My Favorite Place In Detroit: Mudgie’s

This post is long overdue. I don’t like to make declarative statements because I don’t want to lose credibility but Mudgie’s is my absolute favorite place to eat in the city and the place I go to most often. It is regularly voted the best of Detroit and for good reason. Their deli sandwiches are beyond compare. Mudgie’s is tucked away in the neighborhood of Corktown, a little south of Michigan Avenue. The quaint spot is very popular and often meets capacity. It is undergoing expansion and I’m curious to see how it will change. I hope it’s open during construction.

For perhaps the first time ever, Mudgie’s wasn’t packed with people (beauty of an early dinner on a Wednesday). Since my camera made me look like a tourist, it was an easy open to request an interview from our waitress Leah.

Do you live in Detroit?
I live in Ferndale.

What do you like about the city?
I was born here. It’s home. What I like is that right now it’s up and coming and the good part about Detroit is that the people here are real, they’re not trying to be anything other than what they are. I guess I have a little bit of an issue with the change, in the sense that everything is changing so quickly it’s kind of a hard pill to swallow. Magic Stick, for example, is somewhere I used to go for years and then I walk in and it’s like a night club. But what I like about it is that Detroit really is authentic. There’s not really any other place out there like it. It’s an original.

Even though we maybe fell kind of hard, we’re coming back up. Hopefully, the people who were originally here aren’t going to get pushed out. We need to remember that these people are here and try to help them up and come too.

What change are you looking forward to?
Honestly, more green. In the sense of more environmental growth – gardening, planting your own food. But also money. I’d like to see a lot of places rebuild and come alive again. Like houses, there are so many abandoned houses… we need to get out of Zombieland.

What’s your favorite item on the menu?

I have to say the Bella. I eat meat but I’ve never had a better vegetarian sandwich.

I appreciated the recommendation but I had to have the Barrett. It’s my staple and I could have it multiple times a week and never get sick of it. Sy Ginsberg corned beef, creamy coleslaw, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on an onion roll, served warm – there is nothing better.

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