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DESCRIPTIONLet's Eat is an Ann Arbor food and restaurant guide for college students. This publication is inspired by my love for food and Ann Arbor, a city I have called home for the past four years. You won't find the restaurants broken up by cuisine, but instead categories seen through the lens of a college student. You also won't see many chain restaurants in this guide, as Ann Arbor is a hub for local businesses. It is with this guide that I hope you find a restaurant (or ten) that you either did not know about or want to try in the near future!
Food & Restaurant Guide FOR COLLEGE STUDENTSA
I have been lucky enough to spend the last four years of my life in Ann Arbor - a city of great food and discoveries. Within that time I have been able to explore and experience the many restaurants Ann Arbor has to offer. I have learned so much about each one and wanted to share this information with other college students. You wont find the restaurants broken up by cuisine, but instead through categories seen through the lense of a college student. You also wont see many chain restaurants in this guide, as Ann Arbor is a hub for local businesses.
Lack of knowledge, a car, and money should no longer be an issue. This guide has been created with those issues in mind. It is with this guide that I hope you find a restaurant (or ten) that you either did not know about or really want to try in the near future. Enjoy & Lets Eat!
Diane ThachEditor & UofM BFA 2014
ContentsTHE CLASSICSThe must-go-tos of AA
NEW & NOTEWORTHYRestaurants new to the area
LATE NIGHTA look at whats available past midnight
YOUR PARENTS ARE IN TOWNCode for upscale
EARLY RISERBreakfast and coffee shops
ITS 5 OCLOCK SOMEWHEREThe bars of AA
CULTURE SHOCKTry something a little different
UNDERRATED & UNKNOWNDives and small shops
SPARKS FLYBest places for dates
Street Eats: Food Carts of AA Birthday FreebiesMap/Index of restaurants
EXTRAS(Out of AA restaurants, grocery stores, foodies, and student orgs!
02 USING THE GUIDE
= American= Asian Fusion= Bars & Pubs= Breakfast= Caribbean & Cuban= Chinese= Coffee/Tea= Dessert= European= Ethiopian
RESTAURANT NAME (B)1817 Address St. / (734) 777-1817restaurantwebsite.com
Next to the name of each restaurant is the type of cuisine it is generally considered. Here is a key of all the abbreviations used.
This is the description of the restaurant which includes information that makes it different than the next. This ranges from what the restaurant specializes in, what the popular dish is, to a unique fact about the place.
DIANES TIP: This section is where I, Diane, give extra knowledge not includ-ed in the description section above. This can include deals/happy hours to tips about the service or anything else youd need to know when you go.
Using the Guide
Photo of a food item when applicable.
= Indian= Japanese= Mexican= Middle Eastern= Pizza= Pan Asian= Sandwiches= Thai= Vietnamese= Vegetarian
USING THE GUIDE 03
= $10 & below= $10-15= $15-20= $20 & above
= 5 min -= 5-10 min= 10-15 min= 15 min +
*From Bursley Mbusstop on North Campus
= Breakfast (5-9am)= Brunch (9-11am)= Lunch (12-4pm)= Dinner (5-10pm)
= Late Night (11-4am)
Approximate costs of menu items.
The restaurant is frequently on EatBlue. This means there are
often deals on eatblue.com that can help you save money. More info
on EatBlue page 5.
Walking distance from the Central Campus Diag. 5 min = 1/4 mi
Meals/Time the restaurant is open.
CLOSEST BUS STOP NAME (BUS ROUTE)
Birthday deal is offered:arborwiki.org/Birthday_Deals
Closest AAATA bus route to restaurant. The service is free with your MCard!
Delivery available and the minimum purchasing
amount or the delivery fee.
Use your Flocktag card here, get rewards. More
info on page 4.
Sign-up for an email sub-
scription to get deals/coupons!
Ways to SaveMost restaurants want to draw you in and one way they do that is to offer deals that help you save money. Here are different things you can look at to save a couple bucks when eating out.
