Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos shine at Jefferson Market

ANN ARBOR, MI — If you turn away at just the right moment on a neighborhood walk, it’s easy to miss Jefferson Market.

Nestled between houses and down the road from downtown Ann Arbor, Jefferson Market is the epitome of a hidden gem. The breakfast and lunch spot is owned by spouses Angie May and Ed Green, who took over the eatery just three days after moving from California in 2019.

“At that point, it was a coffee shop with some food, and we wanted to make it a breakfast and lunch restaurant with some great coffee,” May said.

The market has been primarily takeout during the past few years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the restaurant does have indoor seating capabilities, May and Green have restricted patrons to takeout or dining in the adjacent garden.

For those dining in the garden, May recommends the huevos rancheros. For those taking out, she recommends the breakfast burrito or egg and cheese biscuit.

The restaurant is an almost entirely scratch kitchen, featuring homemade corned beef, sauces and biscuits.

“Breakfast is one of the meals I eat every day,” Green said. “We want as much care put into that as we would if it was a nighttime menu.”

In addition to the breakfast burrito, which features eggs, cheese, black beans, onions and peppers, popular options include the Vietnamese noodle salad with marinated tofu and seasoned rice noodles and the huevos rancheros with corn tortilla, black beans and sunny-side up eggs .

“When we moved here, we wanted to have a thriving breakfast and lunch restaurant, and we feel like we do even though we still don’t have any indoor dining,” May said.

Being off the beaten path has helped during the pandemic, especially since people took more neighborhood walks or were nervous about returning to downtown. But having good food doesn’t hurt either, Green said.

“It’s a 98-percent scratch kitchen, and I think that really does make a difference,” Green said.

Jefferson Market, 609 W. Jefferson St., is open 8 am to 2 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Find the restaurant online, on social media or by phone at 734-665-6666.

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