Today on the Bite Tonight: Ernie’s Market
Ernie’s Market is a little convenience store located on Capital St. in Oak Park, MI. Ernie’s Market is different from the restaurants and food trucks I normally blog about, but they are worth the write up. For those of you that have experienced Ernie’s, you will know exactly what I am talking about. For those of you that haven’t, get ready. Deep in the back of this corner store, is an older man and his deli. The menu is simple, “Build It Your Way Sandwiches.” You have four different options, 1, 2, 3, or 7 meats and whatever toppings you want.
Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites
Price: 4 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites
Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (service and sandwich)
At first, I didn’t want to over do it, so I decided on 3 meats. Then, I thought go big or go home. So I opted for the Monster, a whopping 7 meats.
Monster: Pastrami, Corned Beef, Ham, Turkey, Salami, Pepperoni, Chicken, Provolone, Cheddar, with mustard, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, pickles, and bell peppers on an onion roll. WOWSA! The sandwich was delicious and huge! Fresh ingredients and quality never tasted so good. I thought all the meat would be too much, but there was only a couple slices of each meat so it wasn’t overkill. My only beef (get it?) was that it was messy and I got a little slippage. That was expected so no biggie.
I had to squish it down in order to take a bite!
Ernie knows most of his customer’s by name and if he doesn’t, he treats you as if he has known you for years. The trick is to get there when they open or around 11 A.M. If you come a little later, you will hit the lunch rush and there will be a line out the door. The great thing about Ernie is that he hand makes every sandwich himself. I asked him why he insists on slicing each meat himself instead of having an assembly line going to tackle the orders. He simply responded and said that he likes to ensure each sandwich is made perfectly and the only way to do that is to make them himself. WOW! You just don’t get that service anymore. Once each sandwich is piled high with meat and cheese, it’s handed off to his co workers to add the toppings and dressing. The whole time Ernie is building your sandwich, he is cracking jokes and making his customers smile. There’s not another place I can think of that gives you that level of customer service. Ernie was sweet too and gave me a couple handfuls of Hershey’s Kisses to enjoy after my sandwich. Ernie’s is definitely worth the wait and if you have not been there, stop in for lunch.