Whether you are a vegan, meat eater, or somewhere in between, you will find something you like. Eat on the cheap or treat yourself, the choice is yours. Here are some of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor to obsess over.
Plant-based food served in comfort
Do you think vegan food means boring bean dishes and stringy salads, or do you whip up vegan cookies and burgers on a daily basis? Whatever you think about plant-based food, be prepared to be wowed at The Lunch Room. With three locations around Ann Arbor, you have three places to enjoy the extensive menu. For a large selection, go to the Diner & Canteen, where comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, ice cream sundaes, baked good, and pancakes are served up in a cozy atmosphere.
Palestine meets Ann Arbor in perfect harmony
If you like good, cheap food, Jerusalem Garden should be on your radar. Falafel, kabobs, hummus and fries are all on offer. The restaurant’s founder, Ribhi Ramlawi is described as a kind, welcoming man. He opened Jerusalem Garden to support his family, but, since his passing, it has continued to be a place for anyone to come and enjoy a meal.
Street food offers a taste of Cuba
This restaurant has a simple concept. The signature meal consists of picking your favorite Cuban burger, milkshake and sides. Save room for the churros for dessert, and drink to your heart’s content. If you are in the mood for something different, check out this place.
This deli is an Ann Arbor institution
Flavor, tradition and integrity have shaped Zingerman’s Delicatessen for almost 30 years. The monthly specials, picnic platters and vegetarian items are not-to-be-missed. Call and order ahead to avoid a long wait.
Hearty fare with a side of booze
This restaurant serves to remind people of the early German immigrants in Ann Arbor but also to serve up some hearty dishes. Schnitzel, bratwurst and herring are all on the menu. Save room for a drink, or two or three.
Seafood served in a luxurious setting
Gandy Dancer is the right place to have a classy night out, start the morning off right or to enjoy a special meal. Brunch features lox, carved meats, shrimp and omelets and other favorites. Lobster, filet mignon, crab cakes and sangria top off the dinner menu. Coupled with excellent service, this restaurant is luxurious and the right place to celebrate any momentous occasion.
Underground restaurant a hidden gem
Go to this hidden gem for a well-stocked wine bar and a memorable dinner. Salmon, duck and jazzy music are highlights. Get transported to a simpler time when you dine at The Earle, but be prepared for dark lighting.
A diverse menu and opportunities to people watch
Sava’s offers two noteworthy things, a diverse menu and opportunities to people watch from the second floor. See what others are munching on and take note. This 300-seat restaurant started as one woman’s experience with the American Dream. Early on, Sava Farah had a knack for not only saving ti, but for recognizing the importance of good hospitality. From a 23-seat café to what it is now, the establishment serves up healthy eats such as avocado toast, kale salad, smoothies Ahi tuna poke, salads and vegetable bowls. Indulgent dishes, including macaroni and cheese, French toast, spinach and artichoke dip and burgers are available to satisfy your cravings, though.
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Nurse a pint while chowing down
Sip a seasonal cocktail, get a beer on draft or share a pitcher at the Jolly Pumpkin’s Ann Arbor location. Order the candied Brussels sprouts for a sweet yet salty appetizer, or, go for classic fries. The unique pizzas, including truffle, spinach and artichoke and potato are worth a look. Pumpkin even makes an appearance on the dessert menu in the form of flavored whoopee pies. After your meal, you might even find yourself smiling wider than a Jack O’ Lantern on Halloween.
Offers a dinner menu during all business hours, except for brunch
There is nothing quite like an Italian meal. A familial, fun atmosphere is combined with an emphasis on local ingredients and the smell of wood-burned ovens. Feel like you are in Italy, if only for one meal. Past guests rave about the thin-crust pizza, handmade pasta and savory appetizers. The menu is made up of small plates, so get a selection, share and try new dishes. Nurse a cocktail while you sample dishes such as shrimp scampi, Margherita pizza, gnocchi and beet and feta salad.
There is no shortage of interesting restaurants in Ann Arbor. Go on a culinary adventure and visit one or all of them. No judgment.