Nicer than your average sushi joint: Yotsuba in Ann Arbor

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I had visited Yotsuba a few years ago, but didn’t take photos. All I remembered was that their sashimi slices were extremely generous, more than a centimeter thick, huge hunks of meat that felt more on par with little steaks than the thin strips of fish I’m used to. I thought that we were overdue for another visit!
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CloverSips: Michigan wines at the new VinBar

Black Star Farms Sirius Raspberry Dessert Wine

Black Star Farms Sirius Raspberry Dessert Wine

This year, it feels like the transition from summer to autumn happened almost overnight.  One day, I wore sandals and a dress, and the next, took my trusty North Face fleece out of the closet.  It’s also the beginning of the application cycle for residency, so it feels like everything is in flux.  I was super excited to hear about a new wine bar opening on Liberty, and immediately thought of local blogger The Food and Wine Hedonist, who checked it out on opening night and tweeted about its wide selection.  VinBar is a collaboration between three Michigan wineries – Black Star FarmsGood Harbor Vineyards, and L. Mawby Winery.  You can have half glasses, full glasses, or bottles of everything from bubblies to dessert wines.  I love the feel of the space, wide open, light streaming in and wooden floors with a good number of seats.

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CloverShoots: a beautiful dinner at West End Grill

WestEndGrill-1Despite having lived in Ann Arbor for several years now, I never got the chance to visit the West End Grill.  We got a lovely seat in the window, and the evening light just made for absolutely beautiful photos.

TUNA POKE - FRESH HAWAIIAN AHI TUNA, DICED & TOSSED WITH TOMATOES, SCALLIONS, & AVOCADO IN A YUZU VINAIGRETTE; SERVED ON CRISPY WONTONS WITH WASABI AND GINGER

TUNA POKE – FRESH HAWAIIAN AHI TUNA, DICED & TOSSED WITH TOMATOES, SCALLIONS, & AVOCADO IN A YUZU
VINAIGRETTE; SERVED ON CRISPY WONTONS WITH WASABI AND GINGER

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CloverVisits: beer, burgers, and history at Sidetrack in Ypsi

CloverEats: the newly opened Menna’s Joint

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Menna’s Joint recently added a new restaurant to their chain, opening up on William St, just off of State St.  “Home of the Dub,” they proudly proclaim, ‘dub’ being what their grilled wraps are called.  Having a secret love for late-night take-out, we decided to try them out! (more…)

CloverEats: Chela’s in Ann Arbor

Tacos

Tacos

I first head about Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria in this article about the Top Five Menus to try during Restaurant Week.  However, when I went during the most recent Restaurant Week, I was informed that they weren’t participating this year; we ended up going to Seva that evening because Fred loved their mole enchiladas so much.  More recently, they were picked as the second best tacos in all of Michigan, so I had to visit again, this time to actually eat some tacos. (more…)

CloverEats: Real Seafood Company in Ann Arbor

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Continuing on our recent spree of Mainstreet Ventures restaurants, we headed to Real Seafood Company, mostly due to Fred’s newly found desire to follow the Mediterranean diet and eat lots of fish. I love restaurants that open out into the sidewalk, but unfortunately, it was too hot to sit anywhere but deep inside the air conditioning.

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