Every bite at this restaurant is a divine experience. The ambiance is nothing special per say, but it is nice and clean and hospitable. The menus are written on tiny chalk boards and the wait staff recites to you verbally every single item. It's a fun experience.
Everything on the menu sounds so delectible it is difficult to choose what to eat- you'll want to choose everything!
Being a New England native, I am VERY particular about my seafood and especially about scallops. They can taste like bleach or be cooked rubbery if of poor quality. The dish I had was amazing. The scallops at West End Grill were soft, sweet and made me swoon. Whether you like seafood or game, anything on the menu is a culinary A-Z dream on your pallet. Highly recommened.
Favorite Dish: Duck appetizer
Sea scallops entre
Since Ann Arbor is a college town, most places are fun and young and hip... this local brewery is no exception. We stopped in on a Friday night (St. Patricks Day to be exact) so of course the place was packed, but luckily we snagged a large table for our party of 5 and got to enjoy people watching and good times. Leopolds is set up differently from any restaurant/brewery I've ever been to. One half of the large room is all picnic tables and benches, while the other half has a few tables. I like the idea behind the picnic tables... to mingle with your fellow drinkers/diners and maybe make some new friends (reminded me of summer camp). The bar is in the back corner and had a line of customers throughout the night. There is no table service (for drinks or food) so unfortunately, standing in line became the norm. If you're feeling bored, behind the bar is a wide assortment of board games... so sit down next to a stranger and start up a game of checkers!
The bar offered mixed drinks, shots and of course their own beer (don't expect to get a label beer here). The beer was... ummmm... really, really bitter. I tried a couple of kinds and can't say that any of them did it for me. Usually if a brewery has bitter beer they also offer orange slices (drop in the beer, bitterness not so noticeable), but they didn't here so I ended up sipping a beer that I didn't like all night. The food was actually really good. They offered appetizers, wraps, pizzas, salads, etc. and everyone at our table enjoyed their meal. The atmosphere was fun and loud and enjoyed by people of all ages.
I would go back again, but I'd probably just get a mixed drink next time!
Favorite Dish: Most of our group tried the different wraps and were satisfied enough with our meals. Nothing 4 star about it, but good food and a great time.
I have a friend who's lived in Ann Arbor for 12 years and had never been to Amadeus. What's more, he didn't know it existed until I took him there. Amadeus is small enough and out-of-the-way enough to be overlooked even by long-time Ann Arbor residents. The fact that it's so small and unknown makes it all the better in a town full of huge despicable chain restaurants.
There are about a dozen tables in the restaurant and it's usually staffed by one or two waitpersons at a time. It's very small and very European in atmosphere, which goes very well with the Eastern European menu.
Favorite Dish: When the waiter told me that the soup of the day was dill pickle soup, I was sort of disgusted but curious. I think I was expecting something with a base like pickle brine. Instead it's a delicious creamy soup with a slight dill, vinegarey flavor. I really believe that it gets better with every spoonful, because you start a little curious and frightened and by the end, you're wondering why you only ordered a cup and whether it would be wrong to pick up the cup and lick the remaining soup off the edges.
I also highly recommend the White Chocolate Macadamia Bombe, which won some kind of award and highly deserved it. Unfortunately they were out the last time I was there, so it isn't as fresh in my mind as the soup.
A quaint little (approx 15 tables) fine dining establishment in downtown Ann Arbor. When the waitress comes over and rattles off the whole menu, I knew I was in for a good experience and the food didn't disappoint.
Favorite Dish: Been once and had the lobster stuffed fillet with bearnaise. My wife had scallops that were unbelievable...oh yeah and the bread is delicious. The whole experience was an orgasm for the senses.
Great food and cheap prices. The restaurant is charming and comfortable. My favorite place to eat from my first bite.
Favorite Dish: $3.99 One trip to the salad bar! Get in your greens and get a muffin to boot. Can't beat the price! Many other scrumptious menu items.
Blimpy's has a legendary reputation around Ann Arbor. They simply have the best hamburgers I've tasted. The hamburgers are made from thin patties (they grind their meat fresh daily) and you can order from two patties (a double) to as many as you desire on your burger. They also serve french fries, fried vegetables and chili, but the burgers are the main attraction.
The service is notoriously rude, but that's often considered part of the appeal (really!). If there is one place in town that should be considered a unique Ann Arbor dining experience, this is it.
Favorite Dish: Quint with american cheese, pickles, lettace tomatoes and mayo.
