Juicy Kitchen Cafe, Ann Arbor
Posted on January 30, 2013 by Tim Tolbert
Bravo! Today I stepped out for lunch during Ann Arbor’s freakish January thaw/fog-fest and decided to venture out to the newly opened Juicy Kitchen on Maple and Miller. Owner/Operator Susan Todoroff has a flair for wholesome, healthy food packed with flavor. It’s a winning formula and something unique here in Ann Arbor.
The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch with a full line of takeout meals also available after 2PM, an offshoot of Todoroff’s successful catering operation. The daily menus are listed on a large chalkboard along one wall of the smallish cafe and at least two specials were also featured. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for but I was surprised and impressed that they offered both their breakfast and lunch menus up to 2PM.
I eventually decided to try one of their egg slider sandwiches coupled with a small bowl of their chicken dumpling soup. The egg slider was fantastic and was served on what appeared to be a whole grain focaccia of some sort. The slider included perfectly scrambled eggs, some white cheddar cheese and a schmear of ranch dressing laced with some hot sauce which gave this delicious parcel a welcome kick.
All of the breads and rolls are baked in-house utilizing whole grains and natural sweeteners like honey and agave nectar, impressive.
Equally delicious and satisfying was the chicken dumpling soup with gnocchi dumplings, unmistakably homemade chicken stock, chunks of thigh and breast meat, carrots and a nice sprinkle of flat leaf parsley.
Todoroff’s healthy, wholesome and flavorful concept is well timed and ties in directly with today’s health conscious lifestyles and choices. Coincidentally, a friend recently told me about LYFE Kitchen, a fast casual chain that looks ready to emerge later this year in several more markets outside of California.
But back to this new local gem. I didn’t have coffee but noticed that they were serving Mighty Good Coffee and had a full line of teas and espresso-based concoctions. A steady stream of patrons came and went during my brief visit which bodes well for Juicy Kitchen.
I’ll be back soon.