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Feb 18, 2010 12:26 PM

Bread Basket Deli in Ypsilanti

Has anyone tried the Bread Basket Deli-
Carpenter & Ellsworth?

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    1. re: Fibber McGee

      I believe so- they must have opened recently.
      How is the Oak Park location?

      1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

        Strongly in the running for the best deli in the Detroit area.

        I'm curious about this, though. Ron's Bagel Deli, in Commerce Township, which was for all intents and purposes a Bread Basket, recently closed. I wonder if there is a connection between this one and the Ypsilanti one.

        1. re: Fibber McGee

          I'm curious about this, though. Ron's Bagel Deli, in Commerce Township, which was for all intents and purposes a Bread Basket, recently closed

          How I miss Ron's:(

          1. re: Fibber McGee

            "Strongly in the running for the best deli in the Detroit area."

            Not based on the singular experience I had there, Fibber. The sandwich I ordered came with corned beef that was out-and-out flavorless. Nothing wrong with the bread, the Russian dressing, or the cole slaw, if I recall correctly, nor the new dill. But that meat was just *lousy*. And by "lousy" I mean: not even worth eating. This was the last time (and the *only* time in my memory) that I didn't eat all of my corned beef. Just threw it out.

            Now, yes: it *could* have been a bad day, but you'd think that they'd have caught a corned beef problem by then. I haven't been back, and don't plan to. BBD is not even anywhere in the same hemisphere as "Best Deli in the Detroit Area".

            1. re: boagman

              All I can say is wow, boagman. It's been a couple of years since i've been there, but I never had such an issue in the many visits I've made. That's really too bad. I hope that was just an isolated incident. Or maybe it's the same old story about change in ownership. You may like Ron's replacement at that location, Rheta. After a couple of tries, I don't think Rye Bread Deli is too far of a departure from the previous tenant.

            2. re: Fibber McGee

              Hello Everyone. As the owner of the new Bread Basket in Ypsi, I can say that no, not all Bread Baskets are owned by the same person. However, they are all run the same way and over looked by the Founder, Al. Hope to see you all at my location. FYI: Look in the Ann Arbor area Clipper Magazine as well as Metro Times Magazine for discount coupons for regular size sandwiches and desserts!

          2. re: Fibber McGee

            I guess the excitement of Asia City opening overshadowed this place!

          3. I think there is a thread somewhere about how all of the Bread Baskets are not owned all by the same people....

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            1. re: JanPrimus

              The Bread Basket branch locations plus Al's Famous on Woodward in RO have the same ownership; I believe the original BB location in Oak Park was sold to employee(s) some time ago. Can't find the old thread where this was discussed.


            2. I had forgotten about BBD opening in Ypsilanti, and I was actually walking up to Subway, when it caught my eye. I got a turkey sandwich and mushroom barley soup. Both were pretty good. The rye bread was definitely better than most, but not quite at the level of Star or Steve's--which is pretty much what the original BBD, in Oak Park was like. I know corned beef would be the true test, but well, I am watching my cholesterol. I do wish it was cleaner, especially for a new restaurant, but I will definitely go back.

              1. Finally tried the Bread Basket. It was OK, around what I expected.
                It's where the coney was located, you order at the counter & can't see any food preparation.
                It's more set up for take-out, the seating is not really comfortable (no bowls of pickles on the tables like the east coast model)
                The level of cleanliness looked acceptable to me.

                The meat:
                too thinly sliced for my taste, since you can't see the prep, I'm not sure if it's pre-sliced or you can request a different thickness.
                tongue & corned beef was quite good.
                pastrami was awful, I would not order again.

                rye bread looked like it was from Miami Bakery?- ok but could use more rye flour.
                Half sour pickle was good too.

                potato knish- Fugetaboutit!
                it was a deep fried greasy Gabillas square knish.

                they have Dr Browns sodas including cel-ray.
                didn't try sweets but they have the usual and dishes like bean pie & banana pudding.

                I'd go there again when I want a deli sandwich, but when I have out of town visitors, the choice will be Zingermans for the atmosphere.