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Jan 11, 2007 09:44 PM

Recent Ann Arbor Mastication

I just recently finished a delightful two-week holiday break at the end of 2006. It gave me a chance to eat twice at Le Dog on E. Liberty, hit the Broadway Cafe, not one, not two, but three times, the last time including the whole family, make a stop at Pilar's on State Street, and finally eating something at Paesano's on Washtenaw.

The lobster bisque at Le Dog is truly marvelous. I also had a delectable black beans and rice dish that just lingered in the taste buds. After two incredible Philly cheese steaks at the Broadway Cafe, on the third visit I tried Be Bim Bop (with an egg on top). Just thinking about it has got me salivating. At Pilar's I found out how wonderful the pork pupusas and vegetable pupusas are. You slice them in half, add this tasty cabbage and some salsa, and try to eat them slowly, oh so slowly. I can't. Finally, I had the best spaghetti carbonara I've ever had anywhere, at Paesano's. House-made pasta, olive oil, crispy crunchy pancetta, egg, and parmesan, it was perhaps the best thing I put in my mouth, well, since I ate the pupusas. They left out the heavy cream, which I see in a lot of recipes and which IMHO absolutely ruins this dish. Anyway, I sometimes wish I still worked in Ann Arbor. Next time I'll have to hit some of these Mexican taquerias that are popping up everywhere, like Chinese restaurants. I'm gettin' hungry.

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  1. That's a good rundown of places in AA where residents eat all the time but visitors usually miss. Another good Korean place is Be Won on Plymouth, just west of U.S. 23. No cheesesteaks there, though.

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    1. re: Jim M

      Thanks, Jim M. My Korean friends say I have to go to the Panda on Packard (by Platt). I'll put Be Won on the list too. Man, there's a lot of eating to get done.

    2. I LOVE the food scene in Ann Arbor. I'll have to try some of hte ones you mentioned, too!

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      1. re: IndyGirl

        Note that Le Dog is open only at lunchtime M-F (and has no seating except for the adjacent stoop), and that Broadway Café closes at 6:30 or so.

      2. Can you tell me where Broadway Cafe is? Thanks.

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        1. re: Phaedrus

          Hi, it's on 1139 Broadway, just where it becomes Plymouth Rd. It's in the little strip mall that contains Jet's Pizza. Their 'Spicy chicken' is a pretty nice, simple peppery dish, as well.

            1. re: Prav

              You actually have to make a right turn at the light where Plymouth takes over from Broadway Street.

          1. Don't forget Amadeus, Zingerman's Roadhouse, Shalimar on Main, Pacific Rim by Kana, Zola's Cafe, Flim Flam (classic diner style)...