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zingermans roadhouseI tried out Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103) last weekend. It's a spin-off of Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor. It specializes in barbecue and "American food" in general. It's a small restaurant far from campus. There is a retro aluminum RV in front of the building that serves breakfast to go in the mornings. You can either sit inside or outside on a dimly lit patio. We sat on the patio. Everyone there was very friendly (our waitress didn't want to stop talking to us). I had a hard time choosing between the pit-smoked beef brisket and the Eastern North Carolina pulled pork. I went with the beef brisket. It was very good. It was extremely tender, falling apart. It wasn't really smoky at all. I'm not sure whether it was supposed to be or not. There wasn't very much barbecue sauce in it, but you can obviously get more barbecue sauce on the side. It was served with homemade somewhat-lumpy mashed potatoes with some skins in them and braised greens. The mashed potatoes are served without gravy, and they are good, but I had to add a lot of salt. They served the sides and appetizer in healthy portions, but I wouldn't say they were generous with the brisket, which I found somewhat surprising. They have a pretty large drink menu, offering an array of good beers, whiskey, and any sort of coffee drink you might want.

The background music was nice, ranging from folk to blues. It's worth noting that on Wednesday evenings they have live music, which is usually either folk, blues, or jazz. I haven't been there on a Wednesday night, so I can't speak for the quality of the music. If you're ever in Ann Arbor, the Blind Pig has a reputation for having good live music.


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