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The Top Five Ann Arbor Neighborhoods with the Best Walk Scores

The best neighborhoods to live in Ann Arbor walkable Walk Score

Ann Arbor is the hub of Washtenaw County and the sixth largest city in Michigan. While it’s one of the state’s bustling urban centers, the city maintains its charm and small town feel through communities of historic homes, tree-lined streets, park spaces, local businesses and so much more.

Because of that small town atmosphere, the heart of Ann Arbor is home to several neighborhoods with top-ranking walk scores. Using Walk Score, a website that can calculate walk scores, transit scores and bike scores for any address, we rounded up Ann Arbor’s most commuter-friendly neighborhoods and included a few of the must-visit attractions within walking distance!


1. Downtown

Walk score: 94 | Bike score: 98

Downtown Ann Arbor is the headquarters of culture, small business and local events in town, so it makes sense that it would snag the highest ranking Walk Score. And the Bike Score is even higher! Bordered by the University of Michigan campus, West Park and Kerrytown, this neighborhood isn’t just for foodies and event attendees. It’s also suited for families, shoppers, students, socialites and anyone who likes to spend time outside. There are countless destinations in the neighborhood, but we’ve rounded up a few of the must-visits below. Enjoy!


Eat + Drink

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company | Ann Arbor’s landmark brewpub, this downtown eatery offers craft beers made in-house alongside a seasonal menu.

Vinology | This neighborhood wine bar boasts a chic atmosphere, 150 wines and a New American menu.

Logan | Specializing in New American cuisine, Logan is an upscale dining option in Downtown with seasonally rotating menus and an exclusive wine list.

Fleetwood Diner | Open 24 hours a day, Fleetwood Diner is a retro-style venue dishing American classics including the signature hippie hash.

Comet Coffee | Located inside Nickel’s Arcade, this local favorite serves outstanding espresso beverages and locally made pastries.

Sava’s | This modern, bi-level restaurant serves eclectic, locally sourced fare and a large Sunday brunch buffet.



University of Michigan | At the heart of Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with a tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts.

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum | Interactive, hands-on exhibits help children and adults of all ages discover their inner scientist.

University of Michigan Museum of Art | UMMA holds collections representing 150 years of art collecting and hosts frequent community events.

Michigan Theater | This historic theater shows indie films, stage productions and live concerts.

Nickel’s Arcade | This covered shopping district in downtown Ann Arbor was built in 1918 and is home to several local shops, restaurants and cafes.

Kerrytown | Kerrytown is a historic district in Ann Arbor home to distinctive, one-of-a-kind stores, stunning courtyards and a few of A2’s essential eateries.


2. South Main

Walk score: 76 | Bike score: 86

South Main is a neighborhood centered around South Main Street which goes from the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor all the way down to Eisenhower Pkwy and Briarwood Mall. In the center of the neighborhood, you’ll be within walking distance of Pioneer High School to the west, Michigan Stadium to the north and University of Michigan Golf Course to the east.


Eat + Drink

Sushi Town | This no-frills sushi house is a local fave for its varied roll selection and authentic Japanese fare.

Craft Breww City | Home to the largest beer selection in town, Craft Breww City also offers delicious pub cuisine.

Grillcheezerie | As Ann Arbor’s headquarters of gourmet grilled cheese, this casual spot serves all-natural, handcrafted, made to order sandwiches.

Baba Dari Mediterranean Grill | This casual Middle Eastern restaurant has outdoor seating, authentic foods, catering and delivery.

Mr Spots | The champion of wings and cheesesteaks in town, Mr Spots suits students, townies and locals alike.  



Michigan Stadium | The Big House is the football stadium for the University of Michigan; it’s the largest stadium in the United States, the second largest stadium in the world and the 34th largest sports venue.

University of Michigan Golf Course | Designed by one of golf’s all-time great architects, this seasonal course is gorgeous.

Crisler Center | This is the indoor home arena for the University of Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the women’s gymnastics team.

Yost Ice Arena | This indoor arena has served as the home of Michigan hockey since 1973.


3. West Park

Walk score: 73 | Bike score: 84

Just northeast of Downtown Ann Arbor, this neighborhood is centered around West Park itself. The expansive community space offers acres of greenery, family fun and some of the most beautiful oak trees in town. The park also offers a historic archway entry and a bandshell for fair weather concerts which puts residents at the heart of the local, outdoor music scene! In nearby neighborhoods, you’ll find plenty of local businesses, restaurants and attractions within walking distance as well.


Eat + Drink

Tasty Bakery | Tasty offers high-quality, gluten-free artisan baked goods that are indiscernible from any glutinous treat.

Heidelberg Restaurant | The Heidelberg Restaurant has been serving fine German food since 1961 and offers three floors of fun.

Mighty Good | Mighty Good roasts their own coffee and serves it up in four different Ann Arbor locations.

Big City Small World Bakery | Espresso drinks, generous slices of pie and homemade baked goods — count us in!

Ann Arbor Distilling Company | At Ann Arbor Distilling, they manage the distillation process from grain and all the way to your glass.



West Park | This neighborhood park offers a bandshell for concerts, a picnic shelter and restrooms, a playground, spray fountain, softball field, basketball court, tennis courts, volleyball posts and a walking path.

Ann Arbor School of Yoga | This Iyengar yoga studio and school provides a welcoming environment for yogis of every skill level.

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre | This neighborhood performance venue presents theatrical productions, educational programs and workshops.


4. Lower Burns Park

Walk score: 72 | Bike score: 96

Burns Park itself used to be the County Fair Grounds and now serves as a community destination for students, kids, parents and everyone who calls Ann Arbor home. With Burns Park Elementary right next door, both the park and the neighborhood are fantastic choices for families. Lower Burns Park is situated southwest of the park between Burns Park and the expansive University of Michigan Golf Course which also puts you within walking distance of all the attractions in South Main: Michigan Stadium, Yost Ice Arena, Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex and more!


Eat + Drink

Mi Compadre | Inside a bright, casual and welcoming atmosphere, you can get delicious homestyle Mexican dishes.

Black Diesel Coffee | This cozy coffee shop is a local go-to for good reason.

Toarminas Pizza | This Michigan chain is the home of the 24-inch pizza.

RoosRoast Coffee | This hyper-local Ann Arbor coffee roaster is home of the famous Lobster Butter Love.

Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza | Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza specializes in Chicago-style Deep Dish.



Revel and Roll | Ann Arbor’s only bowling entertainment destination, this family-friendly spot offers 27 lanes, pool tables, video games and chef-inspired dining options.

Burns Park | This 15-acre neighborhood park is home to a shelter with restrooms, five tennis courts and a practice court, a basketball court, a sledding hill, a small parking lot and play equipment.

Frisinger Park | This small, 3.6-acre park is a favorite for families.

Rose and White Park | This unique, 1.12-acre park has a play area, swings, and landscaped islands.


5. Old West Side

Walk score: 71 | Bike score: 85

Most of the Old West Side is located in a historic district which serves to maintain the character and the architecture of the neighborhood. The north side of the neighborhood overlaps with Downtown Ann Arbor and the south end puts you within walking distance of Allmendinger Park and Michigan Stadium! But inside the borders of Old West Side, you’ll also find plenty of charm, gorgeous homes and tree-lined streets as well as local businesses and attractions for residents, families and children of all ages.


Eat + Drink

Washtenaw Dairy | This longtime favorite specializes in ice cream, homemade donuts and a family-friendly atmosphere we love.

Jefferson Market | The team behind Mighty Good opened this cafe as a food playground for chef Nic Sims.

Blank Slate Creamery | This hip, snug shop features clever flavors of gourmet ice cream served in homemade waffle cones.

Frita Batidos | Inside a bright space with picnic table seating, this eatery serves fast casual, colorful Cuban street food and tropical cocktails.

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery | The Ann Arbor brewpub of this Michigan brewery is known for truffle fries, upscale pub fare and pints of rustic craft beer.

Black Pearl Ann Arbor | This sleek seafood restaurant offers a unique lounge atmosphere with cocktails, music and mouth-watering cuisine.



Waterworks Park | This 1.48-acre park has picnic tables, a small play area, benches and an asphalt walking path.

Argus Museum | Located on the second floor of 525 West William, this museum features products manufactured by the Argus camera company.

Wurster Park | At over 5.5 acres, this park offers an asphalt path, play equipment, an open field, a sledding hill, horseshoes, a picnic grill and tables, benches and an oak tree that’s on the natural registry of historic trees!

Sweet Gem Confections | Starting with the best cacao, this local shop offers premium hand-crafted chocolates and confections.


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The 14 Essential Wineries to Visit Near Ann Arbor

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

You’ve heard of California wine country, but have you heard of Michigan wine country? We assure you, it exists and it is flourishing! In fact, different regions of the state have organized their own wine trails to highlight local wines. You can explore the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail near Grand Rapids, the Bay View Wine Trail in Northwest Michigan, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail around Grand Traverse Bay, and the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail which goes right through our backyard.

We’re adding a few stops to the local winery itinerary by showcasing our favorite vineyards and tasting rooms near Ann Arbor. Each one is worth the sip — or bottle.


Black Fire Winery | Tecumseh

1261 E Munger Rd | Facebook

Black Fire Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photos courtesy of Black Fire Winery

Owner Michael Wells went from a Fire Department Lieutenant with a dream to an outstanding grape grower and winemaker. Today, his picturesque vineyard offers a cozy tasting room and a covered deck with a lineup of handcrafted wines, a menu of mouth-watering appetizers, and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays!


