Yesterday, in Ann Arbor, I had the rare opportunity to relax all morning at Zingerman’s Deli with a friend of mine. It was glorious and I relished every single moment. Once a place I popped into as often as possible (I used to live just 3 blocks away), my visits to Zingerman’s are now too few. Because I no longer live in the area, before yesterday I hadn’t been there since June of last year.
For those of you not familiar with Zingerman’s, please put it on your list of places to visit! Ann Arbor is a super-cool, progressive little city in Michigan with oodles of art, yoga, boutiques, bookstores, and restaurants. It’s a fun place. But Zingerman’s? It’s legendary. First opened in 1982 by University of Michigan graduates, Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Deli started as a quaint little sandwich shop. Over the years, always using the best ingredients (a great percentage of it local), outstanding customer service (the employees are always in a good mood and very knowledgable), and plenty of genius business decisions (check out Zing Train, featuring ongoing seminars that share their secrets for marketing and great customer service), they’ve transformed Zingerman’s into a business that rakes in $40 million annually.
I’m telling you – no trip to Ann Arbor is complete without stopping in at Zingerman’s! Whether it’s to eat breakfast, lunch (my favorite sandwich is #55 – Gemini Rocks the House), have coffee or tea, or sample unbelievable cheeses, oils, and vinegars from all over the world, Zingerman’s is never a disappointment. Never. It’s a foodie’s dream. I don’t know anyone who has been there that didn’t think it was incredible. Even people like Mario Batali and Drew Barrymore have nothing but great things to say about Zingerman’s. Check out their testimonials here.
You can probably tell by now that this is a business I greatly admire. And with good reason. From their dedication to the community in supporting other local businesses, to bringing high quality goods from around the world for our palates to sample and enjoy, to their top-notch customer service – this place makes my “favorites” list and deserves only the strongest praises. Zingerman’s, you’re the best!
Have a fabulous week,
PS. Clancy’s Hot Sauce is delicious and locally made in Michigan. Check out their website here.