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Jul 7, 2011 11:47 AM

What to eat in Ann Arbor, MI?


My wife and I have lived in Bowling Green, OH for about two months. We've explored the city and its surroundings, and we've decided to go to Ann Arbor this Saturday because we've heard that there is lots of good food and markets there.

She is a fish-eating vegetarian and I eat red meat sporadically. What is worth visiting in Ann Arbor. We will just be there for the day and will want a good place for lunch, a good coffee shop, and we want to visit several shops and markets. I would also like to visit a beer store if possible.

Please give me all of your suggestions.

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  1. Serious coffee shop with very little seating: Comet Coffee in Nickels Arcade. Also good cappuccino, etc.: Lab, on Liberty near Thompson St.

    Beer: the two Whole Foods supermarkets have good selections, as does Plum Market on Maple. Try Michigan brews from Founders or Bell's.

    Lunch: many possibilities. Arirang Korean on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. near I-94 has awesome lunch specials. In Kerrytown shops area is the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, fun in itself, and inside the shopping center the Monahan's fish counter has an awesome Oyster Po' Boy on Saturday. The little Taste Our Goods counter in there also has tremendous sandwiches and many veg options. You can take your food to the nearby Sweetwaters coffee house. Zingerman's is good but is going to be extremely crowded on Saturday. Sheesh on N. Main is a reasonable sampling of the area's excellent Middle Eastern scene. To combine the beer and the lunch, try the Jolly Pumpkin on Main St. Mostly but not exclusively veg menu; nationally renowned Belgian ales. You can also buy the beer there in bottles to take back to Growling Bean.

    Arirang Restaurant
    3135 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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    1. re: Jim M

      Try Plum Market on Maple Road for a good selection of artisan and imported beer.

      The Zingerman's above is the Deli, at Kerrytown--yes, it will be very crowded. For a nice sit-down lunch, the first choice for many people (including me) is Zingerman's Roadhouse at the intersection of Huron and Stadium. The menu offers a big range of prices and different kinds of food--always good fish.

      My favorite Middle Eastern place is relatively new--El Zamaan, which is north of town on Plymouth near 23.

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

      1. re: jmhoward

        Zingerman's Roadhouse is on the SW corner of Jackson and S. Maple. Good food in a real restaurant. It's very different from the deli, which is an Ann Arbor institution. The deli could qualify as your visit to a "good coffee shop" if you show up there around 3pm on a weekend. There'll still be a crowd, but you shouldn't have to wait long.

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

    2. next visit (if you already visited?) the farmers market sat from 7-3 is fun