Day 107: Casey's Tavern

Photo by Jack Durham

Casey’s Tavern, known as the neighborhood bar, has been a local favorite since it opened in 1986. Casey’s has a great reputation for its award winning burgers, casual bar environment, and reasonable prices. Like any good tavern, Casey’s is covered in hometown sports memorabilia. The hardwood floors, booths, and bar make it a really attractive place to eat. There are also plenty of TVs so you can see the big game or the news from wherever you may be sitting. However, due to its relatively small size and high popularity, you will have to wait for a table unless you get there for an early lunch.

Photo by Jack Durham

What separates one of Casey’s burgers from the rest of the pack? For starters, you can choose ground beef, turkey, or veggie, and you receive your choice of 3 premium toppings for free! In addition to the delicious made to order burgers, Casey’s has a good selection of soups, sandwiches, steaks, and vegetarian options. There are always weekly blackboard specials offering unique sandwiches and pastas. There is a full service bar with plenty of drink options, as long as it isn’t full. It is a great place to take kids, or to just hang out at the bar.

Located across from the Ann Arbor train station and Wheeler Park, it is outside of the downtown district, so parking is almost never a problem. You can even avoid parking meters if you park directly in back. It is open from 11AM-11PM on Monday-Saturday, and closed on Sundays. You can expect to pay slightly over $10 per person for your meal, which is comparable to other similar restaurants, but the food is very tasty; it isn’t likely that you will be disappointed. Casey’s is a friendly and classy place and a good choice if you want an affordable meal away from the college students. ~Jack Durham, Regional Director


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