Jerusalem Gardern is a good cheap eats. Best falafel in town! They also serve, salads (tabbouli, hommous, baba ganoug,etc.), rice and salads, vegetarian sandwhiches (falafel, hommous, tabouli, baba, grape leave, etc.), non-vegetarian sandwiches (grape leave, kibbeh, kafta kabob, etc.) and combination plates. Only downer, it's really hot in there in the summer, but just order it to go and sit outside. Open Mon-Fri 10-9, Sat 11-9 & Sun 12-8.
Favorite Dish: Falafel with hommous. So good and only $3.50.
Casa Dominick's is a great little cafe. It closes down in winter :( , but it gives you something to look forward to every summer. There's a large outdoor patio which is great. They serve pasta, sandwiches, pizza, soup and salads. It's cheap and fast (order at the counter). They also serve beer, wine and liquor (don't miss out on the Bell's Oberon on tap). Open Mon-Sat 10am - 10pm March - Nov.
Favorite Dish: Eggplant Parmesan is oh so good! You get your pasta, soup and salad for only $6.85. Can't beat that.
Great food. Metzger's menu is 90% German, but there's a little bite of American food thrown in (which is nice if you're coming with picky children, that they could order a burger or something). Lots of German imported beer, including Kolsch, which I got hooked on while in Cologne and have found no where else in Ann Arbor. The place has a nice German feel, decorated with German sights/scenes and topped off the beer steins. It can get busy on the weekend, I recommend going during the week. Reasonably priced, most dishes between $10 and $15 and they have a lunch menu with cheaper prices. Only con I think of is that it's located on the far west side town and not downtown/campus area.
Open Mon-Wed 11:00-9:00
Favorite Dish: Kasespatzle (cheese spatzen). It's noodle-like dumplings over sauerkraut, grilled onions and topped with swiss cheese. This is really an appetizers, but it's so good I often order it as a meal.
Favorite Dish: Red Hot Lovers is great! They're known for their 'Chicago Style' hot dogs, but they also offer lots of vegetarian sandwiches. Menu includes: burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, tofu dogs, no dogs, tempura burgers, etc. Add all the condiments you like for free. My favorite meal: tofu dog with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and mayo with side of waffle fries (don't knock it till you try it!). Very fast service, order at the counter and sit yourself. Only cons: no air (gets pretty hot in the summer, though you can eat outside) and they have weird hours (closing at 6 or 7pm I think).
Knight's is, hands down, the best steak spot in Ann Arbor. Not real well known, but, recently featured in Detroit's HOUR magazine, Knight's buys the absolutely best beef that can be had. From a burger from their fabulous ground chuck to the tenderloin and top-line(T-bone, Porterhouse, etc.) steaks, I don't think I've ever had better, especially in Ann Arbor! Everything else on the menu is great too, but, the beef is more than noteworthy!!
Favorite Dish: Rib eye with fried potatoes, veggies & Caesar salad.
Outdoor beer garden setting weather allowing, outstanding beer selection, BEST pizza around, with truly unique toppings, superb sandwiches, Italian style typically
Favorite Dish: Large pizza, Ital. sausage, green pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, green olives and tripple eggplant, OMG it is sooooo tasty!
Nobody in town can compare in quality, selection or atmosphere, NOBODY! It's not as cheap as some, but the overall value is outstanding beyond all others.
Great Southwest food, and in the summer you can eat outside in the back. Competes with a massive number of restaurants on Main Street, but we keep going back.
Favorite Dish: I have no favorite, but try something different each time. Extensive menu.
The one thing I noticed about Ann Arbor, is that the locals sure love to eat! There are so many restaurants here it will make your head spin, one right after the other. The good thing, is that there is a place for any kind of food you are craving and in every price range. Whether it's Mexican, East Indian, Thai, Italian, etc. you'll find it here. The bad news, is that it's hard to choose one with so many options.
The Prickly Pear Cafe is a good place to eat if you're a big fan of the southwest USA. Everything from Navajo Fry Bread to bean enchiladas, and everything in between.
This is not a restaurant for people who get heart burn or indigestion easily. Several websites I've seen have said this is an upscale restaurant, but I found it to be very casual. Open for lunches and dinners, daily.
Favorite Dish: Navajo Fry Bread. The extra bonus is that this eatery is located right next to a place called the "Chocolate Cafe".
With hundreds of beers on hand and a 4 page single malt scotch menu Ashley's is a place for connoisseurs.
For your late night munchies try the Stilton Fries...Yummy!
Favorite Dish: Scotch Sampler - why drink one single malt when you can try three?