Ann Arbor may be a small city, but it can feel as lively as the greatest metropolis with its vibrant student scene, abundance of art festivals and cultural happenings. Over the past couple of decades, this Michigan town’s culinary scene has thrived, with a bustling downtown dotted with restaurants serving classic American fare, microbreweries and international flavours alike. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor.
Considered by most to be one of the best restaurants in town, Pacific Rim serves Asian food cooked with established French techniques. Although chef Duc, who fled Saigon as a child, is Chinese-Vietnamese, the menu also takes in influences from Thailand, Japan and Korea. It’s a wide net, but this is no half-baked fusion joint. Real care goes into ensuring that the flavour combinations are natural, sympathetic and immensely delicious. To start, try the tuna tartare, served with taro chips, avocado, seaweed, scallions and togarashi, or the unagi (eel) terrine. The entrées are even more tantalising, with sablefish marinated in sake and miso, seared big eye tuna, five-spice duck and Korean-style ribeye slices. Match your meal to an infused spirit, whether Thai chili-lime vodka, Fig-Coriander bourbon or green tea and Goji berry rum.