The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Best of Ann Arbo
Page 6- The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Best of Ann Arbor - April 15, 1993
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Ahh... there's so much to consume
in Ann Arbor. And there's so little time.
But students have definite opinions
about where they like to eat-very few
of the spots on our "best of 'list won by
a small margin.
So for those of you who are still
clueless about where toeatin this town,
here's a glimpse of what our readers
had to say.
Best Coffee/Best Cafe: Espresso
The original, and still the best of
Ann Arbor's expanding cafe scene. Even
Espresso Royale expanded this year -
a plus in the formerly cramped State
Street location. Another special treat is
jazz night, which is undoubtedly the
best night to study here.
Best Burgers: Bumpy Burger
Blimpy's has taken this category
since the dawn of time. This is the only
place in the world where it's normal to
order a triple, or even aquadruple burger.
Best French Fries: McDonalds
McDonalds? I think sheer familiar-
ity took theprizeon this one. But they're
still better than Wendy's.
Best Pizza: Cottage Inn
Cottage Inn is an Ann Arbor stan-
dard, and we like their round pizza -
though it is their traditional sesame-
seeded deep dish that gets all the atten-
Best Hot Dogs: Chicago Dog
When its name changed from Red
Hot Lovers, the restaurant could have
taken a tumble. But the Dog House still
has the tastiest wieners in town - and
some tasty cheese fries to boot.
Best Wings: Mr. Spots
Even though Spots is expensive,
these wings are special. And when they
say hot, they mean HOT.
Best Cheap Beer: Rick's
OK, using the word "best" to de-
scribe cheap beer is generally an oxy-
moron (unless, of course, you're talk-
ing about Milwaukee's Best). We pre-
fer to call the category "cheapest beer,"
and Rick's, with its frequent dollar-
pitcher specials, clearly takes the prize
Best Bar Drinks: Scorekeepers
The best bar drinks in Ann Arbor
used to be even better when Tuesday
night was beat-the-clock night. Butthey
make a good Long Island Ice Tea under
the gun --during Thursday night mad-
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt:
Oh, here's a surprise. Ann Arbor's
homemade kicked Steve's out of town
and continues to innovate with new and
exciting flavors. This is the only scoop
shop we know of north of the Mason-
Dixon line that can do well selling ice
cream in February.
Best Chipati: Pizza House
Pizza Bob's invented it, but Pizza
House perfected it. The Pizza House
chipati combines soft, doughy bread
with abundant fillings -and the sauce
Last week marked the first clear
victory of throngs of students over an
administration which has spent the bet-
ter part of the semester trying to clamp
down on the Diag. During Hash Bash,
at South University after the NCAA
tournament, and even at an open-mi-
crophone on the Diag Friday, students
and when he moved away, they nailed
him with a snowball.
Most of the culprits did not look like
students, they were probably outsiders,
from Ypsilanti or something. Students
who go here are accustomed to tolerat-
ing born-agains, schizophrenics and
pan-handlers on a daily basis, and prob-
ably wouldn't react with such hysteria.
As a student, or as an administrator,
it is natural to view these kids as an
intrusion, a vile and damaging element
that does not belong here. Would I
break the law to keep them away? No.
But can I see why these hooligans send
chills up the administration's spine?
I can also see why the words South
University mean panic to any adminis-
trator or business owner in the area.The
mini race riots that took place after the
championship game were nothing less
than sickening. (Of course, the police,
who behaved better than usual this year,
were pleased. Better that students beat
each other up than do damage to
One by one, vigilante groups would
pick out a white kid, or a Black kid, or
just some kid, and kick the shit out him.
I heard one Black man say "Rodney
King, man," as he helped beat up a
white kid in front of President
Duderstadt's house. AnotherBlack man
in his 20s came up to me about five
minutes afterward and warned, with an
apologetic, friendly smile, "Hey man,
I'd get the hell outof here if I were you."
I thanked him, but I stayed.
Ann Arbor in daylight was quite a
different story. At the open microphone
last week, students shed their mob men-
tality, and resumed to acting just plain
mental. At first, a desperate emcee, who
shelled out $80 for the mike, pleaded
with his fellow students to participate.
Finally, one student, who looked like a
young Burl Ives, got the ball rolling
with a line that can galvanize any stu-
dent crowd on campus.
"Hello, I'd like to speak against the
foreign language requirement," he said.
As the debate raged on, another
student backed him up. "If I had wanted
to learn a language," she said, "I would
have been'd learned it a long time ago."
Soon the debate turned to free
speech. "This is free speech, this isn't a
freak show," declared another emcee.
Ofcourse, this was before Stoney Burke,
the best indication of what Preacher
Mike was like before he stopped taking
drugs, took the stage. "Fuck, fuck, fuck,
fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck," he
said. "The right, right, right ... to free
speech, fuck you."
Stoney's analysis of the Bill of Rights
must have stirred the crowd even fur-
ther, because debate exploded into top-
ics ranging from the inhumane captiv-
ity of chickens, "kept in small cages 3 x
5 feet and driven off to the slaughter
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pushed at the boundaries of convention
and authority, and flirted with the pos-
sibilities of mass intransigence.
But Hash Bash and South Univer-
sity rapidly deteriorated into something
more than just healthy defiance. They
became unsettling examples of the ig-
norance and violence that students -
or anyone else - are capable of com-
mitting when society's rules are tempo-
rarily suspended. The recent flurry of
student barbarism doesn't bring me one
inch closer to supporting administra-
tion policy, but it does help me under-
stand its source.
No doubt Hash Bash was the fore-
most assertion of student power. For
most of the event, I traveled with people
who were both absurdly giggly and
boisterous, and irrationally paranoid,
thanks to a dose of the little weed. But
as soon as we reached the Diag, we
came upon a circle of about 200 young
people, laughing incessantly, and hurl-
ing snowballs at a group of preachers,
who endured the stoning with true mar-
tyrdom. It became painfully clear who
the real crazies were.
One preacher came up to a group of
youths directly in front of me, and gave
them the usual stuff aboutheathens and
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