One tactic some restaurants try is to offer a deal on Groupon. Groupon is a site where you essentially buy gift certificates to specific restaurants for usually about half the price. For example, What Crpe? offered one where you pay $10 for a certificate towards $20 worth of food.groupon.com
Flocktag is basically a plastic card that holds all the punch cards youd normally get at different places in one. So, that buy ten get one drink free card at the coffee shop is on there along with that buy ten sandwiches get one free card at the local deli. They also have deals such as pay $10 for 6 smoothies.flocktag.com
Grub Hub is a site that focuses on the idea of helping you order online. All the restaurants they feature will let you order online and will let you know if they also offer delivery (for a specified charge). A nice feature they have is the lunch specials section. Check it out!grubhub.com
04 WAYS TO SAVE
This option might get annoying, but if youre really looking for some deals - the best way is to sign up for the emails. Most restaurants will email you weekly or twice a week. A lot of them give you something free for your birthday! Some places like Biggby Coffee frequently or always send coupons as well.
It may sound like a given, but a lot of restaurants do offer special deals if you follow them on their social media outlets. They advertise weekly deals and sometimes have contests for freebies!twitter.com, facebook.com, foursquare.com
Started by two University of Michigan students, EatBlue is a site that allows you to choose from delivery, take out, and dine-in options all at low prices. Different deals only offered through the site are featured daily and you can view menus to almost any of the restaurants. They also offer meal plans. A cool feature they have is their study buddy deals during exams where they offer specials if you order for two people.eatblue.com
WAYS TO SAVE 05
Photo Credit: Whitney Paris
The ClassicsSome of Ann Arbors restaurants are almost as famous as Michigan Football. To start, here are many of the iconic places that have found their way onto numerous bucket lists.
GLEN/CATHERINE (BURS-BAITS, NORTHWOOD)
IM BUILDING (COMM. SOUTH)
6, 36, 5
BIG TEN BURRITO - BTB (M)
100 Catherine St. / (734) 761-8996angelosa2.com
810 S. State St. / (734) 222-3642 btbburrito.com
Open as early as 6 am, Angelos has been a breakfast hot spot since it opened. Because of their popularity, you should generally expect to have to wait before getting seated. A crowd favorite is the raisin toast they bake themselves and the eggs benedict.
DIANES TIP: You can get 50% off the less expensive of two entres on your birthday. They also have a lunch menu if youre not in the mood for breakfast.
BTB is one of the most well-known late night food options. Theyre open until 4 am every night and pride themselves on speed and huge portions. They also have a Cantina location above Charleys on South University that is closed at 2 am everyday.
DIANES TIP: If you think youll frequent BTB enough, use a Flocktag card. For every $5, you get 1 point. For every 10 points you get $6.50 off any burrito.
THE UGLI (COMM. SOUTH)
NORTH U @ THAYER(COMM. NORTH)
NORTH U @ THAYER(COMM. NORTH)
THE UGLI(COMM. SOUTH)
711, 13, 17 6, 36 36
ESPRESSO ROYALE (CO)
MAIZE & BLUE DELI (S)
1329 S. University Ave. / (734) 996-0009maizeandbluedeli.com
Even though Espresso Royale didnt originate in Ann Arbor, the large study spaces and fair trade coffee has made it popular. Espresso Royale has three loca-tions and carries baked goods from local Ann Arbor businesses.
DIANES TIP: There are monthly ad booklets that get mailed to off campus housing. Espresso Royale always puts coupons in those ranging from a free drink to BOGO to discounts.
Maize & Blue has said to be the college version of Zingermans. Its within cen-tral campus and has similarly portioned sandwiches for a more college friendly budget. It was featured on the Travel Channel in the Man vs. Food Ann Arbor edition with Adam Richman.
DIANES TIP: Inside there is a wall full of Michigan athlete signatures. See if you can recognize any of them.
DOWNTOWN: 214 S. Main St. / (734) 668-1838
CENTRAL: 1101 S. University Ave. #2 / (734) 327-0740
CENTRAL: 324 S. State St. / (734) 662-2770
EAST QUAD (COMM. SOUTH)
IM BUILDING (COMM. SOUTH)
6, 36, 5
PIZZA HOUSE (P)
QUICKIE BURGER (A)
618 Church St. / (734) 995-5095pizzahouse.com
800 S. State St. / (734) 222-4555 quickie-burger.com
Pizza House is one of those staples in Ann Arbor where it delivers a wide va-riety of options in food and atmosphere. They offer pizzas, chicken tenders, pasta, subs, burgers, and even alcoholic milk-shakes. They have a lot of seating which can seat large groups. It is great for that late night cheesy bread craving, a nice lunch with your parents, or even a date.
DIANES TIP: Check out their coupon specials that they run all the time. You can get a personal pizza and a drink or milkshake for $5.50!
Quickie Burger is a staple to Football Saturdays. Its located cl