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A2 Thursday and Friday (kids) [Ann Arbor]

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caphilldc Jun 23, 2010 08:58 PM

Traveling with my parents, sister and her kids (ages 7 and 9). Need kid friendly dinner suggestions in Ann Arbor. My sister and I went to UM in the 80s but we haven't been to Ann Arbor in about 15 years. We're there July 1 for dinner/July 2 for bfast/lunch/dinner and July 3 for bfast. I just looked through various entries and got a few ideas but want to see what other think.

One of the kids said they'd like to try sushi with me but none of the others will try it. Is Nagomi still in business. Would it be kid friendly? Would non-sushi be available - the folks would probably enjoy tempura or robata or something. Is there a more pan-asian place that serves fresh enough salmon and tuna rolls but also other good food like pho or noodles?

How about breakfast - I'd love to take them to Angelo's but it's closed for July. Any good breakfast ideas for a Friday morning?

Any thoughts on Ray's Red Hots, Silvio's, Sabor Latino, La Shish. Is Pizza Bob's still open? I'm also thinking about Brown Jug but not sure if it works for kids that age. Also thinking about Amadeus since the kids are from the South and am pretty sure they've never seen a pierogie in their life. Thanks for any thoughts, musings, meanderings, ramblings etc.

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Pizza Bob's
814 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Sabor Latino Restaurants
211 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Brown Jug Restaurant
1204 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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    margib Jun 24, 2010 03:40 AM

    I suggest you check out the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. There is free live music at the the Top of the Park and street food from several local vendors including Ray's Red Hots and Silvio's. To see the schedule, check out www.annarborsummerfestival.org. My kids always loved spending an evening dancing and snacking. It is a summer highlight around here for all.

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      Jim M Jun 24, 2010 05:10 AM

      Ditto on this.

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        caphilldc Jun 27, 2010 11:19 AM

        Great suggestion and I think it's probably what we're going to do!!

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      Jim M Jun 24, 2010 05:09 AM

      Nagomi is very much in business. It's small, and crowded at rush hour, but there are often kids there, and there are noodle dishes and katsu on the menu. Afternoon Delight, despite its name, is a great place for breakfast. The Broken Egg is also fine, or, on the north side, Cafe Marie. Ray's Red Hots: excellent idea. Silvio's has recently expanded and now has more space to sit and eat: good organic, mostly veggie pizzas. Sabor Latino isn't particularly kid-oriented but OK for Mexican. Pizza Bob's is indeed open but small; Pizza House is much larger and not so student-party-oriented in summer. I would avoid Brown Jug (hardcore student drinkers) and Amadeus (not really a family place, leisurely, expensive). La Shish no longer exists. However, almost any of the numerous Middle Eastern places would be fine. In the center of town you could take 'em to Jerusalem Garden. Try the Jerusalem Burger, which is sort of a spiced burger rolled up into a pita. If you want to give the kids something they can't get in the South, absolutely any of the Korean diners on either side of campus will be good. For pizza, Cottage Inn is also a favorite for families.

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      Jerusalem Garden
      307 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

      Afternoon Delight
      251 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

      Broken Egg
      221 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

      Pizza Bob's
      814 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

      Sabor Latino Restaurants
      211 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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        caphilldc Jun 27, 2010 11:22 AM

        I really appreciate the breakfast suggestions and Jerusalem Garden sounds great. Since my sister loves Korean food (we first encountered it in Ann Arbor) I appreciate the reminder to check out the diners. OF course, Cottage Inn. What am I thinking. My first meal in Ann Arbor away from my parents was Cottage Inn. Thanks for the suggestions.

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        Jerusalem Garden
        307 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

      2. Davwud Jun 24, 2010 07:22 AM

        How 'bout Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger. It's a pretty cool place with a lot of character.

        The kids may enjoy having their burgers made however they want, right in front of them and the "Soup Nazi" like ordering system may give them a good laugh.

        http://www.blimpyburger.com/

        There are a couple of drawbacks. 1) It's usually crowded so finding a table could pose a problem. 2) There are no washrooms.

        DT

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        Blimpy's
        4180 Luna Pier Rd, Luna Pier, MI 48157

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          ladybugthepug Jun 26, 2010 08:26 AM

          We went there for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. Those two caveats are definitely to considered.

          http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2010/06...

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            kmcarr Jun 29, 2010 02:30 PM

            Davwud,

            While you have the correct website listed, your restaurant tag is to a place in Luna Pier, MI. Here's the tag to Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger (the proper name of the resto) in A^2

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            Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger
            551 S Division St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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              Davwud Jun 29, 2010 08:09 PM

              Thanks.

              I didn't tag it. CH did. I just didn't notice it.