Chateau Aeronautique Winery | Jackson + Onsted

Jackson + Onsted | Facebook

Chateau Aeronautique has two venues to taste their wines and attend special events. The original Airpark Tasting Room in Jackson features airplane decor, including paintings of vintage airplanes and a grass runway. The Irish Hills in Onsted sits on 26-acres of vineyard landscape and has a 1976 German glider wing for a bar top, vintage destination posters and airliner seats for seating. Both locations host private events, wine tastings and public celebrations! See the upcoming events here.


Burgdorf’s Winery | Haslett

5635 Shoeman Rd | Facebook

Burgdorf's Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photo courtesy of Burgdorf’s Winery

Deb and Dave Burgdorf have been making wine for over 30 years. Combined, they boast a Master of Science degree in Microbiology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, over 15 years of experience in fermentation, and 30 years of experience working with plants and conservation planning. This all results in award-winning fruit and grape wines which you can taste on-site at the gift shop and tasting room nestled on a 5-acre countryside estate.


Cherry Creek Winery | Brooklyn

11500 Silver Lake Hwy | Facebook

Nestled in the Irish Hills, this family-owned winery celebrates over 100 years of winemaking knowledge passed down through four generations. Inside the historic 1870 schoolhouse tasting room and seasonal café, you can sip award-winning grape wines, fruit wines and ciders, sample freshly made butter fudge, taste their Michigan Cherry Preserves, and more! Bring the whole family along for events, including holiday celebrations, dinners and pairings.


DeAngelis Cantina del Vino Winery | Ann Arbor

7879 Jackson Rd D | Facebook

Made right in the heart of Ann Arbor, De Angelis wines contain no added sulfites or preservatives — only grapes. Inside the Jackson Road winery, you can enjoy tastings and frequent live music shows. Follow the team on Facebook for updates on events and tastings.


Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery | Adrian

3402 Chase Rd | Facebook

Flying Otter Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photo courtesy of Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery

Though the work never stops inside the winery, the Flying Otter outdoor tasting room is only open seasonally. However, their charming atmosphere, live music events and award-winning wines have landed them multiple honors in the Daily Telegram’s Best of Lenawee competition: first place in the Best Winery category and second in Best Wine for 2017! They use cold climate hybrid wine grapes grown on the estate to create each of their must-try wines.


J. Trees Cellars Cidery & Winery | Tecumseh

703 E Chicago Blvd | Facebook

Located in the Historic Hayden-Ford Mill, J. Trees Cellars has created a cozy environment for tastings where they’ve paired their handcrafted beverages with a menu of cheese and meat platters and delicious sandwiches. Open for visits Friday through Sunday, you can stop in to sample their wines and ciders made from both estate-grown fruits and other fruits sourced from around the state.


Lone Oak Vineyard Estate | Grass Lake

8400 Ann Arbor Rd | Facebook

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Lone Oak is Southeast Michigan’s oldest and largest commercial vineyard. Over the years, they’ve developed 12 world-class European grape varieties which cover their picturesque 25-acre vineyard. Using these grapes, they craft Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and other outstanding European varietals — from dry to semi-dry and even dessert wines! In addition to chef’s wine dinners, special occasion concerts and annual celebrations, they host live music on the deck every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. with fresh baked bread, cheeses and other appetizers available for purchase.


Northville Winery and Brewing Company | Northville

630 Baseline Rd | Facebook

Thirty minutes outside of Ann Arbor in Northville, this winery and brewery experience is a must! The family-run business is a taphouse for their own wines, ciders and beers. And it functions as a music venue with shows from both local bands and solo musicians. Stop by on a Thursday evening to hear Dead at the Winery, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, accompanied by some of the region’s best beverages.


Pentamere Winery | Tecumseh

131 E Chicago Blvd | Facebook

Pentamere Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Pentamere Winery

This family-owned and operated winery is nestled in Downtown Tecumseh. They use grapes sourced from Michigan and the Great Lakes region to create wines in-house which means you can take a peek into the winemaking process and witness the beautiful transformation from grape to wine right in the tasting room. You can preview the wines and order online here, but we definitely recommend stopping in to visit this hyper-local spot!


Sandhill Crane Vineyards | Jackson + Dexter

Jackson + Dexter | Facebook

Sandhill Crane operates a year-round tasting room in Jackson and the Cider Mill Tasting Room in Dexter during apple season. Made in small batches right on the premises, the tasting lineup includes well-balanced acidic white wines, rich reds, flavorful fruit wines and delicious dessert wines. Upon visiting, you’ll soon find a second home at this casual, welcoming, family-friendly wine destination.


Sleeping Bear Winery at Grand River Brewery | Jackson

117 W Louis Glick Hwy | Facebook

This drinking destination and eatery is a must-visit in Jackson. Operating under the name Grand River Brewery, they feature a brewery, Sleeping Bear Winery, a craft distillery and a farm-to-table restaurant. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! In the brewery, they create beverages using only Michigan hops and Midwestern malted barley. In the winery, they showcase the same love for local by using locally grown grapes, as well as apples in their hard ciders.


Villa Del Vino Winery | Napoleon

10175 Austin Rd | Facebook

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Owners and wine lovers Hermin Rahimi and Dan Harris have always dreamed of opening their own winery. Due to its rustic nature and proximity to the vineyards of Southwest Michigan, they chose Napoleon as the home of Villa Del Vino and have been building that home for years. Today, they have a developing vineyard of their own and also work with domestic wines out of California. Stop in the tasting room on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to taste the blends for yourself and learn more!


Vine2Wine Custom Winery | Northville

446 S Main St | Facebook

Owners and winemakers Mark and Sherrie Zucker found their passion for winemaking after they received a homemade bottle of wine as a gift. And today, Vine2Wine has been open for nearly two decades! Through the years, they’ve been crafting small batch wines made in the heart of Northville with the best juices sourced from around the world. 



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The 16 Essential Brunch Spots in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor brunch

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, brunch has to be the most important meal of the week, right? It has, at least, become the most trendy meal and we’re okay with that. Anything that includes a late-morning mimosa and a plate of farm-fresh eggs is okay by us.

Today, we’re celebrating our love for this weekend tradition by rounding up Ann Arbor’s best brunches. Complete with innovative plates, brunch classics and plenty of cocktails, these local spots should all be on your brunch bucket list. Enjoy!



Café Zola

112 W Washington St | Facebook

Cafe Zola Ann Arbor brunch

Photo courtesy of Café Zola

Café Zola opened in 1996 and is still independently owned and operated. The original breakfast and lunch menu was largely influenced by French cuisine and today, you’ll also find influences from Mediterranean and Turkish tradition. Our favorite thing about the brunch menu is that it’s available daily from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. — and the fact that it has more than ten different crepe dishes! For more Zola brunch flavor, you can stop by their sister restaurant, Zola Bistro.



326 S Main St | Facebook

Housed inside what was once the historic Orpheum Theater, this elegant Italian restaurant opened its doors in downtown Ann Arbor in December 1987. A popular destination for upscale dinners, Gratzi also offers delicious brunch every Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. The chef-inspired menu includes Bread Pudding French Toast, Braised Pork Belly served with a soft-fried egg, Fried Polenta topped with basil hollandaise and more.


Ollie Food + Spirits

42 E Cross St, Ypsilanti | Facebook 

This Ypsilanti favorite offers a seasonally rotating menu using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients alongside a lineup of artisan cocktails, craft beer and wine that pair perfectly. On Sundays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., you can get all that flavorful perfection in the form of brunch. But don’t expect a run-of-the-mill menu! The team at Ollie presents a brand new menu and a new theme every Sunday. In the past, they’ve celebrated Red Carpet Brunch on Oscar Sunday, Swayze Brunch and even charity brunches which benefit local organizations. Follow them on Facebook for weekly updates on the Sunday Secret Brunch.


Zingerman’s Roadhouse

2501 Jackson Ave | Facebook

Zingerman's Roadhouse Ann Arbor brunch

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Roadhouse

At this all-day restaurant, Zingerman’s showcases their favorite things about American food — both locally and nationally. The menu includes grits inspired by South Carolina, Maryland-inspired crab cakes, local meat from Washtenaw County, micro-brewed beers and fine wines from all over the US. Though you can get breakfast any day of the week, the weekend brunch menu is an Ann Arbor favorite. It features tasty innovations like Biscuits & Chocolate-Bacon Gravy and the Georgia Grits ‘N’ Bits Waffle which are waffles filled with bits of Anson Mill’s organic grits, Cabot cheddar and a mix of applewood-smoked and peppered bacon!


Aut Bar

315 Braun Ct | Facebook

Aut Bar is one of the town’s most welcoming food and entertainment establishments. Famous for their classic bar atmosphere which includes trivia nights, drag shows and holiday-themed events, you’ll also find one of A2’s best brunches served every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu is filled with fresh omelets, Mexican-inspired eats and frequent specials like Salmon Eggs Benedict!


The Lunch Room

407 N 5th Ave | Facebook

The Lunch Room Ann Arbor brunch

Photo courtesy of The Lunch Room

As one of Ann Arbor’s favorite eateries, The Lunch Room story has become a local legend. Friends and neighbors Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo started out serving plant-based dinner parties and brunches, then they moved on to pop-up events al local businesses and eventually operated a food cart. Today, they have a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Kerrytown, a second location called The Lunch Room Bakery & Cafe and a third, Detroit Street Filling Station. Both The Lunch Room and Detroit Street offer a killer Sunday brunch!


Afternoon Delight

251 E Liberty St | Facebook

Locals line up for this Ann Arbor staple — and it’s easy to see (and taste!) why. Serving brunch for over 30 years, the Afternoon Delight breakfast menu includes pan-grilled pancakes, homemade bran muffins, customized three-egg omelets, fresh poached salmon on the weekends and more. The eggs are always cage-free, the bread comes gluten-free and most ingredients and meats are organic!



