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Nearby Restaurants in Ann Arbor

Get ready for your stomach to be happy with international restaurants galore, mixed with classic favorites in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With over four hundred restaurants, and a dozen dessert-specific stops, Ann Arbor has something for your every mood. From authentic Cuban burgers and plantains at Frita Batidos, to roasted pork belly ramen at Ricewood, to scoops of sweet corn ice cream at Spencer’s, you’ll find it all only within a couple blocks of town.  

Whether you’re here visiting UM, a local, or simply on vacay in the great state of Michigan, here’s the five best restaurants, drink spots and more to try in Ann Arbor. 

1

Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Ann Arbor locals Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig opened up Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982. Located near the historic Ann Arbor Farmers Market, this deli serves up thousands of hot and cold deli sandwiches to hungry Michiganders. 

Stop by for a sandwich or come for their impressive array of deli staples. Shop farmhouse cheeses, artisan oils, vinegar, smoked fish, and more.

Insider Tip

Check out their other local spots, like Zingerman’s Bakehouse & Zingerman’s Creamery.

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Knight’s Steakhouse

If you’re craving a perfectly-cooked steak, look no further than Knight’s Steakhouse. Since 1952, they’ve satisfied Ann Arbor’s cravings, whether that’s for steak cooked to perfection or charcuterie, scallops, salads, and more. Knight’s extensive menu ensures that everyone will find something to love at Knight’s, even those less steak-inclined. 

Dig into Knight’s at three locations in and around Ann Arbor so you can get your steak fix after every adventure.

Insider Tip

Say thanks to the staff and add a “Treat for the Kitchen Crew” to your bill – they’ll make sure it goes to their non-tipped employees in the back!

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Frita Batidos

Frita Batidos is like the Chipotle of Cuban street food. Whether you dig into a Cuban burger or bowl, everything is made to order. Pile it high with your protein of choice (we love the chorizo!) then mix it up with toppings like a sunny-side up egg, tropical slaw, or cilantro-lime salsa. If you’re extra hungry, ask to “Make it Loco” and you’ll be handed a burger packed with everything but bacon and jalapenos. 

But don’t skip the sides! Pair your burger or bowl with plantains prepared two ways, layered rices, and bright salads, all of which feels fresh from Cuba.

Insider Tip

Opt for lighter fare with the “Make it Lighter” option, where romaine takes the place of the brioche bun.

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Ricewood

When it comes to places to eat in Ann Arbor, it doesn’t get much better than Ricewood for melt-in-your-mouth BBQ. What started as an if-you-know-you-know food truck has now expanded to two counter service joints, serving up some of the best smoked meats in Michigan.

Ricewood is widely-known for their killer brisket, but don’t sleep on the innovative options like Szechuan chicken + tofu, rice bowls and even burgers on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Insider Tip

Walk-ins only and prone to sell out. Go early! 

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5

Spencer

An elevated wine bar with seasonal bites and well-curated drink offerings, Spencer is a favorite Ann Arbor restaurant of those who enjoy the finer things. From inventive small plates to mouth-watering mains and balanced desserts, dinner service operates from a prix fixe-style that changes every 10 days.

More in the mood for small snacks over a nice glass of wine? Spencer has that too – pick a few favorites from their pantry section and enjoy on the patio. With world-class food, a charming atmosphere and incredible staff, you’ll soon see why Spencer is a must while you’re in town. 

Insider Tip

Check out their natural wine selection. 

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Tomukun Noodle Bar

Prepare to be blown away by Tomukun Noodle Bar, Ann Arbor’s first local noodle shop serving Asian comfort food. In this airy and modern spot, you’ll find fresh ingredients and a wide variety of flavor-packed menu items like pho noodles, stir fry, ramen and even classic rice dishes.

Having a hard time deciding between all the options? Come with a group and order a little bit of everything – you won’t be disappointed.  

Insider Tip

Portions are huge and make incredible leftovers.

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