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

Fresh, Flavorful Fare from Encuentro Latino

Encuentro Latino 228 W Michigan Ave | Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone: 734-483-1727 Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm | Sat-Sun 8am-8pm Find them on Facebook “You come try,” said Manuel De Paz, owner of Encuentro Latino. “I promise you will love it.” With that invitation extended, I was intrigued. It’s not every day that I eat Guatemalan food. Encuentro Latino

Feeling Thank-Full at Carson’s American Bistro

Carson’s American Bistro 2000 Commonwealth Blvd. Ann Arbor | MI | 48105 Phone: (734) 622-0533 Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm | Fri 11am-11pm Sat 4pm-11pm | Sun 10am-9pm carsonsamericanbistro.com This month our thoughts turn to turkey and the traditional Thanksgiving feast. For contemporary American cuisine, though, there is Carson’s American Bistro. Carson’s, on the north side of town,

Fall Fajitas for Fitness

As we all know, nutrition is the cornerstone to health and wellness and, what you eat affects you tremendously. What we may not know is that there doesn’t have to be too many sacrifices made to maintain healthy eating habits. Yes, it can be fun and tasty! At A2 Fitness Professionals we believe that moderation

Happy Holiday’s: Comfort Food And More

 Holiday’s Restaurant 2080 W Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor | MI 48103 Phone: (734) 668-1292 Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-9pm | Sun 8am-3pm holidaysrestaurant.com “What are you known for?” I asked our server at Holiday’s Restaurant. “Breakfast,” he replied. Hmm. It was 6 o’clock on a Friday night. I wasn’t sure my family would be up for pancakes