216 S State St | Facebook

Sava's Ann Arbor best brunch spots

Photo courtesy of Sava’s

At Savas, they offer breakfast every day of the week and come Sunday morning, you’ll find one of the neighborhood’s favorite brunch buffets! From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., your $20 per person meal includes a petite bloody mary, petite mimosa, juice or coffee and kids 12 years and under eat for just $12!


Grange Kitchen & Bar

118 W Liberty St | Facebook

This farm-to-table restaurant offers seasonally and daily rotating menus that are filled with farm fresh ingredients and local, sustainable products. Because the menu can change daily, you’ll get something new and innovative everytime you stop by. But you can rest assured these flavorful dishes will satisfy your Sunday brunch craving — whether you’re looking for savory or sweet. And the brunch cocktail list is one of the best in town!



113 E Liberty St | Facebook

Spencer perfectly balances the feel of a casual wine bar with craveable fare made with local ingredients. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, that craveable fare comes in the form of outstanding brunch creations including a rye waffle served with whipped ricotta, grapefruit and honey or the mouth-watering fried egg meatloaf sammie.



216 E Washington St | Facebook

Aventura Ann Arbor brunch

Photo courtesy of Emily Berger at EE Berger via Aventura

Aventura is a charming spot that offers authentic Spanish cuisine and culture including tapas, paella, vino and delicious, artisan cocktails. Inspired by the old-world atmosphere and the historical nature of the building itself, the eatery merges Ann Arbor history with modern Spanish influence. On Saturday and Sunday, they offer the El Almuerzo menu. Beginning at noon, you can order dishes like Torrijas con Miel which is Spanish french toast made with Zingerman’s Bakehouse bread, cinnamon-sugar, honey, roasted pistachios and caramel sauce.


MANI Osteria & Bar

341 E Liberty St | Facebook

This downtown restaurant is named for two things: the word “mani”, which means “hands” or “handmade” in Italian, and the classic Italian osteria, an eatery that emphasizes local ingredients, small production wines and hospitality. Their impressive, seasonal weekend brunch menu features a line-up of MANI’s famous wood-fired pizzas, trendy avocado toast, craveable Benedicts and a huge list of morning cocktails.


Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

311 S Main St | Facebook

Founded in 2004, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is a brewery located in Dexter, Michigan. Today, they operate three pubs including this Ann Arbor cafe and brewery which offers a small and delicious brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. During Brunch Happy Hour from 10 a.m. until noon, you can enjoy $2 off brunch items like avocado toast, the market omelette made with seasonal ingredients or the mouth-watering Braised Bacon Sandwich.


Avalon Cafe & Kitchen

120 E Liberty St | Facebook

Avalon International Breads Cafe and Kitchen Ann Arbor brunch

Photo courtesy of Bekah Galang via Avalon Cafe & Kitchen

Avalon International Breads originally opened their humble Detroit storefront in 1997 striving to offer artisan baked goods made with 100% organic flour. Today, they’ve developed the building blocks of the region’s Agri-Urban economy and operate five storefronts and restaurants. Their first and only location outside of Detroit is located right here in Ann Arbor and they serve one of our favorite brunches in town! You can get items like avocado toast, a Trout Reuben and the Blueberry Quinoa Pancake, all of which showcase their local flare and sustainable ingredients.


Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina

3050 Washtenaw Ave | Facebook

Bigalora is famous in the region as the only place for biga-fermented pizza dough. Each Neapolitan pie starts with a natural, 72-hour fermentation without the use of commercial yeast or added sugar then is cooked in just 90 seconds at 900 degrees. That same artistry is applied to the weekend brunch menu which features dishes like the house-made Bigalora waffle, Polenta Gorgonzola and an outstanding brunch cocktail list.


Juicy Kitchen

1506 N Maple Rd | Facebook

Juicy Kitchen Ann Arbor brunch

Photo courtesy of Juicy Kitchen

Using locally sourced produce, hormone-free chicken and organic vegetables and grains as much as possible, Juicy Kitchen crafts meals from scratch in healthy, sustainable ways. Offering breakfast daily until 3 p.m., you can get all that freshness in morning dishes like french toast made with raisin bread, the Quinoa Power Bowl, a weekly changing quiche, or the JK Benedict which is poached eggs served over veggie cakes with sauteed greens, roasted tomato and Chef’s Whim Sauce.




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The 6 Essential Weekend Getaways Near Ann Arbor

Weekend trips from Ann Arbor Michigan

Ann Arbor is our favorite place in the entire country and we’re definitely not shy about sharing that, but we all need a little vacation now and again. We think our region’s proximity to some of the country’s and the continent’s most famous landmarks and attractions makes it even better.

Today, we’re helping you nail down your weekend getaway itinerary by sharing the best restaurants, cafés, breweries, museums, hotels, experiences and landmarks in the top six road trip destinations near Ann Arbor. Hop in the car and get ready for a quick trip you’ll never forget!



Detroit, Michigan

Drive time: 50 minutes | Visit Detroit

Weekend vacation to Detroit, Michigan

Rusted Crow

Where to stay

Detroit Foundation Hotel | Showcasing true Detroit character, this hotel features local collaborations in art, design, food, drink and experiences.

The Inn On Ferry Street | Get the hotel experience in this historic inn featuring four restored Victorian mansions and two carriage houses.

What to eat

Sister Pie | Nontraditional flavor combinations, rustic preparations, local ingredients — you’re going to want one of these pies.

Rose’s Fine Food | As Detroit’s ultimate diner, Rose’s offers made-from-scratch food prepared with top-quality, local Michigan ingredients.

La Feria | This must-try Spanish tapas spot brings a taste of authentic Spain right here to Michigan.

Wright and Company | This dinner destination is run by cocktail expert Dave Kwiatkowski and James Beard award-winning chef Marc Djozlija.

Rusted Crow | This downtown gastro-lounge offers menus of artisan craft cocktails, local beer and American bar eats in a rustic space accented with steampunk decor.

What to do

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge | It has a piano key bar and is the world’s oldest jazz club — you need to go.

Batch Brewing Company | One of Detroit’s best breweries, Batch offers a Feelgood Tap which goes to help Michigan-based nonprofits.

Detroit Institute of Arts | DIA exhibits 65,000 works of art, one of the largest and most significant art collections in the entire country.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory | This 982-acre island park located in the Detroit River is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States.

Automotive Hall of Fame | Founded in 1939 this museum and hall of fame showcases over 800 worldwide honorees.



Kalamazoo, Michigan

Drive time: 1.5 hours | Discover Kalamazoo

Weekend vacation to Kalamazoo Michigan

Photo courtesy of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Where to stay

The Henderson Castle Inn | This picturesque bed and breakfast is worth the trip on its own!

What to eat

Old Dog Tavern | Offering brunch, lunch, dinner, late night food, free ping-pong and pinball, live music and a neighborhood vibe, this is a must.

Fuze Kitchen & Bar | This downtown dining experience is about art, people and local, seasonal food.

Crow’s Nest | A cornerstone of Kalamazoo culture, you’ll find this eatery in the heart of the historic Vine Street Neighborhood. There’s a reason it’s always busy!

Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant | Featuring food, cocktails and in-house brewed beers, this was Kalamazoo’s first ever brewpub!

What to do

Black Owl Cafe | This downtown café is home to Kalamazoo Coffee Company and was named Michigan’s best coffee shop by MLive! It’s worth a stop.

Rupert’s Brew House | Located in the historic Oakland Pharmacy building, this bring-your-own-food brewery features handcrafted beers and entertainment five nights a week!

Kalamazoo State Theatre | Originally opened in 1927, this historic theater is Southwest Michigan’s best venue for concerts, shows and entertainment.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum | Offering free general admission, this family-focused museum has exhibits in science, technology and history.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | This stunning, nonprofit art museum and school has been exhibiting artworks since 1924. With more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection, you’ll have plenty to see and plenty to love! 



Cleveland, Ohio

Drive time: 2 hours, 45 minutes | Destination Cleveland

Weekend vacation to Cleveland, Ohio

West Side Market

Where to stay

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel | This landmark hotel in downtown Cleveland is a great option for a luxurious stay.

Glidden House | Boasting historic charm and luxury boutique style, this is one of Cleveland’s best.

What to eat

Mabel’s BBQ | Renowned chef Michael Symon has developed a BBQ Cleveland can finally call its own.

The Greenhouse Tavern | When Chef Jonathon Sawyer came home to open The Greenhouse Tavern, he brought a local sensibility; he uses only local produce, protein and grains.

SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe | This casual stop offers just Sawyer’s Signature Bretzels, Sawyer’s Signature Rolls, Sawyer’s Signature Sausage and plenty of craft beer!

Cowell & Hubbard | Zack Bruell reinvented Cleveland’s historic jewelry store and now offers outstanding, upscale food in the turn-of-the-century space.

What to do

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | Located on the shore of Lake Erie, this national landmark is perfect for music lovers.

Playhouse Square | This downtown theater district is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York.

The Cleveland Museum of Art | Internationally renowned for its substantial holdings of Asian and Egyptian art, this museum, this museum offers free admission to everyone!

A Christmas Story House | If you’ve seen the movie, you need to see the house. You can even stay overnight!

West Side Market | This jaw-dropping market is the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland and features over 100 vendors.

The Cleveland Orchestra | This 100-year-old venue is one of the five American orchestras informally referred to as the “Big Five”.



Chicago, Illinois

Drive time: 4 hours | Choose Chicago

Weekend vacation to Chicago, Illinois

Navy Pier

Where to stay

Freehand Chicago | This hostel-style hotel is housed in a historic 1927 building in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

The Kimpton Hotel Allegro | This boutique hotel shows off the glamour and pageantry of America’s Golden Era in downtown Chicago.

