Food & Drink

Grab Lunch at The Upper Crust Cafe Bakery and Deli

Upper Crust Deli is a new deli in town that is quickly becoming a local favorite. This deli sets itself apart from others by offering the finest quality deli meats, cheeses, and sandwiches made with only the freshest ingredients. Located in the Trader’s Point area of Manistique (right on the river), The Upper Crust Café Bakery and Deli is one of those bright open-air bakeries where the smell of fresh bread lingers in the air, and the full menu is sketched out on a chalkboard overhead.

Manistique was a booming lumber area back in the day, and the minimalist decor of the Upper Crust pulls from that history. A few cool photos from the glory days hang below an old two-man saw.

As you might expect, the bread at the Upper Crust Deli is baked fresh daily and then used on all of their sandwiches. Among other things, they also make sourdough soup bowls and delectable garlic Parmesan oyster crackers. Honestly, there isn’t a thing on the menu at this place I don’t want to try.

Oh, and for you vegetarian and gluten-free folks, they’ve got more than a few options that mesh with your dietary requirements. This sandwich (kind of like a Reuben, but not) was awesome!

375 Traders Point Drive Manistique, MI 49854
(906) 341-2253

My Experience at the Upper Crust Deli

On my most recent visit to the Upper Crust, I had a Reuben-like specialty sandwich and a cup of clam chowder with a side of the aforementioned homemade oyster crackers. My friend had what looked like the world’s greatest grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of tomato soup. The presentation was above what I expected from a place with a “deli” in its name, and everything tasted awesome.

One thing that makes this Deli restaurant special is the atmosphere and service. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked bread and deli meats. The staff is incredibly friendly and always happy to help, making you feel right at home. We have ample seating, free Wi-Fi, and even a small play area for kids, making it the perfect spot for a quick lunch or a leisurely meal with friends and family.

Unfortunately for us Yoopers, it’s not often that you stumble upon a place up here that delivers consistently excellent food. The Upper Crust Café Bakery and Deli is definitely one of those places, however, and well worth stopping in for lunch next time you pass through Manistique!

Bottom Line

The Upper Crust Café Bakery and Deli serves up a mean lunch. If you’re hungry and anywhere near Manistique, MI, seek out this place, and your stomach will thank you. Their delicious sandwiches, made with the freshest ingredients, friendly and attentive staff, and welcoming atmosphere, make them stand out from the rest.

Also, if you feel like doing a little wine tasting while in the area, the Mackinac Trail Winery is about a minute away, just on the other side of the river. If you’re visiting Kitch iti Kippi, the Upper Crust Deli isn’t too far away.

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Growing up in Detroit, Lindsey is a Michigan State University alumnus. She feels incredibly lucky to live in Detroit, and much more, to spend her days promoting the Detroit area as a travel destination.