Rubbed opens in Corktown with great textures

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

After months of delays because of snags with permits and licensing, Rubbed sandwich and charcuterie shop finally served its first 6-inch sandwich in Corktown last week.

Located at 2015 Michigan, Rubbed opened softly with abbreviated hours and is expected to be in full operation this week. The charcuterie offerings and special dinner events will expand as Rubbed transitions, but we’re already impressed with the hearty, made-to-order sandwiches.

Each comes with your choice of one meat or fresh mozzarella, and one cheese or spread. It’s not just ham and cheddar, either. For $7-$9, choose from soppressata, pepperoni, mortadella, smoked whitefish, roast beef, turkey, tuna or honey ham, and pair it with provolone, a bacon-herb spread, chevre and other options.

Each one is topped with a tangle of mayo, cucumber, lettuce blend, tomato, raw red onion, sweet peppers and shredded carrots. The balance of crunch, acidity from the pickled sweet peppers and the mayo’s creaminess make each bite texturally wonderful. A hearty half loaf of French bread keeps this all together, but expect bit of a mess anyway.

Rubbed also has a few signature sandwiches that offer more meat, as well as the vegetarian “Fresh 2 Death” item. Sides such as raspberry-herb orzo and beet and radicchio slaw come in three sizes: 4, 8 and 16 ounces.

If you dine in, enjoy the cute, Pinterest-approved decor and take advantage of the complimentary, fruit-infused water in the glass jug in the corner. Another option, for those in a hurry, is to hover over one of the brightly painted ironing boards in front of Rubbed and enjoy your lunch right on Michigan Avenue.

Deliciously brief

■Congratulations to Cabresto Tequila for awards won at last month’s New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. The Detroit-based spirit company beat out more than 100 tequilas for the prize of “Best Overall Reposado,” and the Cabresto’s silver tequila also won a gold medal certification.

■Saturday is being marketed as National Vodka Day. Celebrate accordingly.

■Rocky’s of Northville (41122 W. Seven Mile) is offering special dishes made with fresh Maine lobster through Saturday, including a lobster bucket, lobster mac and cheese, lobster and shrimp fettuccine and more.

Food and beverage events

Plymouth Restaurant Week: Ten restaurants in downtown Plymouth are on board for this prix-fixe deal. Get lunch or dinner for $15, $25 or $35 for a three-course meal. Participating businesses include Ironwood Grill, Penn Grill, Stella’s Black Dog Tavern, E.G. Nick’s and more. Promotion runs today through Saturday. Visit for menus.

Tour De Fork at A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education: Celebrating 85 years of the Children’s Center, which aids local families, this event includes locally grown food and live entertainment. 7-11:30 p.m. Fri. $150. 485 W. Milwaukee, Detroit. (313) 262-1085.

Detroit Lions Breakfast Buffet at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit: Before each Lions home game, get down on a buffet that has all the breakfast fixings, including an omelet station, French toast, bacon and more. 7-11 a.m. Sun., Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and 27 and Dec. 7 and 14. $18, $10 children. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.

Detroit Lions Game Day Brunch at Hard Rock Cafe: Pre-football brunch features omelet and waffle stations, fresh fruit, fried chicken, bacon, biscuits and gravy and more, including $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas. Take advantage of free parking and a shuttle to the game. 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and 27 and Dec. 7 and 14. $16, $9 under age 11. 45 Monroe, Detroit. (313) 964-7625.

Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Each night, two acclaimed chefs will team up for a four-course meal with wine pairings. The dinners are preceded by a cocktail hour with appetizers and drinks made by bartenders from the Sugar House. Chefs include James Rigato from the Root Restaurant & Bar, Benjamin Meyer from Iridescence, Garrett Lipar of Torino, Reva Constantine of Great Lakes Culinary Center and Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle. 6-10 p.m. Mon.-Oct. 10. $125, $1,150 for table for 10. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.

Taste of Southfield at Southfield Town Center Atrium: Sample food from local restaurants and vote on your favorite, plus cooking and beverage demonstrations. 5-8 p.m. Tues. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 2000 Town Center Atrium, Southfield. (248) 557-6661.

Wine Tour: Package includes travel to Chateau Aeronautique Winery, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, starting from Fieldstone Winery. Travel, tours, tastings, lunch and snacks are included in ticket price. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. $60. Reserve by Sept. 26. 223 S. Main, Rochester. (248) 891-6809.

Sicilian Wine Dinner at Paesano: A five-course dinner paired with PassopisciaroCQ wines from Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $100. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484.

Brew at the Burgh at Burgh Historical Park: A craft beer and food event with a Halloween twist. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. $20 (includes six drink sample tickets). Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, Southfield. (248) 796-4620.

Michigan Wild Game and Bourbon Dinner at Ravens Club: Harlen Wheately from Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on hand to walk guests through the seven award-winning bourbons. They’ll be paired with a five-course meal from chefs Frank Fejeran, Brennan Calnin, Lamar Farhat, Nick Janutol and Jeffrey Sartor. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to nonprofit 826michigan.cq 6-10 p.m. Oct. 16. $100. 207 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 214-0400.

Baconfest Michigan at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 1,500 bacon-lovers attended last year, and this year is expected to be just as popular. Participating restaurants, food trucks and guest chefs are to be announced. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 17. $75. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.