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Page 4 -The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-City-Thursday, September 9, 1993

Main Street offers
many attractions
by J.B. Akins
Daily Staff Reporter
All Aboard!! Getready forthe ride ofyourMichigan career. You are about
to embark on an unforgettable journey through the Main Street area of
downtown Ann Arbor.
Upon arrival in downtown Ann Arbor, you will discover an establishment
where the founder's grandchildren graciously serve the clientele; a boutique
where you'll encounter the latest in contemporary fashions; and a gallery for
that one-of-a-kind gift.
You can stroll along tree-lined sidewalks, pausing for refreshments at an
outdoor cafe. Or choose from an abundance of restaurants to suit your every
taste from a bountiful breakfast to a luxurious dinner.
"The Main Street area is a unique shopping area with a blend of many
shops that offer personalized, down-home service and competitive prices
-too," George Kempf said. Kempf is the president of the Main Street Area
Association (MSAA) and manager of a downtown men's and boys' clothing
There aren't many students at the University who haven't heard of Ann
Arbor's unique downtown. But unfortunately, there are too many students
who have never ventured to see the many wonderful shops and restaurants
that make downtown Ann Arbor one that other cities envy.
Main Street is about five blocks down from the Michigan Union. Some
students cite this distance as the reason they have never shopped there.
"Downtown is too far. I also don't know what's there," engineering senior
Aaron Sprague said.
'There are more convenient places closer to my home," engineering
junior James Weldy said.
However, some students have been to Main Street and recommend the
area to others.
"You first-year students need to come to downtown. There are lots ofgreat
sales," University graduate Natalie Grantham said. "I had never been to
downtown as an undergraduate, but now I shop here all the time."
Let me tell you what's in downtown Ann Arbor.
There are clothing stores selling items that range from men's and
children's fashion to karate and wilderness apparel.
There are art galleries and architecture finns. There are banks and bars.
There are bookstores and realtors. Also, there are many specialty stores.
You name it and you can probably find it in the Main Street area.
The restaurants are too numerous to name them all. They range from
Chinese to Italian and from Greek to German.
"Downtown Ann Arbor has one of the only doughnutshops in town," LSA
senior Lisa Bodley said.
Here's one last piece of advice about the fancy restaurants, "Have mom
and dad bring you to the nice restaurants downtown," said Rich, manager of
a downtown clothing store.
"There's one restaurant that will give you a beeper when you make your
table reservations so that you can leave and go shopping. When your table is
ready, they'll beep you," he added.
The MSAA promotes a variety of special events during the year to
encourage people to shop and frequent the downtown area.
The organization also sponsors First Friday celebrations the first Friday
of every month. During these celebrations, the area businesses stay open late,
have sidewalk sales and provide free entertainment.
So when you arrive in Ann Arbor in the fall, make downtown your first
stop. See you soon!

Ann Abor provij

by Jessie Halladay
Daily Staff Reporter
So you're heading to Ann Arbor in
anticipation ofthat wonderful donn food
you will be receiving. And you think to
yourself, what am I going to do? Well,
you'll order pizza.
But contrary to what seems to be the
popular college belief, pizza isn't your
only alternative to crusted over lasagna
or nasty pork stir-fry. There are a lot of
great restaurants, and a few sub-par
ones to choose from when youjust can't
stomach the usual dorm fare,
Let's get this pizza stutt out of the
way and then get on to something more
challenging A' favorites include Cot-
tage Inn and Pizzena Uno'.. Cottage
Inn will provide you with thin crust (my
personal favorite) or deep dish ata fairly
reasonable price and they will deliver
I heir erusts are great. Uno's has a more
exotic ty pcfi pizeca, as w cli as various
Itahan dishes.
Enough of that, now let's get serious
about our choices. Ann Arbor is a great
place to get Chinese food. By far the best
place -and deal - in town is Dinersty.
The crowds that are always present should
tell you that the food is wonderful. If
you're into cheap and tasteless there is
always Magic Wok. This place is all about
imitation Chinese wannabe.
If you have more exotic tastes and

you are hankering for a falafel, there are
several places that could fit the bill.
Shahrayar on Maynard has a great at-
mosphere as well as good, fresh food.
They have a wide selection of Middle
Eastern delicacies, including the best
hummus in town. But if you want a
terrific falafel, you've got to head to
Jerusalem Gardens. They're cheap and
fresh but don't go at peak lunch hour if
you don't have time to wait.
There are a wide selection of places
to which you should get the folks to take
you. Most of them revolve around the
Main Street area. The Real Seafood
Company,Palio, Gratzi andThe Prickley
Pear are all quality restaurants where
you can expect good food and decent
service. The ultimate parent place is the
Gandy Dancer, which is housed in the
old train station.
'here are also your standard deli-
type places. Ihe most well-known, as
well as competitive, are Amer's and
Lingennan's. Both have great sand-
wichesbutare usually pretty busy. Check
out the #44 at Amer's. Fab!
If you are looking for Mexican, for-
get it. Despite the recent influx of Mexi-
can restaurants, the selection is no better
than before.
So I hope you don't feel you have to
limit yourself to pizza or, even worse,
dorm food. And don't pay attention to
the rumors about which cafeteria has
the best food, it's all terrible. But hey,
you'll get used to it or you'll be calling
for extra care packages.

