Both Rob and I work for the University of Michigan, live in Ann Arbor, and play in Ann Arbor. There is great energy here that I just have not found anywhere else. Rob grew up in the Suburbs, I have tried to escape Ann Arbor, but it is home and we love it here.
Restaurants have come and gone, and right now Ann Arbor is a hub for amazing food, frequently referred to as the Foodie Town of the Midwest. Sometimes you just want that hometown comfort of good food and good people, and that is what we Love about Casey’s Tavern. Located on Depot Street, just across from the Amtrak station, this little gem is within site of one of Ann Arbor’s more well-known establishments, the Gandy Dancer. Casey’s offers a more laid back, neighborhood feel then the formal Gandy Dancer. Hang out with friends, grab a bit to eat and maybe a pint or two.
I started going to Casey’s a few times with co-workers when I started working down the road at the Medical School. I finally convinced Rob to try it out for his birthday dinner in 2007, if I remember the year correctly. Suzanne was our waitress and treated us like old friends even though we had never met before (at least not in this life time). Customer Service and how the staff makes us feel when we go to a restaurant is an important part of the experience for us, and Suzanne had us hooked with her smile, laughter, and unconditional friendship. It was like meeting up with an old friend again. As we have become regulars there over the years, the usual staff on Friday nights skips to the good beers on tap for out pint selections, and we are even on the call list for when they have Etouffee on the Specials (only a few times a year).
We have a plush Monkey (Nigel, he’s from England and loves pubs and pints) that frequents restaurants with us; some of the staff got to know his name before they even knew ours. Nigel likes the attention, we don’t mind, until Steve takes him to the kitchen to met the cooks… he comes back and gives Nigel a cigarette and a shot of vodka… I hear there was a deep fryer scare, Yikes !
Nigel Loves the Etouffee:
So… The food!
The Winter menu has a Meatloaf sandwich (one of Rob’s favorites). They have a Tuna fish sandwich, but bring it up a notch for the Salmwich… That is right, a Salmon sandwich. A wonderful selection of sandwiches to chose from, burgers and grilled chicken, hot dogs and brats, salads, tasty appetizers, various specials and desserts.
Casey's Favorite is a unique version of a Rueben: Turkey, Pastrami, Slaw, and Dressing.
Their website: http://caseys-tavern.com/