To call Mudgie’s a deli, is an understatement. When I hear the word “deli” I think a counter with a single person and a meat slicer building sandwiches. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that picture, but Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop is much more than that. For starters, they are setting the bar high in Corktown by not only serving high quality food, but by also making most of what you see on the menu from scratch. With meats roasted in house, fresh ingredients sourced from local businesses and farmers, and home made soups, Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop has become one of my favorites in the area.
Jacki and I checked out the brunch menu which is a mix of small plates, sandwiches, and an eggs Benedict for every occasion (Reuben, Brisket, Florentine).
Eggs Benedict (I went with the daily special): Prosciutto, Caciocavella cheese (mild cheese similar to Provolone) on a soft, buttery croissant, all topped with rich hollandaise sauce and two poached eggs. Delicious! The Proscuitto had a slight saltiness that cut throw the rich hollandaise sauce. The crispy potatoes were tender, but browned to perfection.
Jacki chose the Omelet Special. Take everything you know about omelettes and throw it out the window. This sophisticated, grown up omelet, isn’t your usual greasy spoon breakfast item. Crafted with the finest ingredients including earthy mushrooms, fresh arugula, sweet red onion, and topped with thick cheese shreds that looks like its fresh off the block.
In addition to a killer brunch menu, Mudgie’s Deli has some really good sandwiches.
The Reuben: Smoked Pastrami, Swiss cheese, kraut, and Thousand Island dressing on a grilled onion roll. Served with a homemade pickle. I always get the dressing on the side so my bread doesn’t get soggy. This also comes in handy if you have leftovers. Additionally, I don’t like my sandwich slathered in dressing so this allows me to control my condiments. The kraut had a nice sour bite which balanced the smokey, meaty pastrami. The Swiss cheese was mild with a slight nutty flavor. The toasty bread help up to all the ingredients.
Fun fact: Ever wonder what the difference between corned beef and pastrami is? Both are cured, but pastrami is smoked whereas corned beef is boiled.
Supporting local really hits home for me and this is one of the many reasons why I like Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop. They carry my favorite local brands, Faygo (pop) and Better Made (chips). In addition, they source ingredients from Calder’s Dairy, Detroit Sausage Co, Avalon Bakery to name a few. Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop is open late night, offers food and drink specials including Michigan beers and wines. Sign up for Mudgie’s Deli’ & Wine Shop’s rewards program to save $$$$ and order online to save time. It’s no surprise why Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop was voted Detroit’s “Best Deli” seven years in a row. I can’t wait to go back and create my own salad!
Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop •1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226•(313) 961-2000