What to eat

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder | You have to have deep dish pizza in Chicago and this is one of the city’s best!

Topolobampo | This gourmet spot won the James Beard Outstanding Restaurant award in 2017.

Mortar and Pestle | At Mortar & Pestle, every globally-inspired meal is made by hand with the best ingredients available.

Band of Bohemia | This gypsy-inspired Chicago landmark is the first Michelin-rated brewpub!

The Original Rainbow Cone | This summer destination is home to the layered cone that features orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House, strawberry and chocolate ice creams!

What to do

The Art Institute of Chicago | Founded in 1879, this is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States.

Navy Pier | This famous landmark is a 3300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Millennium Park | You have to snap a photo and prove you were at The Bean!

Chicago Greeter | This free experience pairs you with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable resident for a walking tour of the city!

The Field Museum | One of the largest biological and anthropological museums in the world, this is a great destination for education and for families.

Wrigleyville | Wrigley Field is the centerpiece of this neighborhood. Come through for a taste of Chicago nightlife!



Mackinac Island, Michigan

Drive time: 4 hours + Shepler’s Ferry | Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Weekend vacation to Mackinac Island Michigan

Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel

Where to stay

Grand Hotel | The island’s destination hotel houses eight eateries, including an ice cream parlor, sushi restaurant and tea room.

What to eat

The Pink Pony | Thrillist called this pink-accented, nautical-themed restaurant Michigan’s most iconic bar and grill.

The Chuckwagon | This diner is the locals’ favorite and offers breakfast and lunch in cowboy-inspired diner decor.

Seabiscuit Café | This year-round eatery features an appropriate horse theme from the 1938 true life story of the famous horse, Seabiscuit.

Millie’s on Main | The island’s favorite homestyle pub, Millie’s serves comfort food and cocktails for lunch and dinner.   

What to do

Original Murdick’s Fudge | The home of Mackinac’s famous fudge, you can shop 23 flavors in this charming store.

Fort Mackinac | This namesake fort was built by the British Army during the Revolutionary War.

Mackinac Island Bike Shop | Here, you can rent bicycles to tour the island like a local!

Jack’s Livery Stable | Take a carriage ride through town or learn how to drive the carriage yourself!

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Cruise | Offering a few of the island’s best lighthouse and night sky views, these trips are an essential excursion.



Toronto, Ontario  

Drive time: 4.5 hours | Visit Toronto

Weekend vacation to Toronto Ontario Canada

Nathan Phillips Square

Where to stay

The Drake Hotel | This boutique hotel is the city’s epicenter of cool, offering one of the best rooftop terraces in Toronto along with funky dining and cocktail spaces.

Gladstone Hotel | This boutique art hotel 37 unique rooms — each one designed by a different artist!

What to eat

Antler | This hyper-local and hyper-Canadian restaurant offers cocktails and meals, both created using local, seasonal and wild, foraged ingredients.

Rose & Sons | You can come for lunch or dinner any day, but you need to come for weekend brunch.

Patria | This stylish eatery offers authentic Spanish tapas that are as Insta-worthy as the decor.

The Hot House Restaurant & Bar | Since opening in 1994, this has been one of the city’s favorite places for comfort food and live jazz.

What to do

Amsterdam Brewhouse | Though they have three different Toronto locations, the 14,000-square-foot lakeside brewhouse is the best place for patio beverages!

The Distillery District | This historic pedestrian-only neighborhood draws crowds of art lovers, boutique shoppers and foodies.

Massey Hall | This internationally famous venue holds 2,765 guests and hosts the best shows and acts in the country!

Art Gallery of Toronto | With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, this museum is among the most distinguished art museums in North America.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | One of three Ripley-owned aquariums, Canada’s location houses 16,000 aquatic animals!

Casa Loma | This historic, Gothic Revival home offers decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables and beautiful five-acre estate gardens to explore.



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10 Reasons We’re Lucky to Live in Ann Arbor

Literati Bookstore Ann Arbor Michigan

Ann Arbor is both a hip college town and a thriving community of makers, doers, artists and entrepreneurs. While in the thick of our day to day lives, it might be easy to take for granted this amazing community we’ve come to call home. But we’re here to pause and to remind you why Ann Arbor is truly the best place to be.

So sit back, relax and let’s all remember just how much we love A2.


1. It’s actually the best place to live in the country.

Ann Arbor is consistently ranked on research and data-based lists of the best places to live in the United States. In 2017, our city ranked third on the Livability Top 100 Best Places to Live. Then on the 2018 Livability Top 100 Best Places To Live, A2 jumped to the number one spot! This particular Livability ranking started with a nationwide poll to find out what matters most to Americans. Then, nearly 2,300 cities were ranked on data points that cover economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare.

Ann Arbor has also been ranked on the 2018 National Geographic list, The Best Cities in the United States which ranked the best small cities to visit this year. And A2 snagged the number one spot in the Midwest on RewardExpert’s Best Mid-Sized Cities to Visit in 2017.


2. We love to learn.

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Ann Arbor is home to the world-renowned University of Michigan. On its own, our hometown university has consistently ranked on National University Rankings amongst other ivy league superstars like Yale and Harvard. But the university paired with our outstanding community has landed Ann Arbor on lists of the country’s best college towns. This Livability list, 2017 10 Best College Towns, puts us in the top ten!

Through the university, our town has been blessed with community and kid-friendly educational centers like the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, the Exhibit Museum of Natural History and so many more. Many of these are also recognized as the largest and/or most significant university collections in the country!


3. Ann Arbor loves local.

We’ll get into the specific venue, business and restaurant details later on, but the short story is: Ann Arbor loves local. Whether you’re an up and coming musician, you have a new beer recipe to try or you just want to share your passions, there’s a spot in our business community for you — and plenty of people who will gladly test it out. Livability even ranked A2 one of the best cities for entrepreneurs in 2017!


4. Especially local books.  

Literati Bookstore Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Literati Bookstore

There’s no hiding the bibliophile culture of Ann Arbor. Since the Ann Arbor founding and the nationwide expansion of Borders, our book-loving community has gotten plenty of attention — but our book-loving nature has been with us for much longer. Today, our town is home to local legends like Literati Bookstore, Bookbound, Nicola’s Books and Aunt Agatha’s alongside beloved places like Common Language Book Bar and Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom.

For used and antiquarian books, you can go to our other favorite A2 shops Dawn Treader Book Shop, Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library Book Shop, Motte & Bailey Booksellers and West Side Book Shop.

For more on our local bibliophile culture, check out Kerrytown Bookfest and the Jewish Book & Arts Festival!


5. And food.

If you’ve eaten in Ann Arbor — as a student, a local or a visitor — you have a favorite food spot (or ten) that you would come back to again and again. And if you live here, you get to live right in the middle of all the abundance whether that’s pub food, global flavors, American classics or casual eateries. We obviously don’t have room to list all of them here, but you can read The 15 Best Date Night Restaurants in Ann Arbor, The 16 Best Coffee Shops in the Ann Arbor Area and Your Guide to 14 Zingerman’s Businesses in Ann Arbor which highlights a business that has revolutionized local eats.


6. It’s easy to spend time outside.

Kerrytown Market and Shops Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Kerrytown Market & Shops

Whether you’re perusing downtown districts like Main Street, The State Street District and Kerrytown Market and Shops or exploring one of 159 parks throughout Ann Arbor, there are plenty of excuses to get outside. In those 159 parks, you’ll find basketball and tennis courts, softball and soccer fields, a skatepark, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boat launches, ice rinks, dog parks, disc golf and dirt bike courses and a course to play bocce ball.


7. And even easier to find a festival.

Are you a fan of film? Try the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cinetopia Film Festival or the Jewish Film Festival. How about music? Don’t miss the Ann Arbor Folk Festival or Edgefest. How about music, cinema, comedy and culinary arts all rolled into one? Then you need to attend the Ann Arbor Summer Festival! Our town celebrates with festivals and events year-round whether it’s the 47th Annual Earth Day Festival or the free, annual community celebrations FoolMoon and FestiFools.


8. We’re a local hub for art and culture.

Ann Arbor Art Center culture

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Art Center

We already mentioned the noteworthy festivals above, but A2 is also the home of Shakespeare in the Arb each summer, Kerrytown Concert House, The Michigan Theater, The State Theater and the Ann Arbor Art Center, a nonprofit exhibition, gallery and retail space. Through these venues, we get to enjoy local and touring dance performances, art exhibitions, cinema, concerts and more. And have you heard about our fairy doors?


9. It’s an affordable place to live.

You would think all the amazing things about Ann Arbor would come at a lofty price, but in reality, it’s a fairly affordable one. Penny Hoarder conducted a ranking, 25 U.S. Cities That Millennials Can Afford — and Actually Want to Live In, which rounded up the most livable cities ranked for their price, their fun and everything in between. And of course, Ann Arbor made the list.


10. Two words: The people.

Why we love to live in Ann Arbor Michigan

It’s no secret we love Ann Arbor, but we firmly believe we wouldn’t be one of the country’s best places to live without the best locals, residents and visitors. Amongst all the rankings and awards Ann Arbor has been honored with, our favorite is the National Geographic ranking of the happiest cities in the United States which puts Ann Arbor in the top 20. We couldn’t do it without you, A2.


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Your Guide to 14 Zingerman’s Businesses in Ann Arbor [Interactive Map]

Miss Kim Zingerman's Ann Arbor, Michigan

Zingerman’s Company of Businesses began humbly in 1982 as a small delicatessen in a historic building that was once a neighborhood grocery store. It may sound like your typical, charming mom and pop success, but though it is charming and successful, it is definitely not typical.

