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1/2 cup of crushed ice 2.5 scoops of Guernsey Vanilla ice cream 1/3 cup Monin Lime syrup 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
My husband and I stopped in for lunch. I ordered the Beef Frita, a beef patty on a brioche bun with sweet chili mayo and topped with fries; I added a slice of Muenster cheese as well. I also chose a strawberry flavored tropical soda. The burger was on the small side, but very juicy and flavorful. The shoestring fries on top of the burger was a change for me, but I enjoyed them. They were still soft and full of potato flavor. The sweet chili mayo was delicious, but not especially spicy. Despite the high quality of the ingredients I did find the overall value a little low at $9 for an small elevated cheeseburger that didn't include anything else.
Last week, I went to Frita Batidos with some friends/co-workers for lunch. The space is casual, with white picnic tables and some bar-style seating at the window. The old Cafe du Jour space has been renovated from the tiny cozy lunch room into a contemporary casual white box. Really, it's quite casual, and really, quite white, and really, quite boxy (well, rectangle-y).
The aesthetic of Frita Batidos is sort of like modernist picnic-chic - ice blues and white dominate in a space filled with clean lines and tables you'll remember from summer camp. It doesn't scream Cuba, although the colors are a little Miami. For a morning pick-me-up I ordered a Chocolate Español and churros, making the mistake of asking for "churros con chocolate" as though I actually was in Mexico D.F. Oops. But they were delicious, the chocolate thick and rich, perfect for dipping with the orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg spiced churros.
While eve the restaurant won the first round, her other dream comes true on Tuesday, Dec. 7, with the opening of Frita Batidos at 117. W. Washington in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor.
Frita Batidos is currently scheduled to open early this fall at 117 W. Washington St., in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Du Jour. The name is derived from two classic Cuban foods: fritas, a Cuban-style hamburger, and batidos, a milkshake-type drink made with crushed ice and tropical fruits.
Eve Aronoff reveals that her new restaurant, Cuban-inspired Frita Batido, will be at 117 W. Washington St., the location of the former Cafe du Jour in downtown Ann Arbor, the Michigan Daily reports.
Aronoff, who already owns the restaurant Eve on North 5th Avenue in Ann Arbor, will be opening her second venture by July 1, 2010 in the space formally occupied by Café du Jour on West Washington Street.
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