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13 New Restaurants and Bars to Check Out in Ann Arbor

Where to order bao, milk bread po’ boys, wings, and more

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While the coronavirus pandemic continues to drastically impact lives and businesses, restaurants have had to find new ways to adapt like expanding carryout menus, reconfiguring dining rooms while expanding patios, and providing cocktails to go. Despite the uncertainty of ever-evolving conditions, several Ann Arbor restaurants have opened and even found ways to thrive.

Below is a guide to exciting new establishments that have opened in the past year. The list includes The Boro, from local restaurateur Sava Farah and Michelin-starred chef Louis Maldonado; and the brick-and-mortar debut of Side Biscuit, one of the many pop-ups that have sprouted in Ann Arbor. Three Detroit-area establishments have new outlets in town—Bon Bon Bon, Quickly Boba Cafe, and Detroit Cookie Company. Over in Ypsilanti, Bellflower is offering Southern-influence cuisine, and Wax Bar lets music lovers enjoy tropical cocktails while shopping for used vinyl.

This is a tough time for the restaurant industry and its staff, too, so please, if you do choose to grab a bite, be kind and remember to tip well.

Many Ann Arbor restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Drip House

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1336 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 800-4135
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Locals and out-of-towners alike will have no problem spotting Driphouse at its prime location directly across from the Big House. The coffee drinks, tea, smoothies, fancy toast, and crepes here are available to go or customers can grab a seat at one of many outdoor tables.

2. Ginger Deli

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203 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 800-5145
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The once popular walk-up window lost its lease and now, years later, has finally opened in a new downtown location to serve its Vietnamese cuisine. Its banh mi sandwiches served on fresh baked baguettes, rich pho, and summer rolls are all can’t-miss items. Indoor dining isn’t available yet, but items can be enjoyed at one of the sidewalk tables.

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3. Bon Bon Bon

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5 Nickels Arcade
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 369-8558
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The Hamtramck-based chocolatier returns to Ann Arbor where it first started as a pop-up six years ago. The bite-sized artisan treats come in an ever-changing assortment of options and can be ordered to-go, either individually or as part of a larger gift box. 

4. Detroit Cookie Company Ann Arbor

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609 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 412-0104
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This is the second outlet for the Ferndale-based cookie purveyor featuring dozens of rotating and seasonal flavors in regular and extra-large sizes. The Peanut Butter Volcano is a can’t-miss item — a peanut butter cookie layered with more peanut butter, chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs.

5. Sharetea Ann Arbor

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310 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 926-8940
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This State Street shop is the latest in Taiwan-based bubble tea chains that have found a new home in downtown Ann Arbor. Fruit-based drinks like Peach Kiwi tea and alcohol-free Lime Mojito are a popular draw for Sharetea’s devotees.

A hand pours black boba into a plastic Sharetea cup filled with white milk tea. Sharetea [Official photo]

6. Side Biscuit

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1232 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 531-6777
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After months of delays, the popular chicken wing pop-up’s brick-and-mortar location is open. The wings are served with a variety of sauces — from the classic Buffalo and barbecue to global inspirations from Thailand, Korea, and Jamaica. As the name suggests, the biscuits are offered as a side dish with flavors that change weekly. Items can be ordered online for pickup or enjoyed at one of its sidewalk tables.

A pile of hot wings topped with cilantro sits on a black plate. Side Biscuit

7. Quickly Boba Cafe - Ann Arbor

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1220 S University Ave #100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 882-2189
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Quickly’s South University location is the third Michigan location for this popular bubble tea mini-chain that serves snacks like mochi waffles and crab rangoon. It is also the only place in Ann Arbor to enjoy musubi — the Hawaiian delicacy made with sushi rice and Spam. Indoor dining is available as well as some sidewalk seating.

8. Bao Boys

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1928 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 802-1811
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This Ann Arbor food truck serves sandwiches on light-as-air, slightly sweet bao buns with fillings like braised short rib, glazed pork belly, and chicken-apple sausage. The Don Belly is an umami bomb featuring fried rice, pork belly, poached egg, and dashi broth. Diners can order lunch and dinner for takeout or al fresco dining in York’s wine garden.

A bunch of empty and stuffed bao spread across a white background. Bao Boys [Courtesy Photo]

9. Ground Control Wines

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730 Phoenix Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(313) 279-4240
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This small specialty wine shop features all sustainable wines in a well-curated selection of both common and underrepresented regions and varietals. Plans for a tasting room are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but wine lovers can purchase in-store or online for curbside pickup and free local delivery. 

10. JJ Crab House

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2871 Carpenter Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 222-1111
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Japan meets New Orleans at this spot on the east side of Ann Arbor. The menu features two sections — rice-based dinners prepared Hibachi-style on a flat top grill and seafood boils with corn, potatoes, and sausage. Limited dine-in is available as well as takeout and catering.

11. The Boro

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5400 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 669-3310
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The Boro, part of the ambitious Dixboro Project, is now serving its full menu for takeout and patio dining. Bakery items are available all day, while its wood-fired pizzas, entrees, and to-go cocktails are available for lunch and dinner. Dine-in begins in May and the luxurious Dixboro House begins service in June.

The gray wooden exterior of the Boro in Ann Arbor with the name of the restaurant “The Boro” painted in white letters on the side of the building. A red metal lamp sits above the name to illuminate it at night John Reyes

12. Bellflower

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209 Pearl St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Bellflower, located in downtown Ypsilanti, has quickly developed a strong following for its seafood-forward, New Orleans-influenced dishes in a unpretentious atmosphere. For lunch, get there early as the po’ boys and cold cut sandwich — a take on the classic muffaletta — are served on a milk bread and sell out quickly. Online ordering is available or dine there indoors or at one of its outdoor tables.

