Blossoming from the original Pennywise, established in 1969, Expresso Car Wash now shoos dirt form begrimed automobiles at six convenient lube-and-detail facilities. Upholding a focus on swift service, mechanics perform quick 10-minute oil changes, towel off 12-minute full details, and scrub cloths on their eight-minute abs. As environmental stewards, the detailing staff carts off all used water to a water-treatment facility and uses fewer chemicals than home washings tend to.
Each vehicle's aesthetic and under-the-hood beauty gets continual boosts with additional services, including air-conditioner and timing-belt repair and transmission flushes. When they are not pampering autos, the Expresso staff lends philanthropic support to nonprofits, including local schools, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and teenage cars saving up for a new driver.
Transylvania, Romania, may be Dracula's hometown, but it's also the hometown of something much sweeter—chimney cakes. The cylindrical cakes, which were originally baked on hot coals by the area's Hungarian residents, look a little like ribbon wrapped around a spool. To make them, bakers roll special dough by hand into an even strip, and then wrap the dough around a wooden or steel cooking roll. Next, they coat the dough in sugar and bake it. The result is a fully, soft inside and a crispy outside that is quickly coated in sweet toppings while it's still hot.
They used to be made only for special occasions in Romania and Hungary, but they've become quite popular and are slowly spreading across the world. In 1985, when the Chimney Cake Café opened, they officially touched down in Ann Arbor.
In the decades since then, the cafe team has added flair to the traditional pastry. They've started stuffing savory, garlic-and-cheese-covered chimney cakes with fillings such as chicken and feta cheese, and they've improved upon hot coals as their cooking method, upgrading to modern ovens and lasers. They also specialize in chicken and lamb shawarma. However, they still create the popular sweet cakes coated with such toppings as Nutella, Oreos, and coconut.
Sunflower Organic Cafe is committed to offering its customers nutritious and 100-percent organic meals. The cafe dishes out breakfast, lunch, and desserts completely free of hormones, pesticides, and additives, with many vegetarian and gluten-free options available as well. Seating roughly 22 people in-house, Sunflower Organic Cafe also offers a quaint, cozy atmosphere for enjoying organic cuisine.
Longevity Drive-Thru whips up healthy alternatives to fast food with low-calorie wraps and more than 20 types of antioxidant-rich fresh-fruit smoothies. Their icy concoctions range from simple favorites such as the strawberry-banana smoothie blended with non-fat yogurt to more elaborate creations, including the Breakfast Buzz, which mixes espresso, oatmeal, peanut butter, and banana with whey protein and sugar-free chocolate syrup. The veggie wrap bursts with spinach, tomatoes, and onions in balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and the mediterranean tuna wrap brings together albacore tuna with organic field greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and balsamic dressing.
An offshoot of the Innate Healing Arts Center, the Golden Gate Cafe nourishes the body with a menu of meat-free tempeh burgers, mushroom stir-fry dishes, soups, and fresh fruit smoothies. Guests feed their cells vital nutrients with salads made from kale, house-pickled beets, and lentils, or snack on handmade hummus and citrus-splashed guacamole. Far more than a mere restaurant, Golden Gate Vegetarian Cafe aims to foster a sense of community, with new friends getting to know each other over cups of organic tea and coffee, with live music in the background to provide a soundtrack for intense vegetable chewing.
In the kitchen of Half Time Cafe, you won't find a fryer, or even a freezer. That's because everything on the menu is made fresh and to-order, from the melty chicken quesadilla to a cool quinoa salad mixed with fresh veggies. Freshly brewed coffee is available all day, alongside espresso drinks such as americanos and lattes, as well as wraps and sandwiches lined with just-cracked eggs, tomato, crisp spinach, and feta cheese.