2019 Dining Guide Awards—Results

. October 31, 2019.

You voted, now we’re serving up the winners. From hidden gems to old school favorites, here are the eateries that Current readers crave the most.

PLACES | PEOPLE | POTIONS | PLATES

places

Best Restaurant: Inexpensive

Chow Asian Street Food
chowannarbor.com
Runner-up: Chela’s Restaurant & Taqueria

Best Restaurant: Overall

The Chop House
Thechophouseannarbor.com
Runner-up: The Standard Bistro & Larder

Best “Splurge” Restaurant

The Standard Bistro & Larder
thestandardbistro.com
Runner-up: The Earle

Best View

Palio
palioannarbor.com
Runner-up: Gandy Dancer

Best Outdoor Patio/Dining

The Sidetrack Bar & Grill
sidetrackbarandgrill.com
Runner-up: Palio

Best Hidden Gem

El Harissa Market Cafe
elharissa.com
Runner-up: Aamani’s Smokehouse

Most Beautiful Restaurant

Dessous
dessousannarbor.com
Runner-up: Gandy Dancer

Fast-Casual Eatery

First Bite
firstbitefoods.com
Runner-up: Chow Asian Street Food

First-Date Restaurant

Aventura Ann Arbor
aventuraannarbor.com
Runner-up: Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

Mom & Pop Restaurant

The Northside Grill
Northsidegrill.com
Runner-up: Bomber Restaurant

New Restaurant

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Bluellamaclub.com
Runner-up: Hola Seoul

Old School Favorite

Knight’s Steakhouse
Knightsrestaurants.com
Runner-up: The Earle

Restaurant You Want to Try

Dolores
6 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti.
734-904-9402.
Runner-up: Dessous

Restaurant to Take a Foodie

Logan Restaurant
Logan-restaurant.com
Runner-up: Aventura

Place for a Business Lunch

Paesano
Paesanoannarbor.com
Runner-up: Mikette Bistro & Bar

Place to Impress

The Chop House
Thechophouseannarbor.com
Runner-up: Blue LLama Jazz Club

Place to be Seen

Blue LLama Jazz Club
Bluellamaclub.com
Runner-up: Mani Osteria and Bar

Place for Munchies

Pizza House
Pizzahouse.com
Runner-up: Ashley’s

College Favorite

Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger
Blimpyburger.com
Runner-up: BTB Burrito

Best Restaurant: Ann Arbor

Vinology
Vinologya2.com
Runner-up: Logan Restaurant

Best Restaurant: Chelsea

The Common Grill
Commongrill.com
Runner-up: Chelsea Alehouse Brewery

Best Restaurant: Dexter

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery
jollypumpkin.com
Runner-up: Fillmore Pub & Grill

Best Restaurant: Plymouth

The Sardine Room
Thesardineroom.com
Runner-up: Aqua Fine Dining

Best Restaurant: Saline

Dan’s Downtown Tavern
facebook.com/DANSBARS
Runner-up: Oscar’s Sports & Grill

Best Restaurant: Ypsilanti

MAIZ Mexican Cantina
Maizmexican.com
Runner-up: The Sidetrack Bar & Grill

Restaurant Worth A Drive

The Common Grill
Commongrill.com
Runner-up: Bridgewater Bank Tavern

Spot for Breakfast

Juicy Kitchen
juicykitchen-a2.com
Runner-up: Beezy’s Café

Spot for Brunch

Sava’s
savasannarbor.com
Runner-up: Avalon Cafe and Kitchen Ann Arbor

Spot for Lunch

Afternoon Delight Café
afternoondelightcafe.com
Runner-up: Dan’s Downtown Tavern

Most Creative Menu

Spencer Ann Arbor
spencerannarbor.com
Runner-up: Blue LLama Jazz Club

Best Use of Local Ingredients

Grange Kitchen and Bar
grangekitchenandbar.com
Runner-up: Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Food Truck

Lazy Dogs
facebook.com/lazydogsa2
Runner-up: Shimmy Shack Food Truck

Most Underrated Restaurant

Casablanca
casablancaypsilanti.com
Runner-up: Pilar’s Tamales

people

Best Baristas

Crow Northrup, Ann Arbor West Plum Market
Plummarket.com
Runner-up: Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Best Bartenders

Wolverine State Brewing Co.
wolverinebeer.com
Runner-up: The Last Word

Best Brewer

Alexis Jorgensen, Wolverine State Brewing Co.
wolverinebeer.com
Runner-up: Ron Jeffries, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Best Chef

Eve Aronoff, chef/owner of Frita Batidos
fritabatidos.com
Runner-up: Chef Thad Gillies, Logan Restaurant

Best Overall Staff

Zingerman’s
zingermans.com
Runner-up: The Lunch Room

Farmers Market Vendor

(M’HARRRG) Habanero-Coriander (Pirate) Sauce
Crowsnestfoods.com | jeffmaharg@hotmail.com
Runner-up: White Lotus Farms

Local Food Supporter

Argus Farm Stop
argusfarmstop.com
Runner-up: By the Pound, Glenn Bourland

Pastry Chef/Baker

Kristen Maretti, Pastry Chef at Sava’s
savasannarbor.com
Runner-up: Marybeth King, head pastry chef at Weber’s Bakeshop/Restaurant

