy...dee dee

    1. Haven't been to Star Deli. But the best corned beef I have found is at Ron's Bagel Deli off the M5 on 14 mile Rd. Between the M5 and Haggerty Rd. Delicious corned beef!

      1. I have to recommend Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor. Rather expensive but VERY good. I haven't had their corned beef but have had other beef sandwiches. They use beef from Neiman Ranch. Really good stuff.

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        1. re: salembier

          I have eaten the corned beef at Zingerman's, and it is pricy, but very, very good. Sort of like anything else you might buy there.

          1. re: G Mo

            Yeah, got to go with Zingerman's. YES, it's a little on the expensive side, but they can also probably tell you the name of the cow your corned beef came from. If you're into that sort of thing.

          1. Grand Rapids! lol. you can't find michigan's best corned beef their, But you are right about the location. Remember this name Lou's Deli. This is hands down the best corned beef you will ever taste. They only have three locations one is on 7mile & Evergreen in Detroit, Greenfield & 9mile in Southfield but the one on 6mile and Roselawn btw.
            Wyoming and Livernois is the hands down best. Meat is extremely tender..

            1. Well, since the Bagel Haul in East Lansing closed, Zingerman's is definitely your best bet. Cool thing about Z's is that you can mail-order your corned beef and fresh bread too since you're in GR.


              1. The Bread Basket Deli in Oak Park at 26052 Greenfield Rd. They pile 'em high.

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                1. re: mizjb

                  I'm with you on this...BB makes an epic corned beef.

                2. I've also got to direct you to Zingerman's. They make with no doubt the best reuben I've ever had, anywhere, ever. First of all the CB is exceptional; wonderful flavor and texture, just the right amount of fat. The CB is not too salty nor is the sour kraut. The bread is out of this world and is an integral part of the flavor of the sandwich. The nutty cheese (emmenthaler?) also adds to the sandwich. Finally, the house made Russian dressing is SO good! This sandwich is definitely the sum of many fine parts.

                  For the best pastrami likely to ever have call Mr. Brisket and ask him to ship some to you. http://misterbrisket.com/

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                  1. re: luckygirl

                    Either Zingerman's in A2 or Steve's Deli on Telegraph @ Maple

                  2. whoops, see my post on the other detroit corned beef thread!

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                      1. I also vote for Star Deli, but it's a bit of a trek from GR. Unfortunately, ayounrich is right that you can't get great corned beef in Grand Rapids. We don't have a Jewish community large enough to really support a great kosher deli.

                        Locally, you've likely already tried Schnitz Deli, but I thought I'd mention it in case you hadn't. It doesn't compare to the east side, but it does satisfy the itch, and they have lots of other sandwich options, as well. (I just had a pepperham sandwich with grilled onions and provolone for lunch, in fact, very tasty.)

                        1. If you're ever in Plymouth, try Bode's. It's on Main by the railroad tracks. It's not "deli" style and it certainly aint no Zingerman's ($), its very plain but it's a Plymouth tradition. They corn their own beef.

                          1. Not to take anything away from Zingermans, but newcomer State Side Deli, in Okemos, with it's new location in East Lansing, makes an excellent corned beef. State Side's rye bread is twice-baked and just perfect. Service is great; the owner, Spencer, is usually on the scene ensuring excellent customer service. Not to be missed if you're looking for great taste, quality, and authenticity.

                            State Side Deli
                            3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos, MI 48864

                            1. I'm surprised to see so much love for Star Deli. I was rather disappointed with the thick, fatty slices of corned beef, and that nothing was grilled -- sort of felt like something I could make at home.

                              I love a GRILLED corned beef sandwich -- really brings out the flavor of the meat, and adds a textural dimension to the bread. That being said, there are two places I'd recommend for corned beef:

                              -- Zingerman's +1, fine ingredients and an outstanding sandwich overall

                              -- Onion Roll Deli (27302 Woodward, Royal Oak, (248) 545-9804), most people overlook this little dive, but their corned beef is impeccable. Home-brined, all the fat rendered into the meat, salty, grilled to release the rich juices. Get it as the "super special", which is basically a reuben. This is the *only* place in metro Detroit that I missed when I was living away.

                              Onion Roll Deli
                              27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

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                              1. re: jjspw

                                I definitely will go to the Onion Roll Deli. I'm always on the lookout for an excellent reuben!

                                Onion Roll Deli
                                27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

                                1. re: jjspw

                                  I totally agree. I think Onion Roll is bar far the best corned beef in the area. It truly is a dive but Alex & Alex keep the place clean and their corned beef is the leanest and best tasting corned beef anywhere! We usually sit at the counter and order the special. We can easily split it...it's huge. DELICIOUS!!

                                  1. re: Jack Freeman

                                    Onion Roll is good for what it is, but IMO it pales compared to the Ginsberg CB places. I like sitting at the counter, they put on quite a show there. It reminds me of Lafayette Coney Island with all the back and forth between the staff.

                                  2. re: jjspw

                                    For quality of the corned beef Zimgermans, but I have to say for price + sandwich Onion Roll is hard to beat

                                    1. re: Foog

                                      Sadly Onion Roll has joined the choir celestial.

                                      However, the Free Press last week and this week published two lists of 5 "great" corned beef sandwiches in DTW



                                  3. Not a deli--a bar. Terrific corned beef sandwiches on the eastside!


                                    1. Best corned beef is across the river in Windsor, Ontario. Go to Malic"s on Wyandotte st. 2 minutes from the Tunnle.