A Sandwich a Day: The Bulgogi Hoagie at Broadway Cafe in Ann Arbor, MI

A Sandwich a Day

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Run by an amicable Korean opera-singing coach and his wife, the Broadway Cafe in Ann Arbor offers two things: Korean food and cheesesteaks. That's right. While the right side of the short menu is devoted to bibimbob ($8), bulgogi ($9.50), and soondooboo jjigae ($9), on the left side you'll find fries ($2), and a cheesesteak hoagie ($7) made with American cheese and thinly shaved ribeye on a just-chewy-enough steamed seeded roll that's good enough to give D'Alessandro's a run for its money.

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It's not on the menu, but those in the know (I.E. my hunting buddy Clay) will order a regular cheesesteak along with a side of their spicy, garlic-laden cabbage kimchi. Pile the pickles into your sandwich, and you've just made yourself a bulgogi hoagie, a sandwich so delicious that I predict at least half a dozen food trucks in the Los Angeles and New York areas will soon be peddling them like Korean tacos were never even in style.

When asked why the spectacular sandwich isn't on the permanent menu, the owner responded, "my wife cooks all the food, and I don't want her to have to work too hard." Thoughtful.

If Caroline's recent discovery of a very similar sandwich (minus the all-important American cheese!) in New Jersey is any indicator, perhaps the trend has already taken hold...

Broadway Cafe

1139 Broadway Street, Ann Arbor MI 48105 (map) 734-769-3524