Off-the-beaten-track, but if you're going to be anywhere near North Campus, I'd suggest this place:
Along those lines:
SE Michigan is, as you may know, a good place for that type of food.
Off-the-beaten-track, but if you're going to be anywhere near North Campus, I'd suggest this place:
Along those lines:
SE Michigan is, as you may know, a good place for that type of food.
Was probably my favorite place to eat. From experience I can say that their ribs and burgers are great
I second this. I went there twice after it opened. Great pulled pork. Great sauces. Also the service is great.
Cool places to visit: Law quad (though might be under construction still), law reading room is a must see, rackham grad school is beautiful, business school
First visit huh? That doesn't get you as many points as the last visit so hopefully Michigan has a high weekly bonus.
Anyways, I'd recommend Pizza House or Maize & Blue Deli. Both are big hits and right on/near South University so you wouldn't have to go far from campus. If you would like to explore a bit then I'd suggest Zingerman's in Kerrytown. That's a pretty neat part of town. Quickie Burger is also good but that doesn't strike me as a sit down "how do you like the college visit so far" type of place.
You just said Pizza House... I love that place! Great food & nice place for a "what do you think of A2" conversation.
California resident here; I drove through Ann Arbor last week on my way to Glen Arbor for a family reunion. I was so impressed with Frita Batidos we hit it on the way back too. I had the chirizo frita round 1 and the fish the second time both with tropical slaw. Oberon to wash it down. Seriously one of my favorite lunch stops.
how did I not know about Frita Batidos... ive been looking everywhere for some decent cuban food. Thank you so much! menu looks fantastic
It's not really Cuban food. Don't get me wrong, I love that place but if you're looking for authentic Cuban you'll probably be disappointed.
I think their menu specifically says it's more of a Miami-Cuban-American blend, given that the owner grew up in the Cuban neighborhoods of Miami or something. So yes, not authentic but in the same ballpark I think (never actually had Cuban food)
More of a burger/sandwich joint than Cuban, but it's my fav burger in town (yes I've been to Casey's and Blimpy, JMO). The owner, Eve, use to have a restaurant in kerrytown with the same name. She was also a contestant on top chef, but was eliminated in the first episode.
I saw that from their menu but it still sounds fantastic and I love the locally grown restaurant philosophy.
Bandito's is supposed to be Cuban food? That's funny. I love the place, but Cuban food it's not (unless it has radically changed since I last ate there, which is several years ago now).
Frita Batido's is the Miami/Cuban food place, not Bandito's. Different restaurants.
Frita Batido's >>>>>Bandito's
I should probably just shut up, seeing as it's now almost nine years since I left A2 (and also because I'm evidently not very good at reading today).
Frita Batidos is AMAZING. The chef owner Eve Aronoff was on Top Chef, so there's that... It's also super casual, light fresh. I love the chorizo "frita" (sort of, but not really, a hambuger-like patty). Warning you get an absurd about of fries, so definitely worth sharing. The batidos (milkshakes) might seem like something to pass by, but remember their good enough to be in the name of the restaurant. They. Are. Yummy.
My son and i made our first trip in june and blimpy burger is about 4 blocks from michigan union..good luck and our campus visit was awesome
this, blimpy's is awesome.
Since it's closing and (hopefully) moving.
...but Satchel's on Washtenaw (next to Whole Foods) is hands-down the best BBQ in town.
Zingerman's is the obvious choice for a unique A2 food experience
Nice sit-down meal: Zola (fries with house-made ketchup are special)
Best burger (IMO): Casey's, by the train station
Well, Blimpy is special, too....but a different species of burger
I did not know this BBQ info. Thanks.
It's Carolina style BBQ, and very good, but if you like a different style more it might not be your favorite. Red Rock in Ypsilanti is pretty good too, but there relaly hasn't been universally awesome BBQ since Mr. Rib.
[Maize and Blue Deli/Zingermans] is better than [the one you didnt choose]!
In all honestly, both are fantastic, and they are both fun places to go. As previously mentioned Pizza house is very good as well. If you want breakfast food, Northside Grill is also really good. Casey's Tavern has delicious burgers and is a fun atmosphere.
My personal favorite is Grizzly Peak Brewing, I have yet to have food that I didnt like.
