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Page Eight


Wednesday, September 2,_ 1970

Page E IghtTHMIHIANDAII ednsdySepemerI, 97

You all remember lovely Elvira
Madigan and her equally lovely
boyfriend rollicking On The
Continent with a loaf of bread,
a jug of wine, some fine cheese
and Mozart in the background.
Well, that same meal in Ann
Arbor would probably run you
about three-and-a-quarter at
any local restaurant.
No, not really. Most of them
don't have any of that stuff.
Instead, they have such delica-
cies as Burger In The Basket,
Two Fried Eggs Any Way You
Want It, Tuna Fish Sandwiches,
Coleslaw, Chicken With White
Gravy ' Slopped over Mashed
Potatoes and the Bargain Steak
that seems to be carved, from
anemic cows.
At some places, though, it is
possible to find real cheese and
wine, real steak and Chateau-
briand and Lobstertails and
other gastronomic g o o d i e s if
you're willing to pay a large
price for a not so large portion.
If you're a dorm resident, you
will soon find out that University
room and board provides seven
night's room but only six night's
board. On the seventh, Sunday,
one has to take to. the streets
and battle the other 30,000 stu-
dents to find a place* to edt
somewhere on campus.
Too bad. There aren't really
any that will prove to be worth
the wait or the price. But let's.
face it, you'll eat at one of these
haunts sooner or later, so here's'
a brief g l i m p s e of what's in
Tlie most famous, the busiest,
the least worth its reputation
and the most unescapable is the
Brown Jug. Located directly in
the middle of South University
Ave., the Jug offers everything
you've ever seen at any other
hamburger joint and nothing'
extra-special. Their pizza is
passable, sometimes even good
if you don't go during a rush
hour when their prime objective
is to get the University in and
out as fast as possible.
'The Cottage Inn is the Brown
Jug West, but we at The Daily
must admit to holding a soft
spot in our hearts and stomachs
for this little gem on William
St. For many years, they have'
delivered countless numbers of
above average pizzas and not so
average Cottage Inn, B'urgers,
;(local -Big Boys) and Fried
Chicken Dinners to 420 May-
PJ's once was kind of sweet,
run by Peter and Jeanie, hence
the name PJ's. But they've left
the establishment and with the,
expansion of the State St.,chow



house, the personable atmos-
phere has been replaced by un-
abashed consumerism. The food
is blah. It fills you up at the
same price any other place does
and that's about it.
The V i r g i n i a n across 'the
street advertises Berg's real
Kosher cornbeef sndwiches. .
Admittedly, the picture in the
window looks luscious, but we're
chicken to test the real thing,
whatever it is. Even on Sunday
night,, you should walk by this
Harry's Restaurant under-
neath our own Big City High
Rise qn the corner of Maynard
and William is another average
spot to grab a quick bite. Noth-
ing out of the ordinary - the
food is decent, the service ok
and the prices pretty good. See
you there some time.
The Lamplighter on E. Lib-
erty has a little imagination.
The Best Steakhouse on State
St. has a little gimmick. At the
Lamplighter, one can find a
really good dinner-cheesearo-
ma, which is a good size portion
of ground round' topped with
cheese, a nice salad, potatoes
and rolls.
The Best Steakhouse serves
everything the same only' they
ask you if you want it different
and then don't listen anyway.
The meals, served in assembly-,
line fashion, include a steak, two
slices of fried bread, baked po-
tato and salad, with dessert
and beverage as extras.
Drakes on North University
has good drinks and ok sand-
wiches, but the prices hurt.
metrio's and the Wheel on
SouthUniversity and Biff's on
' William have two attributes.
They are open late at night-or
early in the morning if you op-
erate by tomorrows-and serve
pretty decent coffee.
The ' above has admittedly
been somewhat pessimistic, but
there are some bright spots to
campus eating..
Steve's Lunch clearly deserves
at least five Michelin stars.
Steve and his wife serve the best
hamburgers in Ann Arbor, a
great steak and egg dinner, root
beer in frosted mugs, and
French fries that you can actu-
ally taste. Stevp's modest quar-
ters on East Jefferson had re-
ceived too little notice by stu-
dents. This fall they will be
located near Pizza Bob's on
South State Street. The new
spot will make Steve's accessi-
ble to more students.
The venerable Betsy Ross in
the Arcade has been on campus
-a long time and still is untouch-
able for breakfast and lunch.
Thirty seven cents gets you a

cup of coffee and a grilled cin-
namon roll. A fine way to start
the day.
Another good place to go for
breakfast is Angelo's near Uni-
versity Hospital. They feature
homemade bread, and the raisin
bread toast is a nice morning
Mike's Steak and Shake is one
of the few good spots on South
University. The service is fast,
the atmosphere jovial because
of the glib waiters and the food
is generally good, especially the
char-broiled steaks and crisp
1 e t t u c e salads. Occasionally,
though, the prices seem a little
high for the end result.
Another decent s p o t tucked
behind the Law Quad on Mon-
roe St. is Dominic 's cafe-restau-
rant. They make good sand-
wiches, big salads for the price
and pretty nice pizza. You can
also eat outside.
Moving off campus to Ann
Arbor's suburban strip-=Wash-
tenaw Ave.-one finds the best
in chain-store dining and a
couple of private spots that
aren't much better.
Approaching the plus side is
Frontier Beef Buffet near the
'junction of Stadium and Wash-
tenaw. This spot specializes in
roast beef sliced b e f o r e your
very eyes. They also have daily
specials of. chicken, fish and
turkey and have great gravy to
go over all dishes.
Friar Tuck's Pantry, Elias
Brother's Big Boy, one of the
two Bill Knapps in the area,
the Ponderosa Steak House and
a Holiday Inn establishment are
just down the road. What does
one say about them?
They all serve the same
ground round steaks (though
the Holiday Inn reportedly char-
coals a nice piece ' of beef),
greasy fried chicken, half-de-
cent lettuce, coke and lukewarm
coffee-all delivered by wait-
resses who seem like the B-team
for United Airlines stewardi. If
you want an unexciting evening
of food with a familiar middle-
America flavor, try one of these
and you'll be right at home.
If there's one thing you can
s get in. Ann Arbor, it's pizza. If
you're lucky enough to have a
car or can borrow one for an
hour or so, a trip out to the
Village Inn Pizza, also on Wash-
tenaw, is worth it. The service
is pretty good, the atmosphere
not bad, if plastic, the pizza is
excellent, and you can ' have
Heineken beer on tap..
Similarly, Omega near the
hospital complex on Forest puts
together. a good pizza and de-
livers. Their only drawback is
the lack of speed in getting the