Restaurateur

Sava Farah, CEO SavCo
savcohospitality.com
Runner-up: Eve Aronoff, chef/owner of Frita Batidos

Coffee Roaster

RoosRoast Coffee
roosroast.com
Runner-up: Hyperion Coffee Co

potions

Bar: Ann Arbor

Nightcap
nightcapbara2.com
Runner-up: The Last Word

Bar: Saline

Bridgewater Bank Tavern
Bridgewaterbanktavern.com
Runner-up: Dan’s Downtown Tavern

Bar: Dexter

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery
jollypumpkin.com
Runner-up: Dexter’s Pub

Bar: Chelsea

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery
chelseaalehouse.com
Runner-up: Cleary’s Pub

Bar: Ypsilanti

The Sidetrack Bar & Grill
Sidetrackbarandgrill.com
Runner-up: Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse

Bar: Plymouth

The Post Local Bistro
facebook.com/ThePostLocalBistro
Runner-up: Hermanns Olde Town Grille

Bar: Brighton

Brighton Bar & Grill
brightonbarandgrill.com
Runner-up: Bourbons

Best Bar Overall

The Ravens Club
Theravensclub.com
Runner-up: Babs’ Underground

Dive Bar

The Tap Room
taproomypsi.com
Runner-up: 8Ball Saloon

Wine List

The Earle
theearle.com
Runner-up: The Standard Bistro & Larder

Craft Cocktail Selection

The Last Word
thelastwordbar.com
Runner-up: Ollie Food + Spirits

Local Spirits

Ugly Dog Distillery
uglydogdistillery.com
Runner-up: Ann Arbor Distilling Company

Hangover Cure

Afternoon Delight Café
Afternoondelightcafe.com
Runner-up: Elevation Burger

Happy Hour

HopCat
Hopcat.com
Runner-up: Haymaker Public House

Locally-Brewed Beer

Wolverine State Brewing Co.
Wolverinebeer.com
Runner-up: Arbor Brewing Company

Place to Buy Local Beer

Blue Front Ann Arbor
bfa2.com
Runner-up: Tippins Market

Place to Drink Local Beer

Ashley’s
Runner-up: Wolverine State Brewing Company

Bloody Mary

The Sidetrack Bar & Grill
Sidetrackbarandgrill.com
Runner-up: \aut\ BAR

Margarita

MAIZ Mexican Cantina
Maizmexican.com
Runner-up: Prickly Pear Southwest Cafe

Martini

Knight’s Steakhouse
Knightsrestaurants.com
Runner-up: Ollie Food + Spirits

Bubble Tea

Chow Asian Street Food
Chowannarbor.com
Runner-up: Bubble Island

Juice Bar

Wilma’s
wilmasannarbor.com
Runner-up: Grabbagreen

plates

Creative Burger

Frita Batidos
fritabatidos.com
Runner-up: Got Burger!

Creative Pizzas

Mani Osteria and Bar
maniosteria.com
Runner-up: Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina

Sandwich

Maize and Blue Delicatessen
maizeandbluedeli.com
Runner-up: Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Steak

Knight’s Steakhouse
Knightsrestaurants.com
Runner-up: The Earle

Sushi

DABU Sushi
Dabusushi.com
Runner-up: Biwako Sushi

Falafel/Gyro

Jerusalem Garden
jerusalemgarden.net
Runner-up: Ahmo’s Gyros & Deli

Mac N’ Cheese

Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
bluetractor.net
Runner-up: Cuppy’s Best Soul Food

Pie

Zingerman’s Bakehouse
Zingermansbakehouse.com
Runner-up: Grand Traverse Pie Company

Ribs

WestSide Barbecue
westsidebarbecue.com
Runner-up: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Tacos

Chela’s Restaurant & Taqueria
Chelas.co
Runner-up: Isalita

Noodles

Slurping Turtle
Slurpingturtle.com
Runner-up: Tomukun Noodle Bar

Pasta Dish

Paesano
Paesanoannarbor.com
Runner-up: Silvio’s Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria

Killer Salads

Salads UP
saladsup.com
Runner-up: Wilma’s

Southern Food

Satchel’s BBQ
satchelsbbq.com
Runner-up: Mo P’s Chicken & Fish

Desserts

Sava’s
Savasannarbor.com
Runner-up: Go! Ice Cream

Gluten-Free Options

Juicy Kitchen
Juicykitchen-a2.com
Runner-up: Vedge Cafe

Vegetarian Options

Fresh Forage
freshforage.com
Runner-up: Vedge Cafe

Vegan Options

The Lunch Room
thelunchrooma2.com
Runner-up: Detroit Street Filling Station

Most Instagram-Worthy Plates

Wilma’s
wilmasannarbor.com
Runner-up: eat / catering and carry-out

Comfort Food

Metzger’s German Restaurant
metzgers.net
Runner-up: Amadeus Restaurant

Appetizers

The Ravens Club
Theravensclub.com
Runner-up: Vinology

Healthy Selections

The Lunch Room
thelunchrooma2.com
Runner-up: First Bite

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