The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel. Customers can peruse the prepared foods department, which includes salad bars, fresh raw juices, all natural smoothies, specialty sandwiches, and salads.
Before Paul and Jared Smith came onboard, the company that became Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. had no coffee to speak of: it only sold chocolate by the bag, box, or individual morsel. But the brothers recognized how well their rich chocolates complemented a hot cup of joe, and by 2004 they started roasting their own beans. Today, those yield coffees such as the Black & Tan, a combination of dark and light roasts, and the Honduran High Grown, which is harvested on the wings of airplanes.
The coffees add a jolt to Great Lakes’ hot drinks, including seasonal selections such as the egg nog latte. Organic and decaf teas, as well as cold beverages such as frozen lemonade and fruit smoothies, round out the shop’s drinkable options, all of which complement this family owned and run business’ stock of sweet treats.
Since 1935, employee-owned Paramount Coffee has fired up roasters daily to infuse beans with rich, fresh flavor, now shipping a range of organic, fair-trade, flavored, and local brands to households nationwide. Seeking both quality beans and quality businesses, Paramount's coffee-curators source their aromatic offerings from around the world. A medium roast, the organic and fair trade Peru beans finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste ($8.99/10 oz.). The subtle chocolate flavor and hints of spice of fair trade Rwanda coffee reach mugs thanks to a partnership between Paramount Coffee, Michigan State University, and Rwandan farmers ($9.19/12 oz.). Bulk coffee such as the Ann Arbor Blend ($44.50/5 lbs.) fuels all-night study sessions and marathon slip 'n' slide tournaments, while Paramount’s own flavored coffees fill kitchens with the scents of blueberry muffins, coffee cake, and pumpkin pie ($8.99+/12 oz.).
The grill masters at Airport Tavern and Steakhouse flame-kiss sizzling steaks and burgers, which pair well with craft beers in a laid-back pub setting. Diners can shake the rust off seldom-used jaw muscles with juicy cuts of tender filet mignon wrapped in bacon ($15.95) or 16-ounce porterhouses covered in grill marks ($15.95). Buns hug third-pound beef patties that travel mouthward in a variety of forms, from mushroom and swiss ($6.50) to olive burgers ($6.25). Mixing in cuisine from other cultures, the expert chef tops Greek-style pasta and meatballs with parmesan cheese, dollops of butter, and a sweet dusting of cinnamon ($9.95). Patrons can rinse palates or salad forks between flavorful bites with craft beers including Crooked Tree I.P.A. and Shock Top.
Drawing from a diverse well of organic fair-trade coffees and dozens of syrup flavors, the bouncy baristas of Decker's Coffee Company pour out a multifarious menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and italian sodas alongside sandwiches, wraps, soups, and baked goods. Create your own smoothie or Deckachino with flavors such as gingerbread, amaretto, and sugar-free irish cream or prepare for winter by stockpiling warm, creamy white-mocha lattes in your backyard tree fort ($3.39–$4.19). Cold or hot, solo sandwiches ($5.59) join forces with chips, a pickle, and a 20-ounce soda in combination meals ($6.99) and count among their ranks luscious options such as honey ham with smoked gouda and a veggie wrap with swiss, cucumbers, and red-pepper basil. Chicken quesadillas loaded with onion, tomato, and green bell peppers ($5.59) flip off the griddle with the practiced grace of a Soviet gymnast, and the house salad ($3.77) comes drenched in dressings including golden italian, fat-free raspberry vinaigrette, or caesar.