For all you Michigan foodies out there, listen up. While Sava’s Greek salad, Fred’s avocado toast, and Isalita’s truffle guacamole will always be crowd favorites, we definitely don’t give enough credit to some hidden gems on these menus.

During first semester, I mastered American politics, statistics, health and nutrition, and English. More importantly, however, I mastered the Ann Arbor food tour. Here are a few items from your favorite restaurants that you should no longer look past.

1. Skillet from Ama Bistro

While Ama Bistro makes a mean omelette, there is absolutely nothing better than their “create your own skillet.” This is a heavenly ceramic skillet filled with hash browns, veggies, cheese, meat, and eggs. I know, insane, right? Trust me, it tastes even better than it sounds!

2. Brown Rice Bowl from Fred’s

If you’re even looking for a feel-good healthy meal, Fred’s is your place. Their menu consists of healthy versions of almost anything you could be craving. After trying the menu almost to its entirety, their brown rice bowl is definitely a go-to choice.

3. Cauliflower Tacos from Isalita

This is definitely not what comes to mind when envisioning tacos, but I promise they do not disappoint.

4. Santa Fe Salad from Sava’s

Some may argue with me on this, but Sava’s Santa Fe salad totally beats their famous Greek salad! Sava’s is a go-to for a majority of UM students, and you truly can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

5. BT Nachos from Blue Tractor BBQ

Besides their authentic BBQ items being off the charts, they also have one of the best nachos I’ve ever had! The best part- the deep fried jalapeños on top!

6. Stone Pot Bibimbap from Kangs

This is most definitely proof not to look past a tiny restaurant on South U! A sizzling pot filled with rice, vegetables, Korean beef, and a fried egg. What more could you ask for?

7. Wood Roasted Wings from Bigalora


Coming from a buffalo wing enthusiast, not all wings need to be drenched in hot sauce! These are the most delicious wings, simply roasted with spices and caramelized onions.

8. Spicy Miso Tonkotsu from Slurping Turtle


Slurping Turtle somehow is the cure to any illness. After a bowl of ramen, you are guaranteed to feel better. The “Spicy Miso Tonkotsu” has the perfect level of spice bound to clear up your sinuses!

9. Chipati from Pizza Bob’s

A warm, soft pita stuffed with chopped salad and chicken, with the most heavenly secret sauce. Fun fact- chapatis are an Ann Arbor one of a kind special, which is why you should take advantage of their deliciousness.

10. Churros from Aventura

Once you’ve tried all of the meals above, I’m sure your sweet tooth will kick in. The churros from Aventura are truly one of a kind. I guarantee you won’t even feel guilty after consuming the whole order because they’re THAT good!