The Best in Town

The Michigan Daily’s “Best of Ann Arbor” list has special significance this year.
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Ann Arbor businesses faced unprecedented challenges this year as the pandemic caused the regular pattern of life to come to a brutal halt. But these businesses still hold a special place in people’s hearts, according to The Michigan Daily’s recent “Best of Ann Arbor” list.

“To all of us at The Daily and enrolled at Michigan, Ann Arbor is our home, and the local businesses are what provide architecture for what makes it so great,” says Zoe Phillips, the paper’s co-managing arts editor along with Elise Godfryd. “We value the individuality of locals that support our community and make it like no other city.”

Each year, The Daily compiles a list of nominees (along with write-in options) and solicits votes from the Ann Arbor and University communities over the course of two weeks. This year, the paper received thousands of responses.“

I think one of the best things about it is that it is something that the community has a real say in and you can see that through the results,” says The Daily’s business manager, Tara Moore. Once polling is complete, the paper’s writers pen profiles of each business voted the best in its category. This year, The Daily also hosted a panel discussion with some of the winners.

Says Moore, “It was great to hear from them about how they have adjusted their businesses since COVID and how much being part of the Ann Arbor community really means to them.”

And the Winners Are

Best Bar
Good Time Charley’s

Best Ice Cream
Blank Slate Creamery

Best Late Night Bite
Joe’s Pizza

Best Bookstore

Best Burger
Frita Batidos

Best Asian Restaurant

Best Brewery
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

Best Pizza
Joe’s Pizza

Best Grocery Store
Trader Joe’s

Best Mexican Food
La Taqueria

Best Romantic Dinner
Mani Osteria and Bar

Best Booze Shop
Falsetta’s Market

Best Entertainment
Pinball Pete’s

Best Sandwich
Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Best Workout

Best Sunday Brunch
Angelo’s Restaurant

Best Yoga
Red Yoga

Best Landlord

Best Apartment

Best Indian Food

Best Mediterranean Food
Jerusalem Garden

Best Vegan/Vegetarian Food
Detroit Filling Station

Best Sushi

Best Michigan Apparel
M Den

Best Haircut
Aveda Institute

Best Coffee
Roos Roast Coffee

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