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Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 3:42 p.m.

Ann Arbor's array of artisanal shops make it a 'food-lover's paradise'

By Jessica Webster


Tommy York and Matt Morgan, owners of Morgan & York, in front of a portion of their impressive wine selection.

Laura Blodgett | For

Looking for a 160-year-old bottle of balsamic vinegar? 23 varieties of salt? Have a recipe that calls for Narragansett squid but no idea where to find it? For foodies in southern Michigan and northern Ohio, all roads lead to Ann Arbor.

The Toledo Blade recently profiled seven local businesses that contribute to the perception that Ann Arbor is a regional food hub. From the candy bins, cheese counter and wine selection at Morgan & York (928 Packard St.) to the staggering array of delicious and otherwise hard-to-find items available at Fustini's, Spice Merchants, Monahan's Seafood and Sparrow Meat Market in the Kerrytown Shops (407 N. Fifth Ave.), there's not much that can't be found in our fair city.

Zingerman's Deli warrants a mention as well, of course. In addition to the 175 types of cheeses and enthusiastic staff, the article takes note of the availability of a 160- year-old balsamic vinegar that sells for $600.

You can read the full article on the Toledo Blade site.



Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 2:20 a.m.

Thank goodness it doesn't create the impression that Ann Arbor is at all pretentious....

Leah Gunn

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

Morgan and York is awesome!

Morris Thorpe

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 6:46 p.m.

hmmmm all the places mentioned (except for M&Y) are in Kerrytown. Either the writer is very lazy, incompetent, or something's up.

Morris Thorpe

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 12:12 a.m.

I guess if I was gathering food, I'd take them to Dos Hermanos in Ypsi, Cafe Japon, Frog Holler, Knight's, and Dimo's for morning donuts!

Jessica Webster

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 9:12 p.m.

I would definitely agree that they missed quite a few of our local culinary treasures. Where else would you take out-of-town guests?