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Grange in Ann Arbor


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Has anyone checked out Grange Kitchen and Bar in the old Bella Ciao space in Ann Arbor? They're having a 53 Mile Dinner this Wednesday that looks pretty interesting, but I've been so sorely disappointed by higher end dining in Ann Arbor that I figured I would ask around first.

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I've been there once and had a very enjoyable meal. I'm looking forward to going back to try the duck confit poutine on the bar menu, the thought of which makes my Canadian heart swoon. I've been thinking about attending the 53 mile dinner myself, but hadn't called to see if they had seats left (PM me if you'd like some company...)

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Yeah, I'd eat that poutine, too. A restaurant here in Grand Rapids, The Green Well, just featured a "Farm to Plate Weekend" menu that included a "GR Poutine": "Lakeview Farms day fresh cheese curds, Michigan maple truffle fries, [local] all day braised pork, local fried egg, Michigan Dijon vinaigrette."

Grange Kitchen and Bar

The 53 Mile menu

Join Grange for a 53 Mile Dinner on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the fall harvest and taste some of the area's most delicious local food. Enjoy 6 courses prepared exclusively from farms and producers within 53 miles of the restaurant. Everything but the salt, pepper and olive oil will be sourced locally.

Assorted Canapes

Grilled Plum and Goat Cheese Tartlet

Mushroom Cavatelli, Walnut Cream, Mustard Greens

Michigan Shrimp and Grits, Andouille Sausage Butter

Roasted Pork, Parsnip and Apples, Maple Cider Glaze

Roasted and Braised Goat, Smoked Chile Sauce, Corn Pumpkin Pudding

Black Walnut Cake with Honey Poached Pears

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I did end up going to the 53 mile dinner, and it was great! The pork dish ended up being a chicken dish, and it was amazing. But the goat was the star of the show - it had a double goat rib chop (cut from a roasted rack, i believe) and then other "parts" that had been smoked and then braised. With the slightly spicy smoked chile sauce and the corn and pumpkin pudding, it was just awesome. Many people at the table had never had goat before, and were all really pleasantly surprised.

Another pleasant surprise were the Michigan shrimp! Apparently there's a guy with a pole barn and a shrimp farm operation up near Okemos. The shrimp were very flavorful, and Chef Johns says that even though they're expensive, he's considering using them regularly in the restaurant.

Tammy's Tastings

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eGullet Foodblogs #1 and #2
Dinner for 40

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