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Aug 30, 2009 07:00 PM

Disappointing meal at Grange, Ann Arbor

Recently ate at Grange, a new restaurant in Ann Arbor which claims to feature locally sourced ingredients and house-made charcuterie. My partner and I had a disappointing meal. What have been others' experiences?

I thought that the mistakes went beyond the usual working-out-of-kinks that we'd expect from a restaurant that has been open for a only few weeks. We ordered a house-made country terrine and pickled vegetables. It arrived to our table.... without the terrine. In hindsight, this might have been for the best. The terrine was very fatty and completely lacking in flavor.

For entrees, my partner ordered the pork loin with sausage and buckwheat dumplings, but was served what appeared to be a mangled pork steak, raw inside to boot. Farm to table is one thing, but please, a stop by the kitchen on the way to the table is recommended! I I had the halibut served with a seafood stew with house made chorizo that came highly recommended. The halibut was a dry square of fish, the broth inedibly salty. The chorizo in my dish, like the sausage in my partner's, had a dry, sawdust quality to it.

Was the kitchen having an off night or is this a typical experience at Grange? I was excited about the concept but disappointed by the execution on the night we ate there.

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  1. Is anyone actually eating at this place? From the website, this sounds like the type of restaurant that would generate tremendous buzz just about anywhere else. But when I asked fellow Chowhounders a few days back to advise whether the Grange was a good choice for my one meal out when visiting my parents later this month, I received nary a response. What's going on?

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    1. re: shm9496

      Take a look at Yelp; there are very mixed reviews there. There's a buzz, it's just not particularly good. And in this economy people aren't willing to blow big bucks to take a chance.

      1. re: Jim M

        I glanced at the menu & saw things I could easily assemble at home- for example:
        Plate of radishes, butter, sea salt, crusty bread
        why bother eating there?