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Join Us for Your Passover Dinner
Leave the cooking to us, but don’t leave out the tradition. Pesach sameach!!
We can’t help you find the afikoman, but we can help you enjoy a special Passover dinner with ease. This holiday, skip the hours spent in the kitchen, and head straight to the dining room. The Roadhouse dining room, that is!
You’ll be able to focus on your loved ones while we whip up Passover favorites with a Roadhouse twist. Start with our Matzo Ball Soup, the Creole-spice seasoned matzo balls and rich chicken broth will have your crew ready to break out in song (no guarantees on it helping Uncle Saul sing in key though). Not to worry, we wouldn’t risk your Bubbe’s ire by forgetting about the classics—we’ll also be offering Chopped Liver and Gefilte Fish!
The hardest part will be choosing your main dish. Chef Bob has created three irresistible options to choose from, including Atlantic Salmon with Tarragon Butter; Sephardic Short Ribs with chiles, apricots, and dates; and Southwestern Tsimmes, a veggie-friendly traditional Ashkenazi stew with carrots, sweet potatoes, and chiles.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert! You’ll want to enjoy a sweet end to your celebration with either a wheat-free light and lemony sponge cake with a caramelized meringue exterior, a moist, rich chocolate orange torte made with matzo meal, or vanilla coconut macaroons.
Don’t Passover this special dinner, we want your celebratory meal to be spent just enjoying the time together with your family and friends.
From all of us Roadies, here’s wishing you and yours a Happy Passover!
Bring Your Best Self to the Table
A book event with Author Anese Cavanaugh
Tuesday, March 28th | 7pm | $40-$68
We’ve been adapting Anese’s innovative energy management into what we do every day in the Zingerman’s Community for over a decade now. Ari wrote about her work in his book A Lapsed Anarchist Approach to Being a Better Leader (part 2 of his Business Book series). Her latest book, Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want, is especially focused on the individual—showing how each of us is contagious in our own way and stressing the importance of leading with intention to achieve positive results. It was released at the end of 2019 and, as we come out of the pandemic, finding new ways of working, engaging, and being in the world, we know that the contagious nature of our energy and emotions (and, yes, our health, too) is more important than ever to pay attention to.
At this special event, we’ll be serving some of Anese’s favorite Roadhouse appetizers while Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s CEO and Co-founder, leads a conversation with Anese. She’ll be sharing stories, insights, and practical ways to implement her life-altering energy work. Some of the Roadhouse staff will chime in as well to talk about how Anese’s teachings have made a meaningful difference in their lives, both at work and in their personal lives.
Hamantaschen for Ukraine
Each purchase of this Purim pastry will help!
Erev Purim starts on the evening of Monday, March 6! Zingerman's bakes Hamantaschen, a symbolic cookie, every year for Purim — a time of reflection about destructive megalomaniacs and triumph of good over evil. Hamantaschen, if you don’t already know them, are beautiful little triangularly shaped, all-butter cookie dough crust pockets stuffed with an array of fillings: Creamery cream cheese and vanilla bean, apricot, Hungarian prune with walnuts, and Dutch poppy seed. The Roadhouse will be using the apricot to make a Hamantaschen Sundae with a scoop of the Creamery’s great vanilla bean gelato and a drizzle of honey!
In collaboration with Zingerman's Bakehouse we'll be donating $1 from the sale of each Hamantaschen purchased at the Roadshow or the Roadhouse this month to help Ukrainians in crisis.
As Zingerman's Co-Founder Ari Weinzweig said, "Feeling helpless about how to help people in Ukraine, we thought that the Purim story—where the wicked minister almost comes out on top but ends up losing seemed fitting for what’s happening right now."
Come on by to get your Hamantaschen! You can order a bunch, or enjoy a delicious sundae, all right here at the Roadhouse!
A tea-based beverage that combine Rishi’s matcha tea powder and milk of choice. This is the perfect blend of a umami richness and a tannin structure. Served hot or iced.
Short $6.00 | Tall $7.00
Sip into Spring with our freshly-squeezed lemonade and Rishi’s matcha.
The seventh member of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, located in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Roadhouse opened in 2003 with the vision of bringing really good American food to the community, using only the best available ingredients. The Roadhouse has worked hard to create its own truly unique food culture, transforming high-quality ingredients into traditional, full-flavored dishes. Even after years of studying American foodways, the Roadhouse is only beginning to fully understand and appreciate our country’s regional food microcultures and subcultures, and the professionals who preserve them.
