Ann Arbor Restaurants – Our Top Picks

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Ann Arbor has some really excellent restaurant. Our recent finds include:

Pacific Rim: At 114 W. Liberty, this is an Asian fusion restaurant. With a contemporary décor and creative menu, this is a great spot to try. The Japanese-style sablefish entrée marinated in miso and sake, pan roasted with a soy-tamarind sauce and served over sautéed napa cabbage, shitake mushrooms and Korean vermicelli noodle is really exceptional.

Zingerman’s Road House, 2501 Jackson Ave.: A part of Zingerman’s, with large indoor and outdoor dining options. The brunch items are excellent. There is also a drive up window in an old trailer outside that features coffee and sandwiches. The eggs benedict and coffee drinks are excellent! They offer special dinners on a regular basis each with a different theme or featuring a different local purveyor.

Sava’s: At 216 S. State St., near the University, the Art Museum and the theaters, this is a great spot for lunch or brunch. There is indoor and attractive outdoor seating along the side. The Bang Bank Shrimp and Shrimp and Quinoa were big hits. They do have great brunch items as well.

Grange Kitchen & Bar: A farm-to-table restaurant, at 118 W. Liberty, featuring local products. The chicken and fish entrees (walleye) are the best to choose from. They also have a large menu of local craft beers and ciders.

Other good options from my local sources include:

Café Zola at 112 W. Washington.

Frita Batido, 117 W. Washington: Serving Cuban inspired street food and batidos, or fruit shakes, with sweetened milk.

Logan: Fine dining at 115 W. Washington.

Vinology: A recommended wine bar and restaurant at 110 S. Main St.

Slurping Turtle: Just opened off State St. at 608 E. Liberty is a branch of Takashi Yagihashi’s Slurping Turtle, the Bib Gourmand restaurant from Chicago.

Chop House, Gratzi, Mani Osteria, Le Dog,and Isalita are other recommendations.

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