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In close proximity to the site of the conference (North Quad, 105 S. State St.), there are numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs, some right off the U-M campus (near State Street), and some in Ann Arbor’s downtown district just a few blocks away (near Main Street).

The conference will take place from Thursday (9/26) at 4pm to Saturday (9/28) at 11am. Those who opt to pay the fee for meals (see the registration page for more information) will have the following meals covered: light reception Thursday evening, breakfast Friday and Saturday, and lunch Friday.

A special note regarding dining on Friday night: We have reserved tables at two nearby restaurants, The Jolly Pumpkin and ABC (Arbor Brewing Company), for any visitors who are interested in having dinner in a group setting. Though the meals themselves will not be covered by your registration fee, these dinner plans may be appealing to those of you who wish to socialize beyond the conference halls. Both restaurants are brew pubs with a variety of options to serve the needs of people with a variety of dietary restrictions, and both are located near the Main St. area, about a half mile from North Quad.

Cheap Eats

There are local branches of a number of well-known national franchises within one block of North Quad, such as Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Jimmy Johns, and Potbelly’s.

If you’d like to take in some of the local flavor while keeping the cost down, consider one of the following moderately priced options.

  • Jerusalem Garden: Middle-eastern cuisine from a small shop at a great price. 2 ½ blocks from North Quad.
  • Amer’s (312 S. State St.): a deli-style restaurant with Mediterranean flare, Amer’s has an astonishing number of options including salads, soups, sandwiches, froyo, and smoothies. One block from North Quad.
  • The Earthen Jar: Homemade Indian food served buffet style at $5.99/lb, this place is great for vegetarians and vegans, but delicious for one and all. 2 ½ blocks from North Quad.
  • NYPD: Arguably the most popular pizza place on campus, this establishment offers diverse pizza options, including pizza by the slice, and lunch combos. 2 blocks from North Quad.

Middle-Range Pricing

  • Zingerman’s Deli: Ann Arbor’s most famous restaurant/fine food store scores 27/30 according to Zagat and is a half mile from North Quad in the quaint Kerrytown area. Not only is it good for dining, but a great place to pick up a tasty treat to take back as a gift.
  • Sava’s: Kitty corner from North Quad, what began as a tiny local burger and crepe shop now is a two-floor restaurant with full bar and menu.
  • Seva: This Ann Arbor staple has been providing vegan and vegetarian cuisine for 40 years and was the first place in town to offer (the now ubiquitous) sweet potato fries. 2 ½ blocks from North Quad.
  • Ashley’s: With over forty beers on tap at any time, Ashley’s has been an Ann Arbor institution for the last 30 years. Known for its drinks and atmosphere rather than its food, it still has a decent and decently-priced menu. One block from North Quad.

Pricier Options

  • The West End Grill: Located a few blocks from North Quad on Liberty Street, this upscale restaurant offers a menu that consists mainly of chicken, steak, and seafood entrees.
  • Logan Restaurant: Located a few blocks from North Quad on West Washington Street, this restaurant specializing in ‘American Cuisine’ offers a menu that consists of pasta, seafood, and many meat-based entrees.
  • Pacific Rim: Located 4 blocks from North Quad, this ‘Asian Fusion’ restaurant offers an up-scale atmosphere.

Coffee Shops

There is a Starbucks (222 S. State St.) one block from North Quad as well as a regional chain, Espresso Royale.

Coffee buffs, however, will more likely be enchanted by Comet Coffee, or find themselves intrigued by the eclectic offerings at Lab or The (Espresso) Bar. The first two are approximately 1 ½ blocks from North Quad, while the latter is about a half mile away in Ann Arbor's quaint Kerrytown district. All offer limited seating and a very personal touch.

The City

Two websites might prove useful to those who want to get everything they can out of their visit to Ann Arbor. curates lists of restaurants, hotels, and more. From our adorable Farmer’s Market to Stoo’s Karaoke at the slightly grungy Circus bar, will keep you in the know about what’s happening.

Conference events will be held at North Quad, on the northwest corner of U-M’s central campus. That means you’re just a five or ten minute walk from several U-M museums, most of which are free (although all accept donations). Our top picks: Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Kelsey Museum of Archeology. No matter how bustling Ann Arbor is, a 5-minute stroll in the Museum of Art can be wonderfully restful. Consider checking out their featured exhibits this fall.


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