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The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Ma
2B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, February 17, 2000
Without hype, wrap emporium delivers lunch values
By Darren Ringel
For the Daily
Far and away, one of the most under-
rated lunch spots in Ann Arbor is Roly
Poly. Many students might never have
heard of Roly Poly. For those who have
never heard of Roly Poly, the restau-
rant is located at 1220 S. University
Ave., one flight of stairs above
McDonald's. Although the interior of
Roly Poly might not be decorated so
elaborately, a clean environment can
always be expected in its petite and
Roly Poly has an ambience and view
to please its customers, but the restau-
trant's concern is more focused on is
its food. The concept of the restaurant
is plain and simple - it makes wraps.
Those unfamiliar with the "wrap" con-
cept are missing out on a mix of
cooked or uncooked meats and vegeta-
bles surrounded by a tortilla in burrito-
In essence, Roly Poly has adopted
the concept of the Mexican burrito and
added its own flavor. The Mexican bur-
rito is typically made with chicken or
steak, but the Roly Poly wrap can be
assembled with a wider variety of
meats. Options include turkey, ham,
pork, roast beef, chicken, chicken
salad or just vegetables for vegetarian
or kosher diners.
The total menu is packed with over
50 numbered combinations, so anyone
can find a wrap that will satisfy their
taste buds. If you have trouble decid-
ing between the wide array of deli-
cious wraps, all you have to do is ask
Sheila, the friendly and lovable owner,
to be guaranteed a choice selection.
For those who have not yet had the
pleasure of dining at Roly Poly, Sheila
is a prototype owner who always
awaits her customers with an outgoing
smile and personality. Not much more
could be asked in the lunch business
than her ability to make Roly Poly cus-
tomers laugh and satisfy their taste
buds at the same time.
Since Sheila is also a full-time man-
ager, anyone who so much as goes in
and hollers out a number to her, within
three to five minutes, will hear their
name called and find a tasty, made-to-
order wrap awaiting.
But even before going in, it wouldn't
hurt to be armed with a few of my per-
sonal favorite menu items. First of all,
nobody can go wrong with the
Chicken Fajita Wrap. This particular
wrap is grilled to a perfect golden-
brown crisp and consists of chicken,
cheese, onions, green peppers and
tomatoes. This might sound all right,
but the ingredients in the wrap are only
half the battle. Another selling point
for these recipes is a recommended
sauce that comes with each hot wrap
for your dipping pleasure. For exam-
ple, the Chicken Fajita Wrap comes
with salsa, the Steak Philly comes with
a Barbecue-Ranch dip and the
Peachtree Melt comes with a Honey
Even if, against all odds, this doesn't
sound incredibly delicious to the typi-
cal food consumer, Roly Poly makes a
pitch for the lunch dollars of the stu-
1900 (1977) Bertolucci madness
0ntinues with this epic story oftwo,
uh, Italian brothers (Robert De Niro
and Gerard Depardieu). Hmmm.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty. 3
Animania Go explore the world of
Japanese animation at Animania.
From sci-fi to drama, Animania offers
something for everyone. Look for the
excellent "Rouronu Kenshin"kand the
terminally cute "Card Captor Sakura."
Cero-chan wa daisuki desu yo! MLB
Aud. 3. 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Free.
Rear Window (1954) See Fri. 4:30, 7
& 9:30 p.m. $5.50.
L'Avventura (1960) Michelangelo
Antonioni directs this film about a
bunch of rich ltalians who land on an
uninhabited island. Think "Gilligan's
Island" meets "The Bicycle Thief."
Except no bicycles are stolen. Nat.
Sc.i Aud. 7 p.m. $4.
La Notte (1961) Another Antonioni
flick. This one's about bourgeois
alienation. Where's Tyler Durden
when you need him? Nat. Sci. Aud.
9:30 p.m. $4.
National Championships of A Cappella
_Rackham Auditorium. 8 pm. $5 for
students, $8 for everyone else.
American Movie See Thurs. 11:50
Last Tango in Paris (1973) See Fri.
WCBN Fundraiser feat. London's Ul
makes the trip to Ann Arbor to help
raise some funds. The Lonesome
Organist opens. Blind Pig, 208 S.
First St. 10 p.m. $8.
Amazin' Blue and Special Guests Get
ready to mosh to this one, entitled
"Monsters of A Cappella."Rackham
Auditorium, 915 E. Washington. 8
Ingrid Jensen Quartet See Fri. 11
p.m. and 12:30 a.m. $15.
Love's Fire See Thurs. 8 p.m.
Casino Paradise See Thurs. 8 p.m.
New York City Opera National
Company This popular group presents
Rossini's "The Barber of Seville."
Power Center, 121 Fletcher St. 8
p.m. $45. $40, $35, $22. Also a one-
hour family performance: 2 p.m. $20
adults. $10 children. 763-0611.
