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Posted on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 9 a.m.

Frugal Friday at The Bread Basket Deli - many desserts and sides are less than $5

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Frugal Floozie Friday is a feature that seeks out dishes — appetizers, drinks, snacks, desserts, sandwiches, whatever — for $5 or less per person. Sometimes I split generously-sized items with loved ones; sometimes I find a great deal on a single serving that fits perfectly within the mandatory budget. I try to showcase several options to choose from, and you never know where I'll find them. Check out the column every Friday!

Craig and I both grew up eating exceptional deli food — he in Southfield and me in New York City. We're kinda snobs about it.

Fortunately, Ann Arbor has a number of great delis, including today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature — The Bread Basket Deli.

There are so many sandwiches to choose from that easily come in under our $5 per person budget (and many of them are deli classics: pastrami, tongue, chopped liver). And yes, we're sharing today — the portions are so generous that a half sandwich is very filling and more than sufficient. Eat the entire thing, if you want to; but you'll certainly be satisfied with a more reasonable serving.


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Craig and I split a regular corned beef on rye with a schmear of mustard, which cost $8.99. (A small sandwich is only $6.99.) Thinly sliced meat which was exceptionally tender, a good chewy bread with a crisp crust... sigh. We both felt right at home, and happy.

We also split a small order of onion rings, which were nice and crunchy. A small order costs only $2.75, and could make a great snack or side dish.

Craig and I decided to enjoy some dessert, as well — a thick, dense slice of cheesecake for a mere $3.79. This is so rich that it could have been a single-serve lunch! It was definitely an ideal portion to share with a loved one. Dry, almost crumbly — as a proper New York cheesecake should be — and not too sweet, this was a fabulous indulgence.

All of the Bread Basket Deli's desserts — which are enormous — cost less than $5 each. Vegetarians can order vegetable or egg salad sandwiches. You can even find a knish, one of my favorite foods, for $4.25. The deli has something for everyone!

So, for good food and a great value, head over to The Bread Basket Deli.


Mary Bilyeu, Contributor

The Bread Basket Deli 4003 Carpenter Rd. Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 734-677-7717

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Mary Bilyeu writes for on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, telling about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests, meeting new friends ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions, comments, or suggestions:

Go visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — where she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related; and look for her monthly articles in the Washtenaw Jewish News. "Like" her on Facebook, or send a tweet on Twitter, too.

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 8:17 p.m.

Great photography! My mouth is watering...!


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 7 p.m.

I've had some of the best sandwiches in my life here! Ya better buckle up Zingerman's! LOL!


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 6:12 p.m.

The Bread Basket is a great made in Michigan brand. The sandwiches are HUGE, and definitely can feed 2. My favorite is the BB Special. Corned beef, lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, on an onion roll, "MMMmmm" SO good! With the RAVE theater right across the street, this is a great place to take a date on movie night too!


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

Also I really like the fact that the Bread Basket offers other Michigan brand products too, like Better Made chips and Faygo pop. I really cant say enough good things about this place! If you live on the east side you gotta check it out!

Little Patience

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 5:24 p.m.

I have been to their Southfield location but not this one (yet). The food is very good and you do get huge portions.

Boo Radley

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 4:03 p.m.

Every time someone mentions how great Zingerman's is, I try and get over to Bread Basket Deli for one of their sandwiches. Really good stuff.


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 3:28 p.m.

Breadbasket is a great place. If i can suggest another frugal Friday's column, it would be a wrap from Anthony's gourmet (I frequent the miller/maple location). I prefer the cajun chicken (and I ask they add feta). It's $6 but I only eat half of the wrap, so i believe it is within your guidelines. If you have two people, I suggest splitting a wrap and a flat bread (I prefer the spinach and feta (with jalopenos added). Absolutely delicious and baked fresh. The bread part (whatever you want to refer to it as) of the wrap is hand made. He puts the dough in the pizza oven, which then blows up like a balloon, he then pops it and rolls your ingredients into the fresh made wrap. A steal for the price


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 8:01 p.m.

They make great subs too. Gigantic and full of toppings. My favorite is the grilled chicken breast


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 6:04 p.m.

Dont forget to mention the fact that Anthony's Gourmet has THE BEST Chicago style pizza outside of Chicago! (get one with mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and feta cheese!) Our family loves them so much they have become a traditional offering at our annual Christmas eve party...


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

Great place for a frugal Friday! Their flatbread is $6, and I love the spinach/feta & the pesto one, too. Their calzones are $9, and we always split those in half for dinner.


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 2:39 p.m.

If the photo is accurate, that sandwich doesn't look all that big for $9.00... Five onion rings for $2.75? There are better deals around town.


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 5:43 p.m.

The sandwiches are really large and delicious, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Chester Drawers

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

I enjoy your column, Mary, and get some great eating ideas from it. But what's with the word "floozie" in the tital of your feature? I don't understand the context.


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 10:06 p.m.

This is from the header of her blog: "floo·zie \?flü-z?\: a usually young woman of loose morals." Thus a Food Floozie is not a woman who can be seduced by virtually any man, but rather a woman who can be seduced by virtually any food (other than sushi). There is a link to her blog at the end of every column. I also enjoy her column!


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 2:11 p.m.

I am glad you enjoyed a delicious deli sandwich that didn't cost you $15. I think I will give this place a try


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

"Frugal Floozie Friday is a feature that seeks out dishes - appetizers, drinks, snacks, desserts, sandwiches, whatever - for $5 or less per person." Ahh this has been should probably take this part out at the end then... "She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person." *cough*


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

Billy, looking at some of your other posts this morning and now this one, I would say you "got out of bed on the wrong side" today. Take your whining back to bed and try to wake up a little more positive tomorrow.