$5 Crunch is basically a sandwich shop, which is about the only thing it has in common with Zingerman's. Regardless, they have huge sandwiches, along with a menu full of other delicious food like pittas (pizza made on pita bread), soup, salad bar and shaker fries. The name $5 Crunch eludes to one of the best things about the menu; everything is $5 or less. Keep in mind, everything is a' la carte, but you get quite a bit of food and you don't have to dish out a lot of dough, which makes it a great place for lunch especially.
So, the majority of the menu is made up of sandwiches, with anything from a Philly to Turkey to a Veggie. However each of their sandwiches can be ordered in one of two different ways; either a footlong hoagie OR a "Crunchy Sandwich". What the heck is a "Crunchy Sandwich"? Oh, just a sandwich WITH FRIES ON THE SANDWICH!!! Which leads me to the second great thing on the menu... Shaker Fries. These skinny, fresh cut fries are awesome on their own, but you can also get them shaken up with pretty much any potato chip seasoning you could want. BBQ, Dill Pickle and Sour Cream & Onion are just a few of the choices with the latter being my favorite. Here's a couple of shots of our food from our last visit. Becca and I both opted for the hoagies that day, one was the Turkey, Bacon & Avacado and the other was the Veggie. We shared a small order of Sour Cream & Onion fries and there were plenty for both of us.
On top of the great sandwiches and fries, there are some other interesting things on the menu. One thing that catches my eye every time, but I have yet to try are the Potachoes. Think nachos, but on homemade potato chips. I hear they're pretty amazing.
So, if you are interested in giving $5 Crunch a try, there are two locations for you to choose from. One is in Madison Heights on the northwest corner of 12 Mile & Dequindre at 29151 Dequindre Road. The other is in Sterling Heights on Van Dyke & 15 Mile at 37012 Van Dyke. Definitely worth a try the next time you are in the area or can't decide what you want for lunch!