Deli founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig chose to avoid the franchise model which could have replicated their deli in locations across the country. Instead, they expanded their expertise, their team and their company into new, independent businesses. Today, there are more than ten altogether — covering every type of food as well as events and services — and they’re all rooted in our local community, working together as one organization.

Back in 2003, Inc. Magazine named Zingerman’s The Coolest Small Company in America and all they’ve done since then is continue to grow, continue to impress and continue to be a lovable part of Ann Arbor. Join us as we explore each part of the machine and the history to learn all we can about Zingerman’s. Enjoy!





Zingerman’s Delicatessen  

422 Detroit St | Facebook | Instagram

Zingerman's Deli Delicatessen Ann Arbor, Michigan food

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Delicatessen and Katie Honoway

The first business that opened in the Zingerman’s Company was this historical deli opened in 1982 with a staff of two, a small selection of specialty foods, a variety of traditional Jewish dishes and a short, simple sandwich menu. Today, the deli is still located in the small, red brick building across from the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, but you can now get corned beef, pastrami, turkey, chicken, pork, fish and vegetarian sandwiches, as well as breakfasts, salads, housemade Jewish specialty foods, handmade pot pies and more.

If that’s still not enough, you can go right next door to Next Door Dessert & Coffee House for cakes, pies, cupcakes, gelato, cookies, brownies, chocolates, candies and so much more! They opened this charming shop in 1991 to offer more space and more treats both from Zingerman’s businesses and from around the country.


Zingerman’s Bakehouse

3711 Plaza Dr | Facebook | Instagram

Zingerman's Bakehouse Ann Arbor, Michigan bread and pastries bakery

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Bakehouse

By 1992, Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig had been running the shop for ten years and wanted to improve the flavors by baking their own breads. So in September of that year, they teamed up with Frank Carollo and just five other staff members to open the beloved Zingerman’s Bakehouse. Today, 130 staff members and partners make pastries, breads and other treats from scratch daily.

Through BAKE!, their hands-on teaching bakery which opened in 2006, you can learn how it’s all done! Classes are open to the public in categories like pizza making, donut frying, cake baking and more. Check out the schedule and reserve your spot online.


Zingerman’s Creamery

3723 Plaza Dr | Facebook | Instagram

Zingerman's Creamery Beer and Cheese pairing March 2018

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Creamery and Emma Boonstra

The creamery’s story started in 2001 with the now famous Real Cream Cheese and continued into a full range of cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses, gelato and sorbets. Today, each cheese and gelato starts with the best local milk from small-scale, regional farmers. Then, they’re crafted with old-world techniques and plenty of time to preserve the flavors and characteristics of each cheese and each ingredient.

At The Cheese Shop on the South Side of Ann Arbor, you can buy all of it, grab a fresh scoop of gelato, and shop other national and international cheeses, beers and wines. On-site at the Creamery, you can enjoy tours and guided tastings that include pairings with local beer, chocolates, fermented foods and more. See all the upcoming options online on the event page.


Zingerman’s Roadhouse

2501 Jackson Ave | Facebook | Instagram

Zingerman's Roadhouse Mac and Cheese Ann Arbor, Michigan Restaurants dinner

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Roadhouse

The Roadhouse is the seventh business that opened in the Zingerman’s company. At this all-day restaurant, the team showcases their favorite things about American food — both locally and nationally. The menu includes grits inspired by South Carolina, Maryland-inspired crab cakes, Carolina barbeque, local meat from Washtenaw County, produce from local farms, artisan cheeses, micro-brewed beers, and fine wines from all over the US.

Stop by for breakfast during the week, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, lunch, dinner, dessert and happy hour. You can also swing by Zingerman’s Roadshow, the to-go destination for the Roadhouse, operating out of a vintage Spartan trailer attached to the front of the restaurant. There, you can get Bakehouse pastries and bagels, morning coffee, restaurant favorites to-go and more.


Zingerman’s Coffee Company

3723 Plaza Dr | Facebook | Instagram

Zingerman's Coffee Company Ann arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Coffee Company

The Zingerman’s motto is “you really can taste the difference” so at Zingerman’s Coffee Co. they take every step seriously — from the initial growth phase through the roasting process and into your cup at Zingerman’s Coffee Bar. The shop is located alongside Zingerman’s Creamery, Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Zingerman’s Candy Factory so you can get all the best in one convenient spot. And, as a wholesale roaster, they also supply cafes, restaurants and businesses all over the region!


Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory

3723 Plaza Dr | Facebook | Instagram

When Charlie Frank arrived at the Bakehouse in 2001, he already had dreams to open a Zingerman’s business of his own. After making candy bars in the bakery kitchen for a few years, the Candy Manufactory opened in 2009 with Charlie as the founder and managing partner. Now, the team has more room to craft mouth-watering and craveable candies like the original Zzang!, the Peanut Butter Crush Zzang!, Ca$hew Cow, What the Fudge? and Wowza which is chocolate coated raspberry ganache with raspberry nougat and raspberry jellied candies. Yum!


Miss Kim

415 N 5th Ave | Facebook | Instagram

Miss Kim Zingerman's Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Miss Kim

Though the name is different than the others (it was chosen as a way to showcase Korean tradition and honor the restaurant’s female chef-owner), the service and quality at this downtown Ann Arbor restaurant is everything you’d expect from Zingerman’s. At Miss Kim, the authentic Korean dishes are driven by and adapted to showcase Michigan’s bountiful produce. Shareable small plates include Fresh Oysters and Pork Belly Bossam alongside medium and large entrée selections like Fried Calamari and Whole Lamb Shank.





Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

8540 Island Lake Rd, Dexter | Facebook | Instagram

Zingerman's Cornman Farms Wedding venue events in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Cornman Farms and Chelsea Brown Photography

Located on 42 acres in Dexter, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is surrounded in all directions by flowers, vegetation and jaw-dropping landscape. As both a working farm and an elegant event venue, the space features an exhibition kitchen for events and culinary classes, a chef’s garden, a classic farmhouse, a four-season barn and a stunning tent pavilion. Led by Executive Chef and Owner Kieron Hales, the foods and the hospitality services are born from his experience in Michelin star kitchens and time spent living and cooking in 27 different countries. If you haven’t fallen in love yet, check out the photo gallery online.


Zingerman’s Catering and Events

422 Detroit Street | Instagram

Zingerman’s catering services brings all the fun, flavor and local fare to your home or event. Complete with event planning services, they can help find the perfect venue, choose impressive florals, organize the entertainment, and coordinate all the rentals.



100 N Ashley St | Facebook

Zingerman's Greyline event venue Downtown Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Greyline and Sean Carter Photography

Greyline is Zingerman’s newest event space located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. With a capacity of 200 guests, an exterior lit up by the neon hues of the historic Ann Arbor bus depot sign, and an interior that highlights the building’s Art Deco history, it’s a premier spot for weddings, trainings and any other event on your calendar. The venue is operated exclusively by Zingerman’s Catering and Events so you know the food and service will be impeccable! Check out the photo gallery to see more.






3728 Plaza Dr Suite | Facebook | Instagram

ZingTrain takes all the Zingerman’s knowledge and experience built up over the years and presents it in training classes so forward-thinking organizations all over the world can also succeed. Managing partner Maggie Bayless and her team teach training, service, merchandising, specialty foods, open book finance and staff management to individuals and teams. Learn more about the educational products, trainings, seminars and workshops on the website!


Zingerman’s Mail Order

610 Phoenix Dr | Facebook | Instagram

Zingerman's Mail Order Ann arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Mail Order

Once referred to as “the most discriminating mail order selection of foods that I am aware of” by Ed Behr of The International Wine Cellar, Zingerman’s Mail Order offers all the greatness of Zing foods as well as curated, global selections of meats and fish, handmade cheeses, artisan spices, estate-bottled olive oils and customized presents for holidays, weddings, birthdays and more. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!


Zingerman’s Food Tours

620 Phoenix Drive | Facebook | Instagram

Through destination food tours, the Zingerman’s team gets to share their favorite things about food with you! This local tour agency organizes international tours as well as Great American Food Tours that transport you (literally) to some of the most interesting foodie destinations on the globe. Tours include places as close as Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan and as far as Sicily, Italy! Learn more about upcoming tours and snag your spot on the website.


Zingerman’s Press

Facebook | Instagram

In a city of books and bookstores, it makes sense for a local icon like Zingerman’s to have their own press. This publishing company produces books all about food, business and the Zingerman’s experience so you can get an inside look at the goings on and learn more about what you’re eating. You can learn more about their specific publications on the website and find their publications in local, indie stores around Ann Arbor or around the country.




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The 16 Best Coffee Shops in the Ann Arbor Area [Interactive Map]

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Coffee fuels our spirit almost as much as supporting other local businesses does. And as a hip, college town (and the best place to live in the whole country, according to Livability) it’s only natural that Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities have plenty of amazing coffee shops brewing some of the best caffeinated beverages in town.

Sip like a local and try one of these top Ann Arbor area coffee shops for yourself. You can also use our interactive map to find a coffee shop conveniently located near you!



Literati Coffee | Ann Arbor

204 S 4th Ave | Facebook

Literati Coffee Ann Arbor Plymouth Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of Literati BookstoreLiterati Coffee and Michael Gustafson

In 2011, when Ann Arbor’s original, local bookstore, Borders, closed its doors all over the country, Hilary and Mike Gustafson moved back to their home state and opened Literati Bookstore as a book-lovers haven in downtown Ann Arbor. Literati Coffee is the full-service espresso and coffee bar located above the bookstore. There, you can grab a mug, grab a book, and enjoy events, book clubs, author readings and other community-oriented gatherings.


