January 21, 2021

The 25 best restaurants for takeout in Ann Arbor, according to Yelp

You know what they say about opinions: they're like assholes, everyone has one. And, well, sometimes the people with opinions and assholes, are assholes. Welcome to Yelp: the sometimes grammatically challenged site where the public is both the judge and jury of what's good, what's bad, and what deserves to burn. But it's not all Karens who didn't have the guts to actually ask for the manager. It's actually a really useful resource for native city dwellers, visitors, and those who go out a bit out of their way to see if that burger really is as good as Nick S. from St. Clair Shores said it was. These 25 Ann Arbor area restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries are the top listed for takeout and delivery options as judged by the people who came, saw, conquered, and complained. Hungry? Start here.

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25. Detroit Street Filling Station
300 Detroit St., Ann Arbor;734-224-8262; thelunchrooma2.com/detroit-street-filling-station 
“I must admit, as a lifelong omnivore, I have always been skeptical about vegetarian restaurants as I have rarely found any earth shattering vegetarian dishes. But was pleasantly surprised when I came across the Power Up Bowl at the Detroit Street Filling Station! It was vegetarian, healthy, and more importantly (to me at least), super tasty! Would highly recommend this for your entree if you come by here for lunch or dinner.
The buffalo cauliflower "wings" here are also pretty great. The Pad Thai is alright, not nearly as good as the Power Up bowl. The Power Up bowl is where it's at.” —Nancy C. on Yelp
Photo via Detroit Street Filling Station/Facebook

25. Detroit Street Filling Station

300 Detroit St., Ann Arbor;734-224-8262; thelunchrooma2.com/detroit-street-filling-station
“I must admit, as a lifelong omnivore, I have always been skeptical about vegetarian restaurants as I have rarely found any earth shattering vegetarian dishes. But was pleasantly surprised when I came across the Power Up Bowl at the Detroit Street Filling Station! It was vegetarian, healthy, and more importantly (to me at least), super tasty! Would highly recommend this for your entree if you come by here for lunch or dinner. The buffalo cauliflower "wings" here are also pretty great. The Pad Thai is alright, not nearly as good as the Power Up bowl. The Power Up bowl is where it's at.” —Nancy C. on Yelp

Photo via Detroit Street Filling Station/Facebook
24. Zingerman’s Delicatessen
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor;734-663-3354; zingermansdeli.com 
“We have too many favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor (alas! what a problem to have!), and so usually don't get a meal here. HOWEVER: The store is AWESOME. We stock up on favorites (including pickles that my husband cannot live without), cheese, and bread.
In fact, here's a tip: when you first walk in, get your loaf of bread right away. IT GOES FAST! Then peruse the deli and grocery options. I usually spend time browsing the shelves for new items, as well as funny descriptions. Clever writers make me happy!!
No trip to A2 is complete without a stop here.” — Jessica V. on Yelp
Photo via Zingerman’s Delicatessen/Facebook

24. Zingerman’s Delicatessen

422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor;734-663-3354; zingermansdeli.com
“We have too many favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor (alas! what a problem to have!), and so usually don't get a meal here. HOWEVER: The store is AWESOME. We stock up on favorites (including pickles that my husband cannot live without), cheese, and bread. In fact, here's a tip: when you first walk in, get your loaf of bread right away. IT GOES FAST! Then peruse the deli and grocery options. I usually spend time browsing the shelves for new items, as well as funny descriptions. Clever writers make me happy!! No trip to A2 is complete without a stop here.” — Jessica V. on Yelp

Photo via Zingerman’s Delicatessen/Facebook
23. HOMES Brewery
2321 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-954-6637; homesbrewery.com 
“I drove all the way up here from Lexington Kentucky for the beer. I had no idea the food was so exceptional. This is possibly one of my best experiences at a brewery. The service was fast and the aesthetic was modern. I would recommend making this trip to anybody who is in the area. My fiancé and my best friend also loved it. I would highly recommend any of their sours as they are on par with some of the best I've tasted. Considering that this is one of the very few breweries that doesn't serve BBQ or pizza the food was interesting enough at face value; however, it was exceptional in every fashion. This place is a must!” — Walter L. on Yelp
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23. HOMES Brewery