              DT

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            berkleybabe Jun 25, 2010 05:03 PM

            Ray's Red Hots is as good as the former Red Hot Lovers... all Vienna Beef dogs and chili. was just there a month ago and just loved my chili dog. We had a 20 of us in an upstairs room at Cottage Inn... the pizza was really good, nice service. I think your kids would love that, too. Right off campus so you can walk the Diag and then dine and wander around again. Actually both are places are on campus, which makes it even better. As for breakfast, we always like Broken Egg when our son was there. (BTW, I'm a UM grad, too.)
            Don't miss Ray's....best dogs I've ever had, and I'm not even a hot dog super fan!

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            Red Hot Lovers
            629 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

            Broken Egg
            221 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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              caphilldc Jun 27, 2010 11:31 AM

              Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I may try to get to Ray's Red Hots all on my own if I can't get anyone to go with me. The original opened while I was in school and my memory of it holds its own against the dogs in Chicago and there's nowhere here in D.C. like it. Ann Arbor here we come!

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              Leonard Kim Jun 30, 2010 05:37 AM

              In some ways, this is an obvious suggestion, but Zingerman's Roadhouse has a really good kids' menu (in addition to everything else it has going for it), and it is priced like a kids' menu even though the food quality is much better than your average kiddie fare. Of course, the adult side of the menu is more expensive than one'd like.

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              Zingerman's Roadhouse
              2501 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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                caphilldc Jul 5, 2010 04:28 PM

                Hi all:

                OK, here's a short report back from our trip - I just got back to D.C. a few hours ago. Per suggestions, we did go to Top of the Park on Thursday and the kids really had a ball, especially my 7 year old nephew liked the robotics. I had a Ray's Chicago Style Dog from the stand. I enjoyed it a lot - had that good strong Vienna beef snap to it and of course a nice fresh barely pickled cucumber. It's a good version - somehow doesn't seem as meaty as it did 20 years ago, but it was fine. Only other notable eating that we did was Tio's guacamole and chips which were flavorful and worth about $8 of the $10 we spent.

                The music was painfully 60s oriented and my college friends and sister took off left the grandparents in charge and ran off to the Jolly Pumpkin (c'mon we had to - went to school in the 80s punk era ). My friend and I taste tested a five beer taster of very good Belgian style microbrews of which the real winner was the Bam Noire which had a good strong nut brown taste and a smooth finish. If you like a sour lambic, they are currently experimenting with brewing a beer in house that is one of their regulars that I have down as "the sour" but it's probably called something else - maybe the golden manatee belpalago. I liked it, but the mouthfeel was a bit light (not too carbonated) and the sour was a bit strong at the end. We only had appetizers, but the warm olives were a decent rendition and the truffled french fries were nice slim cuts, with decent, not great aioli. (for a good strong version, come to Granville Moore's in D.C.)

                We hit Zingerman's Deli for lunch the next day. I had the pulled pork which was excellent - good taste with a bit of grease and hot, but not so much it was overwhelming. My parents had their version of the muffaletta which was called the muffaleo - I prefer mine from new orleans but it was a solid choice and they were happy. We also had a coconut cream pie and lemon merengue for dessert. The merengue was tart, not too sweet and a good choice. I'm not a big coconut fan, but my nephew (age 7) certainly loved it.

                We ended up at Sushi Nara on Carpenter Road at the suggestion of my friend (my nephew expressed an interest in trying it out. The main attraction is the conveyor belt sushi (which is all cooked). Unfortunately we ended up sitting with four of us at a table and my parents next to us at individual sushi bar seats. I think next time we would sit at a table for six and then walk over to the conveyor belt to make a few choices. It was a a lot of fun teaching the kids how to use chopsticks (we need more lessons) and of course pulling plates off the conveyor belt was a fine family exercise. The food was fine but pretty pedestrian - standouts included a nicely grilled chicken teriyaki. The miso soup was good. We did order salmon sushi nigiri - it was fresh enough to eat, but not so fresh (nor fatty enough) to get that astonishing burst of taste that I like about sushi and which I had hoped to show my off to my sister/nephew. We may have to wait for a DC restaurant in a few years. The tempura was cooked to perfection and everyone enjoyed that. Mostly it was fun.

                We did not hit any other restaurants of note in A2 or Detroit even though we'd hoped to get to Sabor Latino and to Blimpy Burgers. And we ended up breakfasting at Bob Evans. It was across the street and we were trying to get to Greenfield Village. Oh well. I guess that means i have to get back. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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                Blimpy's
                4180 Luna Pier Rd, Luna Pier, MI 48157

                Sabor Latino Restaurants
                211 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

                Sushi Nara
                4037 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

                Tios Restaurant
                401 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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