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May 11, 2009 05:50 AM

Road trip from Chicago to Ann Arbor

We're driving from Chicago to Ann Arbor & would appreciate suggestions for lunch along the way. Diners and scratch cooking preferred. No chains allowed!
As always, thanks for your help 'hounders.

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  1. Blue Plate in Union Pier is great for breakfast/lunch. Just north of the Indiana border.

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      1. I've made the trip many times, and always time the trip to have lunch at:

        Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria
        500 S. El Portal
        Michiana Shores, IN 46360

        It's no more than 10 minutes off the highway, and it's top qualify pizza. It would be high up on my list even in Chicago. Call to check the hours as they are not always open during the off season.

        1. re: jjo

          jjo -- you and I must be doppelgangers; I made a nearly identical post on the Chicago board before I knew that this topic was in progress on the Midwest board!

          Stop 50 is wonderful.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          nxtasy, thanks. Any places you suggest from personal experience?

          1. re: schaf1

            I don't have a lot of experience in Kzoo itself; several times I've enjoyed Bravo! which is right off the highway (across the street from the airport). If you're driving on a Sunday they do an excellent Sunday brunch. It is a chain, which you don't want to consider.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              It may be a small chain, but that was the first one. When I worked in K'zoo that was the place to go.

              If you want to try something really different, hit Rasa Ria, a Malay restaurant, on W. Main. Cheap and good.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                I checked their website (thanks) & it doesn't appear they are the same organization as the Brio/Bravo folks out of Ohio. You are most helpful!

                1. re: nsxtasy

                  Bravo! is a locally owned restaurant (definately NOT a chain). It is co-owned by the Chef Shawn Hagen and his brother Terry. They have an excellent menu and a wonderful wood-fired oven. It is one of the best restaurants in Kalamazoo.