Brunching at Cafe Zola

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Every time I have brunch at Zola, I wonder to myself if Ann Arbor thinks this is the only restaurant available in town for weekend brunch – it’s always insanely crowded. Even with a reservation, you have to fight your way through the hordes of people and wind up waiting for a while in the jam-packed entryway.

But once I finally make it to the table, I remember why everyone is there – because the food is pretty damn tasty. Also pretty tasty? The drinks. And when you’re brunching with your Instagram-obsessed friends, it’s perfectly acceptable to push together everyone’s drinks in the center of the table and take a photo because the colors look pretty. Perfectly acceptable. Trust me on this one.

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By the way, my drink was a lovely Kir Royale, but my friends forced me to try the Bloody Mary against my will. And I would like to take this moment to ask: am I the only person on planet earth who cannot stand Bloody Marys? I am told that the look on my face after I sipped the drink was priceless. Yuck.

For my meal, I chose the smoked salmon bagel and it was quite delicious. I have a mild – or major – smoked salmon obsession, and it shows no signs of abating any time soon:

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The cool thing about Zola is that, even after visiting a few times, there are still so many things on the menu I want to try. I mean, I’ve never had any of their fancy waffles or crepes, which seems like an oversight on my part. I guess I’ll just have to make a return visit…

The Details: Cafe Zola | 112 W Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734.769.2020

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