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Posted on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

Grange Kitchen & Bar and Zingerman's Roadhouse among area restaurants sourcing locally

By Jessica Webster


Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave file photo

Metro Times has just published a list of Metro Detroit area restaurants that make a point of sourcing food and beverages locally, and two Ann Arbor destinations made the list.

Grange Kitchen & Bar (118 West Liberty St.), under the watchful eye of Chef Brandon Johns, works with more than a dozen local farms to offer "a genuinely different alternative to the stalwarts of Main Street's dining scene," according to Metro Times.

Zingerman's Roadhouse also gets called out for their commitment to locally sourced foods; a commitment so intense and unwavering that they're sourcing meats and vegetables from their own farm in Dexter.

You can read the full list on the Metro Times site.

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Ashley Willett

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 11:12 p.m. seems as though Zingerman's and Grange are out of your price range and if this is true, don't eat there! These two restaurants just happen to be two of the best in Ann Arbor.


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 8:09 p.m.

A few of the local microbreweries try to source foods locally as much as possible, and in many cases they are more affordable than their more upscale counterparts. My wife and I eat at them frequently for this very reason.

Jessica Webster

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

Very good point! We eat at the microbreweries for the same reason.

Jessica Webster

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 7:49 p.m.

Grange has entrees that run in the $20-$30 range, which places them as neither the most nor the least expensive restaurant in downtown. The Roadhouse has more of a swing, with burger plates going for $12.95 and the most expensive specials usually clocking in in the upper $30s. There are other great local restaurants who have a commitment to locally-sourced foods, like Beezy's in Ypsilanti, whose prices are much lower. And there are many restaurants whose prices are as high or higher than Roadhouse and Grange who don't make it a point to source locally. I don't think there's necessarily a correlation between sourcing locally and high prices.


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 10:51 p.m.

Grange has ZERO entrees that are below the $20s......that alone should say something.... They also have a 5 course kinda prix fixe thing for 55.....I know that's nothing compared to french laundry's $200+ but around here that still easily makes it ONE of the most expensive in the area. I'm looking at both menus right now....there are VERY few restaurants in the area that have higher please don't try to downplay their costs and make them out to be some "middle of the road" establishment. They're not. I'm sure they'd even take exception to being placed in that mid-grade category.


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

Aren't those also two of the most expensive (and highest quality) restaurants in the area too? One caveat of trying to use locally sourced goods is that costs are also usually much higher.