Start with simple: Le Dog, elevating soup and hot dogs to haute cuisine. Or engage in gursha—eating from the same plate and sharing the same bread—at the Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant. For pizza, Food and Wine recommends Mani Osteria in their recent list of the USA’s ‘Best New Pizza Places.’ If you prefer liquid calories, the Grange Kitchen & Bar offers the GKB Manhattan, a bacon-infused bourbon masterpiece. And if you can’t make up your mind, there’s still a destination for you: Mark’s Carts—eight delicious food carts in one lively (and lovely) outdoor courtyard.
Ann Arbor’s breweries are ready to whet your whistle.
Working up a thirst? Leave the food aside (or bring your own) at Wolverine State Brewing Company’s pub quiz night. Or “go eco” with the groundbreaking solar brews at Arbor Brewing Company. And, if you’re still hankering for a snack, Original Gravity can help—with mouthwatering brews and bites.
Every Ann Arbor beginning should end at the Big Z.
From the famous Ruben at Zingerman’s Deli, to award-winning fare at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, to the sweet satisfaction of the Zingerman’s Creamery, the “Big Z” is truly an Ann Arbor institution. They even ship their offerings via mail order. But we suggest you make the trip—and see how Zingerman’s earned a spot on USA Today’s “Best Off the Interstate” road trip list.
What’s your specialty?
Unfortunately, you have to eat at home sometime. Get help—from prep to post-meal—at Ann Arbor’s specialty stores. Peruse the coolest chefs’ supplies at Hollander’s Upstairs at Kerrytown Market & Shops, gather scrumptious seasonal ingredients at Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, pick out a bottle of fine wine at Morgan & York, or sample and purchase sweet and savory cherry treats at Cherry Republic
If you’re hungry to engage in the art of dining, there’s only one destination—Ann Arbor.