Ann Arbor, MI is a small college town 45 minutes away from Detroit, MI. It is the home to the universally known University of Michigan with its big campus and big sports teams. Within this small college community, an ever growing group of restaurants, delis and bars reside. These businesses cater not only to the students around the area but also tourists and families that have made their home in Ann Arbor. So whatever mood you are in, this is a guide to the Top Five Places to Eat in Ann Arbor, MI.
1.) Blue Nile – 221 E. Washington (734)998-4746 Hours :( Tues.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10:30 p.m., Sun. 3-9 p.m. Closed Mon.)
For people looking for traditional Ethiopian cuisine in Ann Arbor, the Blue Nile is the place to go. It serves meat and vegetarian dishes served with unleavened bread. No food item is over $20 which means very affordable. Try the delicious “Doro Alecha” which is chicken and onions in a niter kibbe herbed butter sauce. They have a senior citizens discount, no smoking, disability access, free Wi-Fi, a full bar and a free desert for anybody celebrating a birthday.
2.) Good Time Charley’s – 1140 South University (734)668-8411 Hours: (Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat. & Sun. noon- 2 a.m. Kitchen closes at 1 a.m. Age 21 & over after 10 p.m.)
For people looking for a bar and grill in Ann Arbor, Good Time Charley’s is a great place to eat and get good drinks. It features inside eating as well as outdoor patio. They offer great salads, hamburgers and sandwiches at a price that any student could afford (everything is $6 to $12). Try the wonderful “California Burger” which has bacon, avocado, Swiss cheese, lettuce, mayo and tomato. They have a full bar, disability access, free Wi-Fi and birthday discounts.
3.) Sadako – 1321 South University (734)913-0057 Hours: (Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sun. noon-9 p.m.)
If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine in Ann Arbor, try Sadako. It is one of the premier Asian restaurants in Ann Arbor. They have great teriyaki vegetables, sushi and fish dishes. Try the Chicken Teriyaki which has chicken, broccoli and carrots in a great tasting teriyaki sauce. They have affordable pricing ($2.50 to $12), no smoking, disability access, great bar and free desert for birthday patrons.
4.) Cupcake Station – 116 E. Liberty (734)222-1801 Hours: (Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.)
If you are in the mood for dessert in Ann Arbor, try the Cupcake Station. It is a new take on dessert. You can create your own cupcake at the cupcake bar. It has all kind of toppings and candies to give you exactly the cupcake you want. They also have feature cupcakes that they sell every month. Try the Honey Lavender cupcake in April. It is honey cake topped with lavender Butter-cream and honey. Everything on the menu is under $6 so it is very affordable. They have free Wi-Fi, no smoking, birthday discounts and they accept checks.
5.) Arbor Brewing Company – 114 E. Washington (734)213-1393 Hours: (Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun. noon-midnight. Late night menu Mon.-Thurs. 10 p.m.-midnight, Fri. & Sat. 11 p.m.-midnight, Sun. 9-11 p.m. Kitchen closes when late night menu is no longer served)
If you are in the mood for great local food and beers in Ann Arbor, come to the Arbor Brewing Co. One great thing about this place is that it uses ingredients from local growers. They have great pastas, salsas and sandwiches. Try their delicious Tortillas with homemade salsa. This is a great place to eat that cares about serving healthier foods. Everything is under $12. They have free Wi-Fi, free appetizers for birthday patrons, disability access, no smoking and a nice bar.