A guide to Ann Arbor Restaurant Week – MLive.com

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ANN ARBOR, MI — If you are looking for a deal on your favorite cuisine, dining in Ann Arbor for Restaurant week is your chance.

More than 50 restaurants are offering deals from Sunday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Jan. 17, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Ann Arbor’s Main Street Association organizes Restaurant Week in January and June every year.

Restaurants offer $18 lunches with a menu featuring one to three courses. Many will also offer two-for-one deals.

Dinner will cost $28 for a three-course menu with some restaurants offering two-for-one deals, or $38 for a chef’s choice meal, which allows the chef freedom to make up a dish.

Organizers are also offering prizes for social posts. Post a photo of your restaurant week dish and tag #annarborrestaurantweek on Instagram or Facebook to be in a daily drawing to receive a $50 gift card. Two winners will be chosen per day.

Jacob HamiltonYakitori, left, and Takoyaki are served as part of the Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Special Bento Box at Totoro in Ann Arbor on Jan. 9, 2019. Jacob Hamilton

How it works

First, choose a restaurant.

This is a popular time for customers to try different restaurants and seats fill up quickly. Be sure to call and reserve ahead of time. No tickets are needed.

The full list of participating restaurants with their menus, prices and contact information is available online at AnnArborRestaurantWeek.com.

Miss Kim
A Gochujang tofu rice bowl served with avocado, house pickles and sprouts 0at Miss Kim in Ann Arbor on Jan. 10, 2019.

What’s included

Restaurant Week’s specials do not typically include beverages or gratuity, unless otherwise noted.

Restaurants will continue to offer their full menus during the week if you’re not interested in the specials.

Where to park

Many of the restaurants are in downtown Ann Arbor, where street parking is free after 6 p.m. and all public parking is free on Sundays. The Downtown Development Authority also provides a map of public parking locations and information on fees:

Where to eat

For a feel of what to expect, here’s a look at some of the dishes offered during last year’s January Restaurant Week. These same dishes may not be offered this year.

Braised short rib with three-cheese mezzaluna, root vegetables and spinach at Gratzi in Ann Arbor on Jan. 9, 2019.
Salmon with local potato gnocchi, tomato, spinach and garlic cream at Gratzi in Ann Arbor on Jan. 9, 2019.
The Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Special Bento Box, served with miso soup for two and tempura-fried shrimp and vegetables at Totoro in Ann Arbor on Jan. 9, 2019.
Blue Nile
The Blue Nile feast includes chicken-based doro wat and doro alecha as well as beef-based zizil wat alongside savory vegetables on a platter with rolled injera bread at Blue Nile in Ann Arbor on Jan. 9, 2019.
From left, risotto Di Zanahoria, ensalada de hinojo and tart de Santiago at Aventura in Ann Arbor on Jan. 10, 2019.
Real Seafood
Smoked salmon salad, front, with mixed greens, fennel, beets, crispy wontons and a ginger-soy vinaigrette, alongside teriyaki glazed salmon, right, featuring Foleys Atlantic salmon, a local vegetable medley, rice and scallions alongside a at Real Seafood in Ann Arbor on Jan. 10, 2019.
Jacob HamiltonPan roasted chicken with apple, radish and smoked chicken sausage hash served with farmer’s cheese and scallion pierogi with horseradish cream at Grange Kitchen in Ann Arbor on Jan. 10, 2019. Jacob Hamilton

Discounts, freebies and more

Restaurant Week has grown to offer more than a discount on a meal. It means discounts and giveaways at nearby retail shops as well.

Mention “Restaurant Week” at the register and get up to 20% off your purchase at various stores, including Real Irish – Gifts & Travel, Roeda Studio, Ten Thousand Villages, Go Blow, Abracadabra, which will offer a giveaway, Blom Meadworks, The Bo Store, Underground Printing and Cherry Republic, which will have free wine tasting.

Beyond eating and shopping, take an architectural tour, watch a musical performance, check out galleries or get a taste of some of Ann Arbor’s favorite desserts. See the full list of activities here.

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