Sidetracks - Ypsilanti, Michigan
During my college years I spent many of afternoons and evenings at Sidetracks. This is an Ypsi-local favorite. I instantly fell in love with their burgers and sweet potato fries which come with a tangy aioli. For some reason, every time I go I have to get the fried pickles which come in spears and not chips. These somehow make my experience. If I'm not in the burger mood my next go to sandwich is the turkey ruben.
The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating that can accommodate quite a bit of people. It's a very rustic interior playing on the old school train station almost general store type feel of the days of yesteryear. Frenchies is a sliver space connected to it which is mostly for drinks and small parties.
I think I'll always love this place. They used to have 3 dollar Wood Chuck ciders on their happy hour in glasses as big as your head. I was loving on those ... a little bit too much. Good times! :) Stop in a get a good beer. As you move toward Ann Arbor, you will find that Bud and Miller start disappearing and the big boy drinks come out to play.
Haabs - Ypsilanti, Michigan
So last summer I randomly stopped in to Haab's on my way back from EMU. I've always seen it and I guess I just figured it was like a nice old bar type place. Well, it's true they have a bar, but as soon as I sat down I realized that I was the only person in the room under 55 (besides the wait staff). Every time I go this is how it is. It could just be I go at...early times? Regardless, whenever I go I have to describe the place to the person I'm going with as the "Upscale Big Boy".
This is not bad. Their food is pretty decent. I've only had their grilled turkey club and their fried chicken. Both were good. However, the only reason I go now is because of their Butternut Squash soup. It's delicious. The first time I went to Haabs the waiter recommended it to me and now I'm hooked. It's seasonal. They start having it in September and it's only served on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It's good. Trust me. If you don't like soups... well... try it anyway because it's good.
*I had tons of photos for Haabs, but am unsure of where they went. Get the fried chicken and the butternut squash soup.
Giving you a taste of what I taste. From gourmet to everyday. No pretentious bull - just good food.