Would add Angelo's to the list of suggestions for breakfast.
My favorite place in A2, but I think Jolly Pumpkin has slightly better food, and it's not as geared to the micro brew scene
I think the menu is more suited to everyday tastes at Grizzly Peak, but the food at Jolly Pumpkin is really good. The beer, however, is way better at JP.
The info session and tour are good. There were 250 people in ours, which surprised us, then they split to groups of 25 or so for the tour. We saw the Union, went into the Law reading room, Undergrad Library, and the Diag. We walked up over the bridge to the hill dorms on our own afterwards. We also took the bus up to North Campus and walked around there some. That's a good way to see a little more town, and a different flavor of the campus. It was very quiet in Ann Arbor. We're planning to make another trip in September on a weekday to see campus when students are there. We went to Zingerman's. At 1:15pm, it was packed! By 2pm, the line was gone. Maybe plan for a late lunch. Also, go to Moe's and buy her a t-shirt. : )
After just reading about the HTTV Football Preview being available at Moe's, do you or anyone else know the address of Moe's? HTTV for me, t-shirt for her.
Nice cover story, Mr. Fournette. Just find Coach Hoke and let the magic happen. #JPTTA
My favorite a capella group on campus is the Dicks and Janes.
Zingerman's is about a 5-10 minute drive from Central campus, is expensive, and if you're coming on a weekend there will likely be a line (though the line moves pretty quickly). But if you can bear all that then it's worth the visit. If you're looking for some place right on or next to campus, Pizza House is nice, and even Cottage Inn is pretty OK (unlike the delivery). I like Sava's on State St.
Somebody mentioned Frita Batidos, owned by Eve Aronoff, is actually my favorite in all of A2. But it's a more trendier place, and off Main St so maybe you'll save that visit for next time after your daughter enrolls ;)
It won't be in its current location much longer. A must because its a good burger but also because of the location.
Or Mark's Carts, which is over off Main Street and has a bunch of really awesome food carts.
If you're in the mood for Italian while you're in town, I've always been fond of Argerio's over in Kerrytown. The food is overall decently priced, in my opinion, and it is pretty good. The lunch menu has a nice selection of paninis on it as well, if you happen to be over there around that time of day. For breakfast, the Broken Egg is not a bad selection - they have a Cajun Andouille Omelette that is superb.
For those who mentioned Blimpy Burger, I absolutely agree, but as a general note to the board, their lease is up on August 31st from what I understand and, last I heard (this could have changed), they were still mulling over a few potential locations.
There are so many good choices on campus for dining. I love the Pizza House, Red Hawk (on State Street near the State Theater), and I love the Original Cottage Inn (which is really close to the Student Activities Building - where the tours start and end). The Cottage Inn has a great lunch buffet with pizza, an entree or two and a nice salad. If you like Japanese food - Sadako on East University is also great. The best options are the restaurants that you cannot go anywhere else...
The Law Quad is open if you come at it from Tappan or State. It is beautiful and you can get into the library (might be part of the tour). Art fair is next week - so things might start to be setup as early as Monday. Have a nice visit to Ann Arbor.
Go to the blue tractor on Washington. Get the carnivore burger.... So good
I always have to go to pizza house
Original Cottage Inn
Blue Tractor (BBQ)
Seriously I hope you are coming Mon or Tues because the AA Art Fair will truly mess with your ability to get to any of these places later in the week, let alone park anywhere within 1 mile o campus or downtown.
I like the fair but only because I can walk from my house; otherwise it's like O'Hare the day before Thanksgiving
Warm your kid that ordinarily AA is peaceful; Art Fair is not typical!
Having said that I ditto Frita Batidos and Marks Carts
I feel like it is a requirement you go to Pizza House on your first visit. After living here for a decade, you'll have gone there so many times you're sick of it, but hey get the cycle started.
You can't go wrong with Zingerman's, IMO. It is a little pricey for sandwiches, as mentioned above, but it's well worth it--and it's one of the true A2 classics.
If you want something a little more campus-ey, Amer's Cafe, Red Hawk, or Good Time Charley's are good bets, as well as Pizza House as mentioned above.
I don't recall whether they allow minors onto the premises at Dominick's--but if they do, go there.
