By Dawn Wolfe
If you’re in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town and you’re looking for food good enough to feed a U.S. President, Cady’s Bar & Grill on Cross St. is the place for you. At least, former President Clinton thought so when he made a stop there in 2000, a visit that is commemorated in the restaurant’s waiting area.
Not that you’ll wait long. One recent Saturday night, in the middle of the dinner rush, my dining companion and I were given a fifteen-minute estimate. We were seated in five.
But if you do wait, your patience will be rewarded. Cady’s menu ranges from the elegant to the functional – and, if my experience there is any indication, it is all delicious.
My first taste of Cady’s was their Rings of Fire (with no apologies to Johnny Cash); onion rings coated with a bit of fiery seasoning with a side of spicy/sweet sauce for dipping. If you like to taste the onion in your onion ring, this is a perfect start to your meal – the onions are large enough, and flavorful enough, to hold their own despite breading, seasoning, and sauce.
Next up was the pot roast. Because I had to – the menu threw down a gauntlet for me with its declaration that “a knife would be an insult to this delicious cut.” The menu was partly correct – I could have cut the meat with a spoon. (Move over, Mom.) My dinner companion had the North of the Bridge Whitefish, which was also excellently done.
I chose to top my meal off with a wine flight – a taste of six of Cady’s best reds, which are normally served by the bottle. I highly recommend both the wine and the beer list, which are extensive – the beer list features several home-brewed favorites.
As impressed as I was by the meal, I was more impressed by the service. We were waited on by Lisa Marie, who helped us choose both our entrees and our wine and patiently returned to our table a few times as we deliberated our choices.
The food and drink are the best reasons to visit Cady’s, but don’t forget to stop and appreciate the decor, which includes a functioning stone fireplace. Wooden partitions topped with etched glass both help to mute extraneous noise and add a feeling of privacy. It was the perfect place for a quiet, romantic meal.
Cady’s Bar and Grill is located at 36 E. Cross St. in downtown Ypsilanti. Cady’s will be introducing a new, expanded menu soon, which will feature an even greater selection of entrees. Moderately priced; $10-$26 per dinner entree; sandwiches from $7. Call 734-483-2800.