food & grocery: Bobby Flay's Ann Arbor visit includes Mani Osteria, University of Michigan
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Sunday afternoon, Flay tweeted that he and his daughter were at Zingerman's Deli. Then, perhaps following the advice of fellow celebrity chef Mario Batali, Flay was spotted dining at Mani Osteria Sunday evening. Batali has raved about — and tweeted from — both restaurants in the past.
Mani Osteria owner Adam Baru confirmed the visit by the Food Network star last night. Flay was especially taken with the charred octopus appetizer, and asked Chef Brendan McCall for the recipe, according to Baru.
Meanwhile, the Twitterverse is buzzing with reports of Bobby Flay spottings on the University of Michigan campus. It appears that he's in town for a campus tour with his daughter, Sophie.
Pastry Peddler Bakery and Cafe on Packard St. has issued Flay a challenge on Twitter, tweeting: "@bflay if you are still in Ann Arbor you should visit us! We are big fans!!!! We challenge you to an Almond Croissant Throwdown!"
Where would you send Bobby Flay for a good meal in Ann Arbor?