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Best Coffee
Starbucks
By Eston Bond | Managing Online Editor

NOW WE PRESENT
TO YOU

Schoolkid's Records stays open and thriving even though it's underground.

tarbucks is absolutely huge, and
no, it's not only the corporation.
According to their website the
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Com-
pany has 10,801 establishments in
37 countries worldwide (With 7,661
of those in the United States,) Ann
Arbor's South University and State/
Liberty locations are among the largest
at 4,600 and 4,500 square feet, respec-
tively.
At both campus locations, the
espresso bar is almost alchemical.
Customers order extremely complex
drinks in Starbucks lingo, starting
with a size, continuing with a seem-
ingly endless amount of modifying
adjectives, and ending with what-
ever the base drink is on the wall-
mounted menu. Starbucks newbies
be warned: those ignorant of the lan-
guage may be scoffed at by bystand-
ers holding grande, seven-pump,
sugar-free, non-fat, extra-hot, vanil-
la cappuccinos. If you mess up your
word order, the cashiers relay cor-
rect grammar to the baristas making
your coffee.
Half of the chains success on cam-
pus - and most likely elsewhere
- is due to its massive amount of
customization; at more than 38 mil-
lion possibilities for espresso-based
drinks alone, one is sure to find
something palatable, if not absolute-
ly delicious, on the Starbucks menu.

Some customers stick to simple,
daily brewed coffee; others order $7,
10-word caffeinated potions. Thanks
to strict quality control and barista
training, Starbucks coffee is nearly
homogenous between locations; the
drink you love at your hometown
Starbucks will most likely taste
exactly the same at another.
The Starbucks selection doesn't
end with mere liquid libations; a
fully stocked bakery case holds
more than 20 sweet (and not-so-
sweet) goods from classic crumb
cake to immensely sugary cupcakes.
If you're on the go, a refrigerator
case directly below the baked goods
holds Jones Soda, San Pellegrino
and even cans of Starbucks's own
iced coffee.
The social atmosphere at the State
Street location is diverse and lively.
A crowd of sorority girls, hipsters,
professionals and even the occa-
sional Ann Arbor homeless float in
and out through the first floor's two
entrances from at 9 a.m. until close
at midnight. The crowd at the tables
varies depending on the time of day:
In the morning, the first floor is
packed with a range of professionals,
townies and students alike; as the
day progresses, the crowd becomes
increasingly more casual, with the
late-night crowd composed almost
entirely of University students. The

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newly renovated basement contains a
removable stage area for live music,
adding to the casual atmosphere.
Throughout the day, the glass-walled
exterior of the first floor adds a
bright, lively light to the interior,
soaking the soft leather couches in
a comfortable amount of sunlight
for reading. At peak hours, it can be
absolutely impossible to find a seat,
and the basement closes inexplicably
early on some weeknights, adding to
the seating chaos.
The South University Avenue scene
is primarily college-oriented, filled

with students from open to close.
Compared to the State Street, the
South University Starbucks is almost
always darker. In the day, dim incan-
descent lights clash with the fluores-
cent glow of those in the nearby mall
hallway, which the location shares a
glass wall. At night, the lighting situ-
ation can cause an uncomfortable, if
not disorienting, condition for those
attempting to read textbooks or nov-
els too close to the hallway.
For patrons using laptops, electri-
cal outlets are sparse in both loca-
tions. Wireless Internet is controlled

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Red Hot Lovers makes the best hot dogs
on campus.

Best Businesses
Best Apartments: Willowtree
Apartments
Best Art Supplies: Michigan
Book and Supply
Best Athletic Store: Steve
and Barry's Sportswear
Best Bank/Credit Union: TCF Bank
Best Bicycle Sales: Two Wheel Tango
Best Bookstore: Borders Bookstore
Best Bowling Center: Colonial Lanes
Best Cab Service: Yellow Cab
Best Camera/Photo
Shop: Ritz Camera
Best Car Dealer: Sesi
Lincoln Mercury
Best Coffee Shop: Starbucks
Best Computer Store: UM
Computer Showcase
Best Copy Store: Kinkos
Best Customer Service: Bennigan's
Best Florist: University Flower Shop
Best Furniture Store: Three Chairs
Best Gift Store: Middle Earth
Best Grocery Store: Hiller's
Best Haircut: State
Street Barber Shop
Best Hardware Store: Jack's Hardware
Best Head Shop: 42 Degrees
Best Health Club: One on One
Best Hotel: Campus Inn
Best Jewelry Store: Option Four
Best Laundromat: Mr. Stadium
Best Liquor Store: Strickland's
Best Men's Clothing Store: Bivouac

