June 24, 2014 at 1:00 am

Dim lighting can't disguise the care taken behind the Bar at 327 Braun

A la carte brunch items at 327 Braun Court include eggs, bacon and waffles. (Melody Baetens / The Detroit News)

The Bar at 327 Braun Court in Ann Arbor has all the comforts of a dive — just a few seats, off the beaten path, dim lighting — but with the quality drinks and food you’d expect from a hip craft cocktail lounge.

Owner Eric Farrell — who likes to keep the place dark, and with no blaring televisions — is often behind the bar, mixing up custom creations like Chewbacca’s Breakfast (Cachaca, citrus, strawberry syrup, raw egg white and cava) or the Inland Sailor (aged rum, citrus, mint and fernet). He also has a wide variety of craft beers and, for those on a budget, a $3 beer list that includes Genesee Cream Ale, Coors Banquet and Little Kings Cream Ale.

Farrell and his staff stick to making drinks most of the time and let others handle dinner via ongoing pop-ups. Cafe Memmi provides meals 6 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday. The cafe makes Tunisian dishes such as poulet maaka and kalamar frites. From 6 p.m.-midnight Sundays, San Street serves Korean bar food. A recent menu featured manuljong pork and togarashi (chili pepper) edamame.

It’s the weekend brunch, though, that is truly a treat. As dark as this bar is at night, it’s quite the opposite during the day, with natural light shining through many windows. This gives you a better look at the kitschy wall art.

The brunch menu is simple. Highlights include a sandwich made with Zingerman’s brioche, Calder dairy eggs, bacon and cheddar and served with a sparse pile of greens (with some of their flowers still attached). Even more simple, an a la carte menu that has buttermilk waffles, eggs and bacon.

Being that it is a bar, it’s no surprise that the drinks are the stars of brunch. A twist on the standard mimosa includes squeezed-before-your-eyes orange juice, cava (Spanish sparking wine) and a dash of Angostura bitters. The Bar at Braun Court also has the tequila-based Bill Bridges’ Blood Mary, Pimm’s Cup and a Hound Dog, made with Tito’s vodka and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. After trying all of those, perk back up with an espresso or latte served from the coffee house downstairs.

Visit the Bar at Braun Court at 327 Braun Court in Ann Arbor; online at www.brauncourt.com.

7 Greens salad joint to open this summer

Lunching in downtown is about to get healthier: 7 Greens Detroit Salad Co. plans to open in August at 1222 Library, Detroit.

The 26-seat spot will offer specialty and build-your-own salads with house-made dressings, from maurice to miso. 7 Greens will also have soups, bread, desserts and granola with a huge variety of toppings.

Owner Kelly Schaefer-Janssen, a Detroit-area native who went to culinary school in New York, says 7 Greens will offer online ordering, delivery and catering service, too. Hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Watch 7greens.com for opening info.

Another healthy downtown lunch option — somewhat new — is Chickpea in the D. The carry-out-only stand is at 2 John R and serves grilled pita bread sandwiches, fresh and delicious smoothies, and a hummus of the day. It’s open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. Call (313) 970-7618.

Atwater in the Park opens in renovated church

Atwater in the Park beirgarten and tap house opened Saturday in Grosse Pointe Park.

Built in an old church (with beautiful stained glass windows and some pew seating intact), the new spot has a full menu and 40 beers on tap.

The kitchen is run by the Epicurean Group, the culinary minds behind Coach Insignia, Novi Chophouse and others. Find Atwater in the Park at 1175 Lakepoint or at facebook.com/inthepark1175.

Food and beverage events calendar

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: More than 50 restaurants will participate in this dining promotion that includes $15 lunches and $28 three-course dinners (for one or two people, depending on the restaurant). Today-Friday. www.annarborrestaurantweek.com.

Original Gravity Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Rockery: Seven beers from this Milan, Mich.-based brewery, plus original artwork on display from Depot Town Tattoo. 9 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 1175 Eureka, Wyandotte. (734) 281-4629.

New Holland Brewing tap takeover at Three Blind Mice Irish Pub: Nine drafts from Michigan’s New Holland will be available, including many in the “Hatter” line, plus a Dragon’s Milk firkin and Dragon’s Milk reserve. 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No cover. 101 N. Main, Mount Clemens. (586) 961-6371.

Crooked Tree tap takeover at Grand Trunk Pub: Enjoy several Crooked Tree products on draft. 4 p.m. July 3. No cover. 612 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-3043.

Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest at Ah-Nab-Awen Park: Sample your choice of more than 200 beers from 60 breweries worldwide. 2-6 p.m. July 12. $40, $60 VIP. 220 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. www.grandrapidsbeerfest.com.

Benefit for MiCraftBeerCulture magazine and Atwater tap takeover at New Way Bar: Live music from Eleanora, Captain Ivory and the Webbs. 8 p.m. July 12. $8. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.

Bourbon Beer Tasting at Grand Trunk Pub: Arcadia Brewing’s Deliverance, New Holland Dragon Milk Stout, Founders’ Backwoods Bastard and Bell’s barrel-aged Kalamazoo stout are all part of this special tasting. 7 p.m. July 16. 10 ounce pour for $10, or $35 for a flight. 612 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-3043.

Pig & Whiskey in downtown Ferndale: Barbecue from local restaurants, plus loads of bourbon, Scotch and other whiskey to sip or enjoy in a cocktail. 6 p.m.-midnight July 18, 11 a.m.-midnight July 19 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 20. Free. E. Troy at Woodward, Ferndale. www.facebook.com/pigandwhiskey.

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park: One of the largest and most popular beer festivals of the year, this annual event boasts more than 800 beers from 80 Michigan breweries. 5-9 p.m. July 25 and 1-6 p.m. July 26. $35-$40. 5 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. www.mibeer.com.

Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor: Nine days of beer-friendly events throughout two cities. Aug. 1-9. www.visitypsinow.com/yabw.

Food and Wine Festival at Meadow Brook Music Festival: Sample wines from more than 150 wineries, and buy bottles to take home. The will also be food, wine seminars and live music. 1-9 p.m. Aug. 23 and 1-5:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $25, $10 designated drivers. 5443 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

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