Brian Cook made a big post about eating in Ann Arbor and keeps it under the 'Useful Stuff' tab at the top of the page. Here it is: http://mgoblog.com/content/guide-ann-arbor-eating-drinking
Angelo's for breakfast, Maize n Blue Deli for lunch, Jerusalem Garden for dinner, Rick's for Rick's, and BTB for 4th meal.
As a hs recruiter for michigan, u want to make it awesome for HER so that she walks away with an impression that she wants to go there, not that dad wants her to go there so he can get football tix/play the golf course/visit the microbrews/etc. A couple things:
- first figure out generally what 2-3 things your daughter is interested in studying. All the architecture and "cool building bro" viewing tours don't compare to giving your kid the chance to actually have some say and learn about what they want to do with their life. If your kid has a firm idea, then schedule appts with the undergrad dept advisors for those departments for 30 min-60 min while u r on campus-- these appts are much more informative and give your kid a better idea of what the coursework is and what the job opportunities post graduation are. Most of the department websites "faculty & staff" pages list who the ugrad advisor is and u can either call or email them directly for an appt. If u need help with any of engineering depts feel free to email me direct at btcesul-at-umich-dot-edu for help.
- cool bar places aren't generally where u want eat at with your 17-18 yr old daughter unless u r cool with her going there before she's 21 and getting hit on by just off shift intramural referees. I suggest hitting up one of the fun ethnic places or a campus fast food fave like btb, pancheros, blimpy (before its gone, weep), etc. Get her a feel for daytime campus life. If u r in town for dinner hit up a a downtown a2 restaurant to show the other side of campus life, interaction with townies.
- final thing, show that u r having fun with her. Don't pressure, but let her guide the way with nudging. Remember that pretty much all campus places besides some areas of the hospitals are open m-f for people just to walk in. Even better if there are classes going on, poke your head in a window to peek or stop and listen for a minute if the door id open.
Drop her off at Rick's...
and the daughter you raised and thought you knew will be gone forever.
Wolverine In Exile- and beautiful picture.
On my mobile device the short title comes up as "seeking advice for UM visit..."
I was going to respond with a simple "commit"
My usual game day stops:
For brunch (if you get to A2 a little early): Afternoon Delight on [email protected] Order a pancake (singular, not plural). Awesomeness. The omelettes are superb. Salmon eggs benedict, too. When I do this for the noon kickoffs and and I usually can't breathe comforably until halftime.
For a casual lunch: lost in the PR shadow of Maize 'n Blue Deli and Zingerman's is Amer's State@ N University. The sandwich menu is so broad it's a little intimidating at first, but you'll find something delicious. It's just a good, old-fashioned deli.
Speaking of Zingerman's, you hear a lot about the deli, but I'm partial to Zingerman's Roadhouse for sheer comfort food (unless one of you is a vegetarian). It's not in downtown but about a 10 min.drive (Maple @ Jackson, near 94). It doesn't get as much love as the more famous deli, but I'm a bit of an addict, and when 3.30 games end around 7, it's usually a mad dash over there to beat the line. It's removed from campus, though, so maybe not the best for a campus tour.
Other people have mentioned doing a walk-through of the Law Quad; for sheer ambiance of being in an academic institution, that's hard to beat (not sure what state of renovations are at the moment, though, it may be full of scaffolding). Undergrads are allowed to study in the cathedral-like law reading room. Check out the stained glass with all the seals of other universities.
I didn't notice on the other comments, but did anyone suggest a walk through the Nichols Arboretum? It's nice to know you've got a refuge like that for a long walk when school or social life overwhelms you a bit. If you've got the time, mark off 30 minutes for a walk.
I agree with another commenter that most of the places being recommended are for hungry, broke college kids, and either won't stand out versus other college towns or aren't in a price range your kid will be able to afford as a student. Afternoon Delight is one of the best lunch places in town, especially if you want something lighter. I think the cafeteria appearance keeps people from trying it (table service is only on weekends), but my female friends in undergrad always preferred frozen yogurt with really high quality fresh fruit and a gigantic muffin on the side to an overpriced deli sandwich or another greasy burger.
....if a vegetarian Seva is great...
- Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger - it is an institution... but is moving end of this month(where TBD) - have to go to the original spot. I just went a week ago with my kids for last time. Get there earlier or later in afternoon. It is also around the corner from the Union, South/West quad and close to Law Quad and Central campus
Everyone else has covered some really good suggestions
Get her an appointment with the Sports Marketing Professor...
Some of my favorites:
Maize N Blue Deli
Zingerman's (fantastic, but over-priced for Michigan)
Porch at Dominick's in the summer. Not really going to take your daughter for a pitcher of Sangria, but she'll have some street cred if she knows about it.
Navaho Fry Bread at the Prickly Pear on Main Street.
Tour of campus is always impressive (Did you know there is a North Quad now?) Seeing a couple of dorms might be informative (WQ/SQ and the Hill dorms). Meeting an academic advisor and seeing where her particular school will be. North Campus used to be a trek.
I thought Blimpy was gone?!?!
Zingerman's prices are absurd. I've had visitors from NYC laugh at them.
Ali Baba's, which is over on packard south of south quad. The garlic sauce they make is amazing, and for some reason most students graduate without knowing about that place.
I like Ali Baba's, and used to frequent it when I lived on Mary St. in undergrad, and again when I lived on Hill as a grad student, but the ambience isn't really very impressive. Nowadays the only thing I get there is mulberries from the little tree on the corner.
Man you can tell this blog is full of testosterone. Pizza Bob's? Maize N Blue deli? I mean, they are good campus eats for sure, but geared towards college kids wanting lots of food for little money. As a townie, they don't even close to rank anywhere near the top for places I would take people.
On campus - go to Sava's or Red Hawk - both are on State Street - Sava's is near the new North Quad complex, next door to Lane Hall. Red Hawk is about a block closer to campus. Neither are expensive and have great, interesting options. I would say Sava's has a bit more range (breakfast all day, amazing sandwiches and salads, get the sweet potato fries), Red Hawk's burgers are to die for. Both serve booze if mom and dad need a beer with lunch. If you are looking for something more ethnic, I love Tomukun (asian noodle bar) on Liberty, just down from the Michigan Theater.
Downtown - you can hardly go wrong with any place you stop in. My suggestion is to try to get in to either Mani Osteria (which is a casual italian place with authentic wood fired pizzas - you know it's good when Mario Batali is a fan) or Islita (a casual mexican - not tex mex - place. Yum fish tacos!) They're right next door to each other at the intersection of Liberty & Division. They aren't super expensive. Lots of restaurants downtown can be bonkers and hard to get into if you show upright at 6 or 7, so prepare to wait... I love Zingerman's Deli - the lines are way less bad then they were before the expansion, and Monday's shouldn't be crazy. If you decide to go, the townie hint is to look at the menu online and call your order in ahead of time. Then you can skip the line, pick up your food and the cashier building and go ahead and eat there.
If you are coming into town on Wed-Sat (Art Fair) all bets are off. Get the heck out of downtown to eat. You'll have NO LUCK getting in anywhere with all the hoards.
So, if you have to drive out of town - Zingerman's Roadhouse (I-94 and Jackson Road) is a great sit down place (and not to be confused by the Zingerman's deli which is also good, but downtown), but I would make reservations NOW. Especially during art far, the Z name makes it impossible to get in. Other out of downtown places - Lotus Thai (thai food, duh) is great and is in the Target strip mall off of Ann Arbor Saline Road. Cardamom (indian food) just openned to great acclaim off of Plymouth Road near North Campus.
Another note to be prepared for - this is constructions season on campus. The law quad is under renovation, and it looks like east quad's fences just came down. South U is closed at State Street for repaving. The front entrance of the LSA Building (where I work) is getting redone. The football stadium re-painting project and Schembechler Hall "renovation" is underway. It may take a little creative visioning to see everything. But campus is also lush with greenery, Monday should be a bright clear sunny day, which puts everyone in a good mood.
I hope you and your daughter have a great visit and Go Blue!
This is helpful, thanks for sharing places not always mentioned on mgoblog
A lot of the places don't get that big a business bump from Art Fair, especially the indoor dining one. There are often a lot of seats to be had at some pretty good places.
While i like real seafood, zoes and other downtown eats and recommend taking a walk on main, for soon to be college kid, I recommend:
Angelo's for breakfast.
