Taste Our Goods, Ann Arbor, MI

I’m now in the good company of Anthony Bourdain having finally tried Taste Our Goods (or “togs”, as my husband has lovingly dubbed it) in Kerrytown this weekend. Although, I think Mr. Bourdain had lunch there and I’ve tried their breakfast so far. This sweet little breakfast and lunch counter tucked into the back corner of Sparrow Market has a good thing going. What a creative menu and nice change from overpriced and overrated Ann Arbor diner breakfasts.
The woman who greeted us on Saturday was very friendly and helpful. She told us it would be about 10 minutes before our meals were ready and said they could bring it out to us or check back if we liked. We popped across the way to grab a table and get some coffee from Sweetwaters.
I tried out Taste or Goods’ Sweet Hash Dude, a great deal for only $7. Shredded sweet potato mixed with onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, dabbed with goat cheese and topped with eggs of my choice (I had them over medium); a fruit cup and a side of toast (Farmer’s for me) were also part of the deal. All I can say is “yum!”. Great flavors in the hash and the fruit, though mostly blueberries, was fresh and seasonal. I did have to request some jam to go with the toast, but this was a very tasty breakfast stop. I even liked the eggs which I don’t usually enjoy because it’s not my favorite food on its own.
I’m looking forward to a lunch visit soon!

Monahan’s Seafood Market Fries

My husband and I had a Monday off and I thought it would be great if we went to Kosmopolitan’s in Kerrytown for lunch since they have fantastic French fries, but they only serve them Monday thru Friday, or so I thought. When we got there we found out that they no longer carry their fabulous fries, but have instead replaced them with tempura vegetable fries. We were disappointed, but ordered lunch there anyway and the girl behind the counter suggested we order our fries next door at Monahan’s Seafood Market, how thoughtful!

The fries at Monahan’s are a bit pricey, $3.50 when you don’t order a lunch entree ($1.75 with an entree), and are really only enough for one person. But, while I waited for the fries I was treated like royalty. I sat at one of the tables to wait and was served a paper napkin and plastic fork by a gentleman while I waited (it made me smile). A moment later I was served ice water in a plastic cup as well, even without requesting it! In addition, the fries were great too! Nicely salted, but not overly so. Thick cuts of potato with a nice fresh potato flavor. They tasted like they’d been blanched in the oil then refried to give them that perfect outer shell. Definitely worth the splurge once it a while!