The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Fall 2005 - 3F
0 FOOD FINDS
There is more than one way to satisfy your sweet tooth
By Katie Niemeyer
Daily Staff Writer
Got a killer sweet tooth?
Everybody on campus can point out Stucchi's
or Ben and Jerry's on State Street. But if you
just stick to these better-known ice cream shops,
you'll be missing out on a world of possibilities
in Ann Arbor.
For the ice cream fanatic, look past the State
Street staples and try something a bit different.
602 S. Ashley St.
Washtenaw Dairy has been a favorite for Ann
Arbor locals since its establishment in 1934.
Open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., it
sells more than just ice cream. For the early bird,
it offers homemade donuts and coffee. Accord-
ing to Washtenaw Dairy other products include
milk and cheese, but perhaps the most interesting
aspect would be the sundae bar. They will deliver,
set up and clean up everything you need for a sun-
dae bar in your home.
S American Spoon
539 E. Liberty St.
American Spoon is open seven days a week in
the fall. Store hours vary, but it's open from 11 a.m.
until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Located just down the street from campus,
American Spoon sells gelato, the Italian version of
ice cream. Gelato is made more slowly, with less
milk fat and less air so the flavor is more intense
and the consistency is denser.
American Spoon's gelato is made from all-natu-
ral ingredients at its main branch in Petoskey. Its
most popular flavors include red raspberry sorbet
- which is dairy free - and hazelnut chocolate,
said store manager Erin Harbowy. The prices
range from $3.18 for a small to $5.25 for a large.
American Spoon also sells its own preservatives
and sandwiches priced from $4.25 to $4.75.
Ritter's Frozen Custard
305 S. Main St.
S Ritter's had its grand opening on Saturday,
May 21. Its frozen custard differs slightly from ice
cream. By adding pasteurized egg to the recipe and
reducing the amount of air, frozen custard becomes
smoother and creamier than ice cream, but it still
has less fat, according to Ritter's pamphlet.
Ritter's makes its frozen custard fresh throughout
the day, and offers four to six flavors, including a
light option. Chocolate and vanilla are served daily,
in addition to a fruit flavor, a nut flavor and a special-
ty flavor that vary each day, according to Ritters.
The website also offers nutritional information
and other locations. Ritter's is open from 11 a.m
to 10 p.m., from Sunday through Thursday and 11
a.m. to 11 p.m., on Friday and Saturday.
For a little more variety, the more adventurous
student can find:
FCB House of Flavors
Located at the back of Nickel's Arcade near
Maynard Street, FCB House of Flavors can
remain unknown to students. But once they dis-
cover the unique place for slushies, milkshakes
and coffee, they keep going back.
After paying $2, including tax for a large cup,
customers have the choice of 22 to 24 slushy flavors
and 9 flavors of milkshakes to mix as they choose.
During the long, cold winter months, FCB also
offers a variety of coffee flavors. The slushies are
the biggest draw to students, according to owner
Paul Hoffman, but the possibilities are endless.
Hours are seasonal.
Sweet 'U' Candy Store
1113 S. University St.
For $3.99 customers can get a half a pound of a
variety of different candies. Students can mix any
of the bulk candy because it's all the same price.
When it opened Friday, May 13, the Sweet 'U'
Candy Store became the first real candy store on
campus. Because it's located so close to campus,
it attracts the dorm room crowd, according to LSA
film senior Anna Castelaz. It offers a wide vari-
ety of candy that is not otherwise found so close
to campus. For the reminiscent student, the store
offers Big League chew, ring pops or any other of
his favorite childhood candy.
During the summer Sweet 'U' is open from 9
a.m. to 10 p.m., but it could be open until at least 2
a.m. in the future to satisfy the late-night crowd.
Kilwin's Employee Clea Davis of Ann Arbor rings up Josie Kuehn, a 20 year resident of Ann Arbor.
Just got to have that chocolate?
107 & 109 E. Liberty St.
Kilwin's offers a wide variety of chocolates,
handmade in Petoskey. Its fudge, sold at $12.99
per pound, is made on the premises using Kilwin's
special recipe, the same fudge that's sold in the
Mackinac store. The price of the chocolates rang-
es from $18.95-23.95 per pound.
But Kilwin's sells more than just chocolate. If a
customer goes in to buy chocolate as a gift, he can
get a card and much more to finish it off. "We have
the old-fashioned feel," said Chera Piehutkoski, the
stores owner. "Think of Lucille Ball."
According to Piehutkoski, old-fashioned choc-
olate shops were places that people could get
everything from a hat to an ice cream sundae, and
they still sell hats at Kilwin's.
The store hours vary depending on the weather,
but the chocolate shop generally opens at 10 a.m
Monday through Saturday. Its closes at different
times depending on the day of the week, but it gen-
erally closes at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
330 S. Main St.
The Chocolate Cafe also offers a wide range of
chocolates and fudge. Fudge costs $9.99 per pound
and chocolates are between $8.99 and $14.99 per
pound. Its biggest draw is its mocha drinks, but it
also sells ice cream and smoothies.
The cafe mocha, priced at $2.65 for a small,
is topped with a dollop of whipped cream and.
drizzled with chocolate sauce. Besides having:
"the best cafe mochas in town," what brings
Ann Arbor resident Steve Nichols in everyday
is the friendly atmosphere and low prices. The
store is open weekdays starting at 9 a.m., and it
closes at 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
is an Ann Arbor
hot dog tradition
By Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Writer
In the-daily grind of colle
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day after day, traveling to class
home again. In these daily trav
like Angell Hall and the Mich
unique and interesting places in
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district on the northwest side o
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stray from their habitual camp
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farmers, florists and artisan
Kerrytown and set up shop
products. The Ann Arbor Fa
ket has a wide variety of seaso
- most grown organically -
local farmers year after year
air marketplace. Flowers, je
jellies, baked goods, home
and candles can also be found
Saturday at the market.
