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The Fly Trap – Ferndale

The Fly Trap

Yup. It’s The Fly Trap. Not what you would expect for a Diner name. If this was Top chef Restaurant wars, Tom Colicchio would totally shoot the name down as unappetizing. Yet, this little gem found its way onto Diners Drive-ins and Dives. You can see the vid on The Fly Trap’s website.
The Fly Trap

We went on a Sunday around 2 pm (our breakfast time), and this place was packed. I can only imagine what it looks like early in the morning.
The Fly Trap

One thing I loved about the place, was you felt a certain sense of humor, from the name to menu items to the decor.
The Fly Trap

We decided to do some breakfast style food/vegetarian, and try lunch another day. Hubby had the Veggie Rumble ($6.95) – basically an amazing veggie omlette.
The Fly Trap

The garlic smashed hash browns were the most amazing I have ever had! There are literally whole chunks of smashed garlic that are cooked with cilantro. Yum yum yum!
The Fly Trap

I had the Pea Patch sandwich. ($6.95) – (eggplants, shitake, tomatoes etc…)  it was ok. I was jealous of my hubbys omlette and wish I had stuck to what I wanted before I got there. I always do that. Know what I want before I go somewhere, change it last minute, and the regret it later.

I wanted the vegetarian Pho! Yeh. They supposedly make awesome Pho.

The Fly Trap

What I didn’t like about the sandwich was that the bread wasn’t really toasted, and it was soggy. I didn’t finish it and thats rare for me. However, in all fairness to fully assess the place we would have to go again. We didn’t really have any of their signature dishes.
The Fly Trap

Oh, did I mention the pickle? It was red. I was curious. I bit into it. There was a familiar taste that I just couldn’t put my finger on. So I took another bite. Strawberries? no. What? not sure. So, I asked the waitress. She laughed and said it was fruit punch! YES! Fruit punch! They pickled those pickles in punch. Such a unique taste.
The Fly Trap

Their fries were reallllllly good, but it turned out they were not homemade. boohoo.

The Fly Trap

Now, something that was homemade was their Hot Sauce. The Red one is the Swat Sauce –  house made Habanero sauce. The Green one was called Green Hornet – this had a cumin note that stuck with me.  You can buy em while you are there. Only $5 a pop. I took a Green Hornet home.
The Fly Trap
The Fly Trap

Had the freshly squeezed orange juice. I love orange juice and always order it when fresh. This didn’t really hit the spot for some reason. It wasn’t super cold and felt a bit watered down.

Also, the service itself was good. As in, our cups refilled often, and our food brought hot (there was a small wait becuse they were so busy). But, I didn’t feel that welcoming friendliness that I expect. It was more an aloofness. No smiles. Just business, until towards the end when I started asking questions, and she warmed up to me. I think. Anyways…

The Fly Trap

The Fly Traps moto is “a finer diner”. LOL. I’m telling ya. The owners got a sense of humor that you pick up on from little things.
The Fly Trap
The Fly Trap

Overall, I would rec a trip down to this Ferndale gem. The food is good honest, and cheap. A combo I like in diners.

I already know what I’m ordering next time, hopefully I won’t change my mind last minute again.

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Angelo’s – Ann Arbor

Angelo's

Spent the day in Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago with my friend Jill. She recommended having brunch at Angelo’s, a frequent student hang out.

Angelo's

The place was pretty busy, the atmosphere very laid back.
Angelo's
Angelo's

You can see into the kitchen via a wee long window.
Angelo's
Angelo's

This is my friend Jill. She’s awesomely awesome, and is usually my partner in crime.
Angelo's
Angelo's

Jill had the homemade pancakes, the poached eggs and sausage.
Angelo's

Her sister had the Special Breakfast: 3 eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and homemade toast ($7.75). Yes, I said homemade. They make it all from scratch! My kinda place.
Angelo's

When I looked at the menu, and saw they had freshly squeezed orange juice I almost died. That’s so rare. When I asked for it the waiter asked if I would like freshly squeezed or from concentrate (they offer both). I looked at him like he was on crack. Who wants from concentrate when they have fresh? I was really tempted to order another, and I should’ve.
Angelo's

I ordered the Eggs Florentine: 2 eggs, spinach, tomato,  hollandaise sauce and homemade toast ($7.45).
Angelo's

The portion was HUGE! I only ate 1/2. The toast was nice and thick to mop up all the eggy goo, and the hollandaise sauce was good, a bit grainy, but really good.
Angelo's

This my friends is my favorite part of eating eggs. They were perfectly poached too.
Angelo's

And I leave you with the money shot. Who doesn’t love a good yolk?
Angelo's

Loved the location, the buzz, the cazh atmosphere. The food was exactly what I wanted and expected, and it kept me going for the rest of the day. I know when school’s in (Uni. of Michigan), the place is always jam packed. If you want a nice brunch or breakfast, I definitely recommend stopping by Angelo’s in Ann Arbor.

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