In 1987 the idea of Amer’s Mediterranean Deli was born as a small hangout joint next to the Capitol Theater in Flint, Michigan. Local teens and college students could get good food for inexpensive prices at the two-story cafe. In 1989 they relocated to the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus where it has thrived ever since.
The atmosphere of the deli immediately makes you feel like you are in a high-end delicatessen (minus the high-end pricing). The owners set out to create a comfortable and welcoming venue and achieved it with rustic, exposed brick, large windows, and food display cases that present their wares in a delectably enticing way. The colorfully designed menu boards lend an air of artistic flair to the room and set a scene that makes you feel like you are visiting a European deli.
Whether you are looking for a light snack, a sweet desert, a salad, or a sandwich, the hugely varied menu offers something for everyone. Most of the sandwiches come in three sizes (small, regular, or super); the vegetarian options offer more than cheese and vegetables on bread; and they have a selection of crepes that will spin your head. There is also a full coffee and smoothie menu available to patrons who might not be in the mood for a meal.
In addition to traditional deli items, the south State street location also houses Windy City Hot Dogs. Featured here customers will find the best dogs that Chicago has to offer. From the Maxwell Street Polish and a Chicago Style Italian Beef, to the Chicago Style Dog (a Vienna all beef dog topped with tomato slices, Kosher Pickle, Neon Relish, chopped onion, yellow mustard, Sport Peppers & celery salt on a steamed poppy seed bun) a true Chicagoan could feel right at home.
Prices are affordable and portions are filling. The college student on a tight budget could easily enjoy a sandwich and a cup of coffee for under $15. Hours vary depending on location. Amer’s on State, 312 South State Street, is open Monday-Thursday, from 7am-11pm; Friday, 7am-12am; Saturday, 8am-12am; and Sunday 8am-11am. Amer’s on Church, 611 Church Street, is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-12am and Saturday and Sunday 9am-12am. The full menu can be found at amersdeli.com.