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February 02, 1996 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-02-02

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Special Available Mon.-Fri., Thru Month of February

(not valid on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th)

Lunch $19.78

(for two)
Choice of Soup or Salad

• Filet Mignon with Bearnaise • Amish Chicken Breast "Morel"
• 1 lb. Maine Lobster • Sweet Tray Selection

Dinner $19.78

(per person)
Includes: Soup du Jour, Mixed Organic Green Salad
• 24 Oz. N.Y. Sirloin :Buster" with Brown Butter Sauce

• Broiled Whitefish " Traverse City" with Pistachios and Sun Driest
• 2 lb. Live Maine Lobster •Sweet Tray Selection

Receive a Complimentary Chocolate Mousse Tort
(for parties of 4 or more)

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An Intimate Neighborhood Place
With A lengthy Pedigree

aving a neighborhood forming his fine cooking abilities. opened another Envoy, 1949 to
Envoy Cafe makes its own 1952, before selling it and open-
restaurant seeming-
ly in your back yard desserts, dressings, soups, etc. ... ing the Patio in 1955.
Bars and restaurants have
that draws much ac- A highly-rated bread basket is
claim for its goodness is a big plus filled with what has become quite been a family tradition that goes
a specialty, so good it calls for back to Larry's grandpa, Copel
factor difficult to beat.
When it is a dining spot to rapid refilling ... Pita bread slices Loberman, who at one time
which many folks also come from are baked after being prepared owned the Esquire Restaurant
other areas, some far distances, with garlic, basil, olive oil and next to the Bowl-O-Drome on
major reasons jump into play ... sprinkles of Romano and Parme- Wyoming.
Larry and Sam always found
And they all point to quality food san cheeses.
Biggest weekly sellers at En- that five letters in a name were
with good service and reasonable
voy Cafe are grilled
lucky ...(Envoy, Patio,
Axles) ... They had a list
But Envoy Restaurant in salmon, 85 pounds; porta-
of choices but none
Simsbury Plaza of West Bloom- bello mushroom pasta,
seemed suitable ... and
field, 14 Mile and Farmington 100 pounds of pasta;
so it became Envoy
Road, has even more going for it medallions of beef, 55
... The important knowledge of pounds; chicken, 160
All pictures on the
how to treat customers that can pounds; and whitefish, 75
pounds ... Whitefish fea-
walls at Envoy Cafe are
only come with experience.
for sale ... They are
Owner Larry Loberman's dad, tures are the planked , al- DANNY RASKIN
changed every three
Sam Loberman, opened the Pa- mond crusted and blue
unless sold ... A
tio on W. Eight Mile in 1955, and
All food is ordered dai-
mural trademark on
Larry joined him in 1964 ... It was
the menu is also the
still in operation when Sam and ly ... nothing frozen ... no
son Larry opened Axles at the for- microwave ... and everything artist's work.
Along with its dark woods and
mer Palumbo's location also on cooked to order.
The cooking at Envoy Cafe is 65 seats at booths and tables, En-
W. Eight Mile ... The Patio had a
limited menu, but Axles boasted done with little or no fat ... Larry voy Cafe also has a popular little
and his staff want their food to be bar with 12 stools.
a full dining bill of fare.
but with health factors
American traditional cooking
Larry's passion has always
is the fare at Envoy Cafe ... in-
been cooking and he wanted to always in mind.
Lunchtime is big with gals out terspersed with ingenious cook-
some day have a
ing gems for
small, quiet and in-
consumer palates.
timate place.
Entrees like
He couldn't have
grilled salmon
asked for a better
marinated with
one than when op-
(soy, gin-
portunity knocked
ger and garlic);
for him to open En-
portabello mush-
voy Cafe, Aug. 30,
room pasta with
1995 ... It seats
only 65, has a
sauce; black pep-
small kitchen, and
per fettucini; twin
is cozy, with beige
medallions of beef
tablecloths and
lightly encrusted
green stripes,
with black pepper,
white linen nap-
prepared with a
kins, Venetian
brandied green
blinds, framed pic-
peppercorn sauce;
tures on the walls,
grilled chicken
breast with wild
The spot had
mushroom sauce,
previously been an
roasted garlic
Irish pub ... What
mashed redskin
Larry saw though, Larry Loberman of Envoy Cafe.
potatoes; breaded
was a small, inti-
eggplant layered
mate, cafe-style restaurant with shopping ... Many later also meet with portabello mushrooms and
a menu that would also include their husbands there for dinner. goat cheese; grilled lamb loin
light dining proportions.
For the most part, today's rubbed with mustard and rose-
He met Brian Gallagher, for- trend is more toward the light mary, served alongside potatoes
mer owner of Kyla's in Royal Oak., side in dining ... Many people roasted with red pepper and feta
hired him as a consultant to help have cut back on their consump- cheese; chicken and shrimp
develop the menu and put in his tion of food ... And Envoy seems sauteed and served with glass
recipes ... A couple of ex-Kyla's to be going along well with the noodles; etc.
cooks are also employed there ... course.
Envoy Cafe's menu is changed
Brian, who is writing a cookbook,
Where did the restaurant every two months, with the best
works at Envoy on Mondays and name come from