Best Moving Company:
Two Men and a Truck
Best Musical Instruments:
King's Keyboard
Best New CDs: Schoolkid's
Best New Local Business: Za's
Best Outdoor Apparel: Bivouac
Best Packaging Store:
The Mail Shoppe
Best Place to go for a
Piercing: Lucky Monkey
Best Place to Pamper Yourself: Aveda
Best Public Golf Course: U
of M Public Course
Best Realtor: Oppenheimer
Best Shoe Store: Footprints
Best Sporting Goods' Store: Dunham's
Best Store Display Window: Bivouac
Best Tanning Salon: Tanfastic
Best Test Prep: Kaplan
Best Textbooks: Shaman Dram
Best Thrift Shop: Value World
Best Travel Agency: Council Travel
Best University Fan Apparel: Moe's
Best Used CDs: Schoolkid's
Best Women's Clothing: Bivouac
Best Entertainment
Best Bar: Rick's
Best Club: Necto
Best Concert in the Last Year: Ludacris
Best Happy Hour: Heidelberg
Best Live Music: Blind Pig
Best Local Festival: Ann
Arbor Film Festival

Best Movie Theatre: Quality 16
Best Radio Station: WXQI 95.5
Best Video Store: Liberty Street Video
Best Restaurants
Best All You Can Eat:
Mongolian BBQ
Best Bagels: Bruegger's
Best BBQ: Damon's
Best Breakfast: Angelo's
Best Brunch: Gandy Dancer
Best Burgers: Blimpy Burger
Best Burritos: Big Ten Burrito
Best Cheap Beer: The Arena
Best Cheap Eats: NYPD
Best Chinese Food: China Gate
Best Chipatis: Pizza House
Best Coffee: Starbucks
Best Cookies: Mrs.Field's
Best Deli: Zingerman's
Best Dessert: La Dolce Vita
Best Fine Dining: Gratzi
Best Fries: McDonald's
Best Greasy Spoon: Frank's
Best Greek Food: Mr. Greek's
Best Hot Dogs: Red Hot Lovers
Best Ice Cream/Frozen
Yogurt: Stucchi's
Best Indian Food: Raja Rani
Best Italian Food: Palio
Best Korean Food: Seoul Korner
Best Late Night Munchies:
Bell's Pizza
Best New Restaurant: Za's
Best Overall Restaurant: Palio

Best Pizza: Bell's Pizza
Best Place for the Folks To Treat
You: Real Seafood Company
Best Restaurant for Large
Groups: Pizza House
Best Salads: Cosi
Best Seafood: Real Seafood Company
Best Soup: Cosi
Best Subs: Jimmy John's
Best Sushi: Totoro
Best Take Out: Pizza House
Best Thai Food: Tuptim
Best Vegetarian Food: Seva
Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings
Best of the University
Best Athlete(Female):
Samantha Findley
Best Athlete(Male): Mike Hart
Best Blow Off Course: one-
credit GeoSci courses
Best Campus Event: Dance Marathon
Best Campus Tradition: Not
walking on the 'M' in the Diag
Best Computing Site: Fishbowl
Best Course: Psych 120
Best Dorm Cafeteria: Bursley
Best Fraternity to Party With: PIKE
Best Lecture Hall: Hale Auditorium
Best Library: UGLi
Best Place to Get a Parking
Ticket: In your own driveway
Best Place to People Watch: Diag
Best Place for Public Sex: The Stacks

Best Place to Study: UGLi
Best Place to Workout: CCRB
Best Professor: Pat Gurin
Best Residence Hall: West Quad
Best Restrooms: The Union
Best Sorority to Party With:
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Best Spot for a First
Date: Grizzly Peak
Best Speaker(Past Year): Bill Gates
Best Sports Team: Softball
Best Sports Tradition: Tailgating
Best Student Job: Orientation Leader
Best Thing About Football
Saturday: Beer
Best of the Web
Best Apartment Locator:
www.housing.umich.edu
Best News Site: www.cnn.com
Best Overall Website:
www.google.com
Best Search Engine: www.google.com
Best Website to Waste Time
On: www.facebook.com
Best of the Rest
Best Excuse for Cutting Class:
Working at the Daily
Best Excuse for a Late Paper: Saved
my rough draft over my final draft
Best Fad: No More Uggs
Best Place to "See and
Be Seen": Rick's

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