Like this.

The answer to the question, “What does a $9.50 chicken salad sandwich look like?”

Zingerman’s, Ann Arbor. Of course.

It was delicious.

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34 responses to “Like this.”

  1. Suzi said on September 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    God, that looks good! What kind of bread is that?

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  2. moe99 said on September 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Just got back from the doctor’s office where I had my monthly allergy shot and spent a large amount of time reading the latest Sunset magazine and drooling over the restaurant and recipes portion. What’s not to like about a new fish and chips restaurant in Seattle that serves french fried smelt? My Minnesota and Seattle roots entwine!!

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  3. coozledad said on September 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    That bread looks like a yeast raised dough that’s been cooked on a griddle. Sort of like a naan.

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  4. LAMary said on September 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    looks like pumpernickel or whole wheat raisin to me.

    Nine dollar chicken salad sandwiches are not rare here, but they don’t look that good. That’s a twelve dollar chicken salad sandwich in LA.
    Was is a curry chicken salad?

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  5. nancy said on September 9, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Mary wins. It was raisin bread. Not curried chicken, but the real revelation — besides how good the chicken was — were the bean sprouts, which weren’t like ’70s style crunchy worms, but actual sprouts with green leaves on them, like watercress.

    Every time I go to Zingerman’s I’m appalled by the prices, but leave thinking, “Well, it was worth it, because that was the best (whatever) I’ve ever had.”

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  6. Dexter said on September 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Nothing beats Zingerman’s. For those of you who want to try some of their stuff, they do a million dollar online business.
    They sell the world’s best Spanish olive oils , too…bring the big credit card, though. Even a simple thing like matzoh ball soup is best at Zingerman’s. I don’t mind paying when I go there cuz I only get there about five times a year , but the gelato is a real rip-off…it’s like five bucks for a tiny little cup of raspberry gelato. I think we’re going to Zingerman’s next week for my birthday.

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  7. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 9, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    And they give you a whole pickle, not a quartered chunk — that’s worth $3 right there.

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  8. nancy said on September 9, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    You also get a choice between “old” and “new” pickles, the former sour and garlicky, the new crisp and cucumber-y.

    I’m an old girl, m’self.

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  9. basset said on September 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    looks almost as good as a tenderloin.

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  10. Dexter said on September 9, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I’ve settled on the challah bread for sandwiches there. Three weeks from today it will be available.

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  11. moe99 said on September 9, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Does anyone remember Brauer’s delicatessan in Toledo? Is it still in business?

    It was my first experience with a Jewish delicatssen, being a small town girl from Defiance. And I was in love with their pickles and the Rueben sandwiches on rye.

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  12. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 9, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Indy has a good deli south of the downtown core, but darned if i can remember the name — whole pickles, too, old and young.

    The Buckeyes are worried about Beanie Wells playing iat USC this Saturday, but the local joke is that he will sit out the game, but all is well.

    Coach Jim Tressel is playing Sarah Palin at Beanie’s position.

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  13. del said on September 9, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Jeff, I predict the Buckeye nation will lament OSU’s trip to LA.

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  14. brian stouder said on September 10, 2008 at 12:29 am

    you know, there is a big chain called Culvers that has a very decent Rueben; the place is maybe a dollar more expensive than McDonald’s, and with lots of ice cream.

    That place first made an impression on me when we went to the Dells; an inexpensive lunch for the family, and surprisingly good. Fort Wayne has at least one of them, which never caught my attention before

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  15. Catherine said on September 10, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Zingerman’s, yum, the best place I ate in AA.

    That sandwich makes me think of Julienne’s Chicken Tarragon Salad on Rosemary Raisin Bread. Perhaps a quick trip to San Marino tomorrow. I’ll have to shake out the sofa cushions, though — Mary’s right, $11 exactly.