With chef Bob Bennett at the helm of the kitchen, and our staff’s dedication to service, the Roadhouse draws in regulars from all over, whether they’re coming from right down the block or making sure to pop in during their annual visit to Ann Arbor. Our guests have their favorites on our menu, dishes they come back for, time and time again. Why are they favorites? Because we use the highest quality ingredients and traditional methods to make them delicious and authentic. By spending time with artisans, chefs, food experts and historians, we learn about the stories behind the food we make and the best way to serve them. We also listen to your stories and recommendations about the food you love best!
What menu offerings do we hear about the most Buttermilk Fried Chicken, award-winning Mac ‘n Cheese made with Martelli artisan pasta, NOLA Gumbo, Nashville Hot Chicken, Cornmeal Fried Catfish, full-flavored burgers, Grits n’ Bits Waffles, and Donut Sundaes are just a few Roadhouse specialties that people look forward to every time they dine with us. Beyond these tried-and-true dishes, the Roadhouse is also a destination for really good BBQ!
Whole-hog pit fire
In 2004, we welcomed BBQ pitmaster Ed Mitchell from Raleigh, North Carolina to help us design and build our 13-foot BBQ pit, located just outside the restaurant. Ed taught us the secrets to really good whole-hog Eastern North Carolina BBQ. His invaluable training has been passed along to continue in the hands of our current pitmaster, who continues to smoke the tender, full-flavored pork and beef we proudly serve. Many of our guests say it’s the best BBQ they’ve ever had!
The quality of the pork we bring in at the Roadhouse takes the flavor of our BBQ to a much higher level, and matches the traditional style we prepare it with. The story of our pork begins with Niman Ranch. Bill Niman and Paul Willis started up the pork division of Niman Ranch in 1994 with a mission to raise livestock traditionally, humanely and sustainably to produce the finest tasting meat in the world. We purchase our spare ribs from Niman Ranch because we prioritize high-quality ingredients. According to Iowa hog farmer Rex Thompson, “[Niman Ranch is] helping the small farmer be able to compete and stay in business. That has a trickle-down effect that keeps kids in a community, and then it helps the community with schools and businesses.”
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, the Roadhouse collaborated with Bill and Paul to source their hogs from two farms in Michigan. One of the small farm’s owners, David Yoder, has been selling Niman Ranch hogs directly to the Roadhouse for over 12 years from Homer, MI. These pasture-raised Old English breeds are the animals we use exclusively for our whole- hog pit barbecue. Whether they are Brookshire, Duroc or Chester White breeds, the hogs are smoked slowly for 14 hours over oak, giving our pork intense flavor.
Dine with us
Celebrating a special occasion with us? The Roadhouse can order a cake for you from Zingerman’s Bakehouse with 48 hours notice! Just give us a call at 734.663.3663. If you plan on bringing your own dessert, we do charge a dessert fee of $2.00 per person. For private parties, contact our Events Team.
2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
James Beard Finalist, Outstanding Hospitality 2020
James Beard Finalist, Outstanding Service 2019
James Beard Award, Best Chef Great Lakes 2011
Meet the Team
The Roadhouse team is dedicated to providing the best service possible! We are a family here, and we are grateful for the opportunity to include you as part of our family. Our staff loves to serve you really good food and tell you the stories behind the food. Ask us about our favorites on the menu!
Bob Bennett has been with Zingerman’s since 2002, and with the Roadhouse since it opened in 2003. Check that, since before it opened–he painted the walls of the restaurant, and has been here ever since. His dedication to the success of the Roadhouse is unparalleled. You can taste it in his food!
Lisa began working at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in 2004 as a server. She worked her way up to become the Restaurant Manager in 2013, and as of 2022 is the official Managing Partner of the Roadhouse! Lisa has played an integral role in creating the service culture of the Roadhouse. She has a passion for providing excellent service and a focus for helping the managers and staff be the best they can be everyday.
If you can
The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses is featuring Michigan Prison Doula Initiative as our Nonprofit Spotlight throughout March! This extraordinary organization provides trauma-informed, survivor-centered perinatal support for pregnant prisoners in Michigan. Join us in support and find out more at zcob.me/spotlight