241 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Hours: Sun – Thurs 8am – 9pm; Fri – Sat 8am – 11pm
Squares Restaurant is hard to miss— bright orange, purple, and green squares catch your eye at the Liberty St. location. Once inside, everything seems to have right angles—the tables, tiles, sandwiches, and plates. Everything that is, except for the main counter. Here you place your order, swoop around as your food is prepared before you, and finally curve around to the cashier.
Open since last November, Squares Restaurant boasts food that’s continually prepared with the freshest ingredients. My family of four stopped in for lunch recently to sample their offerings.
The Kids’ Menu has grilled cheese, grilled ham and cheese, and pepperoni or cheese pizza, all made on square white or whole grain flatbread. Kids’ meals include broasted potatoes, a fountain drink, juice or milk, and a cookie, all for $3.99. My four-year-old daughter chose ham and cheese while my seven-yearold son selected grilled cheese on white.
The bevy of options
Adults have a bevy of sandwich and salad choices from which to choose. I simply requested the most popular Square and learned I would dine on a chicken square, 1⁄4 lb of marinated grilled chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and signature square sauce. I decided to try it on whole grain flatbread. My husband chose a turkey square with 1⁄4 lb rotisserie cooked turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, and the restaurant’s signature sauce accompanied by a side of broasted potatoes, freshly sliced and dusted with seasoning. There are numerous sides such as roasted butternut squash and green beans almondine that also sounded tempting.
After ordering, we were able to watch the cooks prepare our sandwiches. The kids found this endlessly entertaining, even if they never get that excited when I whip them up a grilled cheese!
Just moments after we paid and sat down our food was served. The kids’ meals were impressive. They each received two small square sandwiches, a dish of potatoes, a handful of red grapes and an orange slice, plus a gigantic cookie (larger than their heads). They happily ate their fare and managed to make it halfway through their cookies before slipping into satisfied food comas. I found the flatbread soft, the chicken copious, and the sauce gently tangy on my chicken square. I snuck some of the kids’ potatoes and found them crunchy on the outside and nice and tender on the inside. Meanwhile my husband quietly ate his turkey square and potatoes.
“Was it big enough?” I inquired, thinking he usually desires larger portions. “I’d call this light fare,” he replied. He enjoyed the meal, although some folks might find Squares more suitable for lunch than dinner.
The kids and I will happily return to Squares. In fact, my four-year-old said, “Next time we come to Squares I’m totally gonna get a smoothie!” And I’ll bring her back, too, because I want to try their signature bread pudding for dessert. I was too full this time. I sort of helped the kids finish their humungous cookies. I had to round out my square meal, now didn’t I?
Squares is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving breakfast from 8 to10:30am offering items such as egg sandwiches, yogurt, omelets and more.
To avoid wait It’s counter service so you’ll never wait long.
Noise level Moderate
Bathroom amenities Clean, but no changing stations
High chairs Yes
Got milk Yes
Kidsʼ menu Yes
Anything healthy for kids Fresh fruit is offered with all kids’ meals. There are also plenty of veggie sides available.
Food allergy concerns They have software to identify every ingredient in their dishes. They are working on publishing this info. You can also
call ahead or speak to the cooks with questions.
Katy M. Clark is a freelance writer from Saline.