As a college town, Ann Arbor attracts students and visitors from around the world. Many of them like the place so much they extend their stay — sometimes for decades. Mix them in with a healthy dose of counterculture dating back to the 1960s and Midwestern small-town sensibilities and the result is a diverse blend of tradition, global outlook, and an eye towards the future. Since everyone has to eat, Ann Arbor’s restaurant scene is an eclectic mix of eateries that reflects the diversity of the people there.
There's no shortage of the usual college town standbys — pub food, pizza, burgers — and many are excellent (a few are listed here). This map features restaurants that can only be found in Ann Arbor and can't be missed during any visit. Even if that visit lasts a little longer than planned.
Two local institutions have re-joined the list — Miss Kim and Ricewood — as Aventura, Bellflower, and York make their debuts. Aventura’s menu is a greatest hits collection of Spanish favorites, including Chef Raul Cob’s now-world famous paella and Bellflower’s Southern-inspired dishes are served in a no-nonsense atmosphere. Meanwhile, York’s combination of food, wine, cocktails, and special events have made it the quintessential Ann Arbor experience.Read More