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Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 2 p.m.

Where should Spartan fans eat on Saturday?

By Jessica Webster


Lena, located at 226 S. Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Saturday's Michigan-Michigan State game kicks off at 3:30—a perfect time that will allow Spartan fans to explore Ann Arbor's culinary delights at both lunch and dinner times.

It's been two years since the last time the Spartans played in the Big House, and our restaurant scene has been enhanced during that time. In a post on this morning, restaurant critic Sylvia Rector has a rundown of some of the restaurants that have opened since the last times these rivals met in Ann Arbor.

Among the standouts for her are Lena, Frita Batidos, Bill's Beer Garden, Mani Osteria, Chela's and the Raven's Club. You can read the full post here.

Where are you planning to eat before and after the Wolverines beat the Spartans on Saturday?

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for Reach her at You also can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.



Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

any eatery that takes money or credit cards will be glad to take theirs.


Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 5:27 a.m.

There are two great restaurants in Whitmore Lake, that are full of both U-M and MSU fans who really enjoy the rivalry w/o any real problems. That's the places to be!

American Indian

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 3:25 p.m.



Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

Szechuan West!


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 2:44 a.m.

Spartans fans should eat at the International Restaurant and Tuba Museum in Okemos.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 2:04 p.m.

Sadly it will be closing soon!

Jessica Webster

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 3:44 a.m.

That's a real place? I want to go!!


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 12:24 a.m.

I think a lot of posters are counting their chickens before they are hatched. On both sides.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 12:21 a.m.

If they are Moose members they could eat at the A2 Moose after the game where they have a sauerkraut and kniffle dinner for $9.00 planned starting at 5:00.


Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 4:27 p.m.

except the game doesn't start till 3


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 9:26 p.m.

Interesting that people are viciously attacking the Huron and Pioneer kids for their recent tussle yet come here to post childish suggestions mocking MSU. Let's keep in classy, Michigan.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 2:56 p.m.

High school fist fight vs. heckling between rivalries online. Simmer down now


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 9:15 p.m.

Where should the Spartans eat?? Are you kidding me?? They should eat somewhere on 96 or 23...Go Blue!


Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

ask the Ann Arbor restaurants if they'll be glad to take Sparty money?


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 8:23 p.m.

I think they should just stand back, enjoy their win over UM, and watch the Wolverines eat crow.

Some Guy in 734

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 7:49 p.m.

Crow Bar. (On account'a eating crow.)


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 7:44 p.m.

A pasture. Where Moo U always grazes...


Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

Classy but what do you expect of a Wolvie.


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 7:16 p.m.

What is the purpose of this article? Ann Arbor has dozens of restaurants that have been serving this community for decades. Instead of promoting them, you want to promote the new guys. I guess there is no more loyalty around here, maybe that is why people don't advertise in your publication which as a result was the end of the Ann Arbor News.


Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 12:40 p.m.

The purpose is to feature good food. I think that it is interesting to see how new restaurants have changed the culinary layout of Ann Arbor - so many of the older places serve sloppy bad food with little imagination. Many on Main have fallen into tired patterns with mass production and little attention to details. Maybe the new kids will inspire them to improve. The problem is that they are driven too much by the bottom line while being squeezed by high rents.

Jessica Webster

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

Hi Skiboski! If you click through to the original Free Press article I'm aggregating here, you will see that Sylvia Rector mentions longtime favorites like Krazy Jim's, Gratzi, Tios and Cottage Inn. The point of her article is to point out the restaurants that have opened since the last time Michigan State's football team played in Ann Arbor. Thanks!

Angry Moderate

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 8:19 p.m.

Maybe MSU fans are already aware of the restaurants that were open last time they were here 2 years ago.

WeiPing Teoh

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 6:49 p.m.

They can eat dust at the Big House...


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 6:31 p.m.

Can one "eat" beer???

Jessica Webster

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 3:42 a.m.

Well Guinness is a meal in a glass...


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

Where they always eat..Mcdonalds


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

Heh, what a strange article.

David Bardallis

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

Where should Spartan fans eat on Saturday? East Lansing.


Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

Hospitality dude