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Jul 6, 2009 07:03 AM

Lunch in Ann Arbor with kids

Recs on places for lunch this Saturday in A2 would be appreciated. Kids range from 9-16. Thanks 'hounds.

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  1. Some kid friendly places are the original Cottage Inn on William and Seva (vegetarian restaurant) on Liberty. There's also Cafe Habana and Blue Tractor, which have always been very accommodating to the kidlets in our party. Prickly Pear is fun and unusual for kids, and there's a big covered patio in the back for outdoor seating.

    1. I'd recommend Blimpy Burger at Packard and south Division. Probably one of the best burgers in the area, and featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

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      1. re: yooper80

        I'd highly recommend BB as well. We went there as a special trip on our vacation a couple weeks ago.

        I finally updated my blog about it.


      2. Red Hot Lovers --a tiny little joint on East U, specializing in Vienna beef hot dogs of all sorts and toppings, sausages and fries...great chow, fun place.

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        1. re: berkleybabe

          I think they're still closed. Also, during the time they were open, the surly counter staff were not the friendliest or most accommodating people. Great if you're a college student, but not very helpful if you are herding kids in a restaurant. That being said, I LOVED the place when my mom was a master's student at UM and we'd end up having lunch there because she couldn't afford a babysitter so she'd take me to class with her. I was 8.

          1. re: charlesbois

            Yeah, they're closed. Second on Blimpy Burger. If your budget can take it, Zingerman's is reasonable for kids--there's a big outdoor tent with seating at long tables. Blimpy's counter staff can be surly in the extreme, but follow these rules: 1) select drink from cooler and get tray, 2) order anything you want from the fryer first (I recommend cauliflower, but fries are also fine)--they may ask, or simply glare at you, 3) order burgers, specifying how many patties, bun, grilled toppings, and cheese, and 4) order cold toppings at the end. Enjoy!