Top Chef: Las Vegas turned out to be a momentary diversion. I can't help but think they didn't see the real Eve Aronoff, whose emphasis on using exquisitely fresh, mostly local (and even hyper-local) ingredients defines her kitchen. A unique approach never fits well into a stylized format. No matter what the art, creative people can seldom be forced to perform on cue without their own tools and materials. Aronoff is one of a kind; her eve is a distinctive destination in a quirky neighborhood in the only Ann Arbor there is.
415 N. 5th Ave. (Kerrytown Market & Shops). 222-0711. www.evetherestaurant.com
Lunch Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner Tues.-Thurs. 5:30-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5:30-11 p.m., Sun. 5-9 p.m. Closed Mon. Wine bar (abbreviated menu) open 5 p.m. till an hour after dinner ends.
Lunch: soup $6, salads $7-$16, sandwiches $11-$12, entrees $11-$15, dessert $8