Thanks to DevonT for his detailed response, linked below, to a query I posted about places to eat near the U of M campus. Following up on a couple of his recommendations, the three of us had a good lunch at Totoro (yaki soba, gyu don, and yakitori, which was particularly tasty), and the next day my 3-year-old and I went to TK Wu for dinner while my husband was obliged to eat at a conference banquet. The range of dishes on offer at TK Wu is really impressive: I dont necessarily want to order pork intestines and pig ears for myself, but having such non-mainstream dishes on the menu is a pretty good index of authenticity, I think. I didnt really get to take advantage of the other interesting-sounding dishes on their menu, unfortunately: I ordered quickly two fairly tame things (rice with soy sauce chicken and beef with wide rice noodles), hoping that my little guy would eat some of one or the other. (He did, he liked both.) The food was very good and I would definitely return to TK Wu to explore more of their menu.
We didnt make it this time to Seoul Korner, which another Ann Arborite had particularly recommended for their dol sot, but perhaps well get there on another visit.
Since our hotel room was supplied with a fridge we got some cheeses and bread from Zingermans for light, non-sweet breakfasts in the room. (Didnt sample the famous pastrami there, though: maybe next time.) The selection of cheeses was excellent and their cheese man as helpful as could be we ended up with an aged manchego and a wedge of reblochon, both superb, as was the country loaf. We also liked the charming vintage buildings of the Kerrytown neighborhood and wished we had time to come back for the Saturday farmers market and Sunday artisans market a block away from Zingermans.
Another noteworthy stop was American Spoon for gelato (recommended by Chicago friends) both the blueberry gelato and the marionberry sorbetto were terrific.
The great retro sign of Beer Depot Drive-Thru caught our eye as we drove past one evening (on William near Fifth(?)), and the sign in the window proclaiming More than 80 Belgians Inside prompted us to park and go in. There was indeed a good selection of Belgian beers in single bottles, as well as various funky German, Scottish, and English selections. A few Scottish beers (Belhaven, McEwans) were brought back to join the cheeses in the hotel fridge.
All in all we had a very enjoyable weekend in Ann Arbor, greatly enhanced by the chow recommendations here and from other friends. Thanks again to DevonT, and to others whove posted on Ann Arbor in the past.
p.s. Addresses for the above places may be found at http://www.arborweb.com/restindex.html
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