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kowski76 Dec 14, 2010 12:00 PM

Anyone has any suggestions for the best Corned Beef/ Rueben in Detroit Metro? I've tried it many places my top 5 so far are:

1- Box Bar - Plymouth
2- Bread Basket - Livonia
3- Russell Street - Eastern Market
4-Hygrade Deli - Detroit
5-Bode's -Plymouth

any other suggestions?

  1. rainsux Dec 14, 2010 12:25 PM

    6 - Onion Roll Deli - Royal Oak

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

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      rcloud Dec 14, 2010 12:50 PM

      7 - Star Deli - Southfield

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        JanPrimus Dec 14, 2010 01:51 PM

        8. Mudgies - Corktown

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        Mudgie's
        1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

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          kowski76 Dec 15, 2010 06:34 AM

          I hear about Mudgie's a lot. What makes it special you think?

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          Mudgie's
          1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

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            JanPrimus Dec 15, 2010 10:36 AM

            Fresh Local ingredients (many times from neighborhood garden projects), Sy Ginsberg corned beef is always a plus, A owner that bends over backwards to satisfy his clients, great soups, many Michigan made products for sale, great desserts, and locally made bread (I know he was having a discussion about switching to Avalon but I am not sure what he is using now) .

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              kowski76 Dec 15, 2010 11:08 AM

              Thanks for the info. Sounds great. I will try it as soon as I have a chance.

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                coney with everything Dec 16, 2010 06:08 AM

                Jan, did you see that Mudgies is moving? Article in today's Detnews.
                http://www.detnews.com/article/201012...

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                Mudgie's
                1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

                1. re: coney with everything
                  JanPrimus Dec 16, 2010 02:22 PM

                  I know he had been talking about it for awhile and asked everyone's opinion on it.

                  I hope the move allows for a slight expansion on the menu. Not so much to the point that it loses focus. Greg is a very smart guy and I am sure will excel in the new spot.

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          jjspw Dec 16, 2010 04:18 PM

          The list ought to begin and end with rainsux's Onion Roll Deli. If you named any other deli on this list and have never been to the Onion Roll, you are doing yourself a huge disservice by settling for inferior corned beef and reubens.

          Zingerman's is definitely worth a mention, but to throw it into the mix with the other places on this list is sort of like comparing apples to oranges, IMO.

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

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          RedTop Dec 15, 2010 02:48 AM

          9. Jimmy Dee's Lounge - Clinton Township

          http://www.jimmydees.net/

          1. Davwud Dec 15, 2010 03:35 AM

            I haven't tried any you've mentioned but I really liked the one at Casey's Tavern in Ann Arbor.

            DT

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            Casey's Tavern
            304 Depot St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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              Jim M Dec 15, 2010 04:27 AM

              If money is no object, Zingerman's in Ann Arbor is hard to beat. Also try the Montreal Smoked Meat reuben.

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                Elyssa Dec 15, 2010 07:07 AM

                Ya I was shocked no one said Zingerman's. haha

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                  dearborn barkis Dec 31, 2010 01:50 PM

                  Yes indeed. IF money is no object. :)

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                    janetxb Jan 20, 2011 08:41 PM

                    I'm a great fan of Zingerman's Georgia Reuben, made with smoked turkey and cole slaw. I live in Lake Orion. Once a year I travel to Battle Creek, and always swing by Zingerman's for a Georgia Reuben, which I eat half of for lunch, and save the other half for dinner. It's fabulous!

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                    vniemo Dec 15, 2010 04:44 AM

                    Mati's Deli in Dearborn is one of my favorites.

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                    Mati's Deli
                    1842 Monroe St, Dearborn, MI 48124

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                      Davwud Jan 5, 2011 04:27 AM

                      I can see why. We stopped on the way home Monday and loved the place.

                      DT

                    2. nsxtasy Dec 16, 2010 04:20 PM

                      This topic has been extensively reHASHed here in the recent past (sorry, couldn't resist the corned beef play on words, LOL), in these topics:

                      Best Corned Beef Sandwich in Michigan... - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/415874
                      Detroit-- best corned beef or pastrami sandwich? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/390427

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                        Rosedale Dec 18, 2010 03:38 PM

                        I couldn't agree more with Russell Street Deli. Everything there is delicious.

                        Dave's New York Deli in Livonia also has a great grilled Reuben.

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                        Russell Street Deli
                        2465 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

                        1. dearborn barkis Dec 31, 2010 01:55 PM

                          Star Deli--12 mile just west .of Telegraph. Parking is a b*tch. But if you can find a spot, it is worth it. And it''s 2/3 the price of that other place in Ann Arbor. I don't know if they have a grill to serve Reubens, however. Their cold sandwiches keep the lights on.

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                            boagman Jan 1, 2011 11:51 AM

                            This is my parents' favorite place for a corned beef sandwich as well, though even they are starting to chafe at the prices that Star is starting to charge. I prefer the Plaza Deli myself about a mile down the road.

