With a history spanning over 20 years in a total of 4 different locations, Gateway Deli has been a part of the Detroit food scene for quite some time. Peter Berishaj opened the first Gateway location in Southfield twenty years ago at 11 Mile and Gratiot. After moving out of that space, Gateway opened up two locations in downtown (Fort St and Ford Field) and one in Troy.
In Gateway Deli’s early days, Berishaj drew his culinary inspiration from the Jewish community, serving corned beef sandwiches and matzah ball soup like a traditional Jewish deli. After receiving many customer requests, Gateway expanded its menu, adding more diner foods like a breakfast menu and burgers. Some of the sandwiches, like the Zena Special, are even named after friends and patrons of Gateway Deli.
The star item on the menu is easily the Potato Pancake Sandwich, which made Thrillist’s list of the best corned beef sandwiches in Detroit. Five years ago, Peter’s daughter dreamed up the idea, which today is available in an assortment of meats –corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, and salami–topped with Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing. To see Gateway Deli’s full menu, click here.
What distinguishes Gateway Deli, besides its excellent food, is its strong presence in the community, frequently sponsoring local fundraisers and catering large charity events. We were happy to partner with Gateway Deli last month for our Pie a Founder fundraiser to raise money for Gleaners. You can read about our event here.
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