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Posted by pwp on January 14, 2012

Eat” is one of the latest additions to the culinary landscape of Ann Arbor. You may have tried them at Mark’s carts this year where they served delicious seasonal and local food. Now Helen and Blake offer fabulous catering for weddings as well as carry-out. Their name is simple and right to the point. It is all about making amazing good food and truly enjoy eating it. They are definitely getting lots of buzz around here and now Current magazine is planning to feature an article from our friend Nick. I was glad to contribute with a few photographs, which attempt to capture their passion and productive team work.

Here is their really cool location covered with some fresh snow…

I love watching the food being made in the kitchen right behind the counter!

Congratulations Helen and Blake for all your success!

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Burger Odyssey – Part 2

Posted by pwp on May 23, 2011

Here are some of my favorite photos from the Burger Odyssey (part 2) which started in Ann Arbor and ended in Ypsilanti. Make sure to check out Part 1 too.

The 1st stop was at Blimpy Burger, a classic burger joint in AA. They definitely have good burgers with some fresh beef ground on-site. Their attitude is something else… Some compare them to the “Soup Nazi” in Seinfeld. I realize that this attitude somewhat defines them but I personally think that they go too far. Not sure why not saying ‘hi’ or anything like that to their customers is expected from their staff. Next we went to Quickie Burger with the flashy logo (see below). This place looks great for watching live football games because they have an outdoor flat screen. The burgers were rather “average” though. Then we drove to Fraser’s Pub, another classic local place in AA. Here the ambiance and friendliness of the staff was very welcoming in contrast to Blimpy. It did take some time to get our food, but the burgers were really tasty with the meat being quite rare compared to the other places. Then we headed for Sidetrack in Depot Town, the historic district of Ypsilanti. The place was packed, especially because of the warmer weather. This is really a cool place to hang out, right next to the rail tracks. We enjoyed the burgers there too. Finally we ended the odyssey at the Corner Brewery, which is located in a really interesting building (lots of space) and with a beer garden. I really liked the garden for the warm summer nights. This time we were welcome by the rain. But we managed to stay somewhat dry on one of the few tables with a big umbrella. Burgers there were nothing to write home about, which is ok for a place specialized in beers.

Bon Appetit!

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Burger Odyssey

Posted by pwp on April 3, 2011

Following the success of the Beer Odyssey, which got the cover page on Current magazine this month, Nick wasted no time to organize another of his famous odysseys… This time, we’ll be on a mission to find the best burger around. This started in downtown Ann Arbor at the Grange, then Grizzly Peak, followed by Fritas Batidos and Jolly Pumpkin, ending with Old Town. A couple more restaurants were on our list but our stomachs got full sooner than we thought! Look for Nick’s article in an upcoming Current magazine article.

Here are some of my favorite moments of the evening:

Let’s start at the Grange with our talented panel of experts in burger “gastronomy”!

I love Chef Brandon Johns’ concept, which provides fantastic dishes from local farmers focused on sustainable practices.

Time for our 2nd burger tasting at Grizzly Peak.

Moving on to the brand new Fritas Batidos.

Burgers served on a banana leaf, …that’s a creative and useful way of presenting them without any dishes to wash…

The ginger-based beverages are served in a plastic bag, which makes it for a fun surprise but really not good for the environment (unless the restaurant recycles them somehow).

Time to taste what Jolly Pumpkin has to offer…

They definitely had my favorite fries, kinda like McDonald’s or a typical French steak-frites.

To get us to burn some of these burgers, Nick got that football from the store next door. What followed were some memorable catches down Main street, but they did not last that long due to the freezing night. I love that photo though…

And here was the last burger place we could take for the night: Old Town.

Love the “old town” east-coast like atmosphere…

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