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Aug 20, 2013 05:04 AM

Ann Arbor

Looking for a breakfast spot and a fun casual dinner location in Ann Arbor Michigan, any suggestions?

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  1. There are plenty of breakfasts around in the so-called "coney island" diners, but if you want to spend a few extra bucks downtown I recommend two places: Afternoon Delight at Liberty and Fifth Ave., and Sava's on State.

    1. For breakfast, I love Zingerman's Deli. Their Roadhouse is very good too, but I like the deli setting more.

      Casual dinner: Cardamom (wide-ranging Indian menu)
      Jolly Pumpkin (better-than-average pub fare)

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      1. re: trapani

        I ate at Zingerman's last Sunday and it was solid, nothing great. We had a few sandwiches. I had the Reuben, it was good, the thick rye was excellent. I thought the corned beef was a bit underseasoned and overpowered by the cheese, kraut and sauce. The knish was weird, a dollop of mashed potato in an undercooked doughy crust. The chicken soup was way watered down. The other sandwich, an avocado green chili concoction, was fine. Gelato was good, rugaleh was no. Just my opinion about a handful of items in a sea of choices.

        1. re: stuartlafonda

          Agreed on the bread for the sandwich. To me, when I had my sandwich there, it was *far and away* the best part of the very expensive thing. And second place was *way* behind. I could spot the quality of each individual ingredient, but that doesn't mean that each individual ingredient was therefore good, nor that they worked well together, taste-wise.

          But oh...the bread. That's the stuff dreams are made of.

          1. re: boagman

            They teach a class on making their Jewish Rye bread at the Bakehouse Bake! training facility.

            I took it and I have to say I've made rye bread at home that really is as good as you can get at the Bakehouse.

            I highly recommend their training classes if anyone is even remotely interested in taking one. They're fun, you learn a lot, and you really can make great stuff at home.


      2. We like the breakfast at Zingerman Roadhouse. Also Northside Grill is a great place for breakfast and a little divey (in the best way). Make sure to try the apple oat bran pancakes :)

        For dinner, The Roadhouse also works. We also like the Jolly Pumpkin, Isalita, and Frita Batidos.

        1. Cafe Zola is great for breakfast.
          What kind of food do you want for for dinner?
          Knights (Westside) is wonderful in an old fashioned way or Grizzly Peak for brewpub food & beer or maybe
          Blue Nile Ethiopian.