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Frita Batidos Is Back

With more space and a new menu

by Micheline Maynard

From the March, 2021 issue

Last June, the Ann Arbor restaurant scene lost Logan, which had been in business on W. Washington for sixteen years. Logan's next-door neighbor, Frita Batidos, soon claimed the space.

Owner Eve Aronoff Fernandez originally hoped to be serving her Cuban street food in the expanded space by late October. But she had to wait on city inspectors to approve the work, and then Governor Whitmer's statewide "pause" shut down indoor dining.

In early February, the doors to the much-bigger Frita Batidos finally swung open. Though just fifteen of its 100 seats can currently be occupied, those who make it in can order from an expanded menu--including, for the first time, a full tropical bar. Shaken daiquiris, pina coladas, and seasonal cocktails made with organic juices are $7 for a single serving or $28 for a fishbowl that serves six. (Normally served with as many straws, it currently arrives with a ladle for safer pandemic serving.)

Aronoff Fernandez also has added $10 bowls with a choice of chicken salsa verde, pulled pork, or slow-cooked black beans, served over either coconut-ginger rice or salad dressed with lime and olive oil.

For vegans, there's a $10 main course tropical salad made with greens, shaved jicama, mango, avocado, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, and pepitas, tossed with a guava vinaigrette. Diners can add roasted organic tofu for $2 more.

At press time, the seasonal special was a vegan frita featuring black beans and cauliflower. Along with indoor dining, Frita Batidos also offers carryout and delivery.

Frita Batidos, 117 W. Washington St., (734) 761-2882. Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.     (end of article)

[Originally published in March, 2021.]


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