My brother Luke is a bit of a foodie, so when he raves about a restaurant, I believe pretty much without question that it's got to be good. So we took a lunch break to Frita Batidos, a Cuban street food restaurant that is relatively new to Ann Arbor...we were on a mission try a sandwich that has become one of Luke's favorites. Honestly I love street food, I think that it represents some of the best of cuisine, so if you haven't hopped on the street food bandwagon, get on board!
Tah-dah! This is The Inspired Cuban. THREE types of bacon and melted cheese (gruyere!). To be more specific it's lemongrass roast pork, thick cut bacon and tasso ham. It's also packed with chipotle mayo and cornichons. Delicious. I was definitely impressed.
~ The next day my whole family, along with my sister's friend Clayton, took a trip to Lena for brunch/lunch. Also relatively new to Ann Arbor, Lena specializes in upscale Latin fare. This isn't my first visit to this place...their pulled pork sandwich is fantastic and had me hooked, so a return was inevitable. I can't recommend the food here enough.
From the brunch menu, my mom had the Tortilla De Fideo: grilled capellini, egg cakes, cilantro and salsa with queso fresco.
So I'll be honest: one of the things I judge a restaurant by is their sweet potato fries, if they happen to have them on the menu. Lena's sweet potato fries are always perfectly prepared. Not soggy, not overcooked, just the right amount of crispness. I definitely recommend getting a side if sweet potato fries are your thing. If you're ever in the mood for a good dessert, try Lena's flan, it's deliciously rich and making my mouth water just thinking and typing about it!
Also a little hint-leave extra time if you're visiting this place, as the service style tends to be a bit more laid back (but always friendly).
It gets busy on the weekends but you can make a reservation here: http://www.lena-annarbor.com/la/index