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11 Essential Ann Arbor Brunches

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Brunch isn’t just for special occasions and holidays anymore. It’s not even just for Sunday mornings, as restaurants serve it well into the afternoon and on Saturdays, too. And why not? People love brunch. Sometimes it’s a great way to recover from a long night, to fuel up for a big day, or even just an excuse to not cook.

Whether it’s for a quick, no-nonsense meal or special occasion, Ann Arbor has a variety of places. Here are the essential brunch spots in the Deuce.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Salt Springs Brewery

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Sunday brunch at Salt Springs may seem familiar for some as this popular brewpub was once a 19th-century church. The large stained glass windows and soaring ceilings create a stunning setting where diners can enjoy Salt Springs’ classic brunch menu.

The dining room includes several tables and stained-glass windows Salt Springs Brewery | Steph Harding

Anna's House - Ann Arbor

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The popular breakfast and lunch spot features a wide range of favorites from classics like waffles and eggs Benedict to one-of-a-kind creations like the breakfast lasagna. Those with a sweet tooth can’t go wrong with their candied pecan and banana French toast.

Four plates includes toast and eggs; candied pecan and banana French toast; and eggs Benedict Anna’s House

Dimo's Deli & Donuts

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Dimo’s is a popular spot for families looking for breakfast standards in a a no-nonsense atmosphere. Between their wide variety of donuts and their massive omelets, there is plenty to like. 

Zingerman's Roadhouse

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Zingerman’s Roadhouse is dedicated to high-quality American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. The brunch menu features classics such as eggs Benedict and corned beef hash as well as inventive items like their grits and bacon-filled waffles, and buttermilk biscuits with chocolate bacon gravy.

Eggs Benedict and corned beef hash
Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Avalon Cafe and Kitchen

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This downtown spot was the first restaurant from Detroit-based Avalon International Breads so it’s no surprise that its breads and other baked goods are the highlights of their menu.  Beer, wine, and cocktails are available in case the occasion calls for more than something from its coffee bar.

Afternoon Delight

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Students and townies alike line up around the block for Afternoon Delight's generous takes on breakfast classics. Its signature bran muffins are fan favorites, as are the Belgian waffles topped with frozen yogurt and fresh fruit.

Mani Osteria and Bar

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Mani Osteria is known for its wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, hand-crafted pasta, and small plates. (Its sister restaurant Isalita, is good too.) Notable dishes include the Brussels sprouts appetizer and the tartufo pizza with forest mushroom, fontina, black truffle, and egg.

Stray Hen Cafe Ann Arbor

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Stray Hen serves several healthy brunch alternatives at its light-filled downtown eatery. Choose from breakfast bowls featuring a base of ancient grains, granola, or cauliflower rice, or choose from more than 20 toppings at the oatmeal bar.

Breakfast bowl with avocado, tomatoes, onions, cheese, corn and peppers John Reyes

Sava's spacious dining room and lively atmosphere make for a bright start to the day. The breakfast menu includes several dishes with global influences such as their shakshuka, a Middle Eastern creation with poached eggs, pickled cauliflower, mushrooms, and feta.

Angelo's

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This corner diner has been serving breakfast and lunch to locals since 1956. Generous portions of brunch standards are served by a friendly and efficient staff, and all breads, including its wildly popular raisin toast, are baked in-house.

Four slices of raisin toast stacked Angelo’s

Zola Bistro

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Cafe Zola in downtown Ann Arbor has been a favorite brunch spot for its sophisticated omelettes and crepes made from top quality ingredients. Since opening in 2013, Zola Bistro has brought that same winning formula to its chic and airy dining room.

Salt Springs Brewery

The dining room includes several tables and stained-glass windows Salt Springs Brewery | Steph Harding

Sunday brunch at Salt Springs may seem familiar for some as this popular brewpub was once a 19th-century church. The large stained glass windows and soaring ceilings create a stunning setting where diners can enjoy Salt Springs’ classic brunch menu.

The dining room includes several tables and stained-glass windows Salt Springs Brewery | Steph Harding

Anna's House - Ann Arbor

Four plates includes toast and eggs; candied pecan and banana French toast; and eggs Benedict Anna’s House

The popular breakfast and lunch spot features a wide range of favorites from classics like waffles and eggs Benedict to one-of-a-kind creations like the breakfast lasagna. Those with a sweet tooth can’t go wrong with their candied pecan and banana French toast.

Four plates includes toast and eggs; candied pecan and banana French toast; and eggs Benedict Anna’s House

Dimo's Deli & Donuts

Dimo’s is a popular spot for families looking for breakfast standards in a a no-nonsense atmosphere. Between their wide variety of donuts and their massive omelets, there is plenty to like. 

Zingerman's Roadhouse

Eggs Benedict and corned beef hash
Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Zingerman’s Roadhouse is dedicated to high-quality American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. The brunch menu features classics such as eggs Benedict and corned beef hash as well as inventive items like their grits and bacon-filled waffles, and buttermilk biscuits with chocolate bacon gravy.

Eggs Benedict and corned beef hash
Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Avalon Cafe and Kitchen

This downtown spot was the first restaurant from Detroit-based Avalon International Breads so it’s no surprise that its breads and other baked goods are the highlights of their menu.  Beer, wine, and cocktails are available in case the occasion calls for more than something from its coffee bar.

Afternoon Delight

Students and townies alike line up around the block for Afternoon Delight's generous takes on breakfast classics. Its signature bran muffins are fan favorites, as are the Belgian waffles topped with frozen yogurt and fresh fruit.

Mani Osteria and Bar

Mani Osteria is known for its wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, hand-crafted pasta, and small plates. (Its sister restaurant Isalita, is good too.) Notable dishes include the Brussels sprouts appetizer and the tartufo pizza with forest mushroom, fontina, black truffle, and egg.

Stray Hen Cafe Ann Arbor

Breakfast bowl with avocado, tomatoes, onions, cheese, corn and peppers John Reyes

Stray Hen serves several healthy brunch alternatives at its light-filled downtown eatery. Choose from breakfast bowls featuring a base of ancient grains, granola, or cauliflower rice, or choose from more than 20 toppings at the oatmeal bar.

Breakfast bowl with avocado, tomatoes, onions, cheese, corn and peppers John Reyes

Sava's

Sava's spacious dining room and lively atmosphere make for a bright start to the day. The breakfast menu includes several dishes with global influences such as their shakshuka, a Middle Eastern creation with poached eggs, pickled cauliflower, mushrooms, and feta.

Angelo's

Four slices of raisin toast stacked Angelo’s

This corner diner has been serving breakfast and lunch to locals since 1956. Generous portions of brunch standards are served by a friendly and efficient staff, and all breads, including its wildly popular raisin toast, are baked in-house.

Four slices of raisin toast stacked Angelo’s

Zola Bistro

Cafe Zola in downtown Ann Arbor has been a favorite brunch spot for its sophisticated omelettes and crepes made from top quality ingredients. Since opening in 2013, Zola Bistro has brought that same winning formula to its chic and airy dining room.

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