Stuchis ice cream
Zinger mans for lunch
Pizza house for lunch
walk up and down south state
Walk through the law quad
She's going into college not on the food network.
and I'll definitely say that for a first visit I'd want an institution type place (Zingermans gets my vote, usually get the cuban and reuben both on sourdough and split the sandwiches) but if we're talking about Ann Arbor food options my aunt and uncle own a cafe open for breakfast and lunch. It's great food and from what I hear is gaining a good following after opening just a few months ago.
It's called Juicy Kitchen Cafe and is located at 1506 N Maple. annarbor.com, Yelp and Urbanspoon all have positive reviews and I can vouch for that as well.
Depends on what you want. If you're looking for some good student places to go, then anywhere on South U or State is going to be great. Maize N Blue Deli, BTB, Mr. Spots, and Quickie Burger are great Ann Arbor icons. At least to the student population. And you have the obligatory Zingermanns. But the best restaurants in town are on Main, or just off of it. Chop House, Grizzly Peak, Prickly Pear, Real Seafood Company and Blue Tractor are all great. Can't go wrong with any of those.
Also, for breakfast, Angelo's is the best. You might have to wait for a little bit for a table, but the food is amazing and well worth the wait. Fleetwood Diner just off of Main has great, cheap breakfast, too. The gyro omelet is godlike.
Within the campus area - I'd recommend Pizza House or Original Cottage Inn for food that she might actually eat on an evening out as a student. Mani Osteria is really, really good but I don't see a lot of students hanging out there - it's a bit more upscale. I strongly recommend it if you want Italian food that is a little more imaginative. I love Blimpy Burger, but never feel very good a couple hours later. Angelos is definitely the best place near campus for breakfast.
Zingermans is the place for foodies and Kerrytown (the neighborhood it is in) is worth a visit for local atmosphere. Zingerman's Roadhouse on the the west side of town is also very good - but again, not a likely place she will get to as a student.
Frita Batidos is also great as is Mark's Carts for casual dining. Both are downtown, off of Main Street. There are a lot of nice restuarants in the Main Street area. If you want to splurge for dinner, I think Logan and the West End Grill are the best fine dining places in Ann Arbor, but they may be better choices for family visits when she is a student and you really want to celebrate something.
It's off campus, so you'll get to see a little more of Ann Arbor, if you're into micro-brews, they have good stuff, and their food is organic... If you want to stay on campus, my Vote is for Pizza House as there is literally nothing bad on the menu.
five pounds of nachos. . . that is all
I don't know why everyone is failing to say the correct answer, but the correct answer is obviously Big Boy.
I'm visiting Friday, and there's no scheduled visits on the website, so are there campus buildings you can actually check out inside and what not?
I'm guessing they don't run tours during Art Fair, which is Wed through Sat. I work on Central Campus. Most buildings will still be open, although not every entrance (open for business, but not public restrooms....). Summer term classes are running, so you should be able to get in and wander to your hearts content. ;)
Last time I tried, and this was before all of the rennovations and whatnot, the front doors at Yost were open during the summer, although I don't know if that's true any more and I didn't try to go through the concourse at all. Not much to go on, I know.
i go straight to jerusalem garden
... And still hurting from the 2year road closure they had to contend with.
I don't think I saw it mentioned anywhere listed in this thread suprisingly but Cherry Republic is a must to visit. It's In the middle of downtown and it' a place, as you can guess, with everything cherry flavored that you can imagine and there are FREE samples everywhere.
cheap faves: Argerios, Jerusalem Gardens, Blimpie, Red Hot Lovers (still around?) -- mid-priced faves: Red Hawk, Zingermans -- pricey faves: Graty's, The Earl, Gandy Dancer. If you are there during Art Fair, you will have plenty of street meat options to choose from.
that's Gratzys. for desert: dark chocolate covered pretzels from Kilwins, or White Russion Fudge ice cream from Stucchi's. old school choice no longer available -- coke and ice cream sandwich from VCs -- Diag and people watchin'. Dang...wish i was heading that way myself.
But you have to ask yourself if you want her to get attracted to things she'll eat for 4 years (Oizza House, China Gate, Blimpy's hopefully) or something that may impress her but that she'll ever eat at unless you're coming to town and paying for (Main Street, etc).