4 South Main St. Clarkston, MI, 48346 248.942.4949


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

Operators are standing by to take your order! ;)

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

The Classic - $9.95

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. 
White Albacore Tuna - $9.95

prepared with just the right amount of crunchy celery and our spread. 
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 Ultimate Wexler - $9.95

black forest ham, white cheddar on a baguette … oven-toasted to be hot and melty! 
The French Hen - $9.95

delicious white meat chicken salad tucked in a buttery croissant with crisp romaine lettuce. 
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 focaccia bread, toasted and delicious.
      2015 winner - Taste of Clarkston Best Sandwich! 
Turkey Loves Cherry – $9.95

roasted turkey breast and Havarti cheese with Essence spread, slathered with Joan’s cherry red onion marmalade and grilled on our artisan cheese bread…Yum E! 
PB&J - $4.95

Michigan-made Koeze Peanut Butter and WeeBee Jammin Jams. 

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. 


12 oz. bowl - $5.00 

quart size - $13.99

Tuesday - Potato Cheddar    
Wednesday - Vegetarian Chili    
Thursday - Grandma Trudy's Hamburger Soup    GF,DF

Friday - Garlic Spinach Quinoa    GF,DF,Vegan

Bowl of Soup and ½ Classic Sandwich -  $10.95


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


Roasted Veggie


Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar

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!

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
Essence Caviar - black beans, garbanzo beans, onion, mixed peppers, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, garlic. GF, DF, Vegan
Greek Orzo - orzo pasta, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh parsley, Greek dressing.
Oriental Pasta - whole wheat spaghetti, peanuts, green onion, cilantro, sesame seeds, sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, canola oil, red pepper flakes.
Essence Hummus - garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, garlic, kosher salt, cayenne pepper. GF, DF, Vegan

Seasonal Salads too… check the cooler for current offerings.


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.

Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

 Closed Sunday & Monday

Mercantile , LLC

Essence on Main