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February 25, 1994 - Image 89

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-02-25

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The Welcome Mat Is Out

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over-emphasized . . . A frequent
fallacy about South-of-the-Bor-
der food being too spicy is very
erroneous . . . An authentic
Mexican restaurant like Old
Mexico positively will not serve
spicy food without it being or-
dered as such.
Mexican dishes are healthy,
especially the rice and beans
. . . Old Mexico uses only veg-
etable oil . . . no lard . . . and usu-
ally folks can find a dish from
wherever . . . Chicago, Mexico,
New York, Texas, Florida, etc.
. . . Every state cooks Mexican
food differently . . . It will be on
the Old Mexico menu with the
same ingredients but a differ-
ent name.
Few Mexican restaurants
have good chile rellano, stuffed
pepper topped with ranchero
sauce . . . The refried beans at
Old Mexico are a standard .. .
Its pinto beans are cooked fresh
daily with vegetable oil and gar-
lic . . . There's truth that some
people still think refried beans
are just that . . . fried over again
. . . Actually, the name comes
from them being cooked and
sauteed twice.
Thursday, Friday and Sat-
urday evenings, from 7 p.m., the
highly-popular Jose Riojas is a
one-man band at Old Mexico
. . . His guitar, vocals, rhythm

Authentic
Mexican food in
West Bloomfield.

units and synthesizer guitar
apparatus that gives out with
about 200 different sounds, are
a listening and dancing high-
light . .0. Close your eyes and
you'll think a full orchestra had
taken over at Old Mexico.
Jose came to the Detroit area
in 1974 from Nashville, where
he did Grand 01' Opry tours;
and played stints at the Play-
boy Club on James Couzens;
Lenore and Jack Freed and Ray
Bresler's Red Cedars on Tele-
graph, where Jose was a solid
entertainer for seven years;
Coco Beach, Fla.; and Golden
Lion in Grosse Pointe.
He has been at Old Mexico
over a year, playing a little of
everything — jazz, pops, '50s
and, of course, Latin tunes ga-
lore with his maracas, guidos
and scraping gourds.
Jose likes audience and fam-
ily-oriented participation .. .
Kids come up to sing into a
mike, wear Mexican hats and
shake the maracas or other ac-
companiments . . . When Old
Mexico is crowded, Jose likes to
help out by busing tables .. .
Customers say, "Hey, I didn't
know you were a musician, too"
and he'll answer, "I do music
part-time and bus tables full
time."
Old Mexico is open six days,

closed Sundays . . . Mondays
through Thursdays, 5 p.m. to
10 p.m.; Fridays, 12 noon to 11
p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 11
p.m.
How many times have you
gone to a Mexican restaurant
where the accompanying beans
and rice are banal and mushy?
. . . Too many perhaps . . . This
is why lovers of Mexican food
would travel downtown to Mex-
ican Town and enjoy what they
have known for many years,
even though a number of the
restaurants there are not in-
spiring, with food that can be
considered stodgy and disap-
pointing.
This is a happy, fun place
that has not tried to outdo itself
with overbearing Mexican arti-
facts . . . The food is authentic
. . . so is Ramone . . . and Jose
plays to please . . . It sells au-
thentic Mexican food and drinks
. . . not atmosphere, although
the clean, cozy and intimate
comfort is a wanted feature.
People who visit Old Mexico
for the first time almost always
come back . . . You can't beat
this type of recommendation in
a restaurant.
THOSE POSTERS you see
around town ballyhooing the
upcoming 50th reunion of Cen-
tral High class of 1944 are the
brainchildren of former grad-
uate Mort Zieve and Simons
Michelson Zieve Advertising.
One has bottles of Pepto Bis-
mol, Maalox, Aka-Seltzer and
a package of Turns . . . Anoth-
er says, "So what if you're di-
vorced, broke and bald?
Everyone still wants to see you."
The Central High class of
'44s buffet dinner and dance is
set for May 29, 7:30 p.m., at
Troy Marriott . . . Its 40th, 10
years ago, was at the Pontiac
Silverdome with 425 ex-grads
attending.
Call Phyllis (Fine) Tyner,
810-354-6018; Bernice (David-
son) Glossman, 810-661-6934;
or Arlene (Karbal) Levenson,
810-851-1525.
SUNDAYS BEFORE 6
p.m., all entrees on the printed
menu at Cocino del Sol, on
Northwestern Highway in
Southfield, are $5.99 . . . Steve
Mead is general manager at
this Jimmy Schmidt restau-
rant, having the special for a
limited time.
BRUCE LANGE took over
as general manager of Radisson
Plaza at Town Center . . . and
Tom Padgett moved as the new
GM at Radisson Pontchartrain
Hotel in downtown Detroit.
Tom left at the right time and
Bruce saw an exercise in staff
teamwork . . . The Radisson
Plaza had 75 percent occupancy
in cold temperature as a water
main broke ... The guests were
completely evacuated . . . and
those who needed it relocated
at other area hotels. ❑

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