Zingerman's Roadhouse is located on Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Before game day on Saturday, September 3, one of my friends invited me to breakfast with his friends (they are all Michigan fans). Sure, I'd stick out like a sore thumb wearing my Hawaii football T-shirt, but no biggie.
Zingerman's Roadhouse is not to be confused with Zingerman's Deli, which I previously reviewed. Different menu and different setup. Deli was more artsy decor and ordering at the counter, the Roadhouse more traditional casual dining.
At about 9 AM, brunch was in full service. The menu changes routinely in at least some manner; any starred items on the menu are limited-time only and may not be there the next time you go.
I ordered the Zingerman's Famous Corned Beef Hash ($14), which had corned beef, potatoes, red peppers, and celery as a creamy hash. Topped with two poached eggs and choice of toast or biscuits. I went with Zingerman's homemade biscuits.
It was a hearty, wonderful breakfast. If you're not a fan of creamy hash, I'd pick another item (perhaps their Eggs Benedict would appeal to you), but I personally liked it. The peppers and celery gave it a wonderful crunch. I did have to reach for the black pepper, though.
I always crack the yolk on the poached eggs a couple minutes after I get my order. One poached egg was slightly overdone, but the other was perfectly cooked.
Hot sauce choices included Tabasco and Clancy's Fancy Hot Sauce. The latter is local to Michigan, so I opted for that. Clancy's has a smoky cayenne type of flavor to it.
The biscuits were very good, fluffy on the inside and slightly crunchy exterior. They are served with honey and/or butter on the side. I'm more of a honey fan here.
Yes, the panda got coffee. Yes, it was black coffee. Yes, it was good coffee. Pandas are easily satisfied with this elixir as long as it's not too watery.
We received very good service for our party of five. Zingerman's Roadhouse was a solid brunch choice! 7.5/10