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                            Plaza Deli
                            29145 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

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                              jjspw Jan 1, 2011 05:40 PM

                              Star Deli does NOT have a grill for the Reubens, which is why I have such a problem with that place. To me, a cold sandwich (all of Star's sandwiches are cold) is just something I can make at home -- totally not worth the $12 Star charges for them.

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                                rcloud Jan 2, 2011 06:56 AM

                                It has been a few years since I have ordered a Reuben from Star Deli, but I remember it being grilled. Also their menu suggests that they do grill their Reubens as well as a couple other sandwiches (their prices are also a little lower.... $8.39 for the Reuben) http://www.stardeli.net/menu.nxg

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                                  jjspw Jan 2, 2011 08:39 AM

                                  You're right, the menu *does* say "on grilled rye". But I have never once had anything grilled--much less, even SEEN the grill--at Star Deli. Perhaps I didn't order properly?

                                  Regardless, I much prefer the corned beef at Onion Roll Deli--thinner-sliced, with far less fat.

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                                    rcloud Jan 2, 2011 12:38 PM

                                    All I know is that I have had grilled sandwiches there as well as other hot sandwiches. With regard to the corned beef, as with anything in life, to each their own... I guess I just like my corned beef with lots of fat ;)

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                                      Jack Freeman Jan 5, 2011 01:17 PM

                                      I'm with you!! Onion Roll definitely has the best corned beef. I keep trying new places but they come up short. I'm torn between wanting the Alexs to update the building so more people give it a chance and selfishly wanting nobody to give it a try so that they don't figure out how amazing it is!! Man..I'm hungry now..guess I know what I'm picking up for dinner!

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                                        jjspw Jan 7, 2011 09:28 AM

                                        Hah! You made me hungry too, Jack Freeman!

                                        I love Onion Roll's crummy-looking building. If people are too unadventurous to try it simply because of the way it looks on the *outside*, they deserve to suffer through inferior corned beef for the rest of their lives. Never judge a book by its cover.

                                        Always makes me shake my head when I see people going on and on about how wonderful the corned beef is at some other deli in the metro... it's obvious they've never even *tried* the Onion Roll Deli.

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

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                                          boagman Jan 7, 2011 09:50 AM

                                          Does that make me a bad person? I fully admit that the building/its facade are a complete turnoff to me, and I live probably less than two miles from the place. I must admit that it's a difficult hurdle for me to get over, since the place (at least from the outside) *looks* pretty dirty. Is it a pretty clean place that they run?

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                                            jjspw Jan 7, 2011 10:50 AM

                                            I don't get you, boagman. You like Scotty Simpson's but you won't go to Onion Roll? I consider them both to be on the same page as far as curb appeal and interior cleanliness go -- Scotty's is CLEAN inside, just happens to be old; same with the Onion Roll.

                                            Not trying to pick on you, I just don't understand the hesitations about a place that lacks curb appeal. I've heard others say the same of strip mall restaurants. I can sort of understand the argument of "look how dirty the stuff they let you see is -- just imagine how bad the stuff is that they don't let you see (i.e. the kitchen)". But I also wouldn't want to close myself off to a potentially excellent meal because of a silly hesitation.

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                                              boagman Jan 7, 2011 11:07 AM

                                              Well, to be fair to me, I discovered Scotty's several years ago, after not having any place for F&C *at all* to go to. F&C just wasn't even on the radar, really. Sure, we could go to that place I can't remember the name of at 10 Mile and Telegraph, but that was just "functional".

                                              With corned beef, I have several options for what I consider to be "good" corned beef, and at least one or two "great" options. It's almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to this dish, so venturing out to another new-to-me place just doesn't have the same priority, you know? Couple that with the fact that it looks pretty lousy when you pass it by on Woodward, *and* the fact that the Bread Basket Deli sucked when I tried it once time (at the behest of a trusted source, even!), and my reluctance (at least to my obviously-crazy mind) is at least somewhat understandable.

                                              I will have to try out the Onion Roll Deli this month. Really.

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

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                                                Davwud Jan 7, 2011 11:31 AM

                                                Oddly enough, I almost consider a lousy exterior a positive. It just seems to have character and reeks of old school goodness. For crying out loud, the place we went to over the holidays in Huntsville, Al. was literally falling apart. The walls were peeling away from the sheathing.
                                                Terrific food though.

                                                DT

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                                                  boagman Jan 7, 2011 11:37 AM

                                                  Well, I'm not saying anything to the contrary. There's also a "familiarity breeds contempt" thing going on with me and this place. When you've driven by it as many times as I have in my life (has to be in the thousands) and every time you go by it you think to yourself, "That place looks like such a *dump*!", it kind of gets you into a mindset.

                                                  Like I said, I'll be giving it the old college try, soon.

