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My Favorite Street // Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sanjay Gupta

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta makes sure to visit his alma mater, the University of Michigan, at least once a year.

As chief medical correspondent for CNN, Sanjay Gupta has reported from war-torn Iraq, covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was one of the first reporters in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. When he is not reporting, Gupta, a neurosurgeon, practices at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He is also on the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine and has authored three books, including a medical thriller due out in late 2011. Despite his busy schedule, Gupta makes sure to visit his alma mater, the University of Michigan, at least once a year with his wife and three daughters. “Ann Arbor is a true college town,” he says. “Main Street is where you see the students mixing with the residents of Ann Arbor. There is a great ‘town/gown’ relationship.”

Gupta says he has a special place in his heart for Palio restaurant. “I met my wife there. She served at the restaurant while in law school,” says Gupta. He and his wife, Rachel, make a point to bring their daughters to the Italian eatery each time they visit. 347 S. Main St.

There are plenty of parks along Main Street, including Gupta’s favorite, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. “I think it has every tree that is indigenous to that part of the country,” Gupta says. “Plus you can go kayaking.” 1610 Washington Hts.

The food scene is a highlight for Gupta, who says there are plenty of great mom-and-pop restaurants to compete with the chains. “The names keep changing,” he says, “but there’s always great Korean, a dozen sports bars, ice cream, whatever you want.”

The Ark is one of those great small concert venues,” Gupta says. The noted music hall supports folk and roots music: “It is the kind of place where the Indigo Girls will go to play for a night. Wynton Marsalis and his brother Branford put on a great show there.”

“We always try to go to Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room,” Gupta says of his family’s annual trips to Ann Arbor. “It’s the type of place you go to find books you really don’t find anywhere else—the really great hard-to-find books and archaic works.” 114 S. Main St.

More to Explore: Downtown Ann Arbor’s eclectic offerings mean there is plenty to do for both students and residents.

“We took the girls to Kilwin’s Chocolates, and my 5-year-old loved it. It is the special thing we get for her now when we visit,” Gupta says. 107 E. Liberty St.

“My 3-year-old talks about Zingerman’s Delicatessen. We had food sent down to Atlanta on dry ice for her birthday,” says Gupta of the deli, which delivers anywhere in the country. 422 Detroit St.

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