CloverEats: aromatic pulled pork at Frita Batidos
I did a quick Snapshot post on Frita Batidos back when I first came to Ann Arbor, but despite frequenting it quite often throughout the years I’ve lived here, I somehow never dedicated a full photo shoot to it. Feeling like this was much overdue, Kevin and I stopped by for a delicious lunch featuring their summer special, an aromatic pulled pork with tropical cole slaw and chili mayo.
I love how the restaurant looks at nighttime. The whole shop has a glow to it, and their sign outside is all lit up. They have a great late night happy hour for the last hour before closing. The whole restaurant has a great texture, from its whitewashed brick walls to its wooden floors. There are dominoes at the table, with rules provided, but we often just resort to our childhood version of simply lining them up and knocking them down.
Frita Batidos is described as Cuban-inspired street food. Its chef, Eve Aronoff, of Top Chef fame and Le Cordon Bleu education, opened Frita Batidos after closing her Kerrytown restaurant, eve. Reading one of The Ulterior Epicure’s earliest posts praising the restaurant really makes me wish I had been in Ann Arbor just a little bit earlier, so that I too could have had the experience of dining at eve. Luckily, Frita Batidos never fails to disappoint.The bar is fantastic, offering fresh mojitos and sangria, but my favorite drink to get is a passionfruit batido with a splash of dark rum. Their Facebook page often has photos of Fishbowl Friday, which looks fantastic!
Of course, the real star of a meal at Frita Batidos is the frita. Like a burger on steroids, these delicious, mouthwatering creations come backed with fries, eggs, and pretty much anything you could ever want on your burger. The meat is always bursting with flavor, and is locally sourced as well. Absolutely amazing!
Here is the summer special. The first time I had this, I could not believe how soft and tender the pulled pork was. It melted in my mouth, leaving in its wake a flavor that washed over me, forever changing the way I look at pulled pork. The tropical slaw and sweet chili mayo provide the perfect complement to the meat. This is my new favorite!
There’s always room for dessert, especially when it is as wonderful as this. Frita Batidos’ churros are a whole different ball game from the thin churro sticks you might find elsewhere. They are fluffy, huge creatures, dusted with nutmeg and orange zest, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Plus, they come with a thick, rich chocolate for dipping. Not to be missed!