Day 12: Zingerman's

The historic Zingerman's Deli, with Zingerman's catering on the right. Photo by Jack Durham

Zingerman’s Delicatessen launched in 1982 with a staff of two and a simple goal- providing the community with flavorful and traditionally made foods. Zingerman’s has always believed that customers can tell the difference between mediocre and marvelous, and their never-ending pursuit of marvelous has made them famous not only in the city of Ann Arbor, but the entire United States. Throughout the years, they have been listening to their customers, trying to improve the quality of their products, and find more authentic ingredients. While the deli is still open daily 7am-10pm serving up delicious made-to-order sandwiches, cheeses, meats, and much more, there have been several other important installments in the Zingerman’s family.

Zingerman's Roadhouse - Photo by Jack Durham

In 1992, Zingerman’s Bakehouse was opened, and they have been baking fresh breads and pastries on a daily basis since. The bakehouse not only supplies bread for the deli, but they deliver to other businesses in the city and across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Zingerman’s Bakehouse has helped make it possible to still get that fresh and locally made satisfaction in the corporately dominated world. They also offer baking classes to experienced bakers as well as those who have never turned on an oven, so everyone has a chance to make fresh bread from the pros. While they are focused on being traditional, they are also always trying to be new and original. While you have without a doubt tried some sourdough or Jewish rye at some point in your life, Zingerman’s has many oddly creative recipes that you surely won’t find at the local grocery store.

The Tea Kettle, always serving Zingerman's coffee and baked goods. Photo by Jack Durham

Not far away from their bakehouse, Zingerman’s has also opened a creamery, a coffee shop, and a candy manufactory. The creamery supplies fabulous tasting cow and goat milk cheeses, traditional Sicilian gelato, and more for dairy lovers in Ann Arbor and all across the country. Visitors can even see the cheese making process in person. They also offer tours every Sunday at 2pm. The coffee shop, as expected from the Zingerman’s brand, is dedicated to supplying the best blends of coffee from around the world. While Zingerman’s candy is only a wholesale manufacturer, they still take the time to make old-fashioned sweets by hand, just the way they were made 100 years ago. Their sweets can be found at many area retailers, as well as Whole Foods stores across the country.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse was founded to provide a full dining experience for those who enjoy all the hard work and authenticity that Zingerman’s puts into their products. The Roadhouse has all sorts of traditional American dishes. It isn’t a burgers and fries type of restaurant, rather they offer fine country hams, wild game, pit barbeque and more, with an equally astounding array of alcoholic beverages. They also serve fantastic cakes and pies made by Zingerman’s Bakehouse. It is more expensive than the average casual diner, but you also get the finest ingredients and preparation. You surely won’t regret the experience.

Wood burning grills at Zingerman's Roadhouse. Photo by Jack Durham

Zingerman’s tries to make their foods available all across the city of Ann Arbor, but even if you don’t live nearby, you can still experience a taste of what they have to offer. With their mail order, you can have your order shipped to you anywhere in the country.They have spent decades perfecting their products with input from their customers, and they definitely have something even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. ~Jack Durham, Regional Director

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