Dwight Carpenter, whose
a permanent stall at the mark
selling produce there in 1969,
part of the market is the peof
customers have been shopping
ket as long as many of the fa
been there selling.
"They become friends,"
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market is the abundance of o
duce available, with many of
choosing not to use chemica
"It's all good and healthy," Carpenter
All items and produce sold at the market
ge life, it is are grown or nade by thoseselling them.t
same path "That way the customers are ensured
ses and back freshness," Carpenter said.
vels to places The market is also open on Wednesday
igan Union, from May through December, and on Sun-
n Ann Arbor day the marketplace serves as the Artisan
rytown - a Market, a collection of fine arts and crafts.
f Ann Arbor
e willing to Zingerman's Deli
us routes. Famous throughout the region for its
sandwiches and freshly baked bread,
Zingerman's Deli attracts customers from
ut the year, all over the map, so much so that Zinger-
ns travel to man's will mail food across the country
to sell their upon request.
rmer's Mar- More than just a deli, Zingerman's has a
anal produce grocery store area to sell olive oils, chees-
brought by es, spices, pastas and bread. Zingerman's
to the open- Next Door features a dining area and cof-
welry, toys, feehouse with desserts, teas and coffees.
decorations As the name suggests, it is located directly
on a typical next to the actual deli and is a great alter-
native to the coffee shops on campus for
family has students who want to meet with friends,
et after first study and relax.
said the best Though slightly expensive, the world-
ple. Regular famous food is a must for Ann Arbor resi-
g at the mar- dents looking to experience the city.
People's Food Co-op
Carpenter The People's Food Co-op is a unique
grocery store in that it has almost 5,000
nefit to the owners. Anyone can become an owner of
organic pro- PFC by making a $60 investment in the
the farmers store. Once a member, discounts, volun-
al sprays or teering opportunities and representation
on PFC'S Board are available. The mem-
By flan Lee
SEPTEMBER 30, 2004
Daily Staff Writer
The aroma of sizzling hot dogs has
wafted-around the corner of South State
Street and North University Avenue for 23
years. A smiling face asks students how
they're doing and flips some dogs on the
grill. It's a familiar place. Students who
go to it are loyal customers, almost as if
this place held a little piece of home in
this sometimes gargantuan campus that
can seem to mercilessly swallow students
Parked outside the Michigan Book and
Supply bookstore is the Biener's Wein-
ers hot dog cart, a small nugget of Ann
Arbor bliss. You'll see the Biener's ven-
dors almost every day from 10:30 a.m. to
4 p.m., and if you're lucky, you'll even get
to meet the owner, Alan Fineran. Describ-
ing this hot dog connoisseur as a warm
friendly man, many students return to the
cart on a regular basis because Fineran
has proved he can make hot dogs with the
best of 'em.
He's a hot dog man who cares.
When he asks students how they are, he
really means it.
So did his business and life partner,
Barry Biniarz, before he passed away
in March. He was the former owner and
originator of Biener's Weiners.
"The other day, a student asked me
where the nice chummy man with the
gray hair was. It's hard to tell the students
what happened to Barry," said Alan.
As much as the hot dogs were a treat for
students looking for a cheap lunch, so was
Biniarz to a stressed out student who just
needed a smile and a $1 dog.
"Barry sincerely loved the kids,"
Fineran said. "He really enjoyed them.
Everyone who knew him loved him. You
couldn't have had a better person sell a hot
dog to a student."
When students have an empty stomach
and wallet, Biener's long-standing tradi-
tion, which the late Biniarz began, has
been to let students "buy now and pay
later" if they are a little short on cash.
"They always come back to me later to
pay for it," Fineran said.
Barry and Biener's Weiners sincerely
had a magic touch with students. "I met
Barry last year," LSA senior Manny
Deswal said. "We would stand on this"
corner and tell jokes. When I was stressed
out at classes or just had a rough day, I
came here to get food and be with friends.
They're the best here, and the people here
are always smiling. They've been here
long enough to see people come in and
out - and they can just understand stu-"
It's quite the simple combination: cheap
food and nice people.
"They're just really friendly here," LSA
senior Josh Wyckstanandt said. "I see
familiar faces when I come to buy food
and you just really can't beat it."
As the face of Ann Arbor transforms
with the ever-changing faces of the student
body, there remains an aura and charm of
the town that will forever stay the same.
In the same way that the aroma of a deli-
cious, juicy, sizzling hot dog floats above
State Street and North University, so the:
same enchanting magic of the people in
Ann Arbor permeates the campus.
People like Biniarz and Fineran.
"I won't change nothin' on it," Fineran
said. "It's always going to be the same."
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Dwight Carpenter sells his home-grown produce at the Farmer's market.
bers of the cooperative volunteer in many
ways to run the store, which anyone can
PFC sells mostly natural foods - mean-
ing no artificial ingredients are included -
whole foods and organic foods. They also
focus on selling products from the local
community and look for earth-friendly
For those going vegan or vegetarian or
just trying to eat healthier, PFC is a great
place to find food for meals since many
alternatives to meat, dairy and wheat are
Cafe Verde, a fair-trade coffee bar,
is attached to PFC and sells exclusively
organic and shade-grown fair-trade cof-
fees and locally made treats.
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