Fred and I were on the way to Kerrytown when we passed by Babo, now open! We’ve always loved Sava’s (see here, here, and here), and so of course we stopped in to check out downtown Ann Arbor’s newest addition at the Sterling 411 Lofts.
Upon first glance, Babo is welcoming in a rustic way, with everything from a Christmas tree to the Spice Box, a collection of small drawers featured alphabetized spice pouches. There’s so much texture in the decorations – one wall holds clippings from books, wooden crates display bread, and evergreen streamers hang from the ceilings. I was really glad I brought my DSLR!
The merchandise itself was also colorful, with small, unusual items like blueberry cheese drizzle, drinkable yogurt, and tons of other eclectic finds; it almost had the feel of an indoors farmer’s market. Though technically a shop, Babo also offers a variety of deli-like offerings, which looked so delicious that we had to try some!
Fred and I got some of everything: salmon en croute, polenta cakes, eggplant parmesan, salad caprese, and a pomegranate-molasses butter cake! For less than $10 each, we left satiated and excited for future visits. I don’t think there’s an official website yet, but in the meantime, you can check out Babo on Facebook!
To celebrate the first snow of the season, Fred and I stopped by Sava’s for happy hour drinks. The Pool Boy is described as “appleton’s rum, bacardi, apricot brandy, amaretto, fresh pineapple juice, house-made sour mix, dash of nutmeg.” It was refreshing and sweet!
Fred and I stopped by Sava’s after seeing Avenue Q because the sign outside mentioned something about HOT SPICED BUTTERED RUM.
The two glasses came with big lumps of butter, spiced sticks, and delicious soul-warming rum. We’ve since been back maybe three times, in hopes of more buttered rum, but unfortunately to no avail. The bartender promises its return with colder weather, but so far, we’ve had no luck in getting a second taste of this amazingness.
We also shared a burger and yummy sweet potato fries while we were there. Here are some autumn-y photos of candles!
On weekdays from 3-6PM, Sava’s has Happy Hour, where all cocktails are half priced. Fred and I have gotten into the (perhaps not so good) habit of exploring cocktails on cozy afternoons.
Sava’s has quite a wide variety of drinks, broken down into The Novice, The Purist, and The Progressive. Fred and I are working our way through the list, bit by bit. Today, we got the adorably named “Suddenly, Last Summer,” and the classic, creamy “Brandy Alexander.” Both were delicious, and the Brandy Alexander was even on special, coming to an unbelievable $3! We also got some snacks to go along with our drinks, and they were both delicious. The ravioli was so smooth and flavorful!
Check out their drink menu!