I won’t lie, I originally found out about this Soul Food joint thanks to Guy Fieri:
I was expecting it to be a rather hyped up place. Guy has covered one of my favorite joints in Ann Arbor, Blimpy Burger, which is legend status and always crowded. I was so pleasantly surprised at how authentic Oohs and Aahs was: completely family owned and operated with a stream of locals in and out. Mmm now that’s some real soul food!
The atmosphere is that of a true neighborhood gem. There are always people in and out but it’s never crowded or a forming line. There’s also an upstairs seating area for a more private dining experience. I loved sitting at the counter and seeing the hustle and bustle with everyone yelling behind the counter, “Shrimp and Grits!” And our server, Mama, oh she was so sweet. When Peter suddenly got a bloody nose, she was like, “Where’s Peter? Is he ok? Tell him to take his blood pressure!”
Brian and I got Teriyaki and BBQ. All of the sauces are homemade. Both are delicious. The BBQ is spicy but perhaps a little easier to eat in volume than the teriyaki (which tastes more exciting but can be too overwhelming to have a lot of). Depends on what you’re going for.
We began with a complimentary side platter:
The winners here are the rice, mac n’ cheese, sweet potatoes and I’m not a potato salad person, but they were reported to be good by my friends.
But the true shining star of the meal was the grits. Holy jesus the grits. I was on such a high from these grits that I made the mistake the following day of getting grits from a different establishment only to be wildly disappointed. These cheese grits are so creamy and flavorful. Grits can easily be made too runny, but not these, no sir.
This was the only disappointment. We ordered a Peach Cobbler and it was just kind of weird…It was in a cup and it was kind of cold but not quite? I can’t speak for the other desserts of course.