pizza from their oven to your
And Pizza Loys on S. State is
a lively spot with delicious pizza.
(Note: His Hawaiian pizza is a
real rite de passage for every
college student.) The atmos-
phere there demands a genuine
ability for verbal sparring with
Pizza Bob and his wife Pizza
Bimbo's on Washington St.
has rather good pizza, but the
jovial ragtime band there night-
ly and the just-throw-your-pea-
nut-shells-on-the-floor atmos-
phere brings in too many little
kids and screamers to make a
really enjoyable evening.
One of the truly good things
about Ann Arbor is its very good
German restaurants. Here prices
and quality c o m e together.
Metzgers and the Old German
on Washington take top honors
in this category. Both offer
good sauerbrauten, excellent
goulash and Metzgers has tre-
mendously good omlets. At both
places, the prices range from
about $1.80 to $3.00 or $4.00 and
include a vegetable, potato, salad
and beverage plus good service
to boot.
The Old Heidelburg isn't
nearly as good, but it still is
better than most places in town.
The 75 cent bratwurst chef spe-
cial is a real deal. It must be
pointed out that Sheriff Doug-
las Harvey has been known to
frequent the place, and the us-
ual clientele often seems hostile
to people with long hair.
The Chinese restaurants in
Ann Arbor are very good too.
It seems like you always wind
up spending more than you an-
ticipated. Lea Ping's on Liberty
is more expensive than the Pa-
goda downtown but the atmos-
phere is better. Both places have
very good menus and which one
is better will probably just be a
matter of personal taste. The
Pagoda isn't as crowded as Leo
Ping's but it seems, that the
egg rolls there get smaller every
year. Closer to campus, the
Lantern Garden is a little drab,
but the prices are eye openers.
The food is pretty good, how-
Some restaurants just can't
be categorized. They have a
dish or two that makes them
stand out. The Del Rio Bar of-
fers great pizza at prices con-
siderably below every other
place in town. The Purple Pick-
le offers a good speciality sand-
wich, but they seem to be get-
ting thinner as time goes by.
Not many people think about
going to The Golden Falcon to
eat (understandably so because
of the usually obnoxious bands

Ann lA
that blast later on at night) but
sandwiches and their ginger
beef are really good and very
Every city needs its attempt
at the French Restaurant and
Ann Arbor tries with C h e z
Crepe. Their crepes are very
good, but if you have a stom-
ach any larger than the aver-
age French canary it will cost
you one hell of a lot of money
to be satisfied.'
And finally there are Ann
Arbor's quote - unquote Class
Establishments. The Rubaiyat
soonbto be relocated on First
St. below Main, is a relatively
high price spot. Their steaks,
especially Chateaubriand, and
their gourmet nights every
Tuesday are quite enjoyable.
But don't go there unless father
signs the check. After dinner
its worth the price to hear the
Iris Bell Adventure. They play
exceedingly good, good music-
the best live entertainmert in
Ann Arbor.
The Ambassador at the Hil-
ton Inn on S. State Road is
fairly decent as far as roast
beef and steaks go. But it is
Just like the last Hilton you ate
at wherever that was. You can
really spend your money better
Weber's is The Name in Ann
Arbor. Everybody can't wait to
take his parents there for their
first meal in University city.
The lunches are nice but the
;inners seem to be somewhat
overrated. It's a zoo on football
Some of the better eating in
the Ann Arbor area is beyond
city limits. The Lord Fox on the
way to Plymouth is expensive
but is quite good, especially for
seafood. The Canopy in Brigh-

ton may well be the best in the
area. And Win Schuler's in
Jackson is. worth the trip, for
the roast beef. '
Victor's in the new Campus
Inn has had some trouble get-
ting a liquor license. The two
churches across the street are
somewhat upset to see a bar es-
tablished so close to God. The
restaurant however, makes some
attempts at maintaining high
standards. You can't eat there
without, a tie and jacket for the
A special aside goes to Clint
Castor And his two Bells-the
Pretzel on Liberty and Village
on South University. Both have
high prices and not such high
class food, but the hot dark
bread and garlic butter are tra-
ditions along with the beer
drinking set who inhabit both
places nightly. These beer drink-
ers, however, are from a bygone
era they think is still here. Most
of the .heavies have moved else-
where to do heir drinking and
others have #oved from drink-
ing beer to smoking funny lit-
tle cigarettes.
So there you have it, Ann Ar-
bor eating at a glance. It's a
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