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Romantic Dinner in Ann Arbor, MI

ooroger Aug 24, 2009 09:09 PM

My wife and I will be in the area this weekend, for a rare evening out without our toddler. Looking for recommendations of restaurants in Ann Arbor. Any price considered. We are looking for high-quality, innovative cuisine. Favorite themes are French, Asian, and New American. Least favorite is Italian.

Would prefer a romantic restaurant over a bustling place. Any recommendations?

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    boagman RE: ooroger Aug 24, 2009 09:18 PM

    Knee-jerk reaction would be Eve, for sure. Sounds right up your alley.

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      charlesbois RE: ooroger Aug 25, 2009 06:04 AM

      Definitely eve as mentioned above. Others to look at would be Logan (laid back and eclectic), the Earle or the Earle Uptown (French), West End Grill (good, but can be noisy) and maybe Kana/Pacific Rim (haven't been there in a while, so can't attest to romantic ambiance).

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        Jim M RE: charlesbois Aug 25, 2009 07:42 AM

        Good picks, but Earle Uptown is either closed or about to close. Logan is kind of minimal in decor, which you may or may not find romantic, but I've been hearing great things about the food. One more thing to keep in mind: the chef at Eve (who is named Eve) is currently on the Top Chefs TV show, so it could be crowded. Definitely reserve now if that's where you want to go. I love the place, but "innovative" is the word there--lots of spices, unusual dishes.

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        crw77 RE: ooroger Aug 25, 2009 06:48 PM

        For years the answer has been the Earle, and that would still be my choice. I haven't been in for a while, but the food is country French/Italian, they have arguably the best beverage service in the state (wine, etc.), very good table service, and the lights are low, there's a good live jazz piano trio in the background, etc.

        As Jim mentioned, Earle Uptown is about to close, or already has.

        I know a lot of people who like Eve, and a few people who don't like it at all. Nice room though.

        I would not call Logan's room 'romantic'.

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          houndgirl RE: ooroger Aug 26, 2009 07:22 AM

          I vote for Eve, went there for a birthday dinner and it was very romantic. The food was exceptionally good along with being very seasonal.

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            gromit RE: ooroger Aug 26, 2009 01:32 PM


            Also, The Chop House, which never gets any love, but we had our first anniversary dinner there and have always considered it one of the best meals we had in 6 years of Ann Arbor living. Not particulary innovative, however. If that's an important point for you, then I'd go with some other suggestions in the thread.


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              ooroger RE: gromit Sep 3, 2009 06:26 AM

              Thanks, all. We ended up at Cafe Felix (after 30+ hours of traveling, was too tired to take advantage of a really nice restaurant). Had 3 appetizers (tabla mixta charcuterie plate, escargot/chicken turnovers, and moules) which were all delightful. Add a reasonably-price bottle of Louis Latour pinot, and we had a great experience.

              I've certainly paid more attention to Eve's cooking on Top Chef Las Vegas....

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                Fritter RE: ooroger Sep 3, 2009 06:49 AM

                I've never understood the attraction to Eve.
                Eve "n" less after Top Chef.

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              chowchowbrowncow RE: ooroger Sep 3, 2009 08:05 PM

              What about the Lord Fox. Has anyone been there lately. I used to really like their Beef Wellington.

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