2018 Dining Awards Winners

. October 31, 2018.
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Washtenaw County has no shortage of great bistros, bars, breakfast spots and breweries, but sometimes variety can almost overwhelm our appetite. So, when we want to simplify our options and pick the perfect place, nearly 3,000 voters told us where to find the best of the best.

Best Restaurant: Overall

Frita Batidos
fritabatidos.com
Runner-Up: Detroit Street Filling Station

Best Restaurant: Inexpensive (under $10)

Chela’s Restaurant
chela’s.com
Runner-Up: Jerusalem Garden

Best ‘Splurge’ Restaurant

The Standard Bistro & Larder
thestandardbistro.com
Runner-Up: The Grange

Best View

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery
jollypumpkin.com/jp/ann-arbor-brewery
Runner-Up: Gandy Dancer

Best Outdoor Patio/Dining

Palio
palioannarbor.com
Runner-Up: Bigalora

Best Hidden Gem

Amadeus Restaurant
amadeusrestaurant.com
Runner-Up: The Earle

Best Overall Staff

Sava’s
savasrestaurant.com
Runner-Up: Zingerman’s Roadhousea

Best New Restaurant

Dessous
312 S Main St
734-222-0202 | dessousannarbor.comdessous
Longtime pals, Scott Burk and Jay Mullick along with their good friend, consulting Chef Eve Aronoff, teamed up to establish the culinary delight that is Dessous. Combining French and Indian cuisine, warm flavors run the menu. Recipes are made from scratch and served fresh, providing a forkful of savory tastes.

Best Local Spirits

Ann Arbor Distilling Company
220 Felch St
734-882-2169 | annarbordistilling.coma2distilling
The classic cocktail is enjoying a renaissance, and this boutique distillery is helping to boost the trend’s spirits with award-winning gins, vodkas, and more, made with locally-sourced, Michigan ingredients. Pick up their brag-worthy bottles and stay for a deceptively simple cocktail. Precisely designed and impossibly flavorful, it only takes a sip to understand the buzz.

Best Brewpub

HOMES Brewery
homesbrewery.com
Runner-Up: Arbor Brewing Company

Best Fast-Casual Eatery

Earthen Jar
earthenjar.com
Runner-Up: Holiday’s Restaurant

Best First-Date Restaurant

Gratzi
gratzirestaurant.com
Runner-Up: Vinology

Best Food Delivery Service

EatStreet
eatstreet.com
Runner-Up: The Original Cottage Inn

Best Mom & Pop Restaurant

Bell’s Diner
“Bell’s Diner” on Facebook
Runner-Up: Village Kitchen of Ann Arbor

New Restaurant

Dessous
dessousannarbor.com
Runner-Up: Fresh Forage

Restaurant You Want To Try

Naughty Boy Rolled Ice Cream
naughtyboysicecream.com
Runner-Up: Cardamom

Restaurant You Wish Was Still Open

Eve
Runner-Up: Lena

Best Restaurant To Take A Foodie

The Standard Bistro & Larder
thestandardbistro.com
Runner-Up: Miss Kim

Place For A Pre-Show Dinner

Knight’s Steakhouse
knightsrestaurants.com
Runner-Up: Tomukun Noodle Bar

Place For A Business Lunch

Carson’s American Bistro
carsonsamericanbistro.com
Runner-Up: Mani Osteria & Bar

Place For Chinese Takeout

Evergreen Restaurant
evergreen-restaurant.com
Runner-Up: Panda House

Place To Hear Live Music During A Meal

The Ravens Club
theravensclub.com
Runner-Up: Amadeus Restaurant

Place To Impress

The Chop House
thechophouseannarbor.com
Runner-Up: Siris Restaurant and Cigar Bar

Place To Be Seen

Cultivate Coffee & Tap House
cultivateypsi.com
Runner-Up: Dominic’s

Place To Not Be Seen

8 Ball Saloon
blindpigmusic.com/8-ball
Runner-Up: Black Rock Bar & Grill

Best Restaurant: Chelsea

Common Grill
commongrill.com
Runner-Up: Smokehouse 52

Best Restaurant: Dexter

Red Brick Kitchen & Bar
redbrickkitchen.com
Runner-Up: Aubrees Pizzeria and Grill