2321 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-954-6637; homesbrewery.com
“I drove all the way up here from Lexington Kentucky for the beer. I had no idea the food was so exceptional. This is possibly one of my best experiences at a brewery. The service was fast and the aesthetic was modern. I would recommend making this trip to anybody who is in the area. My fiancé and my best friend also loved it. I would highly recommend any of their sours as they are on par with some of the best I've tasted. Considering that this is one of the very few breweries that doesn't serve BBQ or pizza the food was interesting enough at face value; however, it was exceptional in every fashion. This place is a must!” — Walter L. on Yelp

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spencerannarbor.com
"I almost don't want to review Spencer's for fear the great secret of downtown AA let's out. If you're serious about great food, love small intimate places that reminds you of your neighborhood favorite restaurant then look no closer than Spencer's. With a constantly changing menu to fit the season, each dish is meant to be shared and tasted by group. Tons of great wine and coffee if you're here for brunch. I love both brunch and dinners here and it's my go whenever friends are in town and are really interested in exploring local cuisine." — Amirah A. on Yelp

Photo via Spencer/Facebook
21. Casablanca
2333 Washtenaw Rd., Ypsilanti; 734-961-7828; casablancaypsilanti.com 
"Omg omg so freaking GOOD. This is the type of restaurant you go to when you're just starting out dabbling in different foods. The chicken tagine is AMAZING. It's so juicy and fresh, you literally cannot go wrong. You can tell the food is made by someone who loves their culture. The wait times can a little bit slow though, this isn't the type of place where you can call ahead five minutes and expect it to be ready when you get there. This is the type of place where you call while in the middle of running errands and when your done and ready to go home you swing by 30 minutes later haha" — Zanita W. on Yelp
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21. Casablanca

2333 Washtenaw Rd., Ypsilanti; 734-961-7828; casablancaypsilanti.com
"Omg omg so freaking GOOD. This is the type of restaurant you go to when you're just starting out dabbling in different foods. The chicken tagine is AMAZING. It's so juicy and fresh, you literally cannot go wrong. You can tell the food is made by someone who loves their culture. The wait times can a little bit slow though, this isn't the type of place where you can call ahead five minutes and expect it to be ready when you get there. This is the type of place where you call while in the middle of running errands and when your done and ready to go home you swing by 30 minutes later haha" — Zanita W. on Yelp

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20. The Jefferson Market
609 W. Jefferson St., Ann Arbor; 734-665-6666; thejeffersonmarket.com 
"I can not say enough good things about the Jefferson Market. Everything I've ever had there has been so so delicious (especially the pancakes and za'atar fries), I can't get enough. And especially during the COVID pandemic they have been so careful and conscientious of everyone's safety and comfort. Truly a gem of a place, I would pick The Jefferson Market every time." — Mira B. on Yelp
Photo via The Jefferson Market/Facebook

20. The Jefferson Market

609 W. Jefferson St., Ann Arbor; 734-665-6666; thejeffersonmarket.com
"I can not say enough good things about the Jefferson Market. Everything I've ever had there has been so so delicious (especially the pancakes and za'atar fries), I can't get enough. And especially during the COVID pandemic they have been so careful and conscientious of everyone's safety and comfort. Truly a gem of a place, I would pick The Jefferson Market every time." — Mira B. on Yelp

Photo via The Jefferson Market/Facebook
19. Tmaz Taqueria
3182 Packard St., Ann Arbor; 734-477-6089; houseofthemexicanfood.com 
"I lived in California for twenty years. I've eaten a lot of lousy, mediocre, good, and great Mexican food. Tmaz ranks with the best of the bunch. It's certainly the best taqueria in Ann Arbor. My wife and I love their tacos.
Although I was long prejudiced against tortas after a bad experience in LA, I decided to try Tmaz's torta cubana and was enormously glad I did. I also give a shout out to the torta ahogada.This week, though, despite the muggy weather, has been all about the soups. Holy crap, their pozole is on point! I went back today to buy a lot more pozole. They were out, so i got some beef soup. I like that a lot, too. My wife liked it even better than the pozole.Now I have to decide whether I want to post this testimonial. I don't want longer lines, but I do want Tmaz to get a lot of business." — John B. on Yelp
Photo via Tmaz Taqueria/Facebook

19. Tmaz Taqueria

3182 Packard St., Ann Arbor; 734-477-6089; houseofthemexicanfood.com
"I lived in California for twenty years. I've eaten a lot of lousy, mediocre, good, and great Mexican food. Tmaz ranks with the best of the bunch. It's certainly the best taqueria in Ann Arbor. My wife and I love their tacos. Although I was long prejudiced against tortas after a bad experience in LA, I decided to try Tmaz's torta cubana and was enormously glad I did. I also give a shout out to the torta ahogada.This week, though, despite the muggy weather, has been all about the soups. Holy crap, their pozole is on point! I went back today to buy a lot more pozole. They were out, so i got some beef soup. I like that a lot, too. My wife liked it even better than the pozole.Now I have to decide whether I want to post this testimonial. I don't want longer lines, but I do want Tmaz to get a lot of business." — John B. on Yelp

