I admit that I initially wanted to eat there because I’m a huge Top Chef fan, and the restaurant is owned by Eve Aronoff, who was on season 6. On top of that, I had heard several friends rave about it recently, so that made me really want to go.
Whenever people hype a place, it generally becomes an opportunity for me to go to said place and find myself winding up pretty let down. Isn’t it true that things almost never live up to the hype or your expectations of them? But, I thought this restaurant was a rare exception.
To explain a little bit about eating there, here’s a snippet from their menu guide:
Inspired by the spirit of Cuban culture and revolving around a fantasy inspired by two traditional Cuban culinary elements – The FRITA – a Cuban burger made from spicy chorizo served with shoestring fries on top in a soft egg bun and BATIDOS – tropical milkshakes made with fresh fruit,crushed ice and a drop of sweetened milk – with or without rum. Like burgers and shakes, Fritas and Batidos are a natural pairing and the whimsical menu is the result of dreaming about these two dishes for years!
So, what did I get? First, I had a Turkey Frita with avocado spread. It was delicious. I don’t know all the culinary expert words to describe food in a fancy way, so that’s about as articulate as I can be. But, suffice it to say, it was amazing. My mom got a Cuban Sloppy Joe, and I think she loved hers as well. Here’s a look at our spread:
And here’s a close-up of my turkey frita:
Next, I have to talk about the batidos (aka milkshake-y things. Yep, that’s a technical term). They were freaking AWESOME. I had a mocha flavored one – so yummy. And my mom had a coconut-flavored one – I tried it, and it blew me away. So sweet and so flavorful.
So, yeah, frita + batido = deliciousness. If you live in Ann Arbor and you haven’t been, what are you waiting for? Go now.
11 down, 49 to go!