January 28, 2016
Ypsilanti Restaurants and Travel
Posted by: Martha Cleary
Don’t have time to travel to far away places right now?
Did you know that in Ypsilanti, Michigan’s second oldest city, restaurants offer international cuisine?
You can let your imagination travel to far away places as you savor the unique dishes of each culture.
You’ll find Viet Namese, Guatemalan, Mexican, Chinese and even Southern BBQ restaurants that offer authentic menus to bring back memories of past travels or encourage new ones.
It’s been the best kept secret, but now you know, so let your taste buds be your travel guide. You won’t be disappointed!
Encuentro Latino Restaurant; 228 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-483-1727
This was recently opened by Manuel DePaz, who has lived in Ypsilanti for 13 years, and worked in local restaurants before opening his own. He is passionate about his food, prepared with the authentic flavors of Guatemala, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. American options are also on the menu. We love the guacamole and chicken tacos.
Bona Sera Cafe; 200 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-340-6335
This eclectic restaurant offers an ever changing seasonal menu for lunch and dinner. The menu is a mix of cultures as diverse as Korean Banh, linguini and Southern Shrimp and Grits, and always with a twist. We love the Magic Mushroom Flatbread pizza with greens and truffle oil. Open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner. Buffet brunch every second and fourth Sunday.
Red Rock Downtown Barbeque; 207 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-340-2381
Memphis style ribs along with in-house smoked Barbeque pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken with all the trimmings, will take you to the South in the good ole US of A. They smoke the meat right out their back door of the restaurant. Lunch or dinner everyday, with 20 beers on tap.
DaLat Vietnamese Restaurant; 100 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti MI, 48197 734-487-7600
This family run restaurant has been a fixture on the corner of Huron Street and Michigan Avenue for over a decade. Choose Vietnames soups, a variety of stir fry dishes, egg rolls and more, like the Chicken on a Stick. It’s a popular destination for lunch or dinner. Closed Mondays.
La Fiesta Mexicana; 529 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, 734-483-1666
Michelle Roman, moved from Jalisco, Mexico in 1989, and opened her restaurant in 1990 and never looked back. The menu includes family recipes, dishes from Jalisco and other regions of Mexico. Yes, there is salsa, chips and Margharitas. Lunch or dinner Tuesday – Friday, dinner only Monday and closed on Sunday
Maiz Mexican Cantina; 36 East Cross, Ypsilanti, Mi 48198 734-340-6010
Since it opened just a couple of years ago, this addition to the Depot Town restaurant scene has become a popular stop for lunch and dinner. It offers Tex-Mex specialties prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients, like the ultimate Veggie Burrito and Fajitas. We love $2 Taco Tuesdays!
By Chris Mason,
Chef/innkeeper at the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast and author of the cook book "7 Recipes to Get.You Out of Bed for Breakfast Everyday"