Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hrecommended: My Best of Ann Arbor Food for 2009

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 a chain restaurant can deliver. This year has been hard on local food outlets. We almost lost one of our perennial favorites. As always, this is my list. Your's will almost certainly be different.
  • Amadeus -- Cheapest Trip to Europe
  • Beezy's -- Best New Restaurant, Best Chicken Salad
  • Cafe Zola -- Best Weekday Lunch Spot
  • Chia Shiang -- Best Chinese, Cheapest Trip to China
  • Dimo's -- Best Burger
  • Kozmo Deli -- Best Bi Bim Bap, Best Diner
  • Lotus Thai -- Best Thai
  • Northside Grill -- Best Breakfast (try the Huron Sampler)
  • Paradise -- Best Asian
  • Paesano's -- Best Seasonal Menu (try the soups, pasta features)
  • Red Hawk -- Best Bar Food, Best non-Beer tap (try the hard ciders and root beer), Best Smoke-Free Place to Have a Beer
  • Ray's Red Hots prev. Red Hot Lovers -- Best Hotdogs (try a Serious Dog, Best Comeback)
  • Selma Fridays -- Best Hidden Kitchen
  • Silvio's Gourmet Pizza -- Best Pizza
  • Star Cafe -- Best Middle-Eastern
  • Totoro -- Best Sushi (tie)
  • Uptown Coney -- Best Club Sandwich
  • Yotsuba -- Best Sushi (tie)
  • Zingerman's Bakehouse -- Best Bread, 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, Best Mexican

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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hramblings: My Top Movies of 2009

Note: This is my list. It probably doesn't match anyone elses. That's more or less by design. Ann Arbor gets flicks that don't hit other markets, but frequently Oscar contenders show up after the awards go out. Nothing too challenging this year except (perhaps) "This is England". My advice is to pay attention to ratings and descriptions.

Missed at the Theaters but Caught on DVD