For years, I’ve struggled with the joys — and frustrations — of visiting Zingerman’s Deli.
It’s not a quick trip from my house to Ann Arbor, and going there without making a stop at one of America’s best-known delis and food emporiums is almost painful. Mario Batali called it his “temple of deliciousness” for a reason.
I’d rather shop for great olive oils and chocolates than shoes or purses. And I love the sweet agony of trying to decide what new sandwich to try.
But on a busy Saturday, it can take so long to stand in line outdoors — and then indoors in the narrow aisle between the irresistible cheeses and the rustic breads — and then find a place to sit, I won’t go.
Those days are over.
Zingerman’s quietly opened the doors last week to the new addition it began two years ago, increasing indoor seating by 2 1/2 times, adding new bathrooms and cash registers, providing easier access for wheelchair users and debuting a fabulous new kitchen that’s bigger, faster and open for customers to see.