It’s off the beaten foodie path in Ann Arbor, not in bustling downtown or popular Kerrytown, but lines still form on weekends for comfort food served with a side of laid back vibe at Northside Grill.
Jim Koli, a University of Michigan graduate armed with a Fisheries Biology degree, opened his diner in 1993 and serves a steady stream of students, young families, and parents like me who want to squeeze in a few minutes with their busy college student.
We’ve only been there a couple of times, on weekdays, so haven’t had to wait for a table at the homey joint where son Graham and I recently had a nice breakfast, conversation, and plenty of good coffee.
Northside service is efficient, prices are reasonable, and the open dining room, in a former dairy building, is lined with unpretentious knotty pine paneling.
Graham liked his corned beef hash with two eggs and toast, and I had a fried egg sandwich with perfectly-done hash browns.
The egg sandwich was plain but I spiced it up with Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce, a locally-concocted condiment.
Northside is known for its 7 egg sammies; next time I may order the Morning Eggdition, named for the public radio program. It gets rave reviews for the combination of scrambled eggs, ham, Swiss cheese and black pepper mayo.
Other options include oatmeal, omelets, pancakes and French toast, and there’s a lunch menu that I’m sure lists sandwiches and such.
But I’m satisfied with working my way through the breakfasts that are served from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 7 days a week, almost every day of the year.
Provided breakfast comes with the company of our son, of course.
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