Throughout the summer the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman has taken viewers on a mouth-watering tour of our country in search of the best sandwich. One of America’s favorite eaters, Richman has rated the sandwiches based on four criteria: the bread, the inside, the taste and the overall experience. Tonight at 9 p.m. “Best Sandwich in America” will unveil the winner of the 10 finalists.
The winner of the Great Lakes region comes from Slows, which what seems to be the most accoladed and applauded barbeque restaurant in the city’s history. The victorious sandwich is the Yardbird, a chicken breast deal loaded with mushrooms, cheddar cheese, apple wood bacon and mustard sauce. (I should’ve eaten lunch before writing this blog. My ham on wheat is not going to cut it today.)
I don’t know if the Yardbird is the best sandwich in the country, or even Detroit, but it would be fun to see it win. The competition looks fierce, though. I know Adam really liked the super sloppy Al’s Italian Beef sandwich from Al’s Beef in Chicago. It’s also hard to go head-to-head with 1/3 pounds of fresh lobster, which is found on the Zesty Lobster Roll from the Galley Restaurant & Pub in Naples, ME.
I wonder how many Detroit sandwiches Adam Richman tried. There are a few killer dishes even within a stone’s throw from Slows. I’m thinking of Hygrade Deli’s Packing House Favorite, a triple decker toasted monster with deli turkey, thick-cut swiss cheese, coleslaw and Thousand Island dressing. It’s my favorite sandwich on Michigan Avenue, and I love a visit to the Hygrade to admire the vintage décor and super friendly service. Closer to Slows in Corktown, Mudgie’s Ivey sandwich is a no-meat sandwich that will not leave you hungry. Havarti cheese, avocado and sprouts taste amazing with the house-made spinach spread.
Other favorite local sandwiches of mine aren’t in Detroit, but in my hometown of St. Clair Shores. Both Harper Bakery (Harper north of 10 Mile) and Bommarito Bakery (Greater Mack just north of 8 Mile) have amazing Italian subs just the way I like them. Bommariot’s is more robust, and Harper’s is pretty simple, but fresh bread and a homemade touch make both winners.