Happy Holiday’s: Comfort Food And More

. October 1, 2016.
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 Holiday’s Restaurant

2080 W Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor | MI 48103
Phone: (734) 668-1292
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-9pm | Sun 8am-3pm
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“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 and eggs.

He listed Holiday’s other best-loved meals: spaghetti, burgers, grilled sandwiches like the Reuben, and anything off the South of the Border menu such as the burrito.

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Now, we had options. In fact, Holiday’s menu brims with choices. The restaurant, serving Ann Arbor since 1997, offers appetizers like BBQ wings and fried zucchini. There are salads from Greek to Waldorf, steaks, pot roast, meatloaf, fish and chips and other entrees. Don’t forget an extensive breakfast menu served all day.

Casual and comfortable

We sat in a booth along the bank of windows overlooking Stadium Boulevard. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable. We started with warm pretzels and beer cheese, an appetizer we all agreed on. If you want beer (or wine) sans cheese, Holiday’s serves alcohol. There is also a seniors’ menu for Grandma and Grandpa.

Still undecided about the main course, I asked our server for a suggestion. He recommended the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast because it blurs the line between dinner and dessert. My sweet tooth said yes. I made it a combo with eggs and bacon ($8.99).

“Do you want the French toast?” I asked my daughter, 9, pointing to a picture.

“That looks terrible,” she said.

“Tell us how you really feel.”

“I did!”

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She chose a more traditional breakfast off the kids’ menu: egg, sausage, hash browns and toast ($4.99) with an extra egg ($1.09). The kids’ menu is as extensive as the regular menu. It includes pancakes, omelet, French toast, fish and chips, hot dog, pizza, spaghetti, grilled cheese, chicken strips, and grilled chicken breast ($4.99-5.99).

My son, 13, ordered a bacon cheeseburger ($7.99) with fries ($1.99). My husband chose the hot pot roast sandwich with pot roast and mashed potatoes covered in gravy, served with vegetables ($7.99). He added a trip to the salad bar ($4.99).

Like a holiday meal

The pretzels, a bit hard on the outside, were salty and tasty with the tangy beer cheese. My husband stocked up on fresh greens, veggies and fruits from the salad bar. He got a cup of homemade chicken noodle soup, too. “Delicious,” he declared.

Our meals were sizeable and dishes covered our table, just like a holiday meal. My son ate half his 1/3 lb burger before surrendering. “Really good,” he called it.

I loved how the cinnamon of my French toast melted in my mouth. Eggs and bacon added heft. It was a sweet breakfast for dinner.

“Filling!” my daughter proclaimed of her meal. She ate most of the eggs and sausage, taking home her hash browns and toast.

“Perfect amount of lumpiness to them. Seriously,” my husband spoke of his mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. While he found his side of carrots overcooked, he enjoyed the huge chunks of pot roast atop toasted thick-cut bread.

Our trip to Holiday’s satisfied. It was comfort food done well.

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The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: Go for lunch or dinner or try weekday breakfast
Noise level: Moderate
Bathroom amenities:  Changing table in men’s and women’s
High chairs? Yes
Got milk?  White or chocolate plus lemonade and juices
Kids’ menu? Yes
Anything healthy for kids? Grilled chicken with salad and vegetables
Food allergy concerns? Tell your server who will let the cooks know. They can use a separate cook top. They will also let you read labels on things made outside the store, like breads.