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Best Breakfast
ANGELO'S
Most arguments about Ann Arbor's best breakfast joint end in one word: Angelo's. Tucked
away near the University's medical campus,you'd think the restaurant would be too off the beat-
en path to survive - until you get a glimpse of the line in the morning, often stretching down the
sidewalk. Only consistently delicious food can draw such a devoted following, and this proves to
be the case at Angelo's.
If the menu looks too sophisticated for the breakfast commoner - with entries like crab cake
Benedict, eggs Florentine and pumpkin pancakes - just take a shot in the dark. It's hard to go
wrong. The hollandaise sauce is creamy, the pancakes are fluffy and the egg concoctions tend to
deliver on the flavors promised. Just make sureto getthere early to avoid the wait and soak in a
slice of Ann Arbor culture.

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KATHERINE PEKALA/Daily NATA5HA JANARDAN/Daily
Best Dessert
CUPCAKE STATION
Blissful. That's the only way to describe these cupcakes: blissful and all of its associated syn-
onyms including, but not limited to, heavenly, idyllic and beatific.
The biggest problem, nay the only problem, with Cupcake Station is there's just too much tasti-
ness. How is one expected to choose between the marshmallow-filled "Cookies and Cream," the
nationally recognized "Bump-A-Licious" and the classic chocolate-frosted "Original," not'to
mention the 21 other flavorsbaked fresh every day?
As far as location, Cupcake Station is a tad out of the way, located on the corner of E. Liberty and
Main. You have to really want that cupcake, but trust me you want that cupcake.
These cupcake artists - and they are artists - perfected the all-important frosting-to-cake
ratio. There's so much flavor, so much sweetness, so much sheer goodness baked into every cake.
War would cease to exist if there was a Cupcake Station in every country. These guys even sponsor
charities with free cupcakes; are they saints or are they temptation itself?I don't know, and I don't
care - just take my money already.
-JAMIE BIRCOLL

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Best Coffee

ESPRESSO ROYALE
After a long day of lectures and homework, there's nothing more soothing than the knowl-
edge that your choice of comfy armchairs, hot coffee and calm folk music await at your local
coffee shop.
It's by creating that home-away-from-home atmosphere that Espresso Royale has earned
the love of the Ann Arbor community. Even though the chain got its start in California, and
despite the fact that you know perfectly well that there are two more locations within walk-
ing distance, every time you go in it feels like a quaint, one-of-a-kind local business. The
baked goods are always fresh and delicious, the coffee aromatic and inviting and the baristas
friendly and helpful. If you're looking for something more adventurous, there's a full menu of
lattes, teas and iced drinks to appeal to the coffee shop connoisseur.
Espresso is exactly what a college coffee shop is supposed to be. Whether hanging out with
friends, looking for somethingto keep you awake through your next lecture or simply trying
to find somewhere to sit down and relax, there's no better place to kick back and enjoy a hot
cup of espresso.
-ADAM DEPOLLO

BEN & JERRY'S
Everyone loves ice cream. Therefore, everyone loves Ben and Jerry's.
It's that simple.
Located on South State Street, right next to its nemesis, Stucchi's, it's not hard to see why
the people of Ann Arbor have chosen B&J's as their favorite.
The ice cream, waffle cones and smoothies blend to create an irresistible aroma that capti-
vates your senses as you glide to the counter, where a wide selection of frozen dessert flavors
await. The chocolaty sweet kick to the nose as helpful employees scoop out phish food from
behind the counter is enough to remind you that you've come to the right place, and you won't
be disappointed.
But the best part of eating ice cream at Ben and Jerry's is the nostalgia. It's just like when
you were a kid - after begging your parents for some ice cream and promising you'll brush
your teeth, you enter a place where the walls are as colorful as the flavors, everyone's happy
and the ice cream is just so damn good. Sure, when you walk in now, your parents aren't with
you and you're never going to brush your teeth, but what remains are the good times you
spent with the people you like and the ice cream you love.
-MA YANK MA THUR

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