Best Restaurant: Saline

Salt Springs Brewery
saltspringsbrewery.com
Runner-Up: Mac’s

Best Restaurant: Ypsilanti

Sidetrack Bar and Grill
sidetrackbarandgrill.com
Runner-Up: MAIZE Mexican Cantina

Restaurant Worth A Drive

Evans Street Station, Tecumseh
evansstreetstation.com
Runner-Up: Common Grill, Chelsea

Best Rooftop Bar/Restaurant

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery
jollypumpkin.com/jp/ann-arbor-brewery
Runner-Up: Palio

Best Spot For Breakfast

Bomber Restaurant
bomberrestaurant.net
Runner-Up: Northside Grill

Best Spot For Brunch

Detroit Street Filling Station
thelunchrooma2.com
Runner-Up: Ollie Food + Spirits

Best Spot For Lunch

The Lunch Room
thelunchrooma2.com
Runner-Up: Afternoon Delight

Best Menu: Late Night Eats

Fleetwood Diner
thefleetwooddiner.com
Runner-Up: The Wurst Bar

Most Creative Menu

The Standard Bistro and Larder
thestandardbistro.com
Runner-Up: Spencer

Best Use Of Local Ingredients

Spencer
spencerannarbor.com
Runner-Up: Bona Sera Restaurant

Best Baristas

Cultivate Coffee & Tap House
cultivateypsi.com
Runner-Up: Mighty Good Coffee

Best Bartenders

Nightcap
nightcapbara2.com
Runner-Up: The Last Word

Best Catering

Zingerman’s Catering and Events
zingermanscatering.com
Runner-Up: Eat Ann Arbor

Best Chef

Luciana Del Signore, Bigalora
bigalora.com
Runner-Up: Thad Gillies, Logan, An American Restaurant

Best Farmers Market Vendor

Kapnick Orchards
kapnickorchards.com
Runner-Up: Tantre Farm

Best Food Truck

Ricewood BBQ
ricewoodbbq.com
Runner-Up: Cosa Sabrosa

Local Food Supporter

Miss Kim
misskimannarbor.com
Runner-Up: 5 Healthy Towns Foundation

Best Pastry Chef/Baker

Sweet Heather Anne
sweetheatheranne.com
Runner-Up: Life is Sweet Bakery & Cafe

Best Restaurant Supplier

Frog Holler Produce
froghollerproduce.com
Runner-Up: Fluffy Bottom Farms

Restaurateur

Adam Baru of Mikette Bistro and Bar
mikettea2.com
Runner-Up: Sava Lelcaj Farah of Aventura’s, Sava’s, Tavolina

Best Cooking Classes

Sur La Table
surlatable.com
Runner-Up: Tammy’s Tastings

Best Coffee Roaster

RoosRoast Coffee
roosroast.com
Runner-Up: Mighty Good Coffee

Best Bar: Chelsea

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery
chelseaalehouse.com
Runner-Up: Jet’s

Best Bar: Dexter

Beer Grotto
beergrotto.com
Runner-Up: Alley Bar

Best Bar: Saline

Dan’s Downtown Tavern
facebook.com/DANSBARS
Runner-Up: Salt Springs Brewery

Best Bar: Ypsilanti

The Tap Room
taproomypsi.com
Runner-Up: Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse

Place to Celebrate

Bigalora
bigalora.com
Runner-Up: Logan, An American Restaurant

Best Bar Overall

The Last Word
thelastwordbar.com
Runner-Up: Sidetrack Bar and Grill

Best Sports Bar

Haymaker Public House
haymakerpublichouse.com
Runner-Up: Craft Brew City

Best Dive Bar

8 Ball Saloon
blindpigmusic.com/8-ball
Runner-Up: Alley Bar

Best Wine List

Vinology
vinologya2.com
Runner-Up: Sava’s

Most Instagram-Worthy Plates

Taste Kitchen
521 E Liberty St
734-369-4241 | tastekitchena2.com

Photo courtesy of tastekitchena2.com.

Photo courtesy of tastekitchena2.com.

Love might make things sweeter, but envy brings out the beauty in the world. Combine both virtue and sin by dining at Taste Kitchen and snapping a picture of your table. Saints and sinners alike will drool over the beautifully presented plates, enticing entreés, and colorful cuisine as you feast on a meal fit for the gods.

