It was an early morning and I was thinking Ann Arbor to grab some coffee. Breakfast food was also on the mind. While in-route Zingerman’s Roadhouse came to mind. It’s a place I’d been to many times before, mostly for cocktails and dinner and always had amazing experiences. It was time to take-in their breakfast experience.
I arrived at my destination on the west side of town. The Roadhouse, which open in 2003, is one of several Zingerman’s businesses in the area which date back to the early 80’s. There is also a deli and creamery among other places.
Following the signs to breakfast.
I found myself a spot to sit. It was 7 am so coffee definitely was in order.
A cup of Roadhouse Joe quickly made its way to my table.
For breakfast I decided on the American Breakfast. Scrambled eggs with peppers and 2-year Vermont cheddar. It came with country sausage, sourdough bread and strawberry preserve and breakfast potatoes. Everything is homemade. Not pictured is the freshly squeezed orange juice they gave me a sample of.
I found myself eating the preserves sans the bread. I wanted to be like Joey Tribbiani and dive into lots of jam, thinking of Monica’s jam plan in Friends. So good!
Along for the ride from left to right behind the breakfast was their version of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, the locally made Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce and the well-known McIlhenny Tabasco Pepper Sauce. I’m not a fan of hot sauces, but took a stab at each. Not to bad. I mostly ate the food without sauce to get the full flavor.
They must really known me haha. They kept my Roadhouse Joe mug constantly full. In fact, when I thought I was going to get the bill they brought me a to-go cup filled with it and a hot, right out of the oven doughnut topped with muscovado brown sugar. What a nice surprise.
Gotta get an up close shot of the brown sugar deliciousness.
Along with samples as you can probably tell, the service was exceptional. Every step along the way I was told in cool detail about what I was ordering and eating, with some historical tidbits thrown in. Great times.
If it’s the early morning and you’re looking for great service, food with the freshest of local ingredients and a few surprises during the experience then get to Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Time to get back there for dinner again too!
Checkout their website and presence on Facebook. You can also see the range of businesses and foodie deliciousness under the Zingerman’s umbrella.
What is a good place for breakfast and coffee in your neck of the woods or that you’ve come across in your travels?