Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Hrecommended: My Best of Ann Arbor Food for 2005

The alphabetical order by venue is intentional. All of these places have more going for them than just the items I've chosen to highlight.
  • Amadeus -- Cheapest Trip to Europe
  • Anthony's Gourmet Pizza -- Best Pizza
  • Belle Italia -- Best Pasta, Salad and Bread
  • Big Boy, Lohr Rd. -- Best Chain, Best Service, Best Coleslaw
  • Cafe Verde -- Best Health Food (tie with Earthen Jar)
  • Cafe Zola -- Best Desserts (try the Nutella crepes)
  • California Pizza Kitchen -- Best Pizza, Best Service
  • Dimo's -- Best Ground Round
  • Earthen Jar -- Best Health Food (tie with Cafe Verde)
  • Eve -- Best Haute Cuisine (tie with Mediterrano)
  • Grizzly Peak -- Best Salads (try the Chicken Couscous Salad)
  • Kebab Palace -- Best Middle Eastern
  • Kozmo Deli -- Best Bi Bim Bap (try the non-traditional Chicken Teryaki /w/ Brown Rice)
  • Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger -- Best Slider
  • Northside Grill -- Best Breakfast
  • La Fiesta Mexicana -- Best Mexican (try the Enchiladas Verdes and Corn Flan)
  • Los Tres Amigos -- Honorable Mention for Mexican Food
  • Lotus Thai -- Best Thai
  • Mediterrano -- Best Haute Cuisine (tie with Eve)
  • Panera Bread -- Best Chain Quick Casual (tie with Qdoba)
  • Paradise -- Best Asian (tie)
  • Quizno's -- Best Subs
  • Qdoba -- Best Chain Quick Casual (tie with Panera Bread)
  • Red Hawk -- Best Bar Food, Best non-Beer tap (try the hard ciders and root beer), Best Smoke-Free Place to Have a Beer
  • Red Hot Lovers -- Best Hotdogs (try a Serious Dog)
  • Szechaun West -- Best Asian (tie) (still the benchmark Hunan Chicken in town)
  • Totoro -- Best Sushi (tie with Yotsuba)
  • Uptown Coney -- Best Club Sandwich
  • Yotsuba -- Best Sushi (tie with Totoro)
  • Zingerman's Bakehouse -- Best Bread, Best Pastries

No winners for: Best BBQ, Best Chili, Best Home-style Desserts, Best Fish and Chips, Best Indian, Best German, Best Tapas, Best Cuban, Best Diner, Best Chain Fast Food, Best Cajun

Gone but not forgotten: American Spoon, Manali, Mr. Rib, Latdior, Philly's, Original 60's Sub Shop, Rio Bravo, Zydeco, chef Takashi Yagihashi, chef Mark Pruitt

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