Zingerman’s Roadhouse is the seventh member of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses located in Ann Arbor, MI. We are passionate about fabulous foods found all around America and are dedicated to bringing them to our food-loving guests.
Ever since we first opened the Deli’s doors back in 1982, Zingerman’s has been about getting great-tasting food, fun and educational eating experiences to our guests. We’ve traveled all over the world to find traditional, full-flavored foods to bring back to Ann Arbor. The Roadhouse has allowed us the opportunity to really channel that energy into our own backyards by focusing solely on the amazing array of really good American food that we’ve got right here at home.
Since opening in 2003, we’re more excited than ever about offering you incredible grits from South Carolina, local meat from Washtenaw County including beef, pork, lamb and goat, flavorful heirloom vegetables from our own Cornman Farms, artisan cheeses, and micro-brewed beers and fine wines from all over the US. And we’re having more fun than ever making full-flavored versions of old-time classics like macaroni and cheese, crab cakes made with real Maryland jumbo lump blue crab, really good fried chicken, Carolina barbecue and darned good corn dogs.
As you peruse the menu, don’t hesitate to stop us and ask for a taste of anything you’re wondering about—we’ve taken time to develop every recipe, and we can’t wait to talk to you about it. We hope you enjoy your meal as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together for you.
Zingerman’s Roadshow is the to-go destination for the Roadhouse, operating out of a vintage Spartan trailer attached to the front of Zingerman’s Roadhouse. We open early so you can drive through for our favorite morning coffee drinks, Zingerman’s Bakehouse pastries and bagels, and more breakfast treats on the way to work. We have flavorful sandwiches and quick lunch ideas if you’re stopping by on a break. And finally, we stay open until the Roadhouse closes so that you can pick-up dinner. In fact, you can get any of your favorite Roadhouse items to-go without ever having to leave your car!
Did you know you can get any of your favorite Zingerman’s Bakehouse breads and pastries at the Roadshow? Order 48 hours in advance and we will have it ready for you.
About our Founding Chef
Alex Young founded Zingerman’s Roadhouse as chef and managing partner in September 2003, operating as one of the seven businesses in the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. Serving really good American food, Alex was a five-time James Beard nominated Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region, winning the title in 2011. The same year, Roadhouse Macaroni and Cheese was named the Best Comfort Food in America by Alton Brown’s Food Network show America’s Best. In 2009, the Roadhouse was given the honor of being named one of the “Top 10 New Barbecue Restaurants” by Bon Appetit.
At the age of 17 with no professional culinary training, Alex moved to New York City and landed his first kitchen job cooking for The Central Falls Roadshow. From there he worked in many different kitchens throughout the country, helping open New York’s China Grill with Chef Mako Tenaka, working for Chef Reed Heron at San Francisco’s Corona Bar and Grill, and opening The Pittsburgh Fish Market in Pennsylvania. He was named the first corporate chef of the Hilton Restaurant Group before being introduced to Zingerman’s co-founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig in 2000 and beginning the journey to opening Zingerman’s Roadhouse together.
Alex’s passion for local agriculture and farming steered him to founding and opening Cornman Farms, what is now a 42 acre farm in Dexter, MI, eight miles from the Roadhouse. The farm now grows more than 70 varietals of vegetables, bringing the farm-to-table dining experience to life in Southeast Michigan. Educating the staff, the patrons, the community and local students on the importance of farming and knowing where food comes from earned Alex the honor of being one of the founding twelve top chefs from around the country named to the Chef Action Network. Working with these chefs, Alex marched on Capitol Hill to fight for healthier school lunches and a change in local and national food policy. In 2015, Alex traveled to the James Beard American Restaurant at the World’s Fair in Milan, Italy, highlighting really good American food.
Chef Alex’s vision and commitment to really good food continues today with the Zingerman’s Roadhouse team, in the service they provide and the food they cook. His talent can still be tasted in every bite as a result of him sharing what he has learned over the years with our staff. Come by and taste the difference!