After finishing a cup of coffee and a delicious lemon poppy seed muffin at Jefferson Market, I stood to bus my dishes. That’s when I was greeted with open arms. “I’ll take those,” said a smiling Nic Sims, co-owner and chef. Here’s the catch. She didn’t know I was scouting her restaurant and I didn’t
The Short Course 1. Kid-friendly: Yes 2. To avoid wait: Try lunch or dinner to avoid the brunch crowd on weekends 3. Noise level: Moderate 4. Bathroom amenities: “There’s no changing table, but it’s a nice bathroom,” said my 10-year-old. 5. High chairs? Yes 6. Got milk? Yes, plus apple juice, orange juice, pop, horchata,
“Is this place Canadian or something?” asked my ten-year-old daughter. I chuckled as I looked around the restaurant. There were strings of Canadian flags, a preponderance of plaid, and a song by the band Rush played on the sound system. The restaurant’s menu revolved around one iconic dish from our Neighbor to the North: poutine.
The Short Course Kid-friendly: More yes than no To avoid wait: Go earlier for dinner than UM students and steer clear during home football games Noise level: moderate Bathroom amenities: No changing tables High chairs? No. Got milk? Nope, but they have juices and pop. Kids’ menu? No, but a smaller snack size is available.
You can’t miss the bright yellow exterior of Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken in downtown Ypsilanti. Although small in size, the restaurant offers big flavor. Frank Fejeran, whom local foodies may recognize as founder of the popular Ricewood barbeque food truck, is behind Ma Lou’s. The restaurant is named partly as a nod to Fejeran’s Grandma
I spied him as soon as I stepped outside, the precocious toddler barreling through the garden, his mom in pursuit. His baby sister sat on their dad’s lap at a table nearby, soaking up the morning sunshine. You’d never guess that such an idyllic family scene was found in a beer garden. Yet the beer
The Short Course Kid-friendly: Yes To avoid wait: Go before 7pm for dinner Noise level: High if full Bathroom amenities: Changing tables in men’s and women’s High chairs? Yes Got milk? No, but they offer mint lemonade, fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and pop. Kids’ menu? Yes Anything healthy for kids? Try the chicken kabob with rice.
On a busy Friday night in downtown Ann Arbor, my family relaxed on a vintage couch in the lounge at Avalon Café and Kitchen, an extension of Avalon International Breads in Detroit. Their Ann Arbor location opened in December. One of three varied spaces at Avalon, the lounge is sandwiched between the kitchen (a sit-down
There is nothing better on a cold winter’s morning than a warm breakfast. That someone else cooks. So it was that my family became ensconced in a booth at Nick’s Original House of Pancakes. Located near the intersection of Ann Arbor-Saline Road and I-94, Nick’s has been serving breakfast and lunch for seven years. Owner Nick Panos has created a warm, large dining space