Jerusalem Garden should definitely be on your *hopefully* long list of restaurants to try in Ann Arbor. If you’re anything like me, a poor/semi-broke college student, you may be wondering whether Jerusalem Garden will be too expensive. The flashy name makes it sound like it might be hard on your wallet. Not to fear, I can assure you that at about $10-12 for lunch or dinner with sides and a drink, Jerusalem Garden will not force you to take out another loan.
The location is in that zone of Ann Arbor that’s far away enough to be a walk from Central Campus, but not far enough for one to call it a ‘schlep’ or ‘hike.’ It may look unassuming from the outside, but inside one would be pleased to find a counter area with desserts on display and a huge menu. Service is very friendly and helpful to those who are new to the menu, and the décor and seating area both make the restaurant feel like home.
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The food is not only made from fresh ingredients, but the options are varied and pairings are the norm. I opted to order a platter, which includes a choice of meats or vegetarian entrees, rice and one side of either hummus, salads or delicious lentil soup.
There are also many sandwich options offered for both vegetarians (the falafel is highly recommended) and meat lovers. Plus, my photographer, Krysten, got the Turkish coffee and claimed it was the best she had in Ann Arbor. So if you’re in the niche group that loves that oh-so-rich coffee with the grounds at the bottom, be sure it try it out.
I will continue to scream to the hills (or pretend, considering there are no hills in Michigan) about the quality and price of Jerusalem Garden. With better hummus than South Quad and prices as inexpensive as the fare in the Union, how can you go wrong?
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Location: 307 S. 5th Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 10am – 9pm; Saturday: 11am – 9pm; Sunday: noon – 8pm