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Frita Batidos - Cuban Inspired Cuisine in Downtown Ann Arbor

Updated on February 25, 2012

The Background

With her 20+ years of culinary experience, including a diploma from France's world famous Le Cordon Bleu and as a competing chef on Bravo's Top Chef, Eve Aronoff made her vision for a fast-casual, Cuban-inspired, community-based restaurant a reality in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan in the winter of 2010. Eve grew up in Miami where her grandmother lived, and the Latino culture was the cornerstone for the inspiration behind the restaurant.

The Menu

The menu changes seasonally, and many of the ingredients are sourced locally from small, humane farms in Michigan and/or the Mid-West.

Fritas are "Cuban burgers" served on a brioche bun, topped with fries, and a host of other optional toppings (from guacamole to a fried egg). There are a variety of Fritas: chorizo (the most popular) beef, chicken, fish, and black bean.

Batidos are tropical milkshakes made with fresh fruit, crushed ice, and sweetened milk - with our without rum. Flavors include passionfruit, fresh lime, coconut, cajeta, and mocha.

The menu also has quite a few additional sandwiches to choose from. The Pulled Pork with sweet chili mayo and the Inspired Cuban (roasted pork, thick cut bacon, tasso ham, Gruyere and chipotle mayo) are among the favorites.

Side-dishes range from Conch Fritters to Tropical Salad to Twice Fried Plantains. The "Best Snack Ever" remains the most popular side dish among the regulars. It's layered coconut ginger rice, black beans, melted Muenster and cilantro lime salsa.

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