Many people think that the best delicatessens are on the west side. That is, of course, if they are one of the few who haven’t experienced Rex’'s Deli.
For over seventeen years, Rex’'s Deli has been well known for our delicious, high quality food that is truly unparalleled. Only the finest, freshest ingredients go into every entrée. Tender Chicago corned beef is cooked fresh in our kitchen, as well as our delectable roast beef. Our soups are homemade, including the noodles. Our menu includes many traditional deli favorites, as well as a large selection of breakfast and dinner choices that are mouth watering and delicious. Generously portioned to satisfy any appetite, no one ever walks away hungry.
Margaret and I, have owned and operated Rex’s Deli for over seventeen years. Once Lefkofsky’s Deli at 9 Mile Road and Kelly, we moved to the location at 8 Mile and Kelly where Rex's Kelly Deli operated for many years. Due to an overwhelming demand for more seating and better accommodations, we decided to move once more and opened Rex's Deli at 19101 Vernier in Harper Woods. We are well known throughout the entire community for our delicious food, and our outstanding customer service.
“We treat people the way we like to be treated and our staff work diligently to ensure that each and every customer is completely satisfied and well taken care of. We feel very blessed to have a successful business with a great, long time staff and wonderful customer base.
We also offer catering for all gatherings and events, and provide a wide selection of food. Honey Pecan Chicken, Chicken Piccata, or Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy are just a few of the delicious entrees offered. From breakfast to salads and deli items our menu has been tailored to meet your event needs. We have catered to businesses throughout the metropolitan area, and can provide same-day service.
Rex's Deli is located at 19101 Vernier in Harper Woods right across from Eastland Mall.
We are open Monday through Friday, 7:am - 4:pm;
Saturday & Sunday 7:am to 2:pm.
Margaret and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Rex's Deli takes long history down road
to new location in Harper Woods
Journal Register Newspapers/DAVID N. POSAVETZ Margaret and Rex Zink (standing), often personally greet customers at their new location in Harper Woods.
By AMANDA LEE
Oakland Press News
Moving a long-held family business is always a daunting task. For Rex's Deli owner Rex Zink, it was not only scary, but necessary.
"Basically, what happened was that they raised the rent at my old building," Zink said. "We thought about it and realized that it would be better if we actually owned the building where the deli was going to be."
Zink, who owned Rex's Deli in Eastpointe for the past 17 years, recently moved his restaurant a quarter mile down the road across from Eastland Mall in Harper Woods.
"It was a lot of work, but basically I think it was a great move for us," he said.
A family business, Zink works alongside his wife, Margaret, and children, Elizabeth and Sam.
"I think that is what a lot of our customers love about us," Zink said.
"It feels like a great big family when they come to eat."
As a bonus of the new location, Zink says that he has already seen an increase in foot traffic.
"Basically, it's just a better space, it is more open and easy to see," he said. "We've had new people come in that said they had no idea we were here because before we were kind of tucked away in the back and not as easy to see."
In addition to the new customers, Zink says that he has retained his older patrons as well.
"I'd say we've seen about 90 percent of our regulars already," Zink said.
"Since we opened on Dec. 19, I think that's pretty good." Zink, who has been in the deli business for 30 years, started out at Lefkofsky's Deli at Nine and Kelly before moving to the previous location at Eight Mile and Kelly and changing the name several times before settling on Rex's Deli.
The deli has become known throughout the area for its homemade food, something Zink says his family prides itself on.
"We don't do anything halfway," he said. "We make our own soups from scratch, including the noodles for the chicken noodle soup. We order our pastrami from New York and our corned beef from Chicago. We don't want to cut corners."
Customers in the area agree, including Jason Starke, 36, who says he's been coming into the deli for as long as he can remember.
"I don't even know when the first time I went in was," he said. "I just know I come in like once a week because I love soup and they have the best soup."
Rex's Deli is at 19101 Vernier, at Eight Mile