Due to its proximity to Ann Arbor, the Ypsilanti restaurant scene often gets overlooked. These 17 restaurants will have you returning to Ypsilanti for years to come.
Beer @ ABC Microbrewery(Corner Brewery) If you are looking for a homey place to grab a beer with friends try ABC Microbrewery. They have a huge selection of beers. Six of their 10 taps rotate regularly with seasonal offerings. You can get a large beer for the price of a small during their happy hour and they also have free wifi, board games, and numerous events. During the late spring and summer they open up their beer garden and when it’s chilly they have a cozy fireplace.
Sushi @ Aki Sushi With quality sushi and creative presentation Aki Sushi is not to be missed. Not a sushi lover? Try their tasty pad thai.
Speciality Pizza @ Aubree’s Aubree’s is a local pub and pizza place. Aubree’s stands out for their local Michigan beer selection, reasonable pricing, and very attentive wait staff.
Beezy’s is a combination of simple food, great atmosphere, and friendly service. These factors lead to a huge following and a line out the door every Sunday morning. While they have a large variety of delicious sandwiches and salads if you can only get one item you have to try the delightful French toast.
Root Beer @ Bill’s Drive – In Remember the good ol’ days of driving up and being served food at your car? Check out Bill’s Drive- In on Michigan Ave. This small yellow building is easy to miss but well worth a stop. Be prepared with cash (credit cards not accepted). They have super friendly and speedy service along with the best root beer in the state. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself.
Perhaps the biggest breakfast you can get in the area, the Bomber Breakfast is 4 eggs, with 1 breakfast potato, 1 breakfast meat, and toast. Watch two Ann Arbor New reporters attempt to eat the full breakfast in the video above.
Shrimp & Grits @ Bona Sera Caféeatypsi.com
For the last 3 years Bona Sera Café has been an underground supper club in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. If you are an adventurous eater who enjoys world, fusion, or twisted-versions of classic dishes this is the place for you.
Bokkum @ Hana Korean & Japanese Looking for kimchi, bibimbop, bulgogi and kalbi? Look no further than Hana Korean and Japanese restaurant. While slightly off the beaten path this restaurant is truly tasty. The flavors are sweet, sour, spicy, and leave you wanting more. Don’t miss this hidden gem.
La Fiesta Mexicana is a charming authentic Mexican restaurant where everything is made fresh to order. While all the meals here are enticing the best and most beloved is the potato tacos.
Margaritas @ Maiz Maiz is the newest hot spot in Depot Town for happy hour. They offer four Michigan beers on tap, delicious specialty cocktails and of course a wide array of margaritas. Maiz has a variety of wonderful dishes but the chips, avocado taco, and margaritas will leaving you wanting more.
Banh Mi @ Pho HouseNew to the Ypsi area Pho House serves up large Vietnamese food at a hard-to beat price. Try the spring rolls to start or the banh mi as your entrée.
Red Rock is a wonderful BBQ place. It has all of the traditional BBQ options such as beef brisket, mac and cheese, and corn muffins. The most popular option is the burnt ends appetizer, consisting of bits of black angus brisket, rubbed and smoked a second time, topped with jalapeño.
If you are a burger lover you have probably already heard about Sidetrack’s famous handcrafted burger. It got national recognition back in 2007 when it was rated one of the nation’s 20 Best Burgers by GQ Magazine. In addition to the handcrafted burger they also have sliders, turkey burgers, black bean burgers, and tempeh burgers. Whether you are a meat eater or vegetarian Sidetrack has a burger you will love.
Crème Brule @ Tower Inn Café While best known for their pizza Tower Inn’s dessert menu is what makes it worth a stop. Their creme brule is made in-house and torched before your eyes. Don’t miss this delightful dessert.
Coffee @ Ugly Mug uglymugypsi.com
Don’t let the name fool you Ugly Mug is a true gem. The Ugly Mug has unique and intimate interior with bags of green coffee beans they use to roast their beans on site. If you want truly delicious coffee, tea, or hot chocolate this is the place for you. Believe it or not some Ann Arborites actually drive all the way to Ypsilanti for this coffee.
Given an honorable mention from MLive as having one of the most creative menu the Wurst Bar has established itself as beloved local restaurant. It has exceptional bratwurst and burger dishes that pair a wide range of meats and ingredients. While the sausages come highly recommended it is worth a trip just to try their tots. They have a ton of variety of tots including: poutine, buffalo, chili, sweet, nacho, veggie nacho, and vegan.
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