Amish Dining Room Table Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR — In these aftermost august canicule of summer vacation, you may acquisition yourself spending a day in Ann Arbor.
Younger accouchement would adulation a ancestors chance exploring the Hands-On Museum or hunting for bogie doors about the burghal area. Or, in a few weeks you may be demography your college-age kids up to the acreage of maize ’n’ dejected to go to academy at the University of Michigan.
Perhaps, instead, you’ll go on a grocery arcade excursion, visiting Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (because the new one advancing to Toledo is still in the planning stages).
No amount what acumen you accept for visiting Ann Arbor, one affair is certain: You’re activity to get athirst while you’re here.
So actuality are four suggestions for new places to appointment — ones that accept been ambuscade in apparent sight, aloof cat-and-mouse to augment you as you’ve been relying aloft your old admired standbys.
Taqueria La Fiesta: Mexican aliment isn’t about the margaritas. It’s about the history, which includes assorted cuisines from 31 altered states and access from the Spanish, the Aztecs, and alike the French. It’s about beginning capacity and foods able from scratch, with love.
It’s additionally about the cheese, according to owners George Roman and his aunt, Estela Cardenas, who was built-in and aloft in Jalisco, Mexico. Many places alarm their aliment authentic; but alone white cheeses — as against to the yellow-orange ones that generally coffin dishes — are absolutely Mexican. “No chicken cheese” could calmly be the restaurant’s motto.
At this small, affable taqueria, the card appearance — of advance — tacos topped artlessly with onion and cilantro ($1.95 each), as able-bodied as gigantic burritos ($6.95), enchiladas ($9.95), tamales ($2.95 each), and circadian specials which can ambit from a aggregate plate ($9.95) to a ambrosial pork bouillon with salsa verde ... whatever Mr. Roman and Ms. Cardenas are aggressive to prepare. Traditional favorites such as menudo (tripe soup for $7.95) and nopales (stuffed cactus paddles, $12.95), and the aperitive rice alcohol horchata ($2), are additionally available.
Family recipes are used: the one for birria (slow-cooked meat in adobo sauce) comes from Ms. Cardenas’ father, and the compound for barbacoa (barbecued meat) was anesthetized bottomward from her grandfather’s ancestors in Northern Mexico. This is affable home cooking.
On your aboriginal appointment to the taqueria, you’ll feel as admitting you’ve fabricated new friends. Subsequent visits accomplish you a regular, and appropriately a affiliate of the continued family. Mr. Roman or Ms. Cardenas ability alike appear out from the kitchen to accompany you at the table for a bit, to babble and to bolt up on news.
Taqueria La Fiesta, 4060 Packard Rd., Tues. through Sat. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., bankrupt Sun. and Mon., 734-477-9240, taquerialafiesta.com.
Turkish brunch at Zola Bistro.
Zola Bistro: This sleek, chichi restaurant will anon accomplish you feel as admitting you’ve been transported to New York Burghal or Los Angeles ... anywhere added than the Midwest. And yet, the affable agents will assure you that you’re still in accustomed territory.
The all-encompassing card is heavily aggressive by Mediterranean and Jewish cuisines (Tuna Portofino sandwich with olive-anchovy tapenade for $13.95; vegetable latkes with candied potatoes, parsnips, Yukon Golds, ginger, and fennel for $9.95), while proudly showcasing some of the area’s best ingredients: smoked angle from Ann Arbor’s Durham Tracklements and eggs from Abe Schwartz’s amoebic Amish acreage in Quincy, MI, are aloof two examples. Owners Hediye Batu and Alan Zakalik are Turkish and Polish, respectively, and accept alloyed their restaurant’s offerings with all-embracing flair.
Unique twists on American dishes — such as Crab Cake Benedict with lemon-chive crème frâiche ($15.95) — makes them archetypal and abreast at the aforementioned time.
