Cafe Zola - Ann Arbor, Michigan
What to say about Café Zola, other than it’s perfect, and worth every expensive cent/ Located in Ann Arbor right in the downtown area, every time I make the drive I either go here or consider going here. Though this is for brunch nine times out of ten, I’ve had a couple of outstanding dinners here also (on those nights you think: F%$@ it! I’ll pay for perfection!) Here’s why.
Brunch: My two favorites: Turkish eggs: Two eggs surrounded by organic spinach, a block of feta, and marinated vegetables. And the Artichoke Omelette, which also happens to include green beans, potatoes, roasted red pepper, red onions and cheddar. It says a lot that I don’t add anything to either dish as I am a frequent customizer: But these dishes are PERFECT as they are. I can’t order anything else, even though they have crepes and homemade bread/ jam baskets and a whole host of other culinary delights. If you know Ann Arbor, then you know that Café Zola is enhanced by serving many options from Zingerman’s, the local farm/ restaurant. Ann Arbor is really unique because many restaurants cater to vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and locavores by sharing between businesses. And almost anything with Zingerman’s on the menu will have a fresh and local quality that can’t be beat. But back to breakfast: You’ll get a fresh bread basket, and you need to get their house made ketchup on the side even if you don’t like ketchup. Don’t worry, it’s more of a preserve that tastes of apples and a variety of spices, and I put it on everything from bread, to potatoes, to omelettes. I’d buy a gallon if it would keep!
Dinner: The lamb and filet are the two I’ve tried here, and they are pitch perfect. Think presentation, taste, and quality of ingredients and preparation. If you’re going for dinner, you already know you want to splurge, and also that it will be worth it. I’ve never had a bad meal here, and out of town guests are always impressed no matter where they’re from. So it’s a safe option when you have a little extra cash and someone to impress.
Even when you’re on a budget, I’ve been perfectly happy splitting the omelette with a friend and getting a couple sides (add bacon and potatoes!) It’s my ‘to go’ place in Ann Arbor, and probably on most other people’s short list as well.
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