Jim brady's food

Jim Brady’s Restaurant brings its unique offerings to the historic downtown Ann Arbor district.

Photos via Jim Brady Ann Arbor Facebook

The highly awaited two-year construction of a Jim Brady’s restaurant in Ann Arbor finally comes to fruition.

After numerous years of the property standing vacant, the reconstruction was completed this past December by partners Tom Brady and Darin Dingman … It has been a piece of history in Downtown Ann Arbor that dates back to 1861 … on South Main in Ann Arbor’s historic district between West Washington and West Liberty avenues.

Jim Brady's tuna nachos

Jim Brady’s continues to have signature items like its legendary hamburger and
7 Mile Caesar-like salad … Jim Brady’s Rock N’ Rye barbecue sauce made with Faygo’s R&R pop is a delicious addition to several of the menu items … A side sauce is also offered, and the sauce is served with blackened barbecue chicken and pineapple … Also featured, fish tacos, chicken and waffles, Amazing Grace carrot cake and maple salmon.

Certainly unique is its roasted cauliflower appetizer, a vegetarian standout … The luscious homemade sauce Romesco is based on almonds, garlic and roasted red pepper … A Vernor’s ice cream made in-house is very rare and is luscious on the Boston Waffle Puff served with Sander’s hot fudge and caramel sauce.

The Jim Brady Burgers are certainly among its best-selling items … Maybe, in fact, the biggest one with about 1,000 pounds sold per week.

Jim Brady's Caesar salad

Another huge and fantastic feature at Jim Brady’s Ann Arbor, along with its excellent food, is a bevy of television sets, including a large 222-inch motorized TV screen that almost takes onlookers to a University of Michigan football game … and gives them the best seat in the house … It covers an entire wall and is the only one of its kind in the state of Michigan … among the latest in audio-visual smart technology.

The Brady name is a much-noted one in the dining game … and having a restaurant with such a time-honored reputation is priceless.

Jim Brady’s in Ann Arbor is open daily from 11 a.m.-midnight for lunch and dinner … Seating is for around 200 … with bars on two floors … 12 and 10 stools.

Doing business with its community has become a major priority with Jim Brady’s … Ann Arbor must be mighty proud to have one now within its confines.

OPENING OF NEW small plates restaurant Three Cats, 14 Mile, Clawson, by Matt Prentice may be in late August of this year … Before it opens, there will be four training dinners that will culminate with a dinner for charity, which has always been his custom over the last four decades … The Three Cats charity dinner will benefit Cass Community Social Services, $100 per person, with tickets including American wines and liquors and Michigan Craft Beers … The entire $100 will be given to Cass Social Services to use at its discretion or enhance its tiny homes, help the homeless, feed the hungry and provide for those who need assistance, etc. … Due to construction of Three Cats, the date for the dinner is still up in the air.

ALONG WITH THEIR excellent restaurant gem, Bella Piatti, which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary on Townsend Avenue in Birmingham, and their terrific Venetian Chef Francesco Apollonia, who creates delicious dining favorites from where he formerly worked, Bella Piatti owners Nino and Liz Cutraro, are going great guns with their seventh Wahlburger store in partnership with movie star Mark Wahlberg … Three more Wahlburgers with him are scheduled for Downtown Atlanta and a couple of military bases in Germany.

HEY, GUYS AND GALS … Don’t be like the guy seen and heard at a fancy restaurant in Paris ordering from the menu in French … unless you know what you are talking about to show that you know your stuff … You might be ordering a stepladder or whatever.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … The young girl was having trouble getting married … In desperation, her mother suggested she put an ad in the paper … The girl placed one that read, “Attractive expert homemaker desires companionship of man seeking same.” … After a few days the mother asked if anyone answered the ad … The daughter hesitantly replied, “Yes — Papa!”

CONGRATS … To Bonnie Turner on her birthday … To Jayson Handler on his birthday.

Email Danny at dannyraskin2132@gmail.com.

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