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  16. Dexter said on September 10, 2008 at 1:46 am

    moe99: Brauer’s was on Monroe & Central and opened in 1952. I was never there and only know about it through my late father-in-law’s old tales. He used to buy cinnamon rolls there, and Brauer’s sold a lot of corned beef sandwiches and matzoh ball soup, too. I think it’s been closed for decades.
    My wife and her siblings always went to Tiedke’s Department Store for the Christmas displays ( I heard they were fantastic) and ate at Old Dutch Lunch ,downtown also.
    I have only been hanging around T-town for 33 years; my kiddie memories were of G.C. Murphy’s and Wolf & Dessauer’s in FWA.
    Since we are bantering about food, Popeye’s is the BEST EVER fast food chicken.
    Our hostess with the mostess writes that C-bus is her hometown. I have only become familiar with the Olentangy area since 1995 when my daughter decided to go to OSU (Occupational Therapy). Nationwide Arena is a fantastic place and I watch the Red Wings there once in a while. The new freeway (670 eastbound) makes it a breeze getting downtown from her ‘burb. The hockey arena is just off 670. ( Daughter stayed in the area and built a house).
    Still…I never cared much for it, the whole Columbus experience, compared to the enlightening fun I’ve had in other large metropolises. She likes it there, so I don’t matter .
    …just made cornbread in a cast iron skillet and had a piece with butter and maple syrup , and a cuppa tea…turned out good. Ciao.

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  17. Jen said on September 10, 2008 at 6:38 am

    I looked up Zingermans online and suddenly got very, very hungry for a good deli sandwich, despite the fact it’s 6:30 a.m. I got very spoiled down at IU, because Bloomington had some decent delis. Here, the only thing that passes for a deli is Subway, and it just doesn’t compare. If ever I am in Ann Arbor, you’d better believe I’m stopping at Zingermans.

    Brian, I am a big fan of Culver’s. I usually get a tenderloin, but their burgers are great too. I’m not at all a big fan of fast food, but Culver’s is a step (or two, or three) up from Mickey-Dee’s and Burger King. My husband has been going there for years when his family takes their semi-annual vacation to visit family in Wisconsin/Minnesota (the chain started in Wisconsin), but I’d never even heard of it until it opened in Fort Wayne. Now I know there’s one in Anderson, too. (We like to stop there going to or coming from Bloomington.)

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  18. Connie said on September 10, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Jeff, the great deli in south downtown Indy is Shapiro’s. Also a new second location in Carmel. Classic and old fashioned.

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  19. brian stouder said on September 10, 2008 at 7:52 am

    As Alex would say, this is today’s “talker” here in the Fort.

    When we first heard this on the news, we chuckled – but it was a nervous laugh. Thinking about it for another few seconds, the troubling thing was that this set of circumstances would be exactly like finding yourself (and your family) suddenly and inescapably stuck in a Scorcese movie (with a bit part, such as “Hapless stooge who gets knifed in the alley”)

    The television news is saying that the money amounted to $100,000, while the newspaper stubbornly insists on $10,000. If the brick-like object they showed on TV was actually it (and who knows) – I’m guessing it’s the higher number (assuming it’s all in $20 bills).

    But, what does Joann Q Citizen, who finds it in her front door, do? The screw-up who left it there is presumeably going to die a horrible death, and therefore has nothing to lose…leaving that aside, it would be hard to sell your house and get out of there. Thinking “What would I do?” for very long leaves me deeply uneasy

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  20. Suzi said on September 10, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Is Culver’s the place with the butter burgers? Never had one, but we’ll have to go try the joint now.
    Seems like there was a Shapiro’s around St. Vincent Hospital in Indy.
    There’s a good place for gelato in San Diego on or near India Street. We always called it The Vespa Club for all the scooters that were parked nearby, I think it’s really called Gelato Vero. Danny, do you know the place?
    Th old Hall’s on Bluffton Rd used to have a wonderful, bigger than the plate, Reuben, don’t know if it’s still on the menu now.
    I like the chicken salad on wheat bread at Arby’s — not anything close to the fantastic sandwich Nancy had, but not bad for fast food. One of those and a stout cup of tea got me home to the Fort from many classes at IUPUI.

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  21. Suzi said on September 10, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Axle grease??

    Narcotics detectives determined the package contained $10,080 in cash and was covered in axle grease, which police said is a common way for drug dealers to package money.