Photo via Tmaz Taqueria/Facebook
18. Joe’s Pizza
1107 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-213-5625; joespizzanyc.com 
"Fold it up folks we no longer have to travel to NYC to get that famous city slice!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can not express my gratitude for choosing Ann Arbor to be your first location out of the Big Apple. You will forever have long lines and hungry students to satisfy. Your beautifully charred and airy crust, salty cheese and simple toppings will keep the kids coming. Okay and me, not a college student, but a lover of the folded slice who will circle for a parking spot and dodge the crowds of fraternity and sorority members. I'll even forgo complaining about the wobbly high tops... hint hint.Next time it's the whole pie i'm taking home
How did we get so lucky!?" — Jenny K. on Yelp
Photo via Joe’s Pizza/Facebook

18. Joe’s Pizza

1107 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-213-5625; joespizzanyc.com
"Fold it up folks we no longer have to travel to NYC to get that famous city slice!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can not express my gratitude for choosing Ann Arbor to be your first location out of the Big Apple. You will forever have long lines and hungry students to satisfy. Your beautifully charred and airy crust, salty cheese and simple toppings will keep the kids coming. Okay and me, not a college student, but a lover of the folded slice who will circle for a parking spot and dodge the crowds of fraternity and sorority members. I'll even forgo complaining about the wobbly high tops... hint hint.Next time it's the whole pie i'm taking home How did we get so lucky!?" — Jenny K. on Yelp

Photo via Joe’s Pizza/Facebook
17. Everest Sherpa Restaurant
2803 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor; 734-997-5490; everestsherparestaurant.com 
"I'm extremely picky when I choose to go out to eat or get takeout and this place is SO WORTH IT! I've had almost everything on their menu and it is all absolutely delicious. I appreciate their safe and convenient bring to your car option. Note that their portions are quite generous IMO and provide enough food for 2 meals, but you might as well get at least 2 mains so you can try all the tasty dishes! I usually get 4 mains for 2 people and we're happy to have long lasting leftovers for the next few days." — Janice S. on Yelp
Photo via Everest Sherpa Restaurant/Facebook

17. Everest Sherpa Restaurant

2803 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor; 734-997-5490; everestsherparestaurant.com
"I'm extremely picky when I choose to go out to eat or get takeout and this place is SO WORTH IT! I've had almost everything on their menu and it is all absolutely delicious. I appreciate their safe and convenient bring to your car option. Note that their portions are quite generous IMO and provide enough food for 2 meals, but you might as well get at least 2 mains so you can try all the tasty dishes! I usually get 4 mains for 2 people and we're happy to have long lasting leftovers for the next few days." — Janice S. on Yelp

Photo via Everest Sherpa Restaurant/Facebook
16. Pita King
2412 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-677-0686; pitakingannarbor.com 
"The sign on the door said that people of Yelp approved of their shop. It was totally correct! The pita I had was delicious! The chicken was seasoned nicely, and the flavor combination was all there. We started with pita and hummus, and the hummus was a delightful fluffy texture. I ended the meal with a piece of baklava. It was fresh, crispy and easy to ingest. I love good baklava!
The quality of the pita bread itself was really impressive. It had a good flavor by itself. It was dense, yet had perfect air pocket separation. It really held the pita sandwich together. And the loose pita slices for hummus didn't taste like a tortilla at all!" — Julian W. on Yelp
Photo via Pita King/Facebook

16. Pita King

2412 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-677-0686; pitakingannarbor.com
"The sign on the door said that people of Yelp approved of their shop. It was totally correct! The pita I had was delicious! The chicken was seasoned nicely, and the flavor combination was all there. We started with pita and hummus, and the hummus was a delightful fluffy texture. I ended the meal with a piece of baklava. It was fresh, crispy and easy to ingest. I love good baklava! The quality of the pita bread itself was really impressive. It had a good flavor by itself. It was dense, yet had perfect air pocket separation. It really held the pita sandwich together. And the loose pita slices for hummus didn't taste like a tortilla at all!" — Julian W. on Yelp

Photo via Pita King/Facebook