Kerrytown Noms: Zingerman’s Reuben and Monahan’s Fish and Chips

Have I mentioned how much I love Ann Arbor lately? Well, in case not: I do!

While I was chowing down on my 50-50 Burger (Patty Melt-Style because duh) at Fleetwood Diner

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…on Friday evening with the huz, we came up with plans to take ourselves on our own “50-50 Mini Foodie Tour of Kerrytown” the next day.

Now you’re probably thinking, Megan, what on God’s Green Earth are you talking about, right now, am I right?

Let me explain. There are a couple dishes in Kerrytown that we’ve been talking about trying for ages, but somehow never have gotten around to it. (And as a result, we feel like inadequate Ann Arborites.) The “50-50”, inspired by my 50-50 Burger (which is half beef and half bacon, by the way), meant that we would go halfsies on two different dishes at two different places. “Mini” is pretty self-explanatory, in that the tour was short. “Kerrytown” was our destination.

Zingerman’s Deli

Our first stop was Zingerman’s Deli, which is just one element (albeit the most popular) of the well-known Ann Arbor Zingerman’s food dynasty.

We both have a handful of experiences of with Zingerman’s food, but we’ve never visited together and had a proper dine-in experience at the Deli. Likewise, we both had never tried what is perhaps Zingerman’s most well-known sandwich, their #2 Reuben (also President Obama’s favorite.)



On Saturday, we remedied that! At $16.50/sandwich, Zingerman’s Reuben doesn’t come cheap, but here it is all about the high quality ingredients.

#2 – Zingerman’s Reuben:

“Zingerman’s corned beef, Switzerland Swiss cheese, Brinery sauerkraut & Russian dressing on grilled, hand-sliced Jewish rye bread.” [menu]

So did it live up to the hype? Why yes, I do believe it did. It took a lot of self-restraint to avoid inhaling my sandwich half in 30 seconds flat. I tried to slowly savor each bite, but dang, this delight brought a whole new meaning to words “Reuben sandwich,” for me.

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Monahan’s Seafood Market

Now that my salivary juices were properly flowing, it was time to head to our second stop: Monahan’s Seafood Market.


[picture courtesy of Monahan’s]

Monahan’s is a bustling seafood market that has been in business for over 35 years in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown and features a large and varied selection of fresh seafood daily.

[picture courtesy of Monahan’s]

While the market is open for retail until 7pm on weeknights (and until 5pm on the weekend), if you stop by between 11am and 3pm Monday-Saturday, you can also grab lunch!

For us, that meant sharing a plate of Monahan’s well-known Fish and Chips:

“Fish & Chips Beer-battered, North Atlantic pollack with our hand-cut fries .” [menu]

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Can you see that batter? Perfectly golden and crispy, not overly greasy – served piping hot, fresh out of the fryer. And the pollack within was as tender and flaky as could be. All I have to say is that this is the best fried fish I’ve had to date.

And the tartar sauce? Also phenomenal. I would drink it by the shot glass.

Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots… TARTAR PARTY!

A-hem. ::Clears throat:: I hope you’ll please excuse me. Anyways.

I hear you can also have anything you see in their cases cooked to order as well.


[picture courtesy of Monahan’s]

You won’t find tons of open seating inside, especially on a busy Farmer’s Market Saturday, but we found a sunny table outside in the adjacent courtyard, where we enjoyed both the fresh air and fried fish. Awesome.

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To wash everything down, we stopped into Sweetwaters for a pair of Thai Iced Teas, one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

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Kerrytown is such fun and quirky area to explore. Between the Farmer’s Market, the eccentric shops, and fantastic culinary destinations, you won’t be disappointed.

12 thoughts on “Kerrytown Noms: Zingerman’s Reuben and Monahan’s Fish and Chips

  1. Me three. That looks AMAZING!

    I loved your idea for the 50-50 mini foodie tour of Kerrytown. I haven’t had that fish & chips (will definitely be amending), but agree that Z’s has the quintessential reuben. (Though Sidetrack’s tempeh reuben is another fave of mine.)

    • They were very amazing – thanks! Mmm, Sidetrack is my fave and I do believe I’ve had their Corned Beef Reuben but never the Tempeh Reuben. Thanks for the tip! (I think whenever I go meatless at Sidetrack I tend to go straight to the black bean burger [so good] and miss out on the tempeh, etc.) 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Wild Blue Wonder and commented:
    What a fun idea: Meg and her main squeeze decided to take a “50-50 Mini Foodie Tour of Kerrytown in Ann Arbor. She explains: “The ’50-50′ … meant that we would go halfsies on two different dishes at two different places. ‘Mini’ is pretty self-explanatory, in that the tour was short. ‘Kerrytown’ was our destination.”
    Meg’s blog is great and this post exemplifies why. I love Zingerman’s (and the Roadhouse), and agree with Meg that their Reuben is outstanding. (Though the tempeh Reuben at the Sidetrack in Ypsi is another fave of mine.)
    I have NOT yet eaten at Monahan’s Seafood Market in Kerrytown, but that fish & chips is calling my name. Will have to check it out soon!

  3. Those fish and chips look so good ! I have a craving for them after reading this post. It looks like a fun time in Kerrytown. MOM

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