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Brunch/ Breakfast in Ann Arbor?

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  • Tammy Coxen Mar 1, 2003 10:27 AM
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Where's you favorite place to do breakfast/brunch on a Sunday in Ann Arbor?

My standards are - Cafe Zola, Angelo's, Broken Egg Cafe, and the Aut Bar (in the summer, when you can sit on the patio - it's too crowded otherwise).

Any hidden gems you can recommend?

Thanks!

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  1. I think you hit most of the good ones. Seva also has good breakfasts if I recall.

    You might also try a place on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor called "Cafe Marie". They are exclusively breakfast and lunch and have wonderful food.

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      Colleen Newvine Tebeau

      Northside Grill is wonderful -- they do several things really well, but the one I always come back to is apple cinnamon oatmeal pancakes. Yum. There's also a breakfast sandwich with French toast, cheese and ham, but I have them do it with a fried egg. OK, bad for the arteries, but when I'm up for a splurge, it's so, so good.
      Don't be scared away from the Fleetwood by its rustic appearance. You won't get better straight-up basic pancakes anywhere in town and their hash browns are great, too. I love their tempeh gyros omelette. Go in the summer and you can eat at the tables outside, which helps escape the smokers inside.
      The crepes at Cafe Felix are good, the mushroom one is great.

      Personally, the wait is waaaay too long at Angelo's for good but not great food ... and the prices at Zola are too much for the small amount of food and indifferent service.

      1. This thread is really old, but I can't resist putting in a plug for my favorite breakfast place: Holiday's on Stadium.

        It's not fancy, but there's an ineffable something about the place, with its vinyl booths, TERRIFIC coffee (literally can't get enough of their brew) and their lovely california omelet.

        It's a sturdy, solid place. Just the sort of restaurant you want to hunker into on a rainy day and watch the morning pass you by. You can also buy copies of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal there.

        The only downside is that they allow smoking, but it's in a relatively removed section of the restaurant.

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        1. re: Misschacha

          Smoking around the eating of the foods is a total bummer. That said, where exactly is this "ineffable something" of a place?

          1. re: Summerfield

            Holiday's was on the NE corner of Stadium and Liberty.
            It's long gone - torn down and replaced with a bank.
            Never tried breakfast there. Went for lunch once and didn't like it all.

            I'd recommend breakfast at Cafe Marie on Plymouth Rd. Good food, service and value.

            1. re: bellmont

              Near where La Pin(y)ata used to be?

              We used to go to Care Marie fairly regularly a few years ago (Eggs Benedict!), but I mostly go to the Northside Grill now. My wife had a fairly pleasant recent experience at Marie, so maybe it's time to go back, not necessarily to discount momskitchen's advice below.

              1. re: bellmont

                Holiday's is still there!!! It hasn't been torn down, trust me! I just went there last week, and they've changed their sign so it's harder to see, but definitely still around. I've never tried their other food, but I could see how it wouldn't necessarily be great. But for breakfast, I love it.

                Holiday's
                2080 W Stadium Blvd
                Ann Arbor, MI 48103
                (734) 668-1292

          2. I think Cafe Zola is probably the best! I was disappointed with Cafe Marie and Zingerman's Roadhouse on several occasions; I wouldn't go back to either again for brunch.

            1. Yes, exactly where La Pinata used to be.

              When I last visited Cafe Marie about 4 months ago, I had the huevos rancheros, or something like that (mexican). I really enjoyed it, even though I don't pay much attention to what I eat for breakfast. Lunch and dinner - that's another story!

              1. The Common Grill in Chelsea has a wonderful Sunday brunch.

                1. Another place I like is the Uptown Coney Island, out on Jackson Rd. It's squeaky clean with big comfy booths, and their portions are enormous but good. They've also got free wireless access, and it's a nice, bright atmosphere. It's family-run, in a strip-mall but nice nonetheless. I've run into professors I know there who probably like it for the same reasons I do: It's relatively out of the way, i.e., no long waits for tables, less chance of running into people you know on a Saturday or Sunday morning, reasonably priced, and with good food. Definitely kid-friendly. It's cash only, but there's an ATM inside. And alas, like Holiday's it does allow smoking, but there's usually not many people there taking advantage of the option.

                  1. Misschacha:
                    You're right. Sorry, my bad; I confused Holiday's with another restaurant that was in the La Pinata space before it was torn down.
                    Must be an age thing.

                    1. Uptown Coney Island is our family's choice for a good breakfast - nothing fancy, you can always get a table. Kids love it!