This weekend I am making my first visit to A2 ever to see my first game in the big house. I'm pumped to finally have this experience. I'll be there friday evening and all of saturday. However i want to make sure i do the "must see and try" list for A2. Am i able to see Woodsons heisman? Is there a must eat at restraunt? Sorry if this post comes off as boring but alittle help from the locals would go along way in making this all it can be for my first visit.
Making the most out of my Ann Arbor visit?
If you go to the bottom of the Hall of Fame posts, there's a subsection all about things to do in Ann Arbor. The Hall of Fame is here: http://mgoblog.com/content/user-curated-mgohalloffame
But things I'd recommended as Ann Arbor must dos? Blimpy Burger for food, definitely. Dominic's for drinks, depending on your schedule. Just walk around campus, it's beautiful. Depending on your night-life tastes, 8Ball/Blind Pig is a great dive bar/music venue combo (plus you could go to Fleetwood diner afterwards!).
This alum's humble, simple suggestions:
Ashley's - bar with fantastic selection of foreign beers and great atmosphere
Dominic's - best sangria, hands down, and lovely outdoor atmosphere. Great to go to during Friday afternoon and early evening
NYPD - late night pizza to satisfy hunger after going out all night
Pizza House - my favorite pizza place to dine in at in AA (though others may disagree)
Mr. Spots - love the wings (I'm a wing fanatic so yeah...)
That is all.
They had the best mint chocolate chip milkshakes ever!
Never had one, but definitely heading there Saturday (the GF is a Buckeye, time to start converting her to the winged side... Pizza Bob will help)
Cottage Inn is a chain, isn't it?
el oh el. NO(well yes)
There is a cottage in restaurant that is a very good place to eat, it is a italian/pizza place. It is the original cottage inn.
The chain part of it is a pizza delivery chain, its the same company but not the same food. If you go to the restaurant and eat their food then get delivery and compare...you'll know what i mean.
For giving the gift of knowledge.
Blimpy Burger for sure, but don't use your cell phone in line, and don't tell them what kind of cheese you want on your burger until they ASK you. They hate that, and you might get yelled/snapped at for it. After you eat, go walk by the Union and spin the cube as you make your way toward campus. The Diag and Law Quad are both close by, which, for campus tours, are must-sees.
Seconding Ashley's as well. It was easily my favorite bar when I was a student there, but it's not as much of a college bar as the Brown Jug or Charlie's. It always seemed like more of a grad student crowd, but obviously it depends on your own age whether or not that's tenable.
Oh, Maize and Blue Deli! It's got signatures on the wall from many of Michigan's former athletes. You can pick out your favorites (did someone say Scott Dreisbach?) while you wait for your sandwich, which will be huge and awesome. Great lunch if you can make the time for it.
I echo the suggestions above, except you may want to skip Blimpy Burger on this trip. I love that place and all, but it's never a good idea to eat at Blimpy unless you have guaranteed access to a good shitter and plenty of time to sit on it.
Another A2 institutiona to check out is Zingerman's, the famous deli. I recommend ordering the sandwich called "Dave's Open Road."
but I highly dis-recommend Zingerman's. I was in town for a weekend when I was living in Palo (Shallow) Alto and was wholly unmoved by my sister's dragging me to the Z. Probably because everything in there seemed to have been imported from California and wasn't anything I couldn't have gotten by walking down the street from my house.
I was dreaming of a Coney dog and Vernor's or a square pizza and I stood in line for 45 minutes to get an overpriced corned beef sandwich and a faux-throwback soda.
I really think this has to do more with my hatred of the state of California (it's second only to the four-letter state IMHO) than the sandwich shop. Stick to the dives and you'll be sassified.
Perhaps your expectations were off. Zingerman's is great, but expect to pay a price.
I agree. I've lived in Ann Arbor my whole life and have yet to understand the obsession with Zingerman's. It's so over-priced for what it is.
You realize that Zingerman's prides itself on using ingredients from Michigan, right? Take a look next time you're in there or go look at their website. They actually go out of their way to buy local.
I don't go to Zingerman's often because of the cost, I've never worked there nor does any family member, and I recognize that NY deli food is an individual taste. However, I've been there often enough over the years to know that your assertion that everything "seemed to have been imported from California" ranks right up there with "RR ran Mallett out of Ann Arbor" in the I-don't-know-what-the-hell-I'm-talking-about department.
Has anyone else eaten at Cloverleaf? I used to eat there all the time when I lived on 4th and Packard. Now that was a place you never wanted to be too far from a bathroom after eating at.
Cloverleaf has gone downhill - at this point, no better, and perhaps worse than your average Perkins.
Take it from my two kids, who will devour anything of a breakfast nature and come back for more, and who were entirely unimpressed with the offerings there.
But the bathroom comment holds true.
I made the mistake of eating there once, probably because I didn't want to wait in line at Afternoon Delight. I'd only recommend the Cloverleaf if you want to Barwis-ize your digestive track.
the student pregame which is normally a must see will be slightly muted because it is on Yom Kippur ... last yr every house on state got a noise violation for pregaming on it ... also the fact that michigan's large jewish population will be off to services or just fasting ... too top it off its a noon game against a FCS team .... i suggest just sticking to the adult version south of campus
seriously? that's ridiculous.
And check out maizenbrew.com's list off the Top 100 reasons to love Ann Arbor for more ideas...
Massive sandwiches...I have to get one every time I'm in AA. Mo's Mess a personal favorite.
Go to somewhere like Blimpy burger or Pizza bobs before the game. Good cheap food.
After the game go to Chop House or Palio or somethin on main street. That way you'll get both types of Ann Arbor food!
Friday do the central campus walking tour. A map is on PDF at the U website. Blimpy Burger for sure (west of the law school just west of west quad). Friday night do main street area, the irish bar O'Neils, Vinology, Arbor Brew. If you have not had too much to drink drive to North Campus drive around and look around, and back to Central Campus--the hospital coming from North at night is quite a sight.
Sat do the tailgates, game, then start at Ashley's (three blocks north of the Union) and then head to Scorekeepers and Charleys.
Thanks guys so much. I wrote down this info and plan on visiting several of your suggestions. I do however have two questions. The first is were are the Heisman trophys on display and can i see/visit them? The second is, were is the best place to park? Thanks again guys for coming through and being so helpfull.
I presume the trophies are at Schembechler Hall, which is on South State Street next to Yost ice arena. I am not sure what the deal is for public access to Schembechler Hall, or if there even is any.
For parking on game days, you can usually park on some student's lawn for anywhere from $10 to $50 depending on how close to the stadium you want to be. But if you're going to be in town all day on Saturday, you might as well just a grab a spot anywhere you can find on a neighborhood street.
Margaret Dow Towsley Sports Museum
This museum deals exclusively with Michigan athletics, including all 25 varsity sports; touch TV screens, mini videos, display cases. It is located in Schembechler Hall, 1200 South State Street. For more information, call 763-4422.