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2B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, April 11, 2002

'Best Of' celebrates nineteen years
This year's edition of the "Best Of Ann Arbor" marks the 19th anniversary of
the annual survey that keeps shop owners crossing their fingers for a plaque to
hang above the cash register.
Many of this year's winners are long-term Best Of' recipients, but some
responses have changed dramatically in the past 19 years. Here's a look at our
favorite 'Best Of' years past:

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magi
Mongolian Barbeque perfect for decad

'Best Of'
Categories

1983

1988

1993'

1996
Rick's
Bumpy

By Andy Taylor-Fabe
Daily Film Editor
Despite the name, Mongolian Bar-
beque is the perfect American restau-
rant: You grab as much food as you can
possibly fit into one bowl, throw it on
a scalding hot grill, watch it sizzle and
eat stir-fry until you can eat no more.
God bless America.
Mongolian Barbeque is technically a
sit-down restaurant, but there is very
little sitting involved because you
spend most of your time at the massive
buffet, observing your meticulously
constructed feast being prepared by a

throng of eager and vociferous
employees armed with metal, machete-
like chopping utensils (which used to
be wooden and much cooler).
The eating of the food becomes
almost secondary to the preparation,
for the time spent consuming said food
is just potential buffet time being wast-
ed, and if you eat too slowly, your body
will have time to reluctantly inform
you that if you try to cram in any more
food, your body will consist almost
entirely of teriyaki sauce and garlic
powder, which will flow through your
veins instead of blood. If this happens,
you will not have time to get your
money's worth of the cornucopia of
meat, vegetables, savory sauces, oils
and spices.
For most people, three bowls is like

the four-minute-mile -no matter how
much you prepare and now matter how
hungry you are, few can beat it. There
are those talented individuals who can
devour bowl after bowl like it was the
oxygen in their very lungs, but three is
industry standard.
In the meat department, you have
your standard beef, chicken, pork,
lamb, etc., and there is also a variety of
seafood, including shrimp and cala-
mari, which is both delicious and use-
ful for grossing out squeamish friends.
The vegetable section includes every-
thing from sugar snap peas to pineap-
ple, and the oil, sauce and spice
section contains everything for the dis-
criminating palate.
(A word to the wise: Use the follow-
ing sauces sparingly: The lemon juice,

which is more potent than you migl
think, and the hot mustard - you'
regret overuse later. Enough said.)
A recent development that hurts th(
restaurant is the rearrangement of tI
stations at the buffet. The meat use
to be the first thing you would ge
followed by the veggies, sauces, oil:
and so on.
Now, however, the meat follows tli
non-meat, in what can only be
fiendish plot by the fat-cats to tric
people into filling their bowls wit
vegetables before they get to the meat
That being said, Mongolian Ba
beque is a fun and surprisingly activ
dining experience that is fun for th
whole family or for a group of slight
intoxicated youngsters looking to ge
the most bang for their buck.

Bar:

Charley's

Rick's
Bumpy

Burgers:
Concert:
Pizza:
To Take
a Date:

Blimpy

English Beat
Uno's
The Arb

Lester Bowie
Cottage Inn
The Arb

Scorekeeper's
Blimpy
Spin Doctors
Cottage Inn
The Arb

Tracy Chapman
Cottage Inn
The Arb

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Happy Birthday!
Charley's would like to be the first to
congratulate you with a free meal. Just bring
along a friend and proper ID, and select your
favorite entree rom our fanous menu. It
Just our way of saying
xxi T y Congratulations
VVI T Mand thanks for
Charley's celebrating with us.

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Back in 1954 when cars sported fins
and women wore hats, U of M Credit
Union opened for business and was
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Today it's still the place to go for a car loan,
and a mortgage loan,
and a home equity loan,
and credit cards,
and debitcards,

Of

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116 S.Main St.
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andareservations
accepted. 11am-11p
Open 7 Days 11 am-11 pm

Saigon Garen
Dine-In & Carry-Out
Vietnamese &Cinese Cuisine
1220 S. Univetsity (at the corner of Forest)
Sun-Thur.
". Fri
11 am to 1 pm
M <- * :30 a to p
Aft 734 747-7006

"Angelo's is the greatest place in the Big
Ten... Folks curl around the block in an
hour-long wait. Alljust to eat toast, hash
browns, bacon, and eggs that happen to be
the best on earth. The folks that run the
place are great. Their fresh-baked raisin
bread is world reknown."
-from Big Ten Country by Bob Wood

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