The Short Course
1. Kid-friendly: Totally!
2. To avoid wait: Come before 6pm.
3. Noise level: Low to Medium.
4. Bathroom amenities: Changing table.
5. High chairs? Yes.
6. Got milk? Yes, and juice.
7. Kids’ menu? Yes.
8. Anything healthy for kids? Yes.
9. Food allergy concerns? No peanut products in the restaurant.
You know that feeling you have when you are not sure what to expect. Perhaps you’re nervously thinking “what are we doing here?” And then you suddenly realize that everything is okay and you are among your people? That described our family walking into Rappourt Brew & Chew on a Saturday afternoon and realizing that there were about seven other families with young kids eating at this hidden gem next to Carpenter Bros. Hardware on Ann Arbor’s northside. Totally transformed last year by the owners of the previous retail Wine Sellers business, Rapport Brew & Chew offers a modern and casual space, some serious culinary chops, and 42 rotating beer taps (plus juice boxes and milk) all ordered at the counter and served to your family at long picnic tables.
Next level pub food
Rappourt’s menu has a wide variety of delicious and creative food that goes well beyond the standard burgers and fries you might expect at a brewpub. We started with an order of the fried tomatillos ($7) and were pleased with how the tartness of the tomatillos shined through the lightly breaded panko crust with a pinch of spice and cooling homemade buttermilk ranch dressing our 5-year old was all about these. The spice caught up to him after a few but, hey, they’re made to share! His taste buds recovered for his bacon cheddar burger ($14). Juicy and well-seasoned, it was a hit. Next visit we may try the namesake rappourt burger ($12), which boasts gruyere cheese, mixed greens, roasted tomato onion jam, and minted berry relish! Our 2-year old was a serious fan of the kids’ spaghetti ($6). She ate almost the entire serving of this angel hair pasta creation, highlighted by its fresh tomato flavor.
The chef salad ($12) was served with roasted chicken, ham, and sliced veggies, which were great for the kids to pick at. The salad was taken up a notch by the accompanying gruyere cheese. The fall-apart-tender, beer-braised short ribs ($15) were served with well-cooked risotto and an onion-bourbon gravy that made for a savory entree. The portobello pita ($10.50) provided a perfect mix of portabella, red peppers, greens, and homemade horseradish sauce making this vegan sandwich on toasted pita a standout for the adults.
For our next visit we will be sure to try one of the four kinds of chicken wings ($11) or five specialty street tacos ($9-$11 for two). And we did not even have room for a Sprecher root beer float ($7) with Guernsey’s vanilla ice cream, but that will provide incentive to visit again soon.
Games for kids, peace for parents
After a chat with one of the restaurant managers, we were treated to the pièce de résistance for any family of young children dining out: a simply stated, “let the kids grab some games while you two finish up.” That’s right; Connect4, Jenga, Battleship, and more are provided on-site and ready to be played. We enjoyed uninterrupted conversation and continued our meal for a full 30 minutes after the kids finished eating, while they happily entertained themselves with the game selection! We’re told Saturdays have a heavy family vibe all day until about 6 pm and on Sundays Rappourt’s happy hour runs all day with $5 wine and $3.50 rotating drafts. If you’re a beer-loving parent, your family has got to check this place out!
Rappourt Brew & Chew
2721 Plymouth Rd
rappourt.com | 734-929-2430
Sunday 12:00am – 9:00pm