Ask a Local: An Insider’s Guide to Ann Arbor, Michigan


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

Madi Carr is moving to Lansing, Michigan in a couple of months, and it’s already starting to hit her: She’s really going to miss Ann Arbor. She’s been a barista and manager at Comet Coffee, the city’s best coffee shop, for the last four years, and the home of the University of Michigan has been kind to her. It’s where she’s shopped for men’s tees at Today Clothing and vintage dresses at Dear Golden. It’s where, everyday, she encounters a beloved sidewalk-sprawling tabby cat with a goofy bravado named Louis. And it’s where she bikes around serene lakes by day, and takes pickleback shot after shot at night. How do you fall in love with Ann Arbor like Carr? Start with Reuben sandwiches worthy of President Obama and hippie hash (no, not that kind).

What is the best place to stay?
Stay at a bed and breakfast. There’s one in a cute neighborhood with a big garden in the front called the Burnt Toast Inn. If you’re more into an Airbnb, I’d get one on the Old West Side, a quieter neighborhood where grad students live. It’s a pleasant 10 minute walk from the center of town.

Best breakfast spot?
Definitely Spencer, which does a great brunch with biscuits, little galettes, homemade jams, and mimosas. Most of the items on the menu have ingredients from the farmers’ market. During the week, go to Cafe Zola, a French and Turkish-style breakfast place with interesting dishes like Turkish eggs and crepes with almond-hazelnut butter.

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Source:: Bon Appetit