Standard Bistro & Larder on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor, which opened in April, gets heaps of praise from Metro Times' Tom Perkins:
There's really not much in southeast Michigan's suddenly exciting dining scene like the Standard Bistro and Larder, chef Alex Young's new French restaurant. For all the flavors that you couldn't find here a decade ago, this is the only spot where one can discover the range in France's cuisine, and get it all made from scratch.
Does Young offer pot-a-feu, housemade boudin blanc, a deep wine list, pappardelle pulled in house, lamb hand-butchered in the kitchen, and Marseille bouillabaisse for which the complex base takes two days to build? Yes, and that's all presented in a manicured and tasteful restaurant in a commercial district on Ann Arbor's outskirts.
If Young's name sounds familiar, it's because he won a 2011 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest during his Zingerman's Roadhouse stint, and he was the last Michigan chef to win in that category.