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Hygrade Restaurant & Deli
Ranked #60 of 1,098 Restaurants in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Diner, Delicatessen, Soups
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Canton, Michigan
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

I'm a bit ashamed to say yesterday was my first visit to Hygrade Deli. I've driven past countless times, but never stopped in. Probably because the neighborhood is a bit sketchy, if I'm honest, but I won't be repeating that mistake!

Since it was my first time, I kept it simple: a cup of navy bean soup, and a Reuben. Kind of my standard order for trying a deli for the first time. If they can't get these right, just move along.

The soup was homemade, and excellent. The broth was flavorful, enriched with ham. The soup had a generous distribution of carrot, celery, and onion, further fortifying the flavor. Frankly, if I had a bowl of this, and a good-sized chunk of cornbread (no, not on the menu, but please consider this a strong suggestion), it would be a great lunch.

The Reuben was of a normal size, probably 4 - 6 oz. of meat on two normal-sized slices of grilled rye. It wasn't a monster, and that's OK.

The sauerkraut was drained a bit so the sandwich didn't get soggy, and the swiss was a single thick slice.

The Russian dressing tasted homemade as well, but I can't swear to it. It was applied in the right proportion, not overpowering the sandwich, or glopping all over your hands.

But the corned beef, the most meaningful ingredient in a Reuben?


Hands down, the best corned beef I've eaten in Detroit (sorry, Sy!). Tender, lean, succulent, flavorful. Awesome corned beef. The Olympic gold medal of corned beef. This is what I would make corned beef taste like, if I knew how to make corned beef! Really delicious--in case that hasn't come through yet.

It's not cheap eats. Lunch was $13 for the cup of soup, the Reuben, and a soda. However, it was a good value, as the ingredients were homemade, of high quality, and delicious.

The restaurant itself seems populated with a good mix of regulars and noobs, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. The decor is wonderfully dated, and I'm guessing the last remodeling took place in the late 60s. I haven't seen that kind of sparkly vinyl upholstery in decades!

Hygrade is worth a bit of a drive, and definitely worth stopping in, if you happen to be driving by. This place is the real deal, and there aren't many of these places left. Eat there while you can.

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank AccidentalGlobetrttr
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English first
Commerce Township, Michigan
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70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“An institution from the past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Litt family has been in the business for many years with Stuart now running the joint & that is what it is. It's a small, local neighborhood Jewish-style deli in the city. It is my regular lunch place with the best corned beef in town. Remember, it's local so the crew who work there are a funny group of locals. Well worth the stop.

  • Visited April 2013
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3 Thank bruceb815
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Detroit, Michigan
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398 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Best Diner Breakfast in Detroit, bar none”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Just a little outside of the Corktown scene, so it goes unnoticed by all the newcomers to Detroit. Too bad. This place has great service, bottomless cups of coffee, and terrific, hearty breakfasts priced very reasonably. The waitress Linda is outstanding. Full breakfast is under $6.00. The corned beef hash egg dish is amazing.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank applegirl57
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Detroit, Michigan
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Plating Up The Very Best Corned Beef Since 1955 a must visit in the D”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012

Now you just gotta know a place has something great going on to last 57 years that would be the corned beef best in the D by far. Sliced heavenly thin and put between great sour dough rye bread, life just does not get any better, I ordered mine with double meat and walked out stuffed WOW. The Lima bean soup was the best ever and the wife had a double meat patty melt with fries all as very good. Please see my photo's and give them a try. The retro paneling and vinyl chairs will take you back 50 years in time just one block off Grand Blvd on Michigan ave only 3 minutes to downtown Detroit. Fast friendly service Linda was a hoot and the place is spotless clean too.

  • Visited June 2012
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