The typical Ann Arbor native...
The typical Ann Arbor native is a stressed-out, overeducated technologist, trying
to grab a quick drink or a meal in what is, after all, his or her home town. We're
somewhat understandably impatient with slow, confused tourists making that
harder for us than it has to be. Hey, we don't come to Wayne or Bloomfield
Hills or Royal Oak and annoy you, do we?
Great Irish dining
Based on the pubs of Ireland, it's dark, with lots of heavy beams & wood floors. There's occasional entertainment, from the old country, of course. A bonus: they know what a "shandy" is! The steamed mussels in a cream/garlic/chives sauce makes your mouth do a happy dance! The baked brie & course bread is the perfect appetizer with my shandy, mmmm.
Great seafood, free dinner on your birthday
Wonderful patio dining on Main St available. Exceptional selection of fresh seafood & outstanding filet.
On your birthday (you must have ID/proof), they take off a corresponding amount from the check AND provide a free birthday dessert from the dessert tray. So, if there are 2 people in the group (1 celibrating a birthday), then they take 50% off the food total. If there are 4 people in the party (1 birthday), then they take 25% off the food total.
When having lobster, the server will remove the lobster meat from the shell @ your table. Surf & Turf (filet & lobster). Steak & lobster are always highest quality, and the server will do all the "dirty" work un-shelling the lobster.
Zenzibar (Pan-tropical bistro)
Zenzibar (Pan-tropical bistro)
Zanzibar is a snappy casual restaurant that's perfect for a slightly more upscale evening in a casual setting. The menu leans toward the style of a tropical bistro with one of the most creative menus I've ever seen. For example, how about atlantic whitefish tossed with seared vegetables, chiles and spices, baked in banana leaves then served with jicama-pineapple salad and warm corn tortillas? Or, spiced grilled sea scallops on a plantain tostada with black beans, tomato-chile sauce and applewood-smoked bacon? Reservations recommended. Roasted chicken in a spicy mango sauce with corn and wild rice pancakes.
"Let's talk football"
In the great state of Michigan, there is a kind of Hatfield/McCoy relationship between those who attended or at least root for the Michigan Wolverines, and those whose allegiance is to the Michigan State Spartans. I don't know what the historical record reveals, but my firm, non-fact-based belief is that Michigan has got the edge in terms of the football teams, and that State has the edge in basketball. Yup, they play hockey, too, and a lot of other sports, but you can't really call yourself a Michigander if you don't know what's up with the big two. Having spent some early years (pre-K) and later ones (law) in Ann Arbor, daughter of a Michigan professor, former wife of a Michigan doctor, I think you can probably guess that I'm all about maize and blue. Now that Bo is gone, and Lloyd has retired, I am waiting on tenterhooks to see whether we can regain our usual Rose Bowl form.
Three years into the era of Rich Rodriguez, I'm still waiting...
"But there is so much else to love!"
Spending so much time in Ann Arbor, I found it a veritable hive of cultural activity. Superb music and theater are available, of course, but also fun events like the outdoor movies shown on the plaza behind the Power Center. Sports enthusiasts find the town has plenty in the way of running and biking trails, kayaking, canoeing, and municipal centers where a range of fitness classes are taught. There are excellent libraries. Those who enjoy a range of shopping experiences will not be disappointed. The U provides a huge energy driver to the town, but Ann Arbor itself has much to offer.