Ann Arbor is home to more than 300 restaurants — and that’s only within city limits. Aside from being home to the University of Michigan, this Midwestern city has a flourishing culinary scene that will be just one of the many reasons Americans will be visiting here on their next family vacation.
Grange Kitchen & Bar
I loved my experience at Grange Kitchen and Bar. Brandon Johns takes pride in knowing where the restaurant’s ingredients come from. This restaurant is his baby, and he’s gotten his family and friends involved in running it. I imagine this place will be a staple in Ann Arbor for years to come.
Zingerman’s is an institution in Ann Arbor. Their deli and creamery are legendary. Chef Alex Young founded the Roadhouse and is a James Beard Award-winning Chef. I had an amazing time in their kitchen and encourage everyone to try their fried chicken mac ‘n’ cheese and those chocolate-covered biscuits!
Ron’s Roadside BBQ
Ron started off catering with his father in Ann Arbor before moving to France to classically train. Afterward, he took his expertise to New York City and worked for Ina Garten before returning home. This place may be off the beaten path, but Ron’s barbecue comes from all of his experiences, and I can guarantee it’s some of the best food you’ll ever have.
The Wurst Bar
Locals love The Wurst Bar for obvious reasons — big burgers, great drinks and fresh bratwurst. This hip spot is making waves in Ypsilanti for their love of comfort food, evident from their famous Southerner Wurst Burger.
Chef and owner Eve Aronoff is famous for being on Top Chef and for her highly praised former restaurant, Eve. Today she is cranking out Cuban favorites from her childhood in Miami and heating up Ann Arbor.
Vellum is the prime example of a restaurant that pays close attention to detail and hits all of the perfect notes. Its two-story layout gives it an open feeling and is the ultimate spot for late night drinks and desserts. The menu is easy to understand and enjoy, with favorites like the pork belly skewers, mac and cheese, and pecan-crusted chicken breast.
Tune in to a new episode of Road Trip with G. Garvin G. Garvin tonight at 9pm | 8c to watch G. hit the best New Southern food in Ann Arbor.