The block between Main and Ashley on West Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor offers some of the best dining options between Detroit and Chicago.
The Main Street Area Association project transforms Main Street into a pedestrian and bike-friendly walkway in the summer, allowing restaurants to extend seating into the streets and allowing patrons to have open alcohol within the district.
The initiative initially began as a way to cope with COVID restrictions by adding more outdoor seating, and the community, businesses included, decided to keep it going. The West Washington, Social District street is closed to automobile traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the other areas are closed from 4 p.m. on Thursdays through 6 a.m. on Mondays.
The West Washington Social District is a delicious and diverse spot to enjoy a meal, especially if you are trying to accommodate a larger group. There is something for everyone and plenty of outdoor seating as well! Patrons of the participating pubs, restaurants, and breweries are allowed to carry an open alcoholic beverage as long as the drink remains outside (don’t carry the drink into other businesses) and within the designated social district boundaries.
Cafe Zola is a charming eatery known for its breakfast, brunch, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. An anchor on W. Washington for 25 years. Their omelets and strong black coffee are my favorites.
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea is a popular café offering a range of coffee and tea blends as well as light bites. Lots of comfortable seating, it’s OK to stay a while.
Grizzly Peak Brewing
Grizzly Peak Brewing is a well-known brewpub with a cozy atmosphere and a variety of craft beers and a surprising menu.
Frida Batidos and The Earle
Frida Batidos is a vibrant and popular restaurant known for its unique blend of Latin-American and Caribbean flavors. Watch out Frida can get really crowded so plan accordingly.
The Earle is a classic French and Italian restaurant offering an upscale dining experience. Extensive wine list.
For those that are not on foot, taking public transportation, or riding their bike, there are several options for parking. The Fourth and Washington Parking Structure, First and Washington Park Structure, and the First and Huron Street Surface Parking Lot are all nearby parking options. If you live in Downtown Ann Arbor, All of these are a short walk away, making it convenient for anyone to check out the West Washington social district!
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