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8B - The Michigan Daily - Weekied Magaie - Thursday, April 10, 2003

The Michigan Daily - WeCkIld Meilie -1T

Sushi for
By Rebecca Ramsey
Daily Weekend Editor
Chances are, if you wanted to
enjoy dinner last year at Sushi.come
on a Saturday night, you probably
had to wait awhile with other hun-
gry customers. Since its inception in
late 2001, business has flourished as
droves of sushi connoisseurs rushed
to indulge in the finest and most
affordable sushi around.
Besides Economics 401, there
may have been nothing more diffi-
cult to endure in Ann Arbor than to
wait outside the windowed walls of
the restaurant and see the wait staff
flutter by with a tray full of yellow-
tail, shrimp tempura and eel. Like
an act of self-masochism, it hurt to
drool over the sushi, but at the same
time, it felt so good.
Such may have been the case last
year, when Sushi.come's decor con-
sisted of only ten tables and a small
sushi bar, but the recent expansion
into the adjoining restaurant provides
for a roommier, more customer-
friendly environment. Now, with over
30 tables to accommodate more cus-
tomers, and with good word-of-
mouth consistently spreading, busi-
ness has been busier than ever.
One would think that owner Chan

Marathon wins
best group race

G ood w ings, bad. yCaredaads -a
Daily Weekend Editor" s

By Ellen McGarrlty
Daily Arts Writer

As Best New Business, Sushi.come aims to please those with good taste.

Lee, who moved from New York to
Michigan, would enjoy a relaxed
Midwestern atmosphere, free of the
demands of a bustling city. Yet, Lee
explains that more people are start-
ing to see sushi as relatively com-
mon fare, rather than a chic and
exotic delicacy.
"I came to Ann Arbor because it is
a popular city and since the younger
generation is starting to like sushi
more, it was a good place," said Lee.
"We want to make sure that our
business keeps up, so we serve only
the freshest fish."
Another good reason to dine at
Sushi.come is the free soup and salad
for customers who dine in. Unlike
other Ann Arbor sushi restaurants
that charge patrons for their small
salads, Sushi.come's philosophy

affirms that customers should be
able to get the most out of their feast-
ing experience, including compli-
mentary starters.
It is this courteous manner that
which Sushi.come bestows on its
customers that justifies the restau-
rant as the Best New Business. Not
only is it a good'place to satisfy your
palate, it is a comforting venue that
succeeds at putting it's diners at ease.
But the success does not stop in Ann
Arbor. The future holds much entre-
preneurial optimism for Lee and his
establishment, for Lee hopes to open
another location in California or Ohio.
And it's a good decision. From the
mouth-watering hand rolls and nigiri
to the way the Ann Arbor restaurant is
usually packed, Ohio doesn't really
seem too far of a drive.

There are hundreds of student
organizations on campus, but few are
known by and involve as many peo-
ple as Dance Marathon.
"Dance Marathon is in its sixth year
here at the University of Michigan,"
said LSA junior Michael Mayer, who
was executive director of this year's
Dance Marathon. "We are the fastest-
growing Dance Marathon in the coun-
try and have grown each year in terms
of money made and participants."
This year topped all others when
the event's donation totaled a stun-
ning $197,397 - which was all con-
tributed to the University's C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital and Beaumont
Hospital of Royal Oak.
It all starts when dancers sign up
in the fall, each promising to raise at
least $250 throughout the year. Most
participants ask for donations on the
Diag to reach this goal. Mayer
reported that one student raised over
$2000 this year.
Dancers are also given a chance to
bond with their fellow marathoners
during the many Dance Marathon
sponsored activities during the year.
"These include Rick's Bar night, Yost
skate night, a pumpkin carving event
and pajama party with our Dance
Marathon families, dinner at Rio
Bravo, Standing Room Only (a cam-
pus-wide variety show), Charity Ball