A LTERNA TIVES
Jeff Mortimer Local achiever
Mortimer discusses his book
"Learning Curves in Business: 21
Stories of Ann Arbor Area Business
Leaders." Nicola's Books Westgate,
2513 Jackson. 1 p.m. Free. 662-
Tunes, Tales, and Troubadours
Storyteller-cum-librarian Laura Pershin
Raynor hosts a 45 minute family pro-
gram of traditional music and stories.
Ann Arbor District Library, 343S.
Fifth Ave. 2 p.m. Free. 327-4200.
LSA sophomore James Graff-Radford is a regular diner at the Roly Poly.
dent budget with its low prices. At a
full 12 inches, the wraps range from
S4.50 to 55.75 and the combinations
include a medium soda and chips for
only S1.25 more.
Overall, this restaurant will appease
anyone who walks in. no matter their
hunger desires. For all the body-
builders out there, Roly Poly's wraps
are filling, high-protein and low-fat,
with no trade-off in taste quality. For
the people who might not have the
hunger of a bodybuilder, or anyone on
a diet, Roly Poly offers the option of
buying half a wrap for less money -
around S3.25 or 53.50.
Roly Poly offers any student the
chance to experience the satisfaction
of great food and great sere ice from
the owner herself, just as I have. If
you're ever on S. University and
Forest, passing by this place without
grabbing a bite to eat would be a huge
Vin Diesel (left) and Giovanni Ribisi (right) star as stockbrokers in Nei
An Evening with the Community High
Jazz Ensemble Featuring combos from
Community High School's stellar jazz
program. The Ark, 316 Main St. 8
SA Ne a
Saturday, February 26 * :3OPM.
Joe Lois Arna
Rear Window (1954) See Fri. 7 &
9:30 p.m. $5.50.
The Phoenix Ensemble Featuring
Gemini Annunziata Tomaro (say it
three times fast), this symphonic
claque - popular with locals in the
know - leads Ann Arbor's resident
orchestra. Fun for the whole family,
with popular children's music duo
Gemini, not Phil Collins. Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty. 3 p.m. $15.
Christian Tetzlaff This world-famous
German violinist plays the works of
J.S. Bach, commemorating the 250th
anniversary of his death. St. Francis of
Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 East
Stadium Boulevard. 8 p.m. $25 gener-
al admission. 763-0611.
Eric Bibb, Ellis Paul Contemporary
East Coast folk from the gospel-tinged
Bibb and the storytelling Paul. The
Ark, 316 Main St. 7:30 p.m. $12.50.
The Complete Bach Organ Works
Organist James Kibbie performs the
fourth of 18 recitals in memory of the
250th anniversary of Bach's passing.
Blanche Anderson Moore Recital Hall,
School of Music, North Campus. 4
Ann Arbor Playwrights Local play-
wrights join forces to read their new
plays and screenplays on stage. Ann
Arbor Civic Theater Playhouse, 2275
Platt. 7 p.m. $3 donation. 971-AACT.
Casino Paradise See Thurs. 8 p.m.
Books that Changed Your Life Join
writer Iris Lee and others. Find your
favorite novel and share a passage
that shows the impact of literature on
your life. Space is limited; sign up at
info desk. Borders Arborland, 3527
Washtenaw. 2 p.m. Free. 677-6948.
Docent Tour "The Orchid Pavillion
Gathering" exhibit, featuring Chinese
painting over the last 900 years.
Museum of Art. 525 South State
Street. 2 p.m. Free. 764-0395.
The Lantern Festival The Museum of
Art's second Community Day
memorates the Chinese Lantc
Festival, with hands-on activi
cultural events. Media Room,
Museum of Art, 525 South St
Street. 1-5 p.m. Free. 764-03
Rear Window (1954) See Fri.
& 9:30 p.m. $5.50.
Bird of Paradise Orchestra Ki
relax and enjoy some big ban
Bird of Paradise, 207 S. Ashy
Acoustic Open Mic Pretty se
explanatory. Chris Buhalis h
Room, 201 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Ellen Barry As part of the 5tt
Exhibition of Art by Michigar
Prisoners, Barry speaks abo.
in U.S. prisons. Rackham
Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washir
p.m. Free. 662-7691.
Rear Window (1954) See Fri
9 p.m. $5.50.
Barry Lyndon (1976) Stanley
directs this 18th-century epi
singular man who spies, solk
gambles. Beautifully done, ff
excellent battle scenes. Mic
Theater, 603 E. Liberty. 7 p.
Take a Chance Tuesday: Voii
the Verge C'mon. take a cha
Hear the folk stars of tomor
today! Bring canned goods a
ishable donations for distrib
through Food Gatherers. ThE
courtesy of Franchise Pictures
Matthew Perry stars In the new comedy, "The Whole Nine Yards."