Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Bruegger’s seem to be on different ends of the bagel spectrum. The bagels are boiled and hearth-baked to delicious perfection on different ends of Ann Arbor — Zingerman’s in a sprawling bakery nearish the Briarwood Mall and Bruegger’s in the heart of Central Campus.
All college students have their diet staples, whether it be one-dollar pizza, greasy Thai food, or burritos the size of a small child. Of all these different foods and their varying degrees of exoticness, there exists one common variable: affordability.
Espresso Royale — I get chills just typing it. Need coffee? Tea? Food? A place to study? A place to meet new people, old people, people you kind of know but not really? Espresso Royale has it all. What makes Espresso Royale that great? Every coffee shop has coffee (duh).
To find the most scrumptious sweet treat in Ann Arbor, one has to travel a little off the beaten path. You won’t stumble upon Washtenaw Dairy while walking down South University or State Street — or even on Main Street downtown.
Blank Slate has flourished over the past two years in cultivating Ann Arbor’s five senses. Touch the smooth blackboard tabletops, get chalk on your hands. Smell the intoxicating sweet maple of waffle cones.
Want something sweet? Try Iorio’s Gelateria. Gelato is made with milk instead of cream (read: less fat than ice cream), whipped slowly for a denser consistency and served at a warmer temperature to prevent paralyzing your taste buds.
Ashley’s motto is: “Celebrate the simple pleasures of life ... good food, good drink, and good friends!” And it shows. Walk into Ashley’s and you’ll be greeted by a friendly (usually bearded) man checking IDs.