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

Immersive tastes and atmosphere at Palm Palace

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.

Avalon Café and Kitchen rises downtown

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

Giant pancakes and more at Nick’s

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