Zingerman’s. What. An. Amazing. Deli.

If Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor found its way to Northwest Ohio, it would be rightfully deemed as the best deli hands down in the region. Yes, even better than a Whole Foods in West Toledo. Food and Wine magazine counts Zingerman’s in the top 25 of food markets worldwide. Nuff said.

The first thing you’ll notice after entering Zingerman’s are either huge loafs of fresh bread a few giant steps above Panera Bread’s quality, or beautiful slabs of pristinely orange cold smoked salmon. It’s an equivalent to Marilyn Monroe standing on a vent with her skirt blowing up.

Then, there’re extremely alluring cold cuts and cheeses: Duck salami, at least six different types of uncut bacon, and rare cheeses like a queso oveja negra (ewe’s milk cheese).

Their sandwiches, however, are where Zingerman’s stakes a culinary claim to excellence. Choose from a selection of the following: corned beef, beef (think roast beef), pastrami, chicken, pork, turkey, veggie, and seafood (salmon lox).

We ordered #48, Binny’s Brooklyn Reuben, with Zingerman’s pastrami, real swiss cheese, crunchy sauerkraut and Russian dressing (thousand islandish) on grilled pumpernickel bread.

The pastrami was both fatty and juicy, while the pumpernickel tasted fresh and heavy as it always should be. The sandwich cost $18.50. That’s right, almost 20 bucks for a deli sandwich.

Zingerman’s addresses this concern on their web site. In a nutshell, they would rather raise prices than skimp on portion sizes and ingredient quality. What they’re trying to advocate is an uncompromising view toward food.

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