Roos Roast | Ann Arbor

Three locations | Facebook

Deeply local Roos Roast is the coffee headquarters for freshly roasted beans in Ann Arbor. At their charming locale in Rosewood, they roast all their coffees in house and offer a lively and cozy vibe. The new downtown location is everything we want in a local coffee shop, but you can also find them year-round at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market! They’ve been voted the best in Washtenaw Country and the best in Southeast Michigan, so we suggesting stopping by to experience Roos for yourself.


The Common Cup | Ann Arbor

1511 Washtenaw Ave | Facebook

The Common Cup Ann Arbor Plymouth Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of The Common Cup

The Common Cup is a gathering place for students, community members and visitors alike. As a true A2 café, they source dairy products from Michigan’s own Guernsey Farms, tea from Ann Arbor’s TeaHaus, and coffee beans from Ypsilanti’s Hyperion Coffee Co. (also on our list!). In addition to designing a warm, cozy space for local art and great coffee, The Common Cup is a non-profit coffeehouse run through University Lutheran Chapel.


Zingerman’s Coffee Company | Ann Arbor

3723 Plaza Dr | Facebook

Zingerman’s Coffee Co. is a wholesale roaster supplying cafes, restaurants and businesses all over the region, but they also offer their own coffees at the Zingerman’s Coffee Bar at Zingerman’s Southside Producers row. Located alongside Zingerman’s Creamery, Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Zingerman’s Candy Factory, you can get all the best in one convenient spot.


Mighty Good Coffee | Ann Arbor

Four locations | Facebook

Every Mighty Good coffee beverage starts with beans from select farms, mills and co-ops. Then they’re roasted in small batches and packaged to preserve freshness. Whether you’re picking up a bag from the grocery store or stopping in at the coffee shops downtown, near campus, in Arbor Hills or inside The Jefferson Market, you’re guaranteed a fresh cup of coffee that is both sustainable and empowering (for you and for the community!). Check out the team’s philosophy, mission and story here.


Comet Coffee | Ann Arbor

16 Nickels Arcade | Facebook

Comet Coffee Ann Arbor Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of Comet Coffee and Joseph Saborío

Located inside Ann Arbor’s historic Nickels Arcade, Comet Coffee has been serving delicious beverages since 2009. Amidst the bright, covered shopping district, you can settle down with a mug in a shop that is welcoming, fun and cozy shop — a true hallmark of the arcade and the city!


Electric Eye Cafe | Ann Arbor

811 N Main St | Facebook

The team at Electric Eye Cafe turned one of Ann Arbor’s cutest Kerrytown houses into an actual coffee house. Stop in for a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage, a locally sourced snack, goods and apparel sold through local businesses, and an entire library of free books to read while you’re there. To showcase various flavors and styles, Electric Eye rotates between small roasters on a monthly basis so you may find new coffees each time you stop by!


Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea | Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti + Canton  

Six Michigan locations | Facebook

Sweetwaters is well-known throughout Michigan and Ohio (and even as far as Walnut Creek, California!), but the humble coffeehouse began right here in Ann Arbor. Alumni of the University of Michigan, Wei and Lisa Bee founded the first Sweetwaters in 1993 in Downtown A2. Now you can grab a globally-inspired beverage or snack Downtown, in Kerrytown, on the UM campus, at Westgate Library, in Canton and in Ypsi.


Black Diesel Coffee | Ann Arbor

1423 E Stadium Blvd | Facebook

Black Diesel Coffee Ann Arbor Plymouth Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of Black Diesel Coffee

Black Diesel is a picturesque little cafe that brews coffees worthy of your Instagram feed. Sourcing single origin beans from right down the street and across the state, you’ll soon find your new favorite espresso beverage or pour over coffee — all offered alongside snacks, paninis, gelato, cookies and more!


Cultivate | Ypsilanti

307 N River St | Facebook

This coffee bar and tap house is an Ypsi favorite. Built around the mantra, “craft, community and cause,” you’ll find the best craft coffee and beer, regular community events, and support of worthy causes. The space itself is bright, open and ready to become your second Ypsilanti living room.


Hyperion Coffee Co. | Ypsilanti

306 N River St | Facebook

The source of many of our favorite coffee shops in Ann Arbor and around the state, Hyperion is an outstanding roaster right here in Ypsi. Featured in Phaidon’s Where to Drink Coffee as one of the best of the midwest, we definitely recommend stepping through that giant green door and into your new coffee paradise.


Cross Street Coffee | Ypsilanti

317 W Cross St | Facebook

Cross Street Coffee Ann Arbor Plymouth Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of Cross Street Coffee

In early 2017, Ypsilanti’s beloved Ugly Mug Coffee changed its name to Cross Street Coffee and upgraded the interior — but they’re still serving some of the region’s favorite caffeinated bevvies. The business has been family-owned and operated for over a decade, but the building itself has a long history. The historic building once housed one of the first gas stations in the county, then a Greyhound, and then a coffee shop. It’s worth a stop if you love coffee, local art and friendly faces!


Plymouth Coffee Bean Co. | Plymouth

884 Penniman Ave | Facebook

The Plymouth Coffee Bean is the longest running independent coffee shop in the entire state of Michigan. With a focus on coffee, music, art and poetry, it has served as the community’s second home and headquarters for community art since 1993. And you can get professionally-prepared crépes at the beloved Crépe Counter!


Espresso Elevado | Plymouth

606 S Main St | Facebook

Inside what is quite possibly the most charming building in Plymouth, you’ll find this roaster and coffee bar full of experts in beans, flavor and latte art. The team’s mission is to craft and share coffee in a way that elevates the entire experience, so it makes sense that you’ll find one of the region’s best right here.


The Peaberry Bean & Beats | Whitmore Lake

152 Barker Rd | Facebook

The Peaberry Bean and Beats Ann Arbor Plymouth Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of The Peaberry Bean & Beats

Where do homemade foods, craft coffees, music, book signings and poetry slams come together? The Peaberry Bean & Beats, of course! By day this café is the perfect place to work, study or catch up with friends. During evenings and weekends, it’s the community’s favorite spot for local musicians, artists, comics and poets to show off their talents.


Carrigan Cafe | Saline

101 S Ann Arbor St | Facebook

At Saline’s Carrigan Cafe, it’s all about local. The beans are sourced from Coffee Express in Plymouth and the treats are sourced from places like Ed’s Bread, Guernsey Dairy and Rumi’s Passion Bakery. Stop by to say hello to Tobin the teddy bear, warm up with a mug of coffee, and you’ll soon learn why this is a neighborhood favorite!


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10 Ann Arbor Date Ideas Perfect for Any Time of Year

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Anniversaries, holidays, regular Saturday nights — they all deserve a memorable date night. Lucky for us, there’s never a shortage of things to do in the Ann Arbor area. To help narrow down the options (and avoid another dinner and a movie) we’ve gathered a list of date ideas to entertain any fun-loving couple.

With both daytime and nighttime options for foodies, craft beer geeks, concert goers and budding chefs, this list can keep you and yours entertained for weeks. Enjoy!



Escape together  

Escape rooms are the perfect date night idea for anyone who loves a challenge. Overcome the obstacles together and celebrate when you successfully escape! It’s adrenaline pumping and bonding all at the same time.


Clueless Escape

Ann Arbor’s Clueless Escape offers three different rooms. Save Tony is a medical-themed puzzle, or try your hand at Football Fury and Corporate Rage.



This suspenseful Ann Arbor option offers themed rooms like The Ringmaster’s Den, Game of Espionage and Zombie Roadhouse.


Decode Detroit

As Michigan’s #1 escape game, Decode Detroit offers one of the most interesting and complex options. Minerva’s Trilogy is a three-part team adventure story about Minerva, an adolescent Artificial Intelligence machine with lofty goals. The Minerva Project and Minerva’s Return are the first and last parts, both one-hour escape rooms. And the second part, Minerva’s Escape, is a free puzzle hunt in downtown Ann Arbor! Start with The Minerva Project, but be sure to come back again to try your luck at each of the sections in the trilogy!  



Learn how to cook  

Food is a date night staple, but you don’t always have to fall back on Ann Arbor’s date night restaurants. This time, you be the chef!


Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Chances are you already love Zingerman’s Bakehouse. If you want to get a little insight into their delicious breads, pastries, cookies and cakes, try out a baking or cooking class. The class schedule includes pizza, doughnuts, French baguettes, soups, brownies and so much more. And the best part is, Zingerman’s takes care of all the cleanup and you get to take home your leftovers!



Be a kid again  

If fun is on your date night agenda, we recommend letting loose at a trampoline park, challenging each other to laser tag or spending your quarters on classic arcade games!


Airtime Trampoline & Game Park

Airtime has locations all over Michigan, including Ann Arbor and Canton. Each park has open jump areas as well as separate dodgeball zones, mosh pits which are Olympic-grade foam pits and a basketball “Jam Session” area for the aspiring basketball star in all of us.


Zap Zone

The Ypsilanti Zap Zone is one of our favorite places for laser tag, but that’s not all they have! Enjoy an entire day of fun with bumper cars, an arcade and a virtual reality experience.


Pinball Pete’s

Pinball Pete’s opened its doors more than 30 years ago and has since become the A2 destination for arcade fun. Spend your quarters along the entire wall of pinball machines, play video games, and challenge your date to a game of pool or air hockey!



Get crafty (and painty)  

Art pros and beginners alike can enjoy a painting date. With a teacher to lead the way, you may even end the night with a new skill! And the best part is, you get to take home your paintings to remember the evening.


