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October 29, 1993 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-10-29

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crazy when he came up with
the idea, but his fun emporium,
with 24 tables for lunch snacks
too, is among few like it in the
nation. Video games, pinball
machines, antique games,
unique posters, artifacts, etc.
including an old-time photo
booth that works, make up this
party favorite where both
youngsters and adults get
equally involved. 0)

Peacock Cafe & Grill, 25938
Middlebelt Road, Farmington
Hills, 476-1750. Another of
those good and clean neigh-
borhood restaurants that fea-
ture home-style cooking, fresh
seafood and a variety of dish-
es all low prices. A new, ever-
evolving and well diversified
menu for all tastebuds is fea-
tured. True family dining here
is nestled at the corner of a well-
trafficked shopping center. co

Roman Terrace II, 37610 W.
12 Mile, Halstead Village Plaza,
Farmington Hills, 553-0080.
From the ashes of a tragic fire
that gutted this very successful
Italian restaurant, owners Bob
McDonald and Harry Phinney
have opened Roman Terrace Ii.
It features the same fine menu
as on Orchard Lake Rd. & 12
Mile, plus executive its chef as
before the fire, and many of the
previous waitstaff to provide
the enjoyable food and service
customers always expected. (I)

Vineyard's Taste of Sea-
sons, 32418 Northwestern,
Farmington Hills, 855-9463.
Here is where a one-time party
store has turned into a highly-
popular carry-out and sitdown
restaurant both inside and out-
side. Shirlee Bloom's take-out
and catering for all affairs from
weddings to bar mitzvahs is a
big Vineyard's Taste of Seasons
asset in homes, halls or club-
houses, with all traditional Jew-
ish dishes made fresh daily
using only kosher products. a)

Wing Hong, 31455W. 14 Mile,
Farmington Hills, 851-7400.
One side serves Cantonese,
Szechuan and Mandarin food.
The other, Tokyo Japanese
Steak House, features a Sushi
Bar along with Japanese dishes
for table dining. Wing Hong is
celebrating its 18th anniversary
at this location but over 30
years in the Metropolitan De-
troit area. Daily lunch and din-
ner specials are both Chinese
and Japanese. (I)



LaFendi, 27060 Evergreen,
Lathrup Landing, Lathrup, 559-
9099. It's changeover is amaz-
ing from the former Sol's
Delicatessen to an elegant at-
mosphere where all areas are a
different decor. LaFendi serves
mid-eastern and American cui-
sine seven days a week with the
kitchen open until 10:30 p.m.
Many of the mid-eastern dish-
es are not found in any restau-
rant of its type and a big
favorite is the Raw Juice Bar
with fresh squeezed fruits and
vegetables. Catering is avail-
able. 0)



American Inn, 15800 Middle-
belt, Livonia, 522-5600. Ange-
lis Anastasiou is noted as a fine
operator of family restaurants.
American Inn is number two,
with his Dimitri's of Farmington
on Grand River already an es-
tablished operation for com-




plete dining. American Inn also
has a full menu of homemade
dishes and is open 7 days a
week featuring lamb chops,
seafood, Greek favorites, pas-
ta, chicken, children's menu,
health dishes, etc.

11 a.m. and Sunday from 1
p.m. serving Szechuan, Man-
darin and Cantonese food. Car-
ry-out service is available plus
banquet facilities. (I)


D. Dennison's Seafood Tav-
ern of Livonia, 37716 W. 6
Mile, Laurel Park Place, Livonia,
464-9030. D. Dennison's has
an established reputation for
moderately-priced seafood
from Florida, Boston and the
Great Lakes. The atmosphere
is lively and informal with a
fresh raw bar and early dining
specials. Also featured are pas-
ta, chicken dishes, salads and
sandwiches, plus a children's
menu. (I)



Little Italy, 227 Hutton,
Northville, 348-0575. One time
it was a French restaurant. Now
the Victorian elegance has been
transformed into a pleasant Ital-
ian dining spot serving veals,
seafood and pasta dishes
among a wide variety of spe-
cialties that have added to its
popularity. Little Italy serves
cocktails and has the Valente
touch of realism. (I)

