Entrees at the West End Grill are accompanied by chunky garlic mashed potatoes (for meat) and rice pilaf (for fish), along with crisp, lightly cooked vegetables and a choice of soup or tossed salad. All are very good, although some diners may not like the Grill's penchant for cooking the sides al dente. Those with room for more will be pleased with the dessert tray, featuring some items made by Roland's wife, Cindy, including the key lime pie and sticky toffee pudding. Other favorites include the chocolate brownie turtle sundae with caramel ice cream, molten chocolate cake (replete with sliced strawberry representing lava), carrot cake, and pumpkin cheesecake. Every one I sampled was elegantly presented and delicious.
Despite the inevitable critics, the Grill's quality and consistency make it one of the few can't-miss destination and special-occasion choices in Ann Arbor. It's also earthy enough to accommodate the appetizer and cocktail crowd in the comfortable bar area. It is at once timeless and contemporary, easygoing and perfectionist--yin and yang, east and west.
West End Grill
120 W. Liberty 747-6260
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