Late Summer in Ann Arbor

Mediterrano
http://www.mediterrano.com/

2900 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 332-9700

It has been a while since I’ve written anything for the site.  I’ve been working on the theme and some backend stuff for the website.  This is a bit of a throw back (aka I should have written this thing months ago), which is a nice reminder of summer.  I ended up running errands with my father in Ann Arbor and we were going to stop by the University of Michigan admissions while we were there.  My Dad asked me to find somewhere to eat while he opened a bank account or something for his business.  Anyways, I ended up wandering around looking for places to eat nearby.  I was a little leery of this place because I thought the prices might be too high.  My options were Cottage Inn or Mediterrano, and there is no way I was going to chowzer down on some pizza before meeting with admissions.

I decided to order some coffee while waiting for my Dad.  I opted for dining outside.  Nothing beats eating outdoors on a beautiful day.

I have no idea what the stuff in the middle was.A shot of olive oil?

The coffee was pretty decent, I’m not really sure what the stuff on the plate was.  I think it was some spread for the bread, ya know… olive oil poured over it then smash it all over your bread.  I was starting to get a little antsy, 10 minutes turned into 20 or 25 minutes, while waiting so I gave my Dad a ring and decided to order for the both of us.  I went for the Greek Style Baked Summer Vegetables; It had Semolina orza pasta, tomatoes, feta cheese and Kalamata olives on top.  I ordered the Grilled Chicken Kebabs for my Dad.  The Summer Vegetables were absolutely fantastic.  They were perfectly baked, and the melted feta added a nice little punch.  It was full of textures, the soft artichokes, the green beans still had some snap.  The tomatoes didn’t seem to be overly acidic nor over seasoned.  The chicken kebabs looked pretty delicious too.

Absofuckinglutely Delicious

Vegetables were lightly sauteed, and the chicken looked perfect

While eating I spoke with my Father about how I feel that good Vegetarian dishes are the hallmark of good restaurants.  Even when I’m not eating purely vegetarian, I like the option for a vegetarian dish just to try new things that I wouldn’t cook for myself.  I can make a damn fine steak or an amazing hamburger, however making something like these tomato baked vegetables?  It just wouldn’t cross my mind to put those things together since I grew up with meat as the protein for most of our meals.

While you do pay for the dishes your wallet won’t be too much lighter;  my Greek Veggies cost $11 and the Chicken Kebab was $12.99.  Not terribly expensive considering how much food you get and a great atmosphere for a dining experience.  Most of the dishes were between the $10-$20 range, with the majority around $15.  If you’re looking for a casual dining spot, with some great Mediterranean inspired foods, give Mediterrano a shot.

Rating: ★★★★½  Decor and atmosphere were great and really fit the mood of the food.
Rating: ★★★½☆ Price of everything was reasonable.
Rating: ★★★★★ Food was perfectly cooked and all of the flavors really went well together.

Rating: ★★★★½ Overall.  Definitely deserving of 4.5 stars, if you’re in Ann Arbor give it a shot.

The next day we went to the UofM football game.  It was one they actually won too!

The Game

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Author: Native

I work in software support, I'm an active cook and gardener. I'm a former LAMP admin and former Michigan native currently living in Florida. I contribute to http://www.halftonreviews.com and Twin Destroyer for my music.

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