It’s Hip To Be Square

Over the last few years, the area around Ann Arbor-Saline and Lohr Roads has transformed with new stores and restaurants. The latest restaurant to arrive, Buddy’s Pizza, brings Detroit-style pizza to Ann Arbor. What makes a pizza Detroit-style? Its square shape and deep dish crust. Legend has it that the proprietor of the original Buddy’s

From cakes to brunch to coffee to lunch at Jefferson Market

 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

From Coney dogs to Central American fare at Antonio’s

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,

Poutine for the ages on South University

“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.

Smoke’s Poutinerie on South University

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.

Red, White and Fried

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

Craft, Community and a Cause

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