Painting with a Twist

This Ann Arbor painting experience offers classes for both adults and children. For date night, we recommend choosing an option that ends after 6 p.m. because these are all restricted to guests 18 years and older. They don’t sell beverages on-site, but painters 21+ are welcome to bring their favorite beer or wine to sip! Check out the schedule to choose your date night and design.


Paint and Pour

These 2 – 3-hour classes are guided by an instructor and include frequent breaks so you can enjoy your BYOB snacks and drinks. Check the Ypsi studio schedule here to choose your date night painting experience.



Explore a museum

Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has no shortage of educational opportunities. Whether you prefer art, history, gardens or books, there’s something for you and yours in town.


University of Michigan Museum of Art

University of Michigan Museum of Art Ann Arbor Michigan date night ideas

Photo courtesy of UMMA

The University of Michigan’s art collection is among the oldest in the nation. Years before the great art museums of Detroit, Toledo or Chicago were founded, UM students and the general public had free access to the on-campus gallery. Today, you can explore more than 20,000 artworks, special exhibits and educational experiences. Admission is still free, but a $10 suggested donation is always appreciated.


Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two educational and environmental gardens on the UM campus. The botanical gardens include eleven outdoor spaces full of bonsai, native and medicinal plants, perennials, and more which bloom seasonally from spring to first frost. For colder months enjoy their year-round indoor conservatory filled with plants from around the world.

Nichols Arboretum is one of the richest landscapes in the region. It spans miles of trails and land with collections of native and exotic trees and shrubs crafted into a landscape that was begun by O. C. Simonds in 1907.


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

One of two Gerald R. Ford museums, the Presidential Library is located on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. There, you can peruse archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs during the Cold War era. Then travel to Grand Rapids to learn more at the Gerald R. Ford Museum!


Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Located on campus, this museum supports teaching and research on Classical, Egyptian and Near Eastern archaeology. With a collection of more than 100,000 artifacts, 1,500 of which are on permanent display, and 2 or 3 annual exhibitions, there’s plenty to learn!



Meet animals (and pet them!)

Let’s face it, we’re all crazy about animals. And when you get to pet them, it’s an even better experience than a zoo!


The Creature Conservancy

The Creature Conservancy Ann Arbor date night ideas

Photo courtesy of The Creature Conservancy and Kim Ellis

The Creature Conservancy began back in 2005 when Al the alligator was left abandoned at the door of a local veterinary hospital. He was soon joined by a sloth rescued from a trailer park, a macaw left at a pet boarding facility, ball pythons found in a dumpster, and iguanas wandering loose on the UM campus. Now, you can meet Al, Poco the sloth, Tulip and Maybelline the red kangaroos, as well as all their friends on Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 5 p.m.


The Petting Farm

Domino’s Farms began back in 1925 and The Petting Farm, located on what is now a twenty-acre farm, opened its doors in 1984. When you stop by, you can meet alpacas, cattle, chickens, ducks, goats, llamas, peacocks, pigs, ponies, sheep, rabbits and Badger the cat!


Leslie Science and Nature Center

This educational facility on the north side of Ann Arbor encourages sustainability, understanding and regular nature encounters. Join the fun and visit the grounds, trails and raptor enclosures outside any day from sunrise to sunset. The Critter House is open most Sundays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and allows you to observe frogs, turtles, snakes and more. Free admission makes this one of our favorite budget-friendly date options!



Watch, dance or laugh at a show

Take your movie date up a notch by catching an indie flick at one of these local theaters. Or buy tickets to a live concert or spend the night laughing until your side aches at local comedy show.


Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater Ann Arbor date night ideas

Photo courtesy of Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater Foundation was founded in 1979 to save the Michigan Theater from the wrecking ball — and we’re so glad it was. Founded in 1928, the theater is now home to three screening spaces for independent movies, concerts, comedy shows, national tours and more. Check out the current films here and peruse the special event schedule. Or, head over to the historic State Theatre for more movies and shows! 


The Ark

The Ark Theater Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of The Ark and Insa Keilbach

The Ark is A2’s destination for live music. Founded in 1965 by four area churches, the venue now offers over 300 nights of shows each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere. In the past, they’ve brought Howie Day, Blind Pilot and the Violent Femmes to town! See all the upcoming events here.


Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

Originally opened in 1984, this comedy favorite offers a lineup of up-and-coming stand-up stars as well as nationally touring acts. The 18+ venue has hosted Tim Allen, Drew Carey and Ellen DeGeneres in the past, and has a calendar full of events every single weekend!



Enjoy a wine tasting  

Classic wine tastings are made into special occasions at these local favorites.


De Angelis Cantina del Vino

Made right here in Ann Arbor, De Angelis wines contain no added sulfites or preservatives — only grapes. Inside the Jackson Road winery, you can enjoy tastings and frequent live music shows. Follow the team on Facebook for event updates.


Northville Winery and Brewing

Northville Brewery and Winery Ann Arbor, Michigan date night ideas

Photo courtesy of Northville Winery and Brewing

Thirty minutes outside of Ann Arbor in Northville, this winery and brewery experience is a must! The family-run business is a taphouse for their own wines, ciders and beers, as well as a music venue with shows from local bands and solo musicians. Stop by on a Thursday evening to hear Dead at the Winery, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, accompanied by some of the region’s best beverages.



Tour the area’s breweries

We’re certainly not short on options! Ann Arbor is home to Wolverine State Brewing Co., HOMES Brewery, Glasshouse Brewing, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Pileated Brewing Company, Edelbrau Brewing Company and an Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub serving beers brewed down the road in Ypsi. And that’s just a short list for A2!  

If you want to taste a few different brews in an always lively and fun atmosphere, we recommend stopping by Bill’s Beer Garden or Ann Arbor Beer Grotto.



Hop on a pedal bar

Throw in a little light exercise with a pedal bar tour through town!


Pedal Saloon

Pedal Saloon takes bar tours to the next level. The 100% pedal-powered vehicle offers both individual tickets and group tickets, and you get to tour Ann Arbor’s best bars while sipping your BYOB beverages on board.


High Five Pedal Tours

High Five Pedal Tours Ann Arbor Michigan date night ideas

Photo courtesy of High Five Pedal Tours and Dave Cicotte

This local favorite doesn’t just tour the town’s best bars and breweries — though that is an option! If you’re looking for food, fun and books, get a group date together for the progressive restaurant tour, bookstore tour, or a custom tour of your choosing!



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The 13 Best Sports Bars in the Ann Arbor Area

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The Super Bowl is right around the corner, but here in Ann Arbor, we’re always looking for an opportunity to cheer on our favorite team — whether it’s our favorite NFL team or the Wolverines in our own backyard. To make sure you’re prepared for both (and for every other sporting event under the sun), we rounded up the area’s best sports bars.

But it’s not all about who has the biggest TV (although that is an important factor!). These local spots offer the region’s best bar food, the best game day atmospheres as well as the brews and the cocktails that stand out from the crowd. And, of course, each one has a few flat screens, TVs and projectors thrown in for good measure. Go Blue!


1. Haymaker Public House | Ann Arbor

203 E Washington St | Facebook

Haymaker Public House Ann Arbor Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Haymaker Public House

Located in Downtown Ann Arbor, Haymaker is a favorite sports bar amongst locals, students, visitors and people around the whole state of Michigan. Offering board games, trivia, handcrafted beverages, 24 different draft beers and classic comfort food (including Brisket & Waffle Poutine!), there’s something for everyone whether you’re watching the game or playing Scrabble.


2. Fraser’s Pub | Ann Arbor

2045 Packard St | Facebook

Fraser's Pub Ann Arbor Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Fraser’s Pub

Jimmy and Red Fraser first opened this neighborhood bar in 1962 and it’s been the A2 go-to ever since. The taps feature multiple Michigan beers, the menu includes all the bar favorites cooked up with style, and the TVs fill the whole place so you’ll never miss the action. Be sure to wear your blue and maize or you may feel left out. Go Blue!


3. The Brown Jug | Ann Arbor

1204 S University Ave | Facebook

The Brown Jug has been a University of Michigan tradition since it opened its doors in 1936. Named after the Michigan vs. Minnesota football trophy, the oldest in college football, you’ll never find a place more passionate for the Wolverines or more ready to watch the game.


4. Good Time Charley’s | Ann Arbor

1140 S University Ave | Facebook

Good Time Charley's Ann Arbor Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Good Time Charley’s and Bruno Postigo

Good Time Charley’s opened its doors in 1979, the first U of M student walked in, and the rest was history. It’s located right across the street from the university and offers a parking structure, making it one of the easiest places to get to before the game starts. We recommend ordering a plate of Pepperoni Styx, hand-twisted breadsticks stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni and topped with garlic and parmesan. Then get ready to cheer on your favorite team!


5. The Session Room | Ann Arbor

3685 Jackson Rd | Facebook

A beer garden, 70 taps and live music make this a favorite hang out any time of year. But during football season, you’ll find the impressive lineup of TVs tuned to national teams and the Wolverines depending on which day you stop by. Next time you’re in Ann Arbor’s Westside, come for the game and stay for the craft burgers.


6. The Pretzel Bell | Ann Arbor

226 S Main St | Facebook

The Pretzel Bell Michigan Ann Arbor Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of The Pretzel Bell

After The Pretzel Bell opened in 1934, it became the campus watering hole for more than 50 years, feeding and hydrating students, townies and visitors alike. After a brief closing, the doors reopened as one of A2’s warmest and coziest spots — complete with gourmet pub food, craft beer and cocktails, and dozens of TVs tuned into your favorite team.


7. HopCat | Ann Arbor

311 Maynard St | Facebook

HopCat began back in 2008 in Grand Rapids and later opened the Ann Arbor location which has now been serving beer, food and fun for three years. Through those years, they’ve been offering 100 craft beers on tap in a semi-psychedelic setting that perfectly fits the atmosphere of A2. In fact, the atmosphere, the beer and the food menu have landed them countless awards as the best beer bar in the country and in the world.


