Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hrecommended: My Best of Ann Arbor Food for 2007

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. That said, most of these are local, owner-operated and almost certainly have less consistency to their execution than the robots at your local chain can deliver. As always, this is my list. Yours will almost certainly be different.
  • Amadeus -- Cheapest Trip to Europe
  • Argerios -- Best Pasta, Salad and Bread
  • Cafe Habana -- Best New Restaurant
  • Cafe Zola -- Best Olives (featured on their house salad), Crepes
  • California Pizza Kitchen -- Best Pizza, Entree Salads
  • Chipotle -- Best Chain Fast-food
  • Dimo's -- Best Burger
  • Earthen Jar -- Best Healthy/Vegetarian Food
  • Kozmo Deli -- Best Bi Bim Bap, Best Diner
  • Los Tres Amigos -- Best Mexican Food
  • Lotus Thai -- Best Thai
  • Northside Grill -- Best Breakfast (try the Huron Sampler)
  • Madras Masala -- Best Indian
  • Paradise -- Best Asian (tie)
  • Paesano's -- Best Chef (Isabella Nicoletti) (try the soups, pasta features, seasonal menu)
  • Quizno's -- Best Subs
  • 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)
  • Yotsuba -- Best Sushi (tie)
  • Zingerman's Bakehouse -- Best Bread, Best Pastries, Best Bagels
  • Zingerman's Roadhouse -- Best Chili (try the Ancho Beef), Best Haute Cuisine, Best Chef (Alex Young)

Sadly, no winners for: Best BBQ, Best Home-style Desserts, Best Fish and Chips, Best Tapas, Best Cajun, Best Service

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


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