Ads may be expected, the wait was too long at the ever-popular downtown-Chelsea-located Common Grill for Saturday night walk-ins, so we returned to the car and eaded back toward Ann Arbor to explore other options. We happened upon the Chelsea Grill located in a strip mall. Hmmm. . .what IS this place? Looked like it could be a Coney-Island-type family restaurant. Was it open? Windows were dark, but we could see that lights were on. So we chanced it and went in. At first blush, it did look somewhat like a Coney Island with a mix of booths and tables. The hostess was very pleasant, greeted us and seated us promptly. No wait on a Saturday night. That could cause suspicion. The special on the board was steak with asparagus and au gratin potatoes for about $27, one of the highest-priced items on the menu.
The waitress (Cathy) was also prompt and very friendly, knew the menu items and seemed honest in her recommendations. I ordered a craft beer that was very tasty and another in our party had a Birthday Cake Martini, which was also yummy. The menu was varied and creative. I did order the steak special and it was excellent! The au gratin potatoes were unlike any I had before. Our table guests also had a creative ravioli dish, the salmon dinner with sweet potato wedges and fresh green beans, and a funky grilled cheese with ham and multiple cheese types on it. All the meals were satisfying and delicious. Homemade fresh, crusty bread was delivered while we waited. The bill for four meals and two alcoholic beverages came to $94.
The place did not disappoint.