Breaking News: Oh my goodness. Pot pies? At Zingermans? Does it get any better than that? It's $9.99 a pie, but the price goes down in bulk -- 10% off 10, 20% off 20... If only I had a bigger freezer (you can get them in frozen form, too). They're only available in January and February, though, so I need to get my butt over there soon to pick up a bundle. One of each, perhaps? Check 'em out! I'm particularly itching to try the dingle pie (hello? dingle! it's just funny) and, of course, the turkey -- classic. Num num num.
Speaking of Z's, Brad and I popped in last weekend (once finally recovered from NYE!) to try out the Oprah special -- yes, on our vacation, we watched Oprah. It's My Best Friend Gail went on a sandwich tour (including a delicious-looking grilled cheese at Cafe Muse in Royal Oak -- must go there next!), and she came to Ann Arbor to try out Lisa C's Boisterous Brisket (hand-pulled beef brisket simmered in Zingerman's own BBQ sauce on a soft bun). Brad and I are pretty lame when we go to the deli -- he almost always gets the Reuben, and I almost always get the Jimmy Wants Rosemary's Baby (rosemary-crusted baked Italian ham, Zingerman's handmade fresh mozzarella, tomato, olive oil, and red wine vinegar on Sicilian sesame semolina bread). I don't know that we'd ever even looked at the beef menu. But Oprah and Gail nearly peed themselves over the brisket, so we just had to try it, right?
Was it yummy? Yes, definitely. Was it amazing bbq? I'm not sure -- I'm relatively new to the bbq scene, so I definitely cannot offer any sort of expert testimony. It was an excellent lunch, though, and a perfect cold winter day sandwich. If you're craving a deli sandwich, it doesn't really satisfy that craving (no cheese!), but I would get it again, I think. FYI: the deli mac and cheese is NOT the same as the Roadhouse mac and cheese. Save yourself some calories and skip it. Eat a magic brownie instead or something, I say!
While we're on the topic of bbq, over break, Brad FINALLY took me to Slow's in Detroit. He's been raving and raving about this place, particularly the mac and cheese, for AGES... but he always goes for work lunches when I am sadly nowhere nearby. Anyway, we went down the day after xmas, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I ordered the Free Press favorite, the yardbird, and a side of mac and cheese and cornbread.
The sandwich -- applewood smoked pulled chicken, sauteed mushrooms, cheddar, and bacon with Slow's mustard sauce -- was just perfect. Again, I'm no bbq expert, so I don't know what to say other than it was simply delicious. The mac and cheese was pretty amazing, too -- and at $2 for a pretty hefty side, it's quite a steal. Cheesy, spicy, crispy on top. It might surpass the Roadhouse mac... Seriously. Now go check it out for yourself. And take me with you.