Ciao Amici's abides by a very simple philosophy: “Mangia Bene,” which means "Eat Well" in Italian. Chefs take this motto to heart, constructing cheesy pizzas and fresh pastas, along with ladling delicate cream and wine sauces ever so gently over meat and fish dishes. A matrix of spotlights casts light on the sizable space, highlighting tables as diners share slices and sip selections from the more than 20 wines offered on the wine list, which has earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. After climbing up the red tapestries that hang from the high, peach ceilings, you can question servers about throwing a gala in the banquet facility.
Sweep aside the gauzy marigold curtains and natural light streams through Table 7’s wide windows, glinting off hardwood floors. Within this warmly lit dining room, Mediterranean motifs abound: mosaic tiles, zithers, and tambourines deck the walls, and ornate chandeliers hover above arched doorways. Those motifs extend to the menu, highlighting grilled beef kebabs, hummus, and fluffy pita bread. In addition to traditional dishes, chefs expand their scope to include pasta dishes with creative flourishes such as feta-cheese stuffed meatballs, and Table 7’s juice bar doles out fresh-fruit juices, fruit smoothies, and the occasional festive fruit hat.
The wait staff bustles in and out of the swinging doors to Stone Fire Bistro’s kitchen delivering upscale American and Italian dishes created and lavishly plated by executive chef Eirik Kauserud. The bistro’s dozen pizza selections rise to a golden hue inside a brick oven, while hand-pounded veal cutlets and housemade meatballs that refuse to pay protection money to the chefs end up in classic pasta entrees. The dim lighting fills the cozy dining room with a warm ambiance, and an old stone bar doles out glasses brimming with wine and whiskey. Post meal, guests can gather around the double-sided fireplace to sip drinks and while away the evening.
The mood is cheerful at Bobber Down Bar & Grille, where waitresses address guests as "hun" and regulars clink glasses of frosty drafts at the bar. One wall is speckled with photographs of past patrons proudly holding up a freshly caught fish or a roommate they've convinced to pose as a freshly caught fish. As flat-screen televisions glimmer with sports games and a jukebox plays familiar tunes, bartenders dart nimbly behind the bar, uncapping bottles and whipping up martinis. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, chefs use fresh ingredients to prepare burgers, steaks, and pub classics lauded by reporters from the Ann Arbor News.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Blue Fin Steakhouse & Sushi Bar treats diners, whether seated in front of a hibachi master or perched in front of a sushi chef at the raw bar, to displays of culinary artistry. Patrons who choose the sizzling hibachi grill table experience can nibble on appetizers of edamame as chefs blatantly disregard mother's orders not to play with fire ($3.95). New York strip ($19.95), lobster ($29.95), teriyaki chicken ($16.95) and other dinner entrees come with house salad, house soup, appetizer shrimp, vegetables, fried rice, and noodles. From the raw bar, the hot jamaican roll marrying conch, cucumber, and chili pepper ($5.95), as well as the 16 assorted bites in the sashimi deluxe ($19.95) call to cool-seeking noshers, who can pair eats with Japanese beer, sake, or other libations. A kid’s menu ($7.95–$10.95 excluding beverages) pleases pint-size palates, and the lunch menu ($3.95–$14.95 excluding beverages) gives reprieve to midday munchies. With lantern-style lights, shoji screens, and kimonos that serve as artwork, Blue Fin sports a sleek, contemporary vibe that soothes hungry customers and subdues screaming samurai.