Breakfast / Lunch in Ann Arbor
We will be traveling to meet friends coming from New Jersy to a wedding in Ann Arbor next weekend. We are planning to meet them for breakfast on Saturday. We will be staying at different hotels in the Ann Arbor area Friday night, and then meeting them the next morning. Can someone please recommend a place where we could meet, have breakfast and talk? Thanks.
I've had two recent mediocre breakfasts at the Broken Egg on N. Main, so I wouldn't go there. Also, last couple of trips to the Northside Grill on Broadway St. weren't all that great either. Plus, you might have a hard time seating a large-ish party there. That leaves Angelo's on Catherine St., which has been an Ann Arbor institution for at least 30 years. How big is your party?
A very pleasant place for breakfast (despite the name) in downtown Ann Arbor is Afternoon Delight, at Liberty and Fifth Ave. You can get cheaper food at any number of coney islands, but AD has terrific breakfast sandwiches, huge muffins, good coffee, and fancy breakfast dishes. All booths, comfortable for conversation. City parking lot 1/2 block south on Fifth, or you can get a meter at that hour (warning: barracuda-like enforcers; feed them). Opens at 8.
Anyone visiting Ann Arbor from out of town should go to Zingerman's Deli or Roadhouse for breakfast. The deli has outside tent seating that's fun for a large group. The Roadhouse is an actual restaurant. It's an Ann Arbor institution! It is on the pricy side for the midwest, but if you from a major metropolitan area, you'll find the prices in line with what you're used to paying.
I am not fond on Angelos - while it's true like the song says "the place really hops" and "their service is tops" their food is mediocre and isn't worth the extremely long wait and crowded conditions. Plus, parking's a challenge there. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone from out of town unless they had business at the hospital, and then I'd tell them to get there no later than 8 am if they wanted to get a seat.
Cafe Habana on Wahington does an EXCELLENT breakfast with a variety of dishes, pastries and drinks. Highly recommended. I had eggs with chorizo garnished with vegetables in a tomatoey broth. the churros are good too.
If you want some ambiance in which to converse, steer clear of Angelos, Afternoon Delight and the Northside, which will be very crowded. I hear Eve does an elegant brunch but that might only be Sundays.
I have to commend Charlesbois for courageously throwing Fleetwood Diner into contention for early morning breakfast rendezvous. While the inside can be smoky and a bit stuffy, the outdoor seating (climate willing) is perfect for a casual gathering...oh yes, and the food is phenomenal! stick with the hippie hash, you won't regret it
I'll probably take heat for this, but I would make a stop at the Fleetwood Diner. A classic east coast style diner in downtown Ann Arbor. Nowhere else in the country can you get Hippie Hash. It's a pretty small place...not sure if it would be good for conversation, but a unique experience none the less.