Rocky's, 41122 W. Seven Mile
Rd., Northville, 349-4434. The
former corporate executive chef
of C.A. Muer is proprietor of a
place he can rightfully say, "I'm
back home." This is the same
building Chuck Rachwitz (Chef
Rocky) began working for
Chuck Muer in 1976 as his
kitchen manager. The menu
features eight or more fresh fish
entrees plus steak, chops, Iamb,
duck, chicken, stir frys, pastas
and Rocky's noted Roadkill



Ah Wok, 41563 W. 10 Mile Rd.,
Novi Plaza, Novi, 349-9260.
Rated among the top gourmet
Chinese restaurants in this area,
Ah Wok is also still a big favorite
on standard traditional dining.
For years, adventurous cus-
tomers have enjoyed the elab-
orate offerings with their
imaginative style of preparation
which have proven delightful
palate-pleasers. (I)



Bread Basket Deli, 10X Mile
and Greenfield, Lincoln Shop-
ping Center, Oak Park, 968-
0022. A favorite of many
people for breakfast, lunch, din-
ner and after-theater, this has
the aura of a modernistic deli-
catessen so apparent with col-
orful decor. A children's menu
is featured along with party
trays. The Bread Basket Deli is
open Tuesday through Sunday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (o

Golden Bowl, 22106 Coolidge
at 9 Mile, Oak Park, 398-5502.
The knowledge of Chef Frank
Eng is widespread in Chinese
dining. Golden Bowl is open
seven days, Mon.-Thurs. from


Hoa Kow, 13715 W. 9 Mile,
Oak Park, 547-4663. One of
Oak Park's pioneers, Hoa Kow
is a favorite of people from
all walks of life and all parts of
the Detroit and Metropolitan ar-
eas. Plus Cantonese Szechuan
and Mandarin foods, Hoa Kow
Oak Park and its second loca-
tion Hoa Kow West Bloomfield
at Crosswinds Mall are famous
for their varieties of white fish,
selling over 1,500 pounds a
week. (I)

Modern Delicatessen, 25290
Greenfield, Oak Park, 968-8000.
Some say it opened in 1926 but
most agree that Modern Deli-
catessen unlocked its doors in
1936. Whatever the year, it is
one of Detroit's oldest names
in the restaurant business. Mod-
em's second location, on Green-
field just south of 1-696, still
serves the same homemade tra-
ditional Jewish foods for which
it has been known, only in a
much more modernistic at-
mosphere. Tray catering? Of
course. (I)

Dine in the great room of an auto baron's Grosse Pointe
mansion, that is now our main dining room, or listen to a master of
ragtime and boogie piano in the bar of this quintessential
Chuck Muer seafood restaurant.

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Chick-N Ribs, 118 S. Wood-
ward, Royal Oak, 544-1211.
Much has been said about this
dine in and carry-out restaurant
whose specialties of broasted
or bar-b-q chicken and bar-b-
q ribs have received much at-
tention, but as regular
customers say, the proof is in
the tasting. It's open seven
days, Sun.-Thurs. 11-10, Fri. &
Sat. 11-11. a)



Alia's, 27167 Greenfield,
Southfield, 559-8222. A good
family restaurant serving Amer-
ican and Lebanese cuisine, Alia's
owners Dania and Ed Farah are
proud of their homemade spe-
cialties prepared from natural
ingredients. It is open 7 days
a week serving breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Carry-out of its en-
tire menu is available as is off-
premise catering. (I)

Embassy Suites,
Franklin Rd., Southfield 350-
2000. There is much to say
about Executive Chef John P. Vo-
gel meier. Being a graduate of the
Culinary Institute of America, a
member of the Michigan Chefs
de Cuisine and teacher of private
cooking classes. (I)

Excalibur, 28875 Franklin Rd.,
Southfield, 358-3355. When for-
mer owner Pat Archer passed
on, people said Excalibur would
also go. However, they didn't
reckon with Marty Wilk, own-
er/chef who has made it one of
Metropolitan Detroit's marked-
ly popular dining and dancing
spots. It's Frank Sinatra's fa-
vorite while in the local area.
Entertainment is Tues. thru Sat.
and complete catering at Ex-
calibur plus homes, halls, etc. (I)

Continued on Page 87


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