The Best Restaurants In Ypsilanti, Michigan

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Marcelina Morfin

Ypsilanti, Michigan is a charming city home to Eastern Michigan University, making it a fun place with a young crowd. Ypsi, as the locals call it, also boasts a thriving art scene, cute boutiques, and a tasty dining landscape with something for everyone. Whether you have a sweet craving or are seeking a plant-based treat, you’ll find it in Ypsi. Here’s our guide to some of the best dining spots in the city. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Bill’s Drive-In

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Bill’s Drive-In is hard to miss with its bright yellow exterior. A seasonal no-frills joint, Bill’s is iconic fixture on Ypsilanti’s dining scene, delighting guests with its tasty hot dog eats. There is no menu at Bill’s, just tasty hot dogs with a variety of toppings like chili. Bill’s is also known for their root beer. While the menu may be small, the flavors definitely are not.

Bomber Restaurant

The Bomber Restaurant is an aviation themed, mom-and-pop diner, which was featured on Food Network’s ‘Top Five Over Indulgences, for its Bomber Breakfast. The meal is one pound of ham, bacon, or sausage, and four eggs plus one pound of breakfast potatoes. For those who are not quite that hungry, the menu has an array of home-style eats such as the Nature Lover’s pancakes with blueberries, raspberries and pecans; the country skillet with scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, country gravy, and cheddar cheese; and the hot roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Bona Sera

Bona Sera is a charming restaurant specializing in eclectic global cuisine with Italian and Southern influences. The inviting interior features lofty ceilings, exposed brickwork often adorned with local art, and large picture windows allowing the light to flood in during the day. Bona Sera offers a host of seasonal comfort dishes that are sure to suit many tastes. Highlights from the menu include grits with spicy onion sauce, white cheddar, pancetta, green onions, and a balsamic reduction served with a choice of shrimp, catfish, scallops, or tofu (no pancetta); truffle mac ‘n’ cheese; and the flank steak with truffle butter, basil pesto or chili-lime sauce.

Café Ollie

Located in Depot Town, a historic district in Ypsilanti, Café Ollie is a delightful café outfitted in bright colors and art-adorned walls, making it a place that exudes cheer. For meat-eaters, the Rubenesque sandwich with house-made corned beef, stout-simmered sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island dressing and the Yardbirds On Fire mac ‘n’ cheese with Buffalo chicken and blue cheese are two enticing choices. Vegetarians should try The Nigel Tufnel mac ‘n’ cheese with spinach, tomatoes, and feta, while vegans may enjoy the Red Dawn II, or vegan meatballs topped with marinara and vegan cheese on ciabatta.

Casablanca

Casablanca serves up delicious and authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean delicacies, and features an inviting interior decorated with Moroccan touches, adding to the wonderful culinary experience. The menu includes a variety of options with highlights being the bistilla, or layers of chicken and spicy omelet stuffing topped with fried almonds flavored with orange blossom water, powdered sugar plus cinnamon; and the vegetable tagine for those guests wanting something meat-free. Wash it all down with a refreshing Moroccan mint tea.

Dom Bakeries

Dom Bakeries is open 24 hours a day seven days a week, meaning you can sample a tantalizing baked treat any time of the day. A family-owned and operated bakeshop, Fea and Ly Chov purchased this bakery in 1996. Using only the best ingredients available, the bakery’s selection is endless with an array of sweet goodness, including custard-filled long johns, maple-glazed cinnamon rolls, and the ever-popular apple fritter. Visitors will also find bagels, cookies, and muffins.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

Sidetrack Bar and Grill is a railroad-themed pub and restaurant where you are guaranteed to have a good time. Located in Depot Town, this lively establishment is always hopping with folks just looking to have some fun with friends and family and have a great night out on the town. The interior is warm with exposed brick, dark wood, and several taxidermied animals on the walls. As for the food, there are plenty of sharable plates, handcrafted, juicy burgers (try the famous ‘Our Famous’ burger), sandwiches, and entrées like Yankee pot roast.

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