I am from Ann Arbor– in fact I met my partner of 30 years at Complete Cuisine– one of the original foodie destination. Sadly, it is now gone. Ann Arbor is an amazing food town. I just wanted to throw out 3 ideas for the Farmer’s Market if you go back or anyone else stops by. Roos Coffee– freshly roasted and now our favorite even though we live in NW Indiana now. http://www.roosroast.com/
Jim Lounsbury who paints luscious landscapes and crafts birdhouses to pay his bills.
Finally, don’t forget a uniquely handmade cookie to go with that great cup of coffee– maitelates http://www.maitelates.com:90/maitelates/index.htm
Boy, I could go on and on. Enjoy!
Yay Ann Arbor!! I grew up in Chicago, but live in Ann Arbor now, and love it. People don’t believe me that it’s a great place for food!! It’s very exciting to see your post :)
Too bad you didn’t make the farmers’ market– Pilar’s Tamales is really amazing and always has a cart there. There’s also RoosRoast (only in the farmers’ market) for some excellent hot or cold brewed, locally roasted coffee. Speaking of coffee, next time you’re in town, check out Mighty Good Coffee on main street, and try their “cocoa latte” (or really any of their pour-over coffees. My favorite is the Guatemalan.) They’re pretty delicious (and have an awesome space to sit and people-watch). My one beef with Comet is that they don’t get locally roasted coffee… RoosRoast and Mighty Good both roast in Ann Arbor.
A friend of mine bakes bread at Zingerman’s… I wonder if she was there when you toured! (She works from 4pm-12am 5 days a week)
Oh, my goodness– and the breweries!! You’ll have to come back for Arbor Brewing Company, at least ;) Glad you had a good time!!
I went to school at Michigan in Ann Arbor! I think everybody who’s spent any time in the area has a fierce loyalty to Zingerman’s. I actually worked there for a short period of time, and everybody there just loves food. Sincerely and wholly. Such a happy place. One of my favorite restaurants in the world is there too: Eve the Restaurant. Hope you get to try it sometime if you go back!
Nice story! I thought I’d send you the link to the Ode to Zingermans post I wrote on my blog a few weeks ago. I worked there for a few years in my late teens and I can tell you firsthand it was a great place to work as well as eat at! They practice what they preach. http://manneytime.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/ode-to-zingermans/
I’m sweating in DC this summer and looking forward to my A2 return in a few weeks… this just made me all more nostalgic. So glad you made it to Comet, it’s one of my favorite A2 places. So is Zing’s, but sadly not on a student budget…
Two places I really hope you went to while in Kerrytown, but didn’t mention: Sparrow Market in the building next to the Farmer’s Market. An amazing market that would do SO well in Chicago!
And Treasure Mart – for treasure, of course!
On coffee shops: it’s a tough choice for me. The owner of Mighty Good is a personal friend, but my palate tells me that the Comet Coffee folks really care about the flavor of the coffee, are continually improving their brewing practices, and pick coffees based on taste. I try to buy local when I can, but when it comes to a conflict, I tend to go for the flavor. Which is not to say that Mighty Good, Roos, nor Zingerman’s make *bad* coffee. Not at all! Any of them are way above what you get at most coffee shops. We are cursed with too many good choices.
Ah, we just spent last Sunday in Ann Arbor since my brother-in-law and his gf live there. We went to Zingerman’s Roadhouse for dinner and it was so delicious! Husband had the best ribs of his life and I had a tasty burger with aged asiago (as suggested by the waiter) with amazing sweet potato fries. The cocktails were phenomenal and $2 off on Sundays. We had a great time. It was hard to pass up dessert at Zingerman’s, but we opted for tart frozen yogurt downtown that was pretty good. Sadly not as good as the frozen yogurt I’ve had in Chicago!
Zingerman’s does do an excellent job of hiring eager to please employees. Even though they do train their workers, there is much to learn and their are definite gaps in knowledge from some of them. They do care about quality, but the prices are tough to handle for anyone but the upper class. When they first opened up the deli, even though the prices were high for the sandwiches, the portions were huge. A fresser (large) size Rueben was very difficult to fir in ones mouth. Currently, the fresser size reuben is smaller than many others and 50-100% more in cost than a good Jewish deli in the area. Too bad.
ahh zingerman’s! we just stopped there for the first time last weekend and it was dangerous! i only wish i could have toured the other locations like you did. sounds like a blast (minus the flat tire)!
Thanks for your post on Ann Arbor and Zingerman’s. Brings back lots of childhood memories eating at Zingerman’s Deli. Back then they would have all the specialty items. The chocolate cherry loaf is just amazing, as well as their staples like Paesano. Can’t get this kind of bread in Seattle– so I order from them when I get a serious craving. Glad you’re having fun in Michigan!!!
Just found your blog via Saveur! I live in Ann Arbor and am always writing about Zingerman’s – love love love it. Next trip be sure to try Lab coffee, Frita Batidos, and go back to the deli for Breakfast & for lunch the new TNT Cowboy Rueben!