Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arbor Brewing Company

February 5th.

So my birthday was last Wednesday (February 2nd- you can now mark your calendars for next year...) and it was great- Elisabeth and I went to see a show in Detroit but unfortunately that meant we couldn't eat out somewhere fabulous that night. So, in effort to prolong my birthday celebrations as long as possible and to have a valid excuse to go out for dinner, I invited several of my girlfriends out to Arbor Brewing Company on Saturday!

from L to R- Samantha, Ali, Casey, Alex, Dana, Marie, Elisabeth, Chelsea, Carlye.
Atmosphere: 8/4. Elisabeth and I had two very different opinions here. After we left I commented how much I loved the genuine, neighborhood brewpub feel. It had a casual and relaxed vibe. Elisabeth's differing opinion can be surmised from her one line response- "When I eat, I like to feel important."  Classic. I won't be letting her forget that one for a while. The other girls were split as well on this one. It was mixed reviews so you'll have to decide for yourself!

  • Carlye gave it an "8 (because of those loud ass people playing that game in the corner) but I loved the bar setting!" 
  • Casey agreed also giving it an 8 for atmosphere.
  • Dana and Ali- 6 and 6.5, respectively
  • Samantha- 5

Service: 7. Eh. To be expected.

Food: 8. I thought it was great. Elisabeth thought it was so-so (officially a 6). The favorite item was the Mezza Luna Ravioli. And Casey's side of onion rings? Were amazing- also large enough to feed small countries. 

  • Ali rated it an "8 - it was SO good, and SO filling! Generous portions and very varied menu." 
  • Carlye: "9- I LOVEEEEDDD the food, but my salad was way over dressed (you know what I'm sayin girl) but that is literally the only reason I give it a 9 instead of 10." 
  • Casey: "8- The food was great but I was disappointed by the lack of options on the menu." 
  • Dana- 8

Apple Goat Cheese Salad and Quesadillas
Asiago Chicken Pasta and Mezza Luna Ravioli 
ONION RINGS and Fried Chicken Tenders
Overall: 8. It was one of my favorite nights out since we started this whole thing. I loved it. I think it is a "don't miss" Ann Arbor spot. Another thing I loved was their commitment to buying local and organic. "We understand that the creation of sustainable food systems is as important to our community as it is to the environment and we continue to participate in this process through our commitment to supporting local businesses." They even include a list of the local vendors, farms and distributors they buy from right on their menu. It's good to know where your food is coming from!
Clean plates for all of us
If you go: Check out the website to view their menu. They don't take reservations, so get there early on busy weekends. 
114 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 213-1393

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Afternoon Delight

January 29th

I have to say I'm a little embarrassed I haven't been here until this point. My old roommate Erica was here all the time, at least it felt like it, (hey Erica, why did you never take me?!) so it seems a shame we have put off eating here for so long. Along for the ride with us was our new friend Ruth Duersch- she's doing a PR internship here this semester on break from Brigham Young University. We love to steal great BYU people and convince them Ann Arbor is better... because it is.

Atmosphere: 6. I'm beginning to realize how ridiculous these atmosphere ratings are... what kind of scale is this? How on earth can Afternoon Delight's rating be related in any way to The Earle? The fact is, they aren't, so the numbers here are a little irrelevant, but for the sake of the format we've established, we'll keep rating. For fun. So for fun, Afternoon Delight rates at a 6. Its a quirky little breakfast/lunch spot that is totally Ann Arbor. It's not trying to be anything fancy, it just lives up to its well established reputation. Ruth didn't love the atmosphere- she didn't like that it lacked uniformity. Neither did Elisabeth, which you would expect from her if you have seen her room. 
Service: 7. Eh. Nothing spectacular but also not bad. Status quo.

Food: 7. The menu offered all the standard breakfast and lunch fare- omelettes, pancakes, eggs, sandwiches, soups, salads etc. But they also had some really interesting items on their menu unique to Afternoon Delight- like the Muffin Delight- "a hot split bran muffin filled with your choice of frozen yogurt," and a whole host of other frozen yogurt treats. 
       However, we did not order the Muffin Delight. But Ruth ordered the Morning Delight- "a special blend of ham, cheddar cheese and egg, served on a whole wheat English muffin," Elisabeth ordered the Cheese Blintzes- three thin pancakes filled with a mixture of ricotta and cottage cheese, topped with strawberries, chocolate chips, and sour cream. It sounds bizarre, but was evidently really sweet and delicious. I ordered a really boring plate of biscuits with sausage gravy- down home southern cooking was just calling my name that day. As to be expected Elisabeth (and Ruth) ordered hot chocolate, and this cup gave Northside Grill a run for its money. Ruth gave it two thumbs up, "Three, If I had them."
Overall: 7. Afternoon Delight was tasty and fun, but it doesn't set itself apart from the other breakfast/lunch places in town. Its certainly worth going to and is fairly inexpensive. 

If you go: Check out their website, or find them on facebook. It's super crowded on the weekends! Expect to wait upwards of 30 minutes to be seated. 
251 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 665-7513

Do you agree or disagree? Tell us about your Afternoon Delight Cafe experience in a comment!

PS- we know you all are reading this...because you've told us. So, it's time hit the "follow" button over on the right there.