13. Wax Bar

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44 E Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Located in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town, Wax Bar is a music and cocktail lover’s delight where visitors can enjoy a drink while browsing bins of new and used LPs. In addition to classic cocktails, the bar also serves boozy ice cream drinks and an array of tropical cocktails. Cocktails are also available to go.

A sandwich board with Wax Bar written in neon letters. A list of services and happy hour times are written on the board. John Reyes

1. The Drip House

1336 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Locals and out-of-towners alike will have no problem spotting Driphouse at its prime location directly across from the Big House. The coffee drinks, tea, smoothies, fancy toast, and crepes here are available to go or customers can grab a seat at one of many outdoor tables.

1336 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

2. Ginger Deli

203 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Ginger Deli rolls Ginger Deli

The once popular walk-up window lost its lease and now, years later, has finally opened in a new downtown location to serve its Vietnamese cuisine. Its banh mi sandwiches served on fresh baked baguettes, rich pho, and summer rolls are all can’t-miss items. Indoor dining isn’t available yet, but items can be enjoyed at one of the sidewalk tables.

203 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

3. Bon Bon Bon

5 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Hamtramck-based chocolatier returns to Ann Arbor where it first started as a pop-up six years ago. The bite-sized artisan treats come in an ever-changing assortment of options and can be ordered to-go, either individually or as part of a larger gift box. 

5 Nickels Arcade
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

4. Detroit Cookie Company Ann Arbor

609 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This is the second outlet for the Ferndale-based cookie purveyor featuring dozens of rotating and seasonal flavors in regular and extra-large sizes. The Peanut Butter Volcano is a can’t-miss item — a peanut butter cookie layered with more peanut butter, chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs.

609 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

5. Sharetea Ann Arbor

310 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A hand pours black boba into a plastic Sharetea cup filled with white milk tea. Sharetea [Official photo]

This State Street shop is the latest in Taiwan-based bubble tea chains that have found a new home in downtown Ann Arbor. Fruit-based drinks like Peach Kiwi tea and alcohol-free Lime Mojito are a popular draw for Sharetea’s devotees.

310 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Side Biscuit

1232 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A pile of hot wings topped with cilantro sits on a black plate. Side Biscuit

After months of delays, the popular chicken wing pop-up’s brick-and-mortar location is open. The wings are served with a variety of sauces — from the classic Buffalo and barbecue to global inspirations from Thailand, Korea, and Jamaica. As the name suggests, the biscuits are offered as a side dish with flavors that change weekly. Items can be ordered online for pickup or enjoyed at one of its sidewalk tables.

1232 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Quickly Boba Cafe - Ann Arbor

1220 S University Ave #100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Quickly’s South University location is the third Michigan location for this popular bubble tea mini-chain that serves snacks like mochi waffles and crab rangoon. It is also the only place in Ann Arbor to enjoy musubi — the Hawaiian delicacy made with sushi rice and Spam. Indoor dining is available as well as some sidewalk seating.

1220 S University Ave #100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Bao Boys

1928 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A bunch of empty and stuffed bao spread across a white background. Bao Boys [Courtesy Photo]

This Ann Arbor food truck serves sandwiches on light-as-air, slightly sweet bao buns with fillings like braised short rib, glazed pork belly, and chicken-apple sausage. The Don Belly is an umami bomb featuring fried rice, pork belly, poached egg, and dashi broth. Diners can order lunch and dinner for takeout or al fresco dining in York’s wine garden.

1928 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. Ground Control Wines

730 Phoenix Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

This small specialty wine shop features all sustainable wines in a well-curated selection of both common and underrepresented regions and varietals. Plans for a tasting room are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but wine lovers can purchase in-store or online for curbside pickup and free local delivery. 

730 Phoenix Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

10. JJ Crab House

2871 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Japan meets New Orleans at this spot on the east side of Ann Arbor. The menu features two sections — rice-based dinners prepared Hibachi-style on a flat top grill and seafood boils with corn, potatoes, and sausage. Limited dine-in is available as well as takeout and catering.

2871 Carpenter Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

11. The Boro

5400 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The gray wooden exterior of the Boro in Ann Arbor with the name of the restaurant “The Boro” painted in white letters on the side of the building. A red metal lamp sits above the name to illuminate it at night John Reyes

The Boro, part of the ambitious Dixboro Project, is now serving its full menu for takeout and patio dining. Bakery items are available all day, while its wood-fired pizzas, entrees, and to-go cocktails are available for lunch and dinner. Dine-in begins in May and the luxurious Dixboro House begins service in June.

5400 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

12. Bellflower

209 Pearl St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Bellflower, located in downtown Ypsilanti, has quickly developed a strong following for its seafood-forward, New Orleans-influenced dishes in a unpretentious atmosphere. For lunch, get there early as the po’ boys and cold cut sandwich — a take on the classic muffaletta — are served on a milk bread and sell out quickly. Online ordering is available or dine there indoors or at one of its outdoor tables.

209 Pearl St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

13. Wax Bar

44 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
A sandwich board with Wax Bar written in neon letters. A list of services and happy hour times are written on the board. John Reyes

Located in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town, Wax Bar is a music and cocktail lover’s delight where visitors can enjoy a drink while browsing bins of new and used LPs. In addition to classic cocktails, the bar also serves boozy ice cream drinks and an array of tropical cocktails. Cocktails are also available to go.

44 E Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

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