The Journey Begins

Welcome sandwich lovers! Thanks for joining us as we embark on the most thrilling and delicious ride through the one and only Zingerman’s Deli. It may be dangerously caloric, ridiculously expensive, and incredibly risky, but isn’t this the kind of dumb stuff 20 somethings are meant to do?

There’s no turning back now. You are officially on #tourdezing.

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09/06/2013. Our first trip to the deli as “sandwich connoisseurs” was nerve-racking. What are we going to order? How are we going to attack this massive list? Do we try the pork? Old or new pickle!?!?

This was no ordinary meal time. This time, we meant business.

Our approach to day one was to be strategic. As Jen’s brother was in town for the Notre Dame game, we had quite a crew at the deli. We decided to each get a sandwich from a different category and rotate bites down the line. Here’s how it all went down.

Karly: 28 Randy’s Routine – Zingerman’s smoked whitefish salad, scallion cream cheese & tomato on pumpernickel bread. Although Karly got served the wrong sandwich – 17 Helen’s Have Another –  this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we killed two fish with one stone. The number 17 is actually the same sandwich as 28 but with smoked salmon instead of whitefish. Both sandwiches were good but some of the team thought the fish was overpowered by cream cheese. Still, this is a perfect sandwich for those cream cheese and smoked fish lovers.

Tour de zing rating: 6/10. Would we order again? Maybe for Sunday brunch.

Tour de zing rating: 6/10. Would we order again? Yes, for Sunday brunch.

Jen: 34 Diana’s Different Drummer  Beef brisket served warm, Russian dressing, coleslaw & fresh horseradish on Jewish rye bread. This sandwich was an overall winner, however, Jen wished there was more horseradish. While it can’t hold up to the the holy TNT, it’s still a tasty sandwich.

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Tour de zing rating: 8/10. Would we order again? Yes.

Mel: 74 Dave’s Open Road  Grilled Amish chicken breast, applewood-smoked bacon, Wisconsin muenster cheese, Zingerman’s ranch dressing & lettuce on grilled challah bread. Fresh off the bat: we loved the ranch. None of us usually go for chicken so we were pleasantly surprised with how it tasted. And how could you ever go wrong with bacon? While Mel is partial to crunchier bread, most of the group liked the grilled challah.

Tour de zing rating: 7.5/10. Would we order again? If you're a chicken aficionado - yes!

Tour de zing rating: 7.5/10. Would we order again? If you’re a chicken aficionado – yes!

Emma:  204 Jen’s Pimento Party  Pimento cheese (Southern cheese spread with Vermont cheddar, mayo & pimentos), Arkansas peppered bacon & tomato on grilled country wheat bread. This sandwich was definitely the surprise of the bunch. The bacon had a nice crunch and the cheese was a revelation. This is definitely not an everyday sandwich, my friends. Enjoy responsibly.

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Tour de zing rating: 8/10. Would we order again? Yes.

Tour de zing rating: 8/10. Would we order again? Yes.

Jessie: Sandwich of the month [Aubrey’s Milk & Honey] – Thinly sliced hot sopressata salami is paired with Zingerman’s Creamery Fresh Goat Cheese, then drizzled with honey on grilled Bakehouse Rustic Italian bread. Although Jessie only complicated our attempt at narrowing down the sandwich list, we are happy she did! One server even told us they are considering making it a permanent staple.

Tour de zing rating: 9/10. Would we order again? If this stuck around, hell yeah.

Tour de zing rating: 9/10. Would we order again? If this stuck around, we’d be thrilled.

Lauren: 5 Rodgers Big Picnic – Oven-roasted asparagus, grilled marinated portabello mushrooms, Vermont cheddar cheese & Dijon vinaigrette on grilled farm bread. Even the non-vegetarians gave Lauren a hand on her pick. Thanks, Lauren, for loving this sandwich so much that you are BOUND to order it every time!!

Lauren's Tour de zing rating: 10/10. Would she order again? Yes. (*photo taken from Zingerman's website)

Lauren’s Tour de zing rating: 10/10. Would she order again? Yes

Three other friends joined us on our inaugural tour de zing visit. And thankfully each of them ordered classics that we couldn’t wait to steal a bite from: the Zingerman’s reuben, JVW’s Detroit Street BBQ, and the TNT Cowboy Reuben. Emma also ordered jalapeno peaches as a side dish, and Mel tried Puck’s diet black cherry soda. Adventurous? We think so.

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Thoughts on the next visit: it’s definitely time to start venturing deep into pork territory. We plan on trying at least two from the pork menu and perhaps a pastrami. Maybe number 7, Kelly’s Menage a Turkey, will also make an appearance. Letters have poured in from our followers begging us to try this beloved sandwich. We hear you, fans! We’ll get there!

Stay tuned for our upcoming posts featuring a how-to guide on choosing your pickle, which samples to try from the dessert case, and whether a $12 brownie is really worth it.

Clear eyes, full stomachs, can’t lose,

The TdZ Team

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