Best Craft Cocktail Selection

The Ravens Club
theravensclub.com
Runner-Up: Nightcap

Best Hangover Cure

Northside Grill
northsidegrill.com
Runner-Up: Taqueria La Marqueza

Best Happy Hour

Aut Bar
autbar.com
Runner-Up: Isalita

Best Locally-Brewed Beer

Wolverine State Brewing Co
wolverinebeer.com
Runner-Up: Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery

Best Place To Buy Local Beer

Blue Front
bfa2.com
Runner-Up: Plum Market

Place To Drink Local Beer

Arbor Brewing Co
arborbrewing.com
Runner-Up: Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse

Best Bloody Mary

Aut Bar
autbar.com
Runner-Up: Avalon Cafe

Best Margarita

Isalita
isalita.com
Runner-Up: Tio’s Mexican Cafe

Best Martini

Babs’ Underground
babsannarbor.com
Runner-Up: Dessous

Best Bubble Tea

Bubble Island Coffee & Tea
bubbleisland.com
Runner-Up: Sweeting

Juice Bar

Juicy Kitchen
juicykitchen-a2.com
Runner-Up: Drought

Best Classic Burger

Sidetrack Bar and Grill
sidetrackbarandgrill.com
Runner-Up: Roy’s Squeeze Inn

Best Classic Pizzas

Cottage Inn
cottageinn.com
Runner-Up: Pizza House

Best Creative Pizzas

Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza
anthonysgourmet.com
Runner-Up: Silvio’s

Best Steak

Knight’s SteakHouse
knightsrestaurants.com
Runner-Up: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Best Sushi

Yotsuba Japanese Restaurant
yotsuba-restaurant.com
Runner-Up: Godaiko Japanese Restaurant

Best Coney Dog

Ray’s Red Hots
raysredhots.com
Runner-Up: Abe’s Coney Island

Best Falafel/Gyro

Jerusalem Garden
jerusalemgarden.net
Runner-Up: Haifa Falafel

Best Mac N’ Cheese

Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
bluetractor.net/bta/a2/index
Runner-Up: Dickey’s BBQ

Best Pie

Grand Traverse Pie Co
gtpie.com
Runner-Up: Eat Ann Arbor

Best Ribs

Westside Barbecue
westsidebarbecue.com
Runner-Up: Siris Restaurant and Cigar Bar

Best Tacos

Isalita
isalita.com
Runner-Up: Agave Tequila Bar

Best Pasta Dish

Mani Osteria & Bar
maniosteria.com
Runner-Up: Gratzi

Killer Salads

Avalon Cafe and Kitchen
avalonbreads.net/avalon-cafe-and-kitchen-ann-arbor
Runner-Up: Quarter Bistro

Best Southern Food

Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken
ma-lous.com
Runner-Up: Satchel’s BBQ

Best Wings

Mr. Spots
mrspotsannarbor.com
Runner-Up: Seoul Street

Best Desserts

Blank Slate Creamery
blankslatecreamery.com
Runner-Up: La Dolce Vita

Best Gluten-Free Options

Tasty Bakery
tastysansgluten.com
Runner-Up: Sava’s

Vegan/Vegetarian Options

The Lunch Room
thelunchrooma2.com
Runner-Up: Seva

Local Spirits

Ann Arbor Distilling
annarbordistilling.com
Runner-Up: Ugly Dog Distilling

Most Instagram-Worthy Plates

Taste Kitchen
tastekitchena2.com
Runner-Up: Spencer’s

Place To Celebrate

Bigalora
3050 Washtenaw, Ste. 112
734-971-2442 | bigalora.combigalora
Need to celebrate? Throw a pizza party with authentic Neopolitan pizza at one of five Bigalora restaurants. With fantastic fare and a classy atmosphere, this sophisticated option is the new celebratory gold standard.

Best Restaurant Overall/Best Creative Burger

Frita Batidos
117 W Washington St, Ann Arbor
734-761-2882 | fritabatidos.combackground_batidos
For a hip, Havana experience, get a table at celebrity chef and Ann Arbor local Eve Aronoff’s Frita Batidos. If you haven’t been to this crave-worthy Cuban eatery, make sure to order The Frita, a brilliant, customizable burger made with a choice of chorizo, chicken, beef, fish, or black beans, and topped with unique items like avocado, cilantro-lime salsa, tropical slaw, and a sunny side up egg. Pair with crisped plantains or coconut-ginger rice for full-on Caribbean vibes.

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