As you head out on a Northern Michigan color tour drive this fall, keep these 8 Northern Michigan sandwiches in mind for a filling afternoon pick-me-up. Read on as we chew through a selection of the North’s best sandwiches, from Petoskey to Frankfort, for your September picnic basket (or lunch break). Find the original article in the September 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine

Cormack’s Deli

2569 Charlevoix Avenue | Petoskey | 231.347.7570

At Cormack’s Deli aromatic urns of housemade lobster bisque and a bright bank of deli cases loaded with fresh tortellini salad, stuffed cabbage rolls and indulgent cream cheese brownies share space with one of the North’s busiest sandwich factories. Shiny steel meat slicers maintain a constant hum as hams, briskets and turkey breasts are deftly shaved and stacked on freshly baked bread for two-handed signature delights like the Candy Apple, a pile of honey ham, brie cheese, sliced apple and honey cup mustard on grilled grain bread. Cormack’s towering wall-mounted menu details over 50 delicious proprietary sandwiches with old school East Coast deli staples like Reubens and smoked liverwurst and regionally inspired creations like The Bay View Club, a tasty marriage of roasted turkey, Muenster, bacon with grilled red peppers and sweet mustard on sunflower bread.

Michigan Ham & Cheese

Blue Heron Café | 304 North Mitchell Street | Cadillac | 231.775.5461

Blue Heron offers a two-pig solution with white cheddar melted over Dearborn ham and hardwood smoked bacon slathered with honey mustard and cherry preserves.

Schnitzel Sandwich

Hotel Frankfort | 231 Main Street | Frankfort | 231.352.8090

A sublimely salty pretzel bun plays host to hand-pounded pork or chicken cutlets slathered with horseradish, mustard and roasted garlic aioli. Ja wohl!


Village Cheese Shanty | 199 West River Street | Leland | 231.256.9141

Village Cheese Shanty’s fusionistic vegetarian pretzel sammie has tomato, green pepper, spinach, cucumber, olive spread, dill Havarti and fresh guac. You’ll never miss the meat.

The Michigan Reuben

Gates AuSable Lodge | 471 Stephan Bridge Road | Grayling | 989.348.8462

Fisherman chef Matt Hailey puts Michigan corned beef and quality kraut on rustic rye bread and then melts cheese on both sides.

The Italian Club

Folgarelli’s | 424 West Front Street | Traverse City | 231.941.7651

Airy ciabatta houses a cured-pork trifecta of capicolla, Genoa salami and crispy pancetta accented with provolone, lettuce, tomato, pepperoncini and pesto mayo.

Pork Bahn Mi

Harvest | 113 East State Street | Traverse City | 231.486.6037

Slow-roasted pork shoulder meets crisp cucumber, carrot, fresh jalapeño, cilantro and sweet chili sauce on crusty baguette at TC’s hip street-food hangout.

The Aronoff Group

Lake Street Market | 306 South Lake Street | Boyne City | 231.582.4450

Genoa salami, cream cheese, Roma tomatoes and fresh red onion deliciously coexist on one of LSM’s housemade asiago scallion bagels.

Fried Chicken Sandwich

American Spoon Café | 411 East Lake Street | Petoskey | 231.347.7004

Buttermilk-brined breast and thigh meat are expertly crisped and offered up on buttery brioche with crunchy slaw and ever
changing American Spoon relishes.

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski