I’ve mentioned many times on this blog that I’m a late sleeper. Most days, it well into the late morning before I get out of bed. In my defense, it’s usually after two a.m. before I go to bed. That makes days when I have to get up even harder and nothing has been more of a challenge than I had this morning. I had to be in Ann Arbor, ready to work, at five A.M. That means, I was out the door at about 3:30…an hour after I usually go to bed.
I was able to change my sleep pattern for the weekend and actually slept all day Thursday and got up around midnight and just stayed up. When “lunch time” rolled around on the job site at a little after seven, I was starving.
I work a lot of these gigs where we’re fed by University catering. The food is fine, but it’s always the same bacon, dry scrambled eggs, and some kind of cheesy potatoes. It’s not really filling and usually pretty bland. On today’s job, the guy in charge did something different. He had to make a last minute change to our meal plan because the job was supposed to be in the afternoon but it was moved to morning. Some quick thinking got us a much better breakfast than anticipated.
The Maize and Blue Delicatessen is on University Street near the corner of Washtenaw. We had food brought to our site, but I did do a drive by of the business on my way out of town. I didn’t go in, but it looked to have some seating in a fairly big area for a deli.
The sandwiches. Wow. We had a pretty large variety of sandwiches to choose from. All of them were on some kind of toasted bread with a pile of meat and a egg to make it a little more “breakfast-y.” I grabbed a turkey sandwich on toasted wheat bread first and was shocked at how good it was. I almost felt a little guilty going back for a second sandwich, but once I noticed I wasn’t the only one, I grabbed a roast beef on some kind of multi-grain that was also toasted. The meat was good and there was a lot of it. It wasn’t stacked like you’d get from a Jewish deli, but there was more meat than your typical sub shop.
Since we just got catering, I really don’t know as much about the Maize and Blue Delicatessen as I wish I did, but I do know their sandwiches are good. Really good. I had never heard of this place before and now that I know about, I may have to try to get to the shop to see if their regular menu is as good as the breakfast sandwiches they put together for a bunch of hungry guys.