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                                                  firestalker Feb 8, 2011 07:50 PM

                                                  As a point of clarity on the exterior of a building and the Quality inside lets look no further then one of your favorites PI Thai in Hazel Park. I would never have given it a try without your endorsement talk about a dump on the outside, but that is not where the magic happens. And with an over abundance of Thai places to chose from why should I have tried it.
                                                  The same with Scotty Simpsons I think the building is fine just suffers from the location would never have stopped without your endorsement. Both places proved to be excellent.

                                                  You need to give The Onion Roll a shot, although not the nicest looking is one of the best Ruebens you will find anywhere.

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                                                rainsux Jan 7, 2011 03:22 PM

                                                > Onion Roll ... I live probably less than two miles from the place.

                                                Huh?

                                                The Onion Roll that I like is on Woodward, Royal Oak-ish. Have you moved from
                                                Waterford back to civilization? Are you going trendy? <g>

                                                Or; is there possibly an pretender "Onion Roll" in Waterford?
                                                ;

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                                                  boagman Jan 7, 2011 07:35 PM

                                                  Oh, Rainsux, you caught me having a senior moment at the ripe old age of 38. I *grew up* in Ferndale, and since my parents were out of town this week, I was housesitting for them, and just regressed mentally and said that I lived two miles away, which Waterford is *not*.

                                                  I'm still in Waterford, yes, and I'm in the Ferndale area usually a few times a week or more. What a brain fart on my part.

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                                                    jjspw Jan 8, 2011 12:57 AM

                                                    Your Scotty's explanation makes sense, boagman. It wouldn't surprise me if your feelings about Onion Roll's exterior are shared by many others, and they too, have stayed away -- thus they rave about sub-par delis like Bread Basket, Star, etc., having never tried anything better.

                                                    And on a side note, I wholeheartedly agree with Davwud. The shitter a place looks, the tastier the food, especially when it comes to anything ethnic. ;-)

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                                      Fibber McGee Jan 5, 2011 09:17 AM

                                      Star's brisket sandwiches are also great.

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                                      GrueLurks Jan 1, 2011 05:59 PM

                                      Stage Deli in West Bloomfield. I could have no teeth left in my mouth and still eat that sandwich. Almost like a soft serve corned beef cone on rye.

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                                        JanPrimus Jan 2, 2011 04:15 AM

                                        Personally I get the Corned Beef with the Pickled tongue, but I would say that Plaza Deli is the one that has the corn beef I could eat best with only gums. I love that we can debate this aspect! :)

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                                        Plaza Deli
                                        29145 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

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                                          luckytobeme Jan 2, 2011 03:17 PM

                                          star deli in southfield has great c/b and pastrami ~~
                                          but the best corned beef sandwich in detroit, hands down, is at the detroit yacht club on belle isle ~~ if you are lucky enough to be a member( i am not) or know a member (i do ) ....you MUST try it ~~ fantastic !!

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                                            MDGMI Feb 8, 2011 02:10 PM

                                            After reading this description I had to try Plaza and I'm sure glad I did. Best corned beef sandwich I've ever had by far. Well worth the price and the drive from Shelby Twp. I haven't tried Star yet but it's hard to imagine anything topping what Plaza has to offer. Even my wife who's not a big fan of corned beef wants to go back soon. Thanks for the great recommendation.

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                                              goatgolfer Feb 10, 2011 10:49 AM

                                              Went to Plaza Deli today for lunch and Matt Prentice himself was working the line. Had the #99 JanPrimus (1/2 tongue - 1/2 CB) with deli mustard. Worth the trip. great rye. Fun talking to people in line as they make the food too.

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                                              Plaza Deli
                                              29145 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

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                                                JanPrimus Feb 11, 2011 04:18 AM

                                                Glad you all like it....

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                                                  Jim M Jan 5, 2012 08:36 PM

                                                  I always feel totally satisfied after eating at the Plaza. And I'm pretty impressed that we have a Detroit Chowhounder with a dish named after him/her!

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                                                    Rheta Jan 5, 2012 08:45 PM

                                                    Doesnt SonyBob have some soft shelled crabs names after him? Need to check out this Plaza place!

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                                              Double Espresso Jan 20, 2011 12:18 PM

                                              For corned beef, pastrami, and all that's Jewish deli heaven, try Tony's Deli (used to be called Embers) on Orchard Lake near Commerce. Matzah ball soup, mushroom barleysoup, kreplach... all the goodies - even chopped liver. This place is a sleeper and absolutely wonderful.

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                                              Tony's Deli
                                              2165 W 47th St, Cleveland, OH 44102

                                              1. rainsux Jan 5, 2012 06:01 AM

                                                Oy as a deal for Hygrade ... avail for the next 3 days. $10 buys a $20 coupon:

                                                http://oywhatadeal.com/deal/hygrade-r...

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