Proclaimed as one of the best foodie cities in the Midwest, Ann Arbor is an ideal destination for culinary travelers. From our dedicated local farmers to our inspired chefs, dining in Ann Arbor has always been about passion, quality and authenticity. It’s also been an early adaptor of the hottest culinary trends as predicted by The National Restaurant Association. Plan your visit to Ann Arbor and experience them all firsthand!
In addition to perennial favorites, like using locally sourced meats, seafood and produce, executive chefs from around the country identified some of the fastest growing new trends. Here’s your guide to finding them around Ann Arbor.
Nose-to-tail/Root-to-stalk Cooking (up 16%) — Grange Kitchen and Bar
With menu items like fried pigs head and specialty dinners featuring offal, Chef Brandon at Grange Kitchen and Bar is never one to waste a quality cut of meat.
Pickling (up 11%) and Fermenting (up 7%) — The Brinery
Take a class while you’re in town and learn how to create your own fermented and pickled wonders! David Klingenberger, founder and owner of The Brinery would love to share his passion and knowledge with you. If you’re tight on time, you could always swing by the Alley Bar for a quick Pickleback — a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of The Brinery’s pickle brine.
Ramen (up 11%) — Slurping Turtle
Ann Arbor is the second location for this Chicago-based restaurant founded by award-winning Chef Takashi. The restaurant strives to provide the essence of Japanese comfort food, and invites you to join them in their quest for the everlasting noodle.
Dark Greens (up 10%) — Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
There are tons of menu items around town that incorporate kale, mustard greens and collards, but for this trend, why not pick up some and make something yourself? The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday and Wednesday at Kerrytown Market and Shops. Short on cash? Stop into the office and use your debit or credit card to purchase $5 tokens for use at the various stalls.
Southeast Asian Cuisine (+9%) — Ginger Deli
Ginger Deli is one of the newest additions to the Ann Arbor dining scene. Just walk up to the take-out window and order from the limited, but delicious menu. There is some onsite seating available, but everything is packaged for those on the go.