Where to eat in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is Heart of America. It’s easy to get around and attracts a diverse audience – music fans, art aficionados, theater and film buffs, book collectors, shoppers, foodies, environmental advocates and University of Michigan alums–Big Blues–who hang out at the Big House: the largest stadium in the U.S., with an official capacity of 109,901.

Two of my favorite restaurants are:

Frita Batidos 

French-trained owner/chef Eve Aronoff’s “fantasy” restaurant inspired by her time in Miami.

Expect “slow, natural and local” ingredients in her Cuban street food: The frita, a burger traditionally made from spicy chorizo served with shoestring fries on top in a soft egg bun, and batidos, tropical milkshakes made with fresh fruit, crushed ice, and sweetened milk, with or without rum. $$

Zingerman’s Roadhouse

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Zingerman’s Deli

Chef and managing partner Alex Young is the 2011 winner of the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Great Lakes (selected over four Chicago finalists). Chef Young combines Zingerman’s passion for a global approach to food (not confined to any single movement or interest) with a passion for local and natural foods. $$-$$$