Babo: A Beautiful Market in the Heart of Ann Arbor @babomarket



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Like lots of people, I’m crazy about my hometown Ypsilanti, and its neighbor, Ann Arbor. Both are classic American college towns. With cute shops, young people on bikes and quaint restaurants these towns are postcard perfect.

While most of my days are being spent in the hospital, I’m determined to do special things with my mom.



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Together we’ve discovered late-night dining.

After my dad is safely tucked into bed and fast asleep we hit up Yelp and find something to eat. Last night she took me to the market where purchased my Christmas presents, a new place called, “babo”.



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A well-known Ann Arbor restauranteur decided to open, babo, an adorable market on the corner of Washington Street. The market is located on the ground floor of a condo building and is one part store, one part quick service restaurant.



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The market has a wonderful coffee bar with a gigantic bakery case. Adjacent to the coffee bar is a selection of wines and sangria. My mom ordered the sangria and it came in an adorable mason jar.



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Next to the coffee bar is a deli filled with salads, meatballs, and mac and cheese. To the side of the deli is a market with a very decent selection of wine.



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The store was filled with my favorite products: McClure’s pickles, Govino wine glasses and a wonderful selection of cheeses and fresh baked breads.



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The restaurant has a great {albeit small} collection of fresh vegetables (not its strength in my opinion).



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And a large, long, 20- person community dining table.



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The dairy selection has milk in {my fav} glass bottles!



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Health code regulations prevent the restaurant from allowing dogs.



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Though it’s obvious that the restaurant would be dog-friendly if it could be!



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We ate on the patio.

It provided interesting people watching and was charming with beautiful lights and little menus on colorful clipboards.



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As for the deli?
We tried the meatballs {yum}, the kale salad {favorite}, mac and cheese {meh}, Brie {yum}, and sangria {yum}.

My favorite item was the carrot cake cookie.

OMG.

Yum!

We took all of our purchase to the patio and had a wonderful night picnic.



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Although it doesn’t work into our current schedule, babo also has a happy hour.



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I love the market. The merchandising was wonderful. the products were laid out neatly and cleanly. Full length windows and exposed ceilings created a dramatic, fun atmosphere. The selection of wines and cheeses was carefully curated. Many products were locally sourced and all were premium, though not obscenely priced. I would absolutely return to the market.

Recommend!

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  • Astraea Thigpen

    Reading all of your posts is the next best thing to being there. If I ever get the chance to visit Ann Arbor, or Mexico, I will be sure to try and visit most of the places that you write about. I look forwrd to all of your blog posts. Enjoy your day!

  • http://www.foodieinwv.com/ Ann

    I’m glad that you and your mom were able to get away from the hospital and enjoy yourselves a little. Remember to keep taking care of yourself!

    • amovingstory

      Thanks, Ann!