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Jun 11, 2008 09:31 AM

Newish & Tasty Around Ann Arbor

I visit Ann Arbor from DC quite often since my bf currently lives there. I'm coming to town for 2 weeks for a work trip and we are looking to try a few new (at least to us) restaurants in and around Ann Arbor.

We are not looking for anything too expensive or fancy.

We have enjoyed Eve, Pacific Rim, Cafe Habana, Common Grill, Red Rooster (I think that's the name. Great mushroom burger) and Zingerman's/The Roadhouse (more times then I can remember).

We have wanted to check out West End Grill and Cafe Zola (maybe for brunch) for awhile.

I'm also interested in hearing about people's experience at Logan since I think this is new since the last time I was in town.

Any other suggestions of something we have missed? We are open to all types of cuisines as long as the menu isn't mostly made up of fried foods and pork.


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  1. Try Amadeus on Washington for Eastern European. The service is slow but worth it. They also do a nice brunch.

    Go to the Earle's happy hour for cheap but good eats. I think Gandy Dancer also has a happy hour where you can eat cheaply in the bar area.

    Prickly Pear on Main for outdoor seating (both front and back) and riffs on southwest cuisine.

    hmmm, there are more places I could recommend, but my brain is not engaged...I'll look back at this thread later...

    1. For cheaper Korean, try the new Maru at the corner of William and Thompson. The sign still says Seoul Korner--for some reason, Korean restaurateurs seem reluctant to invest in new signage. Fairly large menu of Korean standards, very nicely done.

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      1. re: Jim M

        These are all great recommendations...especially the Korean restaurant. Thanks!

        And please let me know of more restaurants if you remember them.

      2. oh you must try lunch @ everyday cook. best food in ann arbor, hands down. they do lunch tues-saturday upstairs at kerrytown shops. local, seasonal, wonderful.

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        1. re: aachow

          but hurry, they may close at end of june...

          1. re: charlesbois

            I second everyday lunch, they are not open for dinner and I think they are open tues thru sat. Did recently have an excellent meal at Logan, I would not call it asian fusion, but more new american with asian accents. Great service , entree portion was a bit small, but nice starters and innovative cocktails.

            1. re: charlesbois

              Oh no- any updates? I just got a recommendation yesterday to try their cooking classes. Might that part stay open???

              1. re: kellycolorado

                Not sure what their plan is...they wrote something in their blog about how their lunch business was the most profitable and they were thinking of continuing in that vein, but selling subscriptions/memberships to it? It was all quite weird. If you are interested in their classes, it might be worth it to call and chat with them. Also, I see on their blog they are having a solstice party, and tickets are only $15, which seems pretty darn reasonable...

                1. re: charlesbois

                  Thanks- I'm not sure when we'll be driving over there so I'll keep on eye on their blogs...

            2. re: aachow

              That's perfect because I will be off from work on Tuesday and will be in Kerrytown. They are not open for dinner though?

            3. Any thoughts on Rush Street or Seva?

              Also we have gone to Shalimar for Indian which I've really enjoyed. Any other Indian or Asian restaurants you would recommend---Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese etc. Thanks!

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              1. re: Elyssa

                I cooked for Seva for a couple years. It's pretty good food, but expensive IMO for what you get. They are the "go-to" vegetarian restaurant in Ann Arbor though. Try the yam fries. Also good are the eggs veracruz, the enchiladas calabaza and the north african stew.

                Rush Street used to have GREAT tapas and small plates, but I haven't been there in a while and i believe they changed their menu.

              2. Any thoughts on Rush Street or Seva?

                Also we have gone to Shalimar for Indian and have enjoyed it in the past. Any other Indian or Asian recommendations---particularly Thai, Chinese, or Vietnamese? Thanks!

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  I went to Rush Street after a show recently with a friend. I thought of it as a scenester's hangout and wasn't expecting much from the food--we just ducked in because it was raining and we were on foot. But I got a plate of fancy sliders that were actually really good, and service was friendly and prompt. I'd go again.

                  Seva's yam fries are tasty, but I bet you can do better in D.C. for veggie food.

                  OTOH, you could try the Heidelberg on N. Main if you like German food. It's the real deal, and I bet that's harder to find in Washington. Nearby is Sabor Latino--really good Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Venezuelan specials on weekends, reasonable Mexican standards. No booze.

                  There's a brand new Indian place called Seajoys in that block, too--try it and let us know what you think!

                  1. re: Jim M

                    Again, thanks so much for your recommendations. I'll make sure to report back on where we go.

                    1. re: Elyssa

                      There's really not much new in Ann Arbor these days....must be the economy. I do like Casey's Tavern but it hasn't been mentioned much here on chowhound. There's the new Thai place Marnee Thai. Haven't been there yet, though. Anyone?

                      1. re: momskitchen

                        That's a good idea--try Casey's Tavern. It's an ordinary bar, I guess, but it has consisently solid food, and it's run by people who have made a career of working in restaurants in this town--it's a characteristic Ann Arbor place.

                        Marnee Thai is an offshoot of Lotus Thai on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Both are decent, but I bet Washington has better ones.

                        1. re: momskitchen

                          I wasn't necassarily looking for something brand new, but perhaps new to us.

                          Any thoughts on West End Grill? We were thinking of going there tomorrow (Sat) night for dinner.

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            There's been a recent thread mentioning West End Grill...but I can't remember which one. But yes, it is VERY good, but it is also VERY hard sometimes to get reservations. Try making them ASAP if you don't already have them.

                            Their steaks are excellent, heck all their stuff is. I particularly love their appetizers, especially the prawn "lollipops." And their wine list and bar are pretty decent too.

                            1. re: charlesbois

                              FWIW: I usually just eat at the bar at W.E.G. and get a seat no problem anytime...