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I don't really have to tell you
this, because in your heart you
already know it: Ashley's is what
a bar is supposed to be. At Ash-
ley's, patrons can find the finest
of drinks, the closest of friends
and - the deal-breaker - the
most perfect of atmospheres. The
heavenly joint's honey-brown and
milk-chocolaty hues, weathered
brick walling and hazy lights all
blanket guests in a fuzzy, welcom-
ing warmth, mercifully providing
short respite from a seemingly
otherwise unforgiving, cold world
outside. This is your place.
Somewhere, lost in the threads
of our progressively deteriorating
American culture, drinking has
been reduced to an oft-repeated
machismo parade of pushing
through packed houses filled with
blaring music in order to knock
back a shot. Silly freshmen, drink-
ing's not for kids. Beers need to be
nursed, loved and cradled, and for
god's sake, there should be some
bloody conversation while you're
sipping your brew. This, after
all, is the sport of pub drinking,
and within this sport, Ashley's is
Wrigley Field.
Ashley's tabletops, graced with
the carved signatures of patrons
who have come before you, now

serve as a resting place for your
best friends' elbows. With your
friends in close proximity, con-
versation - that lovely thing that
goes hand-in-hand with alcoholic
beverages - naturally happens.
Maybe this is the reason Ashley's,
Ann Arbor's bar of bars, is consid-
ered sacred ground.
Ashley's,though, isnotendeared
by Ann Arborites and University
students alike solely because of its
homey environment. At Ashley's,
beers flow magically from seem-
ingly infinite taps. Aside from the
70 draught beers normally avail-
able (including rare beers that
can't be found anywhere else in
Michigan, like Schneider Aventi-
nus, a wheat ale from Kelheim,
Germany), there's a rotating tap
that brings limited specialtybrews
to the lips of those residing in Ann
Arbor. Simply put, Ashley's' selec-
tion is unparalleled.
The formula, the one that has
made it so renowned, is simple:
provide people with a good place
to drink good beers. While other
establishments might have lost
sight what makes a bar truly a bar,
Ashley's embraces these essential
bare-bones principles. And that's
why we embrace Ashley's.
-DAVID REAP

I CAN HAZSUMMER7?

Angelo's Restaurant, located
on the corner of Glen Avenue
and Catherine Street, has been
an Ann Arbor staple since 1956.
Angelo Vangelatos and his wife
Patricia Verames opened the
business a few years after Angelo
arrived from Greece, and the res-
taurant has been bustling ever
since. Angelo and Patricia's son
Steve and his wife Jennifer run
the eatery these days, and they
are determined to keep the res-
taurant running the way it was
originally run.
Angelo's breakfast is so great
it inspired a famous song by Dick
Siegel. The song is played when
restaurant's website loads, and
patrons can purchase the album
itself at the restaurant's cash reg-
ister.
"Eggs over easy, hash browns
and toast" is what Dick chose to
order, but you'll find plenty of
other tummy-pleasing options
there as well.
The restaurant offers classics
from French toast and scrambled
eggs to more elaborate dishes
like Crabby Benedict and pump-
kin pancakes. The wide variety
of food ensures that everybody
will find something to his or her
liking. The assortment is a big
reason Angelo's has won Best
Breakfast in Ann Arbor not only
this year, but several times in the
past. And with its devoted fol-
lowing that spans generations,
it's obvious Angelo's is a mainstay
in Ann Arbor.
And what if you're on the
run? Desperately need caffeine
and a quick breakfast? Stop into
Angelo's on the Side, a small cof-
fee house/carry out building
attached to the restaurant. Grab
a cappuccino, a pastry or your
favorite meal in a convenient
doggie bag. Angelo's on the Side
is also a great place to pick up
Angelo's famous homemade rai-
sin bread.
Be reminded, however, that
if you're planning to visit Ange-
lo's for a tasty and traditional
sit-down breakfast, pack your
patience. The place is often
packed by Ann Arborites and the
line to get into the popular eatery
is often out the door and around
the corner.
- CHELSEA LANDRY
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