REVIEW: Restaurant Week

It’s Restaurant Week in Ann Arbor. What does that mean? A host of delicious restaurants around town are offering deals on lunches and dinners.

Here’s how to play: For a fixed price of $12 for Lunch and $25 for Dinner, you get any combination of a three course meal, a dessert, or a drink (some restaurants offer two for one pricing).

Restaurant Week is sponsored by Main Street Ann Arbor as well as several other organizations dedicated to cultivating a sense of culture and community in the city. One of the best ways to do that is through food. The great thing about Restaurant Week is that is allows a spectrum of citizens who may not ordinarily splurge to have a night out at a fancy joint for an affordable price. From Gratzi to Jamaican Jerk Pit, Gandy Dancer to Jazzy Veggie, Restaurant Week covers the range of eateries that Ann Arbor has to offer.

This special week occurs twice a year: once in the January and once in June. Last summer, I was working as a server at The Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery on Main Street. During the event, the restaurant offered specials like lemon-thyme risotto, braised duck, and pumpkin flavored whoopie pies. Delish! And let me tell you, the place was packed, so make sure if you’re going to hit the town you make a reservation. Some things to keep in mind: Restaurant Week’s prix fix does not include tax or tip, so if you take a date be sure you have a little extra pocket change.

Here is a list of restaurants close to campus you may want to check out:

Seva, Sava’s on State, Silvio’s Organic Pizza, Jamaican Jerk Pit, and The Original Cottage Inn

Closer to downtown:

Miki Japanese Restaurant, Arbor Brewing Company, The Blue Nile, Mahek, Café Japon, Bar Louie, The Arena, and Mani Osteria & Bar (a new spot!)

On Main Street:

Gratzi, Real Seafood Company, The Ravens Club, Shalimar, Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant, Prickly Pear Café, The Black Pearl, Palio,The Chop House, The Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery, and many more!

For a complete list of restaurants, directions, and menus, check out the Restaurant Week website. Eat up and be merry! But get there fast, because the offer ends January 20! Enjoy, and tell me what you like the best.