8. Wolverine State Brewing Co. | Ann Arbor

2019 W Stadium Blvd | Facebook

You might say Wolverine State Brewing Co. has a little Wolverine pride. They also make some of the best beer in town, offer a huge menu of comfort food and outstanding in-house smoked meats, and they have multiple flat screens around the taproom so you can catch every minute of the game.  


9. The Wurst Bar | Ypsilanti

705 W Cross St | Facebook

The Wurst Bar is one of the best bars in Ypsilanti. Their enormous lineup of local, national and imported beers is offered alongside artisan pub food selections like Pulled Pork Eggrolls, Bavarian Pretzels, Lobster Rolls and creative burgers — and they have whole menu sections dedicated to tots and to bratwursts! One of our favorites is the Wild Game Cudighi Wurst which is made with rotating game meat, pork, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and wine.


10. Arbor Brewing Company | Ann Arbor + Ypsilanti

114 E Washington St + 720 Norris St | Facebook

Whether you’re at the ABC Brewpub in Ann Arbor or the ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti, you’ll find handcrafted beer, bar games, outstanding food and projector screens to watch the big game in style. The Ann Arbor Brewpub operates as a full restaurant and offers a few more televisions, while the Ypsilanti spot offers bar service and a cozy atmosphere.  


11. Scorekeepers | Ann Arbor

310 Maynard St | Facebook

With more than 30 beers on tap, 17 flat screens, and a food lineup of bratwursts, nachos, sliders, burgers and waffle fries — say no more! Scorekeepers has been around for decades and has always been a go-to game day spot, for obvious reasons.


12. Oscar’s Sports Bar and Grill | Saline

6877 S State Rd D | Facebook

Oscar’s is a place for locals and for sports fanatics to come together in one of the area’s friendliest and coziest bars. The food is prepared fresh, the hi-def TVs are always on, and the staff is ready to welcome you as a regular!


13. Ironwood Grill | Plymouth

840 W Ann Arbor Trail | Facebook

The game is always on at Ironwood Grill, whether you’re cheering on the Wolverines, the Lions, the Pistons, your favorite Nascar racer — you name it! Inside a bright, welcoming setting you’ll find an entire wall of TVs above the bar, with others scattered throughout the dining area, artisan pub food and smokehouse entrées that are slow smoked up to 14 hours with apple, cherry and hickory wood.


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The 15 Best Date Night Restaurants in Ann Arbor

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Ann Arbor is a charming little town that packs a punch. And that punch often comes in the form of the state’s best foodie destinations, craft breweries and historic restaurants. So if you’re trying to narrow down your date night dinner options, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Thankfully, we’re here to help whether you’re looking for over-the-top romance or more casual charm.

Featuring decades-old favorites, new, modern spots, and a few of the coziest restaurants in A2, our round-up of the city’s most romantic restaurants has something for every food craving and couple. Enjoy!


1. The Earle

121 W Washington St | Facebook

The Earle has been a downtown Ann Arbor favorite for more than 20 years. In addition to the decadent menu of French and Italian country cuisine, the romance is heightened by live jazz five nights a week, solo piano and solo guitar performances. Their world-class wine selection has over 1,200 options and wraps the evening up perfectly!


2. MANI Osteria & Bar

341 E Liberty St | Facebook

This downtown restaurant is named for two things: the word “mani”, which means “hands” or “handmade” in Italian, and the classic Italian osteria, an eatery that emphasizes local ingredients, small production wines and hospitality. This particular osteria is a fun independently-owned spot specializing in artisanal pizzas and creative Italian dishes prepared in wood-burning ovens. Bring your date to share a pizza and grab a craft cocktail!


3. Spencer

113 E Liberty St | Facebook

Driven by two food and hospitality experts, Spencer balances the feel of a casual wine bar with craveable fare made from local ingredients. As a result, the menu is made up of unique shareable plates and an impressive line-up of wines, drafts and bottles.


4. Sava’s

216 S State St | Facebook

Sava's Date Night Restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Sava’s

What began as Sava Lelcaj’s 23-seat cafe is now one of A2’s best restaurants: now with 300 seats, and a team of amazing chefs and welcoming staff. The seasonally inspired menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert — the last of which we definitely recommend on date night. One taste of their artful Créme Brulée, Apple Cider Donuts or Housemade Ice Cream and you’re sure to stop by for your next outing as well.


5. Slurping Turtle

608 E Liberty St | Facebook

Beer, cocktails, wine, sake, sushi, steaming bowls of ramen: this all adds up to one cozy date for you and yours. The slurps include an impressive lineup of ramens and other bowls while the sashimi bar rolls out some of the best sushi in Ann Arbor. Finish with the Mochi Ice Cream and enjoy your seat in Slurping Turtle’s beautiful, modern dining room.


6. Knight’s Steakhouse

Multiple Locations | Facebook

Knight's Steakhouse Ann Arbor Michigan date night dinner restaurants

Photo courtesy of Knight’s Steakhouse

The locally-famous Knight’s destinations began with Knight’s Market in 1952. Then, 1984 brought Knight’s Steakhouse — one of the neighborhood’s favorite family, dinner, and date spots — to Dexter Road. Now, you can dine at their original location or downtown Ann Arbor, and you can still shop Knight’s Market and visit Knight’s Steakhouse & Grill in Jackson.


7. The Pretzel Bell

226 S Main St | Facebook

The Pretzel Bell Ann Arbor Date Night Dinner Restaurants

Photo courtesy of The Pretzel Bell

The Pretzel Bell was the place to be for students, townies and visitors for more than 50 years. Then, when the doors reopened after a brief closing, it became one of the Tree City’s warmest and coziest spots while still functioning as a go-to campus landmark. The menu is a modern take on traditional American comfort food with hearty items like fried chicken, Pretzel-Crusted Mac & Cheese and The Jomes Burger, a local blend of Michigan and Waygu beef from Farm Field Table, braised short rib, bacon, smoked Gouda and garlic mayo.


8. Palio

347 S Main St | Facebook

The culture of Italy is inherently romantic and it comes alive at Palio. The authentic, country-style cuisine pairs with warm, rustic Italian decor inside. And during the summer, you can grab a seat on Ann Arbor’s largest and most popular outdoor gathering spot: the rooftop patio! It offers the best view of downtown and its own kitchen with a unique dining experience.


9. Miss Kim

415 N 5th Ave | Facebook

Though Miss Kim is one of Ann Arbor’s newest eateries, it has quickly become a favorite. Their authentic Korean dishes are driven by and adapted to showcase Michigan’s bountiful produce. As you sit back and relax in the modern, industrial dining room, you can share small plates like Fresh Oysters and Pork Belly Bossam, or opt for the medium and large entrée selections which include everything from Fried Calamari to a Whole Lamb Shank.


10. The Ravens Club

207 S Main St | Facebook

The Raven's Club Ann Arbor Date Night Dinner Restaurants

Photo courtesy of The Ravens Club

The Ravens Club has been offering some of the best seasonal menus in town since they opened their doors in 2011. Alongside Michigan craft beer, a list of over 150 American whiskeys and impressive craft cocktails, the dinner menu features made from scratch snacks, appetizers and dishes like Braised Pork Belly served with steamed bao buns, Beef Carpaccio & Bone Marrow, and a Chorizo-stuffed Pork Chop.


11. The Original Cottage Inn

512 E William St | Facebook

Back in 1948 when it opened, The Original Cottage Inn was Ann Arbor’s first restaurant to serve pizza. Today, they still serve some of the best pies in town as well as classic American, Italian and Greek cuisine. For your dinner date, we recommend starting with the Mamma Mia Meatballs, splitting a gourmet pizza, then finishing with a decadent cheesecake dessert. But the menu is large and mouth-watering enough to try something new every time!


12. Tomukun Noodle Bar

505 E Liberty St | Facebook

As Ann Arbor’s favorite noodle bar, Tomukun serves some of the town’s best ramen, pho, udon, stir-fry and pork buns along with a wide variety of imported Asian beers, sake and soju. Inspired by the comfort foods the owners and chefs grew up with in Asia, you’re sure to be satisfied at the end of every dinner — and you’ll want to come back ASAP!


13. Aventura

216 E Washington St | Facebook

Aventura Ann Arbor, Michigan Date Night Dinner Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Aventura

Aventura is a charming spot that offers authentic Spanish cuisine and culture including tapas, paella, vino and delicious, artisan cocktails. Inspired by the old-world atmosphere and the historical nature of the building itself, restaurateur Sava Lelcaj designed the restaurant from the bones of the original, 1872 space by utilizing classic Spanish design elements paired with works by local artists. In traditional Catalan and Valencian style, the dining room and bar are intertwined, emphasizing the lively social experience of the classic tapas bar.


14. Zola Bistro

3030 Washtenaw Ave | Facebook

Whether it’s a brunch date or a dinner date, Zola is one of the best destinations every day of the week. Tucked inside cozy and casual digs, you’ll want to come back time and time again just to admire the decor! But dinner dishes like Blue Crab Cakes, Moroccan Salmon and Penne with Sweet Italian Sausage may bring you back as well.


15. HOMES Brewery

2321 Jackson Ave | Facebook

Breweries are often a great, casual date spot. At HOMES, they take the experience to a whole new level with a food menu full of modern and inventive Korean food. Perfect for sharing, we recommend an order of Kimchi Fries, Pork Belly Bao Buns and maybe even a flavor-packed rice bowl. And, of course, don’t skip a flight of HOMES original brews.


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