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  22. MichaelG said on September 10, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I make my own pickles. Pickling cukes and dill from the farmers market. They go into quart jars. Sometimes only one to a jar if big enough. No cooking, no preservatives and no vinegar. They are good in two to three days and last three to four weeks. Yum. I’ll probably get one more batch this year before it’s back to Claussen’s. Next year I’ll try growing cukes

    Mary, where’s the best corned beef sandwich in the Burbank -Hollywood area? There’s a place on I think it’s 3rd and Palm in Burbank that’s OK but there has to be something better.

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  23. brian stouder said on September 10, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Suzi – don’t know about the ‘butter burger’, but their burgers are very good; large, like you’d make at home. Plus, the “kid’s meal” includes a slip for free ice cream dessert , after they finish their meal. So the young folks are happy, and mom and dad get a Rueben! Overall, a nice place to spend $25 (tops) for a pleasant family outing.

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  24. coozledad said on September 10, 2008 at 9:15 am

    LA Mary: One day I’ll learn to click on the photo to enlarge it. So far I can still spot a raisin in the three dimensional world, but with my eyesight, it won’t be long before I’m getting a significant amount of my dietary protein from roaches.

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  25. crinoidgirl said on September 10, 2008 at 9:25 am

    For those near Detroit, there’s a Culver’s in Taylor, Belleville, and Westland. I got turned on to Culver’s by my partner, who’s originally from Wisconsin.

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  26. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 10, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Shapiro’s, right. Pastrami that melts at room temp. Mmmmmm….

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  27. LAMary said on September 10, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Go to Billy’s Deli in Glendale, on Orange. They close around 7 pm, but during the day the sandwiches are primo. Good corned beef, pastrami, and my fave, brisket with a slice of onion, sliced tomatoes on pumpernickel.
    There’s also Canters near downtown, and the Jerry’s Delis in the Valley. Canters is the real deal.

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  28. MichaelG said on September 10, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Thanks, Mary. I’ve got several things coming up in the area. Maybe I’ll be able to hit them all.

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  29. Peter said on September 10, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Ooo, Culver’s. Yes, they are the home of the butterburger, but why get that when they make such a kick-ass (although seasonal) pot roast sandwich? YUMMY. They do make a Pot Roast dinner, but the mashed potatoes that go with it are so so at best and I can’t get around the idea of fries with dinner…

    If you’re in Chicago, my wife swears by the Chicken Salad at the Bongo Club. Other than that, no matter what others say, we’re delicatessen deprived.

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  30. LAMary said on September 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Actually, Langers Deli (also very good) is near downtown LA and Canters is in the Fairfax District. I used to go to Langers when I was going to Otis Parsons since it was open late and had great sandwiches. Fairly iffy neighborhood, though. Nothing ever happened to me there, and I used to walk to it late at night, so use your judgement.

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  31. alex said on September 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I got spoiled by good delis when I lived in Chicago. Fort Wayne, of course, has none, but I’ve learned to make my own corned beef and do an outstanding job with it. Hint: Never buy point cut and never buy meat at Wal-Mart (unless maybe you intend to use it as hunting bait).

    As fast food goes, Culver’s is pretty damn good. The one in the Fort also impresses me as very clean compared to its competitors nearby.

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  32. LAMary said on September 10, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Those possibly were not sprouts on your sandwich. They may have been microgreens. Or if they were sprouts, they might have been alfalfa or radish sprouts rather than the nasty bean sprouts you refer to.

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  33. Joe Kobiela said on September 10, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Culver’s must be doing good, They sold their king air and bought a Lear 45, they land at Auburn when they need to come to Fort Wayne. I always hit the pilots up for a coupon for a free tenderloin or a Sunday. Have met the owner, just a really nice guy.

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  34. Jodi & Herb E said on November 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    We lived & worked at UM for 20 yrs…nothing beats Zingerman’s Deli for lunch or an office carry-in!! We now live in Indiana & miss Zingerman’s terribly. If anyone out there has any doubts, they not only serve any/everything a NY deli does (including the WHOLE pickle), but the store makes their own breads daily; they also sell a huge variety of deli mustards, sauces, etc. A2 is not just home to the Wolverines and Cottage Inn Pizza!!

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