Restaurant Review: Frita Batidos, Ann Arbor

Last weekend, I went to Ann Arbor to visit a friend, and we decided to try out Frita Batidos. I had been there twice before, but my friend, who lives in Ann Arbor, had never been there.

via Jens Wessling on Flickr
via Jens Wessling/Flickr

The restaurant is owned and operated by Eve Aronoff, who used to own Eve the Restaurant, also in Ann Arbor, which closed a few years back, and was very renowned. The decor is all white, with white picnic tables, so be prepared to sit next to strangers when you go; however, most people still keep to their own groups that they go with.

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via Edsel Little/Flickr
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L to R: Beef Frita w/ Garlic Cilantro Fries, Frita Batidos interior, Water cup.
(credits: Liz Parker and


I still have yet to try one of their batidas, which is a Cuban milkshake, in various flavors, but I’ve now tried a few of their fritas: the chicken frita, the first time I went there, which was just okay, in my opinion, and the beef frita, which isĀ fantastic. For $8, you can get any of their fritas (chorizo, black bean, chicken, fish, or beef), and the beef version comes with a sweet chili mayo.

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I’m usually a “purist” when it comes to sandwiches – I don’t like ketchup or mustard or even lettuce – but their chili mayo is great. I also pay the extra $1 to upgrade to their garlic cilantro shoestring fries; otherwise, you get shoestring (non-garlic) fries.

photo: Liz Parker, editing: Elyssa Eve (
photo: Liz Parker, editing: Elyssa Eve

The restaurant also has a variety of other options if you don’t want a frita – you can come just for appetizers, such as the fried plantains, or order a soup or salad. The specialty sandwich for April was a pulled pork sandwich, and Frita Batidos also serves churros for dessert.

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Drinks at Frita Batidos.

I definitely want to try one of their batidos at some point – I try to go to Ann Arbor fairly often (I’m a UM ’09 alum – Go Blue!), so I’m sure one of these days I will. Their churros and Chocolate Espanol (hot chocolate with cinnamon) also sound delicious.

Make sure to check them out during their happy hour, too (Sundays through Thursdays, 4 to 6 p.m., and the last hour of service each night), for $1 off beer, $2 Cuba Libres, $5 beef fritas, and $1.50 for happy hour fries – either the shoestring or garlic cilantro.

Frita Batidos is located at 117 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI, and can be reached at (734) 761-2882.

Written by: Liz Parker