Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? I’ll be starting Thanksgiving preparations– at the very least, I’ll be making homemade turkey stock. Who knows – maybe I’ll even get the cranberry sauce done too. But today, I want to tell you about one of favorite restaurants: Grange Kitchen & Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Ann Arbor is about 45 minutes away from home, thus making Grange a special occasion destination for Jeff and I. This time, it was his 30th birthday celebration with our families. I love Grange because most of their ingredients are locally sourced and farm-to-table. Yes, both overused buzzwords recently, but when Grange does it, I don’t mind the trendiness. They have a big chalkboard on one wall that outlines which farms various ingredients came from.
Before I get started talking about the food, an FYI – the menu changes quite frequently depending on what’s in season, so the food we enjoyed during this visit (which was like two months ago, oops!) probably isn’t available now. But equally delicious dishes have surely taken their places.
We started with the fried green tomatoes. I love it when I find a version of these that aren’t just completely crusted in a thick coating of batter. There was only a light coating of crunchy goodness. To the delight of the birthday boy, they were served on top of homemade ranch dressing. And because corn was just nearing the end of its season here in Michigan, it appeared as a component for several dishes, including this one.
For the entrees, our entire table of six people chose only two different entrees – I guess those two dishes stood out above the rest on the menu! All four parents had sautéed lake perch (which they said was awesome), while Jeff and I chose pan roasted pork chops. They came served over a corn and pepper succotash. My favorite part of this dish was a little pile of sautéed apples gracing the plate. Pork and apples are a natural pair, but these apples were just amazing – perfectly spiced and soft but not mushy.