Restaurants & Bars

Great Lakes Ann Arbor

An Updated Ypsilanti and a little Ann Arbor


More from Restaurants & Bars

Restaurants & Bars Great Lakes Ann Arbor

An Updated Ypsilanti and a little Ann Arbor

katieh | | Jun 11, 2009 11:44 AM

I felt like updating the lists with my two cents on eating in Ypsilanti, and a few comments on Ann Arbor.

I was born and raised in Ypsilanti and continue to live there so I think I have a pretty good handle on what's good and what's not.

Breakfast- Breakfast in Ypsi is passable at best. I feel the same about breakfast in A2. The handful of out-of the box places that are worth visiting are too damn crowded to ever get into. Yes, I'm talking about Cafe Zola and Angelo's. Frustrating!! The Bomber is a townie fave because they feed you with portions fit for a wildabeast. It's good, normal bacon and eggs type stuff. The actual restaurant is small, small, small and not inviting but I wouldn't be put off by appearances. Much like Ypsilanti itself, you have to get in it in order to relax and appreciate it:) In the same taste vein are all the coney places, as well as a few vomit inducing chains like IHOP. God how I hate IHOP. Try Big Boy's breakfast buffet instead if your palate is so easily sated. I like the Golden Egg on Washtenaw< yummy hippie hash and nice hometown feel.

LUNCH- Good god if Gabriel's cheese steak hoagies don't make me wanna weep just thinking about them. They are hand's down the best in the world!!! If any food is an 'Ypsi' specialty this would be it. Should a traveler ask 'what's the one food I shouldn't miss while passing through?' This would be it. They are that good. Be advised there are like 4 seats in the place so this is a predominantly take-out joint. Plan on picking them up and taking them to a quiet place where you may worship them in private:)

Bill's is an experience in the sense that you are being served in your car. Not like a drive-in where you speak into the box and order,go to Chick-Inn for that, but in the sense that you park your car and wait for them to come out to you. I love the root beer.

The Indian buffet at Temptations on Washtenaw is such a deal and so good. I think it's 7.99 and it goes from 11-2? The Naan alone is worth it. I think it's great for people who haven't tried Indian also because it allows you to try lots of different things you probably would never get off the menu if you just went in for dinner. Their Goat Masala is killer.

Kaya Sushi, surrounded by some wierd club and a dollar store on Ellsworth is one of my faves for lunch and dinner. Everything I've had has been good. Go with 4 or more people and get Korean bbq!

Dalat is great also and has superior Pho to any I've had in Ann Arbor. Good Shrimp rolls too.The Dalat Special Vermicelli is really good.

Pita Pita on Washtenaw. I almost don't even want to tell people because it's my spot but god it's good. The platter for two is the way to go, and I have to say they have THE best Fattoush salad, period.

Dinner- Kaya Sushi again. The casseroles for two are awesome!
Sidetrack and Aubrees are okay. Sidetrack is the higher class menu of the two. The sweet potato fries are awesome and have a great spicy horseradish dipping sauce. (I love that I mention high class and fries in the same sentence:) As for the infamous GQ burger, I don't get the hype. It's good but I didn't wet my pants. Aubrees has good pizza but it can be pricey as far as pizza goes.

Haab's- I worked there for 8 years so I'm biased. The soups are the best thing going as they are made fresh daily and each one is yummy. Nobody has better soup period. Butternut Squash, Seafood Chowder, Chicken Mulligatawny, Gazpacho, Black Bean, White Bean Chicken Chili, all are sublime. Here's a little tidbit of info-Haab's has the same steaks as The Chop House in A2. Bought from Chicago Beef:) So next time you think about dropping $32 for a steak a la carte at The Chop House you may want to rethink and head to Haab's instead.

There's a new place on Washington that is a knock-off Mongolian BBQ. I haven't been there but my mother has and said it was pretty good, essentially identical to other Mongolians and so if you like picking out your food and sauces and spices have at it. Downstairs is a martini bar I have yet to check out.

Also, El Torro??? on Golfside. Went there the other day and was pleasantly surprised at the interior and the food. I had marianated pork tacos. Really great flavor! Reminded me of Tacos I had in Cancun. Definitly worth checking out. They have some authentic Mexican offerings like tongue tacos as well as classic 'American' Mexican. No liquor that I saw though. Bummed about no margaritas. But it is located next to a very cool comic book store that I love. La Fiesta is good but no Mararitas there either. La Fuente has them but the food is just decent not mind blowing and overpriced. Taqueria on Michigan Ave in the Ghetto is supposed to be cheap and amazing but I haven't hit it up yet.

I know there are other townie places, and there will be some differing of opinion but I just wanted to post a little more on my town. There are some yummy things to be found here if you know where to look!