by Jon Altshul
Daily Staff Reporter
In Milwaukee, they drink
beer. In Louisville, they drink mint
juleps. And in New York, they
drink manhattans.
In Ann Arbor, they drink coffee.
Brimming with sweet java at vir-
tually every street corner, the city is
a veritable Mecca for the rich Co-

the people. However, while some
coffee shops brim with ambrosia
blends, others should be avoided like
the plague. Here are a few insights tc
get you started:
Fino's (in the Union). Some-
where Juan Valdez is smiling. The
coffee is Nirvana and the service is
superb. The blend is perfect -:not
too bitter, not too sweet - ta
perfectly black. It wafts across the
palate in a spectacular aromatic ex.
plosion, delighting the senses while
it revitalizes the cerebrum.
The Southern European ambi-
ance, replete with hanging plants
and a sprawling sun patio, adds to its
exotic, though centrally located can
dor. Fino's caters mostly to upstar1
singles posing as bookworms inA
hopes of catching a glance at a r
tential mate. "Finocombinesthestar-

lombian bean. From Amer's on
Church to Gratzi onLiberty and State,
the quintessential smoke-filled,jazz-
pumping, philosophy-talking coffee
shop is as much a staple of Ann
Arbor as football Saturdays and dol-
lar pitcher Mondays. They are
temples of wor-
ship for some, of-
fering post-mod-
ern decors andex-
otic baked edibles
frothy beverages.
ply pretentious
venues for under-
weightPh.D. can-
didates, Ann Ar-
bor coffee shops
ultimately tran-
scend the elitist
stereotypes that
burghs. Essen-
tially, Kafka-hat-
ers need not fear
- everyone is
welcome here.
it's own distinct
personality and
c l i e n t e l e. Katherine Rosma
Espresso Royale coffee houses. T
for starving artist
types, Rendez-Vous for
bookwormish greeks and Fino's for
procrastinating romantics.
It seems every student has their
own coffee shop to which they be-
come inextricably associated. Like
the "Cheers" faithful, dedicated pa-
trons have their own table and their
own unique repertoire with the man-
Like choosing a roommate or de-
ciding on a major, picking a cafd for
your four years in Ann Arbor will be
one of the most difficult decisions
you'll have to make. It will become
your second home - a haven for
hangout and a den for debauchery.
Shop around, drink the brew, try out


in, an LSA senior, puts in some quality ti
he coffee shops abound, but be sure tor
dard pretensions of a coffee shop
with the down-homeness of a tradi-
tional student hangout," explains
Rony Guldman, LSA junior an.
admitted caffeine addict.
Amer's (on State). Though the
service is only ho-hum and the blend
is a wee bit more mellow than the
Fino's offering, Amer's on State is
quickly becoming legendary. Vj
its luscious deli, art deco floor -
terns, and modest beverage prices,
Amer's is a can't miss.
Usually too noisy for studying,
but perfect for talking trash with. a
close buddy, the restaurant is ideal
for veteran caffeine indulgers. Talk
is cheap and the huge bay windows

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by Nina Hodaei
Daily Staff Reporter
In case you didn't know, there's
more to the national music scene than
Athens, Seattle, Chapel Hill or Minne-
apolis. Granted, Ann Arbor hasn't car-
ried the name value that these others
have, but there's a lot going on here as
well. From a diversity of bars and con-
certclubs that attractgreat national tour-
ing acts, to a fairly active local music

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scene that constanMly produces some
exceptional ULl',.. athiu-c's more to this
little town in the Midwest than would
first meet the -y C.
lThere's : thing going or; every
night of the U., - when it coies to
music. A lot ci the bars focus on a
particular sound, arid package their
music to a particulai audience, so you
need to know wheic to look for your fill
of good tunes.
The Blind Pig is one ofthese famous
institutions in Ann Arbor. Attracting the
likes of Ni ana (before they made it
big), I lelrnet, . Love lBattery, Bob Mould
and even a surpise gig by Pearl Jam all
in the past couple of years, the Pig has
consistently i ? d way to driw popu-
yay to u i, TCu itS int m a te
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21 to enter.
The Michigan Theater reels inlarg
national tours that have simply ou
grown the size of playing at the Pig
Rick's. Recently, bands likeMudhone
Sugar, and the Psychedelic Furs pe
formed here. The lack of moving spa'
(it's actually still a functioning old-tim
movie house) doesn't provide the
est environment to see a show, but
does give Ann Arborites the chance t
see performers thatnecessarily wouldn
come here otherwise due to space
I lillAuditorium is Ann Arborslar'
est concert venue (aside from Cris]
Arena, which housed the likes ofR.E
and the Grateful Dead back when
actually was used quite frequently as
concert stadium). Larger nation*
that come to the Detroit area will s
times stop off here as well. Bands lik
SoulAsylum, JesusJones,LivingColo
and the Replacements played at Hill5
the past couple of years.
If rock and blues isn't exactly yo
cup of tea, there are still a lot ofchoic
in the area. The Ark is a nationall
renowned folk concert venue bringin
in acts like Jonathon Richmar
Suzanne Vega. It showcases top-note
entertainment and helps sponsor th
yearly Ann Arbor Folk Festival, whic
usually brings together the biggest pe
loniiN i e folk 111ic industry uk
!~_ 111th (yeah. righpt).
Several of the coffeehouses,
EspressoRoyaleCafd, Rendezvous
and Leonardo's on North Campus v


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