and much more," Mayer said.
It ends with the dancers' participa-
tion in the actual Dance Marathon.
During the 30-hour marathon held at
the Michigan indoor track building,
dancers cannot sit down or fall asleep.
Their challenge is lightened though as
they are provided with abundant
amounts of food from Ann Arbor
restaurants as well as activities to do
during their day and a half of duty. And
of course there is a lot of dancing.
Participants learn a huge dance routine
in segments throughout the marathon.
And for those who want to still be
part of the Dance Marathon experi-
ence, but with less responsibility,
there is the option of being a
"moraler." Moralers participate only
on marathon day in five-hour shifts.
During these shifts, they talk to
dancers and keep them going, as well
as get to enjoy the experience.
"This year's marathon was truly
remarkable," said LSA junior Chris
Grapes, who was local marketing
chair of this year's Dance Marathon.
"Not only was the marathon itself
hugely successful, but many events
we had leading up to the marathon
also went really well. I mean, how -
many times does Rio Bravo run out of
food because they have too many peo-
ple coming to their restaurant?"
If you are interested in being a
dancer, moraler or event planner for
next year's Dance Marathon, e-mail

Mmmmm this cup of Starbucks' coffee tastes exactly like every other cup of
Starbucks coffee.
Starbucks is great if
you have no taste

As the credits for "Friends" begin to roll, you click off
your television and realize the dull rumble you thought was
coming from your roommate's subwoofer is actually your
stomach growling. After debating your options you and
your roommates decide to go for some cheese steaks and
wings. You dial up Mr. Spot's, and as the employee curtly
takes your order, you are satisfied that your hunger will
soon be satiated. Little did you know that the $15 order
would become an hour-long ordeal as Mr. Spot's once
again fell through on the delivery front.
Moral of the story: Good wings don't guarantee good
Located on South State Street by the corner of Hill Street,
Mr. Spots has one of the best locations on campus - they are
close to everyone. With delivery service available at most
competing food providers, it is no wonder that Mr. Spot's
feels compelled to deliver to remain competitive in the late
night drunk/stoned munchy department that characterizes the
life of so many college students.
But there comes a point where one must say enough is
enough, and to Spot's I must say, "If you hate delivery so
much, don't do it."
Though Mr. Spot's is the hands down undisputed
champion of the chicken wing, the perennial winner of
Best of Ann Arbor's best wings award is no one trick
pony. Mr. Spot's offers a wide variety of food, including
some of the best cheese steaks this side of Philly. While
the rest of the food deserves its due, people stop in Spot's
for one thing - wings. These infamous nuggets of saucy
goodness have netted Spot's the award for best wings
since 1989, a tradition that is older than some of those
skateboard punks in the Diag.
The wings come in three flavors: suicide, original buffalo
and Spot's own, or as normal people call it, barbecue - that
crafty cat. They come in orders of a half dozen, dozen, two
dozen or the bucket of 50.
Dine-in or carry-out, you would be hard pressed to find a
better combination of ambience, service and cuisine. The
dorm room-sized dining area possesses a homey quality with

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its Formica tables and co
meal in your kitchen as a fi
It is a shame that a resi
other facet of the busines
such as delivery, an opti
customers. With a well es
der to the masses by motc
streets of Ann Arbor to de
But subtracting the tw
seven minutes of preparat
finds ways to waste at lea
allotted "hour" of deliver
calling on a big gameday
game don't even bother, t
phone or completing your
is about as good as one c
address and bringing food
All in all Spot's is or
rants. Its delivery servi
nobody is perfect.

By Jess Piskor
Daily Arts Writer


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with dozens of coffee shops. Indeed,
with so many choices, students can
easily find exactly the coffee shop to
suit their tastes.
Some people get their caffeine
fix from Cafe Verde, which in addi-
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organic coffee in Ann Arbor, has a
mouth watering bakery attached to
the People's Food Co-op. Others
prefer the lively, diverse atmos-
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Those seeking solitude and a more
cozy ambiance might seek to fill
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However, despite the abundance
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chosen Starbucks as their favorite
coffee shop.
This corporate monoculture has
infested Ann Arbor with five stores,
two of which are easily accessible on
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beguiled students with canned atmos-
phere and focus-group designed fur-
niture and artwork.
Although by no means a connois-
seur's cup, Starbuck does boast cof-
fee a grade above the average brew
found at the local Tim Horton's.
However, at upwards of $4 per dis-
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Its overpriced coffee notwithstand-
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food options, corporately trained
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