Restaurant Review: Casey’s Tavern in Ann Arbor



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Looking for the locals in the Ann Arbor area? They’re at the Casey’s Tavern.

 

Casey’s Tavern is a neighborhood tavern in a historic location. For more than 25 years, this restaurant has been serving tasty beers and burgers in the historic building which formerly housed the Washtenaw Lumber company. For area residents, the restaurant is across the street from the Gandy Dancer, and the Ann Arbor train depot.

 



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Although I’ve lived in the area my entire life, I’ve never eaten at Casey’s. I knew that Gourmet magazine had named Casey’s Michigan’s Best Neighborhood Tavern, but my dinner plans never brought me to their doorstep.

 

I finally made my way to Casey’s to have a beer and burger. Here’s what I thought:

 

The Food: The menu has a vast selection of beer offerings. I ordered the French Dip sandwich {this sandwich does not exist in Mexico, so I decided to indulge}.

 

At our waiter’s urging, we started with an order of the onion rings.

 

They were tasty.

 



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Don’t they look like golden deliciousness?

 

 



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If you like condiments {I love condiments. I should work for a mustard company….} this restaurant is for you. A tray sits at each booth with every condiment you might desire to dress a burger, fries or an order of onion rings.

 

The atmosphere: If you’re traveling to Ann Arbor and interested in eating where the locals eat, this is it. The people eating at this establishment are townies.

 



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There are TVs in the restaurant and University of Michigan {GO BLUE!} memorabilia decorating the space. We sat in a handsome wooden booth near the bar. Wood and brick are the predominant decor (remember this place used to be a lumber yard). A long bar spans the back wall, and every stool was occupied on our visit, though there were many tables.



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The Service: We had a great server. He was chatty without being obtrusive, knowledgable about beer and mentioned that he commutes an hour to work each way day {wow!}. His dedication was pretty impressive.

 

The verdict: Good food, reasonable prices make this a place worth visiting.

 

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