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Jun 30, 2011 02:49 PM

heading to michigan university this weekend need help with food along the way

I will be taking a 10hrs drive to Michigan University this weekend from NYC i was wondering if there are any most eat stops along the way to eat something amazing... i don't mind if there is a 30min detour as long as the food is amazing TY any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I don't mean this to be rivalrous in *any* way: U of M, or MSU? It matters because the path you take might differ as a result.

    1. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

      i will be passing by Pennsylvania and Ohio

      1. I assume you'll be taking I-80. For your route, the only state covered by this forum is Ohio (aside from those last forty rural miles in Michigan once you're out of Toledo); you'll need to check the Pennsylvania forum for recommendations in that state.

        For fine French dining, you could go to Chez Francois in Vermilion, half an hour west of the Cleveland exits from the Ohio Turnpike, and about 10-15 minutes from the turnpike. They used to require jackets for gentlemen in the indoor dining room, not in the outdoor riverfront cafe, but I don't know if that's still true.

        There are two excellent restaurants in the Toledo area in a town called Maumee. They are right along your way, if you exit the Ohio Turnpike at US-20 (Exit 59). From the exit, go south on US-20 to the first light and turn right on Dussel Drive and go a few blocks. On your right you'll see Mancy's Bluewater Grill, an excellent seafood restaurant. On your left right before Wendy's is a strip mall where you'll find Bangkok Kitchen, an outstanding Thai restaurant. Once you're done eating, continue west on Dussel, which has an interchange with I-475, which you can then take north towards Ann Arbor.

        Someone from Toledo will probably mention a place called Tony Packo's, but unless you consider hot dogs amazing - I sure don't - I'd skip it.

        And yes, the name of the school you're headed to is the University of Michigan, and is NOT called "michigan university", LOL!

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          lol thanks for the advice and the time you put in really appreciated it

          1. re: woodside11377

            can anyone recommend any bbq places from cleveland to ann arbor?

            1. re: woodside11377

              Yeah, Slow's BBQ in the city of Detroit. Great intro to Detroit.


              I always get the Texas Beef Brisket; always good with their beer selections.

              Take I-75 N from the Ohio Tpk. It's only a slight detour from your most direct route to Ann Arbor.

              1. re: bellmont

                We "cruised" Slow's Thursday night about 6:15. There were maybe 40-50 people milling about outside waiting to get in. Wait time is a serious downer there.

                RUB Barbeque PUB doesn't have the cachet yet that Slow's enjoys, but I think is on par. (of course any Wayne County suggestion would require a diversion from any route to Ann Arbor).

          2. I think you would probably enjoy Ann Arbor far more than any stops along the way, especially because you have such a long, boring drive.

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            1. re: DPGood

              The drive on I-80 is actually very pleasant through the hills of Pennsylvania, but there isn't much along that stretch in the way of built-up areas with interesting choices for food. Once you hit Ohio, the terrain flattens out and there's more civilization. When I do that drive, I sometimes look for places to eat at the I-80 interchanges just north of Youngstown, right after you cross into Ohio. (I haven't found anything destination-worthy.) And sometimes I go with the chain options at the service plazas along the Ohio Turnpike, most of which have been remodeled recently and have some options that I consider acceptable, like Panera Bread. You can see a list of what's at each service plaza at

              1. re: nsxtasy

                In Ohio and PA, I adore Quaker Steak and Lube's Buffalo wings. You can find them along I80. Welcome to Ann Arbor! When you get here, write and we will provide you with suggestions.

            2. Once you get to Ann Arbor, you should check out Cafe Japon on E. Liberty. Great Japanese and casual French food, plus an amazing selection of teas. The baked goods are fabulous.

              Cafe Japon
              113 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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              1. re: lunabliss

                Cafe Japon is great. My wife went there for lunch during the taste of Ann Arbor Week in June. She wound up having to order takeout because of the crowd, long wait and limited time she had for lunch. They screwed up her takeout by giving her the wrong order. She didn't realize this till she got back to her office. She called them and they asked her to come anytime and get what she ordered. They had the right order ready for her the same evening at dinner time.

                Full disclosure: Our son ate the wrong lunch order for dinner and he loved it.

                Cafe Japon
                113 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104