The summer of strange adventures continues. But honestly, this one worked out in a stellar way.
Mom and Dad went to the Chop House Ann Arbor about a year and a half ago while I saw the Hello Sunshine show. They loved it and I couldn’t wait to go.
So finally all that time later, we actually all went and met up with some friends who love the area and wanted to check it out as well.
We went on a Monday, which was a great decision as they use the patio to the restaurant next door that isn’t open on Mondays. This meant we had an awesome outdoor table, which was a total necessity, as it is at any restaurant right now. It happened to be gorgeous out, pretty much the perfect evening for outdoor dining. And the patio is wonderfully shady.
Service was impeccable. Our waitress was super friendly and knowledgeable.
Wine sounded super tasty, particularly since spirits are hit and miss in this area after a distributor had some issues. We ordered a few half bottles of Grgich cabernet sauvignon, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Before we even ordered, they brought out their signature bread, which is far from ordinary. In fact, you might never have had bread like this before. It was one of the things Mom and Dad raved about on their first visit. It’s a take on Brazilian cheese bread. A gluten free, cheesy, stretchy pop over like masterpiece that is totally irresistible.
We had the tomato and burrata salad for an appetizer, and our friends had the lamb chops. Both were excellent.
For entrees, Mom and I split the special wagyu ribeye, as did our friends. Overall, there was quite a bit of disappointment surrounding this steak. It wasn’t cooked the best and lacked the flavor punch we all expected from wagyu. Dad loved his filet and the scallops and lobster tail we paired with the steaks far outshone the meat itself.
The baked potato and au gratin potato sides were good, the macaroni and cheese, asparagus with salsa verde (I’m pretty sure I’ll dream about that salsa verde forever), and mushrooms (okay, I’ll dream about the mushrooms too) were outstanding.
The desserts were also outstanding and perhaps the high point of the meal. The passion fruit sorbet and vanilla ice cream totally hit the spot, as did the crème brulee, and Dad devoured the bananas foster cake.
While the steak was not our favorite, the meal and evening overall were pretty great. I would highly recommend the Chop House and intend on going back soon.