Sunlight and sangria


Nestled in a quiet Ann Arbor neighborhood at Monroe and State Streets, Casa Dominick's is a 43-year-old sidewalk cafe. Suffused with ample outdoor seating, Dominick's porches, balconies, courtyards, and outdoor fountain welcome those who love fair weather March though November. More an "afternoon spot" than a nighttime hangout, this informal oasis is open until 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. It's a favorite after-work or lunch destination for townies, city workers, professors and students alike. No wait staff here - the menu is written in colored chalk on boards above the counter. An although Dominick's may be more famous for their selection of beers on tap (local favorites from Bell's to Leopold Brothers), their house recipe sangria and special invention "constant buzz" (a fruity frozen drink) severed in Mason jars, are not to be missed. As owner Richard Devarti says "the drinks are here to compliment the food." The menu consists of pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups and snacks. The occasional live entertainment (usually of the acoustic nature), makes this place a home away from home. No dancing, no dress code, no worries, just come and chill out. At 812 Monroe, Ann Arbor. Call 734-662-5414 for more information.

Kathleen Davis is an editorial intern for Metro Times. E-mail her at

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