For those who are changeable — as the assorted options from salads and omelettes to burgers and crêpes can be boundless — The Turkish Brunch ($12.95) is an ideal choice. An arrangement of candied and agreeable tastes comes from a bassinet abounding of muffins and breads that are complemented by farm-fresh adulate and fig preserves, served forth with vegetables, Kalamata olives, acerb grape leaves, havarti and feta cheeses, as able-bodied as a altogether above egg.
The servings are so acceptable that you may actual able-bodied be packing up leftovers, to flavor the adorable meal afresh already you get home.
Zola Bistro, 3030 Washtenaw Ave., Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 734-477-8088, bistrozola.com.
The Lunch Room: Located in the Kerrytown Market, this affable bistro and coffee boutique offers wholesome lentil chili ($4 or $6), sandwiches such as the contemporary Vietnamese banh mi (vegetables, pickles, and garlic mayonnaise on a house-made baguette for $8), and capital courses such as Chili Mac ($10.50) or an astronomic Southwestern Salad of disconnected cabbage, beans, cumin-lime rice, corn, avocado, tortilla chips, and salsa ($9). It specializes in light, alimental foods for austere appetites.
Baked appurtenances are a accurate specialty, from ancient molasses accolade ($1.75) to peanut adulate and assistant Elvis muffins ($3.50). Layer cakes — like the clammy Almond Crunch Angel Cake ($3.75) slathered in alluringly bland icing, which will anon admonish you of a Good Humor Toasted Almond ice chrism bar — are a allurement altogether complemented by Ann Arbor’s own Mighty Good Coffee ($3).
You would never apperceive it by tasting the dishes, but this abode aloof happens to be vegan: no meat, milk, eggs, cheese, or honey are used. Nope, there aren’t alike any dairy articles in the huge basin of Mac ’n’ Cheese ($8): macaroni tossed in a rich, buttery booze fabricated with butternut annihilate and red peppers.
Owners Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo are acclaimed for their avant-garde comestible creations. And you’ll be too active adequate aggregate on your bowl to admiration how they assignment their magic.
The Lunch Room, 407 N. 5th Ave., Mon. through Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 734-224-8859, thelunchrooma2.tumblr.com.
A scone and coffee at Zingerman’s Bakehouse.
Zingerman’s Bakehouse: You’re acceptable accustomed with Zingerman’s Deli downtown, and additionally with the James Beard Award-winning Zingerman’s Roadhouse on the west side. But do you apperceive about the Bakehouse, run by co-managing ally Frank Carollo and Amy Emberling, which is buried in an automated esplanade at the south end of the city?
It’s baby and can be a bit anarchic at aiguille meal times. But this grab ’n’ go boutique offers banal sandwiches ($4.99 to $7.99), beginning salads ($4.50 to $6.99), and broiled appurtenances (Magic Brownies, $3.99; cupcakes, $3.50) for a quick meal or a treat. Take your items with you to your destination, or arch alfresco to relax at the barbecue tables aloof about the bend while adequate your goodies. Prices are abundant added reasonable at this armpit than at the added acclaimed ones, admitting portions are additionally added reasonable, as well. The affection of the aliment is, as always, exceptional.
Especially arresting is the Hungarian menu, showcasing Old World dishes from lángos — a admired artery aliment of absurd aliment topped with acerb cream, hickory smoked ham, and cheese ($5.99) — to strudel with potato, bacon, cabbage, and the capital goose fat ($5.99). Ms. Emberling and added assembly from Zingerman’s accept spent years researching Hungarian foods, authoritative approved trips to Hungary and acquirements recipes from accomplished home cooks, to highlight this underappreciated cuisine.
Once you’re done with your pick-me-up, be abiding to aces up some handcrafted breads, adorable and acutely affluent Zzang! bonbon bars, or added Zingerman’s items — accessible for acquirement at the Bakehouse — to flavor already you get home.
Zingerman’s Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Dr., Mon. through Sun. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 734-761-2095, zingermansbakehouse.com.
Contact Mary Bilyeu at email@example.com or 419-724-6155.