Dining at Mudgie’s Deli, Less Than a Mile From NAIAS

When spending over 12 hours in a convention center covering the 2013 North American International Auto Show, it’s very easy to get bored with convention center food options. While the Cobo Center did pack a good range of options, sometimes you just need a break from being indoors and near throngs of people.

Mudgie’s Deli sits less than a mile away from the Cobo Center, located at 1300 Porter Street in Corktown, downtown Detroit’s small Irish neighborhood. Not only does the restaurant-style deli offer a nice getaway from the Auto Show crowd in a cozy and inviting setting, it also offers a slew of food options for any type of dietary needs – from vegetarian, to vegan, to gluten-free, to even the pickiest eaters.

“It’s difficult for me to find a good spot to go to when traveling, but this place sold me with the Sho’Nuff on a gluten-free bagel,” said Scott Rodgers, Chief Creative Officer of an advertising agency, who’s in town for the Auto Show and suffers from Celiac disease. “It was so good, I bought a second one for dinner yesterday and came back a second time today.”

The Sho’Nuff, arguably the highlight on the sandwich menu, is a perfect-for-lunch, savory and sweet delight served warm on multi-grain bread or a gluten-free bagel. It’s filled with house-roasted turkey breast, Neuske’s nitrate-free cherrywood smoked bacon, house-made strawberry cream cheese, baby spinach and Slow Jams strawberry preserves.

Sandwiches dominate the menu, and they will definitely dominate your plate. At an average price of $9.50, the sandwiches are big enough to satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Its namesake sandwich is another popular choice among patrons. It’s easy to see why, as the warm-served sandwich is piled with beef brisket and house-roasted turkey breast inside an onion roll and dressed with house-made cream cheese, lettuce, red onion and Brownwood Farm’s Kream Mustard. And if none of the two dozen sandwich options interests you, Mudgie’s invites you to customize your own from its vast list of ingredients.

If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, Mudgie’s also features a handful of various salads and three soup options, which change daily and are listed on their Twitter and Facebook pages. You can also mix and match with soup + salad or soup + sandwich combos.

Mudgie’s Deli, which opened the doors of its redbrick corner location in February of 2008, prides itself on serving Detroit or Michigan-based products, such as those featured on the sandwiches above. Michigan-raised beef, Sy Ginsberg deli products, Faygo soft drinks and Better Made chips are constant menu fixtures, as are the many house-made sauces and cream cheeses.

Mudgie’s comfort food dinner menu is available after 5 p.m., offering a change of pace from the perfect-for-lunch menu. It features “meat and potato” dishes – a choice of turkey, corned beef, roast beef brisket or meatloaf – served open face on sliced bread along with smashed potatoes, fresh green beans and a dinner salad. Farfalle pasta with your choice of marinara or pesto sauce is also available, with the option to add bacon, chicken breast, smoked salmon or other vegetables for an additional charge.

While the amount of patrons increases during the lunch-rush hours, the friendliness of the Mudgie’s team does not waver. They are knowledgeable about the menu and can cater each item for specific food allergies, if need be. To put it simply, the team at Mudgie’s is like that buddy willing to offer you a ride when no one else will, just so you don’t have to walk in the cold.

For more information on Mudgie’s Deli, please visit their website http://www.mudgiesdeli.com.