Gourmet Deli Menu

Our dishes are prepared in-house and made with the freshest and finest ingredients available.

Fresh Sandwiches

(All sandwiches are made to order, please allow time for their artful preparation.)

The Classic

your choice of:
  • Oven Roasted Turkey
  • Black Forest Ham, or
  • Angus Roast Beef
Served on the artisan sourdough bread with your choice of: cheddar, provolone, pepper jack, or Swiss cheese. With romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, Essence spread or mustard
Kinetic Veggie - $9.95
(named in honor of our healthy-focused friends down the street!)-everything that grows from the ground that we can find in our kitchen, napkins highly recommended!
The Caprese – $9.95
fresh mozzarella, olive oil, herb roasted tomatoes and feta topped with fresh basil leaves. Served toasty warm on a baguette…heavenly.
The French Hen - $9.95

delicious white meat chicken salad tucked in a buttery croissant topped with organic mixed greens.

Back Alley Reuben – $10.95
traditional corned beef and Swiss with fresh McClure’s sauerkraut on rye; dressed with our zesty homemade thousand island.
Cuban Imposter – $9.95

salami, provolone, house-made spicy relish and mustard on our baguette, toasted and delicious. 

The Ultimate Wexler - $9.95
black forest ham, white cheddar on a baguette … oven-toasted to be hot and melty!
Turkey Loves Cherry – $9.95

Our most popular Sandwich! 

roasted turkey breast and Havarti cheese with Essence spread, slathered with Joan’s cherry red onion marmalade and grilled!

PB&J - $4.95
Michigan-made Koeze Peanut Butter and WeeBee Jammin Jams.
White Albacore Tuna - $9.95
prepared with just the right amount of crunchy celery and our spread.
South Main Boxed Lunch - $14.99 (minimum of 4)
Looking for lunch for your next meeting or adventure? Try a South Main Boxed Lunch… includes your choice of one Classic Essence sandwich (turkey, ham or roast beef), an Essence cookie, a bag of Michigan-made potato chips, and a side of Essence deli salad. Boxed and ready to go for your picnic or corporate lunch, with napkin and silverware.

Essence Soups

12 oz. bowl – $5.00
Quart size – $13.99

Bowl of Soup and ½ Classic Sandwich – $10.95

Potato Cheddar


Garlic Spinach Quinoa


Vegetarian Chili


Grandma Trudy’s Hamburger Soup

Green Salads

Large $9.95 each
Mini $4.00 each (south main not available as mini)

Essence of Michigan Salad
Mixed field greens, toasted pecans, dried Michigan cherries, blue cheese, and thinly sliced red onion, served with Raspberry Vinaigrette.
Theodora’s Greek
Chopped romaine lettuce, garbanzo beans, cucumbers, beets, Kalamata olives and feta cheese, served with Greek dressing. (No onions in this salad, because Theodora does not like onions!)
South Main Salad
A generous scoop of our White Albacore Tuna Salad or Chicken Salad on a bed of mixed field greens with slices of tomato, cucumber and red onion.


Whole $23 (Pre-Order only)
Slice $4.00 (subject to availability in cooler)

Available Flavors:

  • Feta Spinach
  • Caprese
  • Roasted Veggie
  • Lorraine
  • Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar

House-made Specialties

Ready to grab and go, priced $7.95 to $9.95 per pound
Options are subject to availability, call to see what we have today!

Seasonal Salads too… check the cooler for current offerings.
Black Bean Quinoa

quinoa, black beans, mixed peppers, green onion, pickled jalapeno pepper, cilantro, olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, balsamic vinegar, cumin, kosher salt.
GF, DF, Vegan

Oriental Pasta
whole wheat spaghetti, peanuts, green onion, cilantro, sesame seeds, sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, canola oil, red pepper flakes.
Essence Caviar

black beans, garbanzo beans, onion, mixed peppers, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, garlic.
GF, DF, Vegan

Essence Hummus

garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, garlic, kosher salt, cayenne pepper.
GF, DF, Vegan

Greek Orzo
orzo pasta, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh parsley, Greek dressing.


All Items listed on this menu are available for catering with 48 hours notice!

Our classic sandwiches can be cut into halves and packaged for easy service. $9.95 per sandwich.

Our soups are available in quart size (3-4 servings) for $13.99.

We also can create larger sizes of our popular Michigan and Greek salads:

  • Small Catering – serves 6-8 – $18
  • Medium Catering – serves 8-10 – $28
  • Large Catering – serves 15-20 – $45

We also offer delivery within a 10 mile radius of Essence for a $10 fee.

Operators are standing by to take your order!