Grilled lemongrass-marinated beef tenderloin strips, with julienned green papaya, cilantro, chopped peanuts and a spicy thai peanut sauce
Mixed spicy greens with roasted butternut squash, turnips, spiced pecans, blue cheese and a soy-balsamic vinaigrette
Thin slices of grilled Certified Angus ribeye, with sesame crispy rice, sautéed julienned vegetables, quail egg and Korean chili sauce
I have to say that, hands-down, Pacific Rim is my favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, their Restaurant Week menu doesn’t include my favorite Big Eye Tuna dish, but it’s always still delicious. This time around, we tried their take on Thai Iced Tea, which is always a favorite; it was every bit as flavorful as any Thai Iced Tea I have had, and somehow felt more wholesome. Check them out on Yelp, and book early if you want a table during Restaurant Week!
I love brunch. Not only is it nice and bright for photography, but if you go with your SO, you can split a savory dish and a sweet dish! Northside Grill is just on the outskirts of the White Coat Ghetto, and is very affordable for students. It might not offer a particularly wide array or fancy contemporary twists, but it’s a nice, classic diner. It’s got some cute rustic touches, and an absolutely amazing orange-squeezing machine that pumps out the sweetest, pulpiest, freshest orange juice you can imagine. Their ketchup also just happens to be a brand that I like. Check them out on Yelp!
Are you a waffle person or a pancake person? Both types of people seem pretty adamant about their breakfast carb of choice, but I believe that Ann Arbor’s just-opened Wafel Shop will sway a fair share of folks over to the waffle side. The smell of batter cooking swarmed us as soon as we walked into the cozy little space next to the robot shop. There was a little bit of a wait; it seemed like the restaurant was still working out some kinks, but after I bit into my Liege with bacon and maple syrup, all of that was meaningless. What was this amazing flavor in my mouth? There was the inherent sweetness of the Liege waffle, with the smoky bacon and sweet syrup mingling in a way that was nothing short of perfect.
Unfortunately, there was no Brussels batter when we arrived, but after we finished our first course, we immediately ordered another waffle, this time with Brussels batter. While the Brussels waffle comes out larger, I have to say I liked the flavor of the Liege better. It was denser, and I felt the topping distribution ended up at a better ratio. I’ve spent the day telling everyone about this new treat, and will definitely return soon. Next time, I want to try the Biscoff spread!
Check them out on Yelp!
In case the huge set of photos included in this post doesn’t give it away, I LOVE Songbird. I was on a big streak during our Neurological sequence, as evidenced by my brief but memorable Foursquare Mayorship. Today it was snowing, and on cold winter days I don’t think there is anything more comforting than a soy fig vanilla bell pepper latte and an amazing Turkey-Pistachio-fig spread-goat cheese sandwich. Unlike a lot of the cafes in Ann Arbor, Songbird has a lot of room, and although it gets busy around mealtimes, I’ve never had a problem finding a seat. I really love the design, the music is surprisingly similar to my own mixes, and the food is tasty and heart-warming. Check them out on Yelp or at their official website!
After a community health fair, a bunch of us got together for one of my favorite dishes, pho! I rarely venture to South U, so have never been to Saigon Garden. Almost our whole table got some variant of pho, see Figure 1. The host was very accommodating of our party of 12. Check them out on Yelp or at their official website!
Although we’d had dinner at the Grange before, their brunch was an entirely different experience. The breakfast sandwich that we got was absolute amazing, and the maple syrup was almost smoky. We also had a Restaurant.com coupon for this meal, placing it at a well-affordable level. Even though brunch has a tendency to be a leisurely meal that takes up most of a whole morning’s potential productivity, it’s still something I always like to indulge in. Yelp, website.
Logan is a contemporary American restaurant, and I feel like our trips to it are hit or miss. Their Restaurant Week menu was fantastic, but this time, I was disappointed in my dessert. I get chocolate mousse at almost every restaurant that I go to, and this one was much more truffle than mousse, unfortunately. Nevertheless, Fred calls Logan his favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor (I would probably say Pacific Rim or Vinology). Check it out on Yelp, or at its official website!
Ann Arbor restaurants: http://www.restaurant.com/rdc_site2.net/listings.aspx?StateID=&zip=48105&