A small college town with the heart and energy of a big city, Ann Arbor, MI has had a great food revolution over the past few years. Whether you’re close to the University campus or wandering around downtown, the following restaurants will undoubtedly set you up for a successful foodie adventure. Check out the 10 best restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
As the Ann Arbor locals and University of Michigan students would say, if you’re in their town and haven’t been to Zingerman’s Deli, you simply haven’t lived. Founded in 1982, this traditional Jewish deli inspired restaurant and market sits in a historical building at the corner of Kingsley and Detroit streets. They’ve got everything you would need, from a wall full of delectable loaves of bread alongside award-winning deli meats to the best macaroni and cheese you’ve ever had. If you’re looking to warm your heart, stomach and dare we say, soul, with a perfectly portioned Reuben sandwich, look no further, for Zingerman’s is your ticket to sweet and savory salvation.
Address & Telephone number: 422 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104, +1 734 663 3354
Named after the Italian word for ‘hand-made,’ Mani Osteria and Bar brings out the most wonderful flavors through creative combinations of ingredients across all dishes. Start off your meal with the pickled tomato and lemon-pepper ricotta and crisp pork belly appetizers. Then, enjoy any of their famous wood fired pizza masterpieces, from the Tartufo (fontina, black truffles, and egg) to the Cippolini (mozzarella, roasted arugula, bacon and balsamic).
Address & Telephone number: 341 E. Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104, +1 734 769 6700
Founded upon the strongest ideals of hospitality, Pacific Rim by Kana provides its guests with a warm and comfortable atmosphere, accompanied by a wide range of pan-Asian cuisine, reflecting Chef Duc’s Asian-American roots. The Chef uses his worldly palate and instinct, creativity and great talent to offer a unique menu of pan-Asian dishes. Come with a loved one and try to enjoy the Japanese style sablefish a buttery flaky whitefish with a subtle miso soy sauce, or a light tuna tartare with taro chips.
Address & Telephone number: 14 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, +1 734 662 9303
Chef and owner Tadashi Nagura, a fun and charismatic man who takes pride in his title as a ramen expert and playfully challenges his competitors at any chance he gets, has opened Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle, voted Best New Restaurant by the Michigan Daily in 2015. There’s no doubt the ramen is their key to success, however, the menu also hosts many more staples that keep customers coming back for more. The pork belly bao buns are perfectly soft and pillowy, while the sashimi of all varieties is said to be the best in Ann Arbor. If that wasn’t enough, experience the second half of your meal with yellowtail tacos enveloped in taro taco shells followed by incredibly delicious green tea cream puffs.
Address & Telephone number: 608 E Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 +1 734 887 6868
Owned and run by Chef Danny Van, a Vietnamese born and French trained chef, Taste Kitchen serves high quality seafood, for which they emphasize the importance of origin and a relationship with those who produce their food. Chef Van is an artist in his field as he puts together a tastefully complex menu of creative and accessible dishes. The menu features a great variety of foods from a Moroccan chicken tagine (with the traditional dried yellow raisins) and couscous to a red snapper with kale, morels, fiddlehead fern fronds, a piquant sauce, and a sorrel vinaigrette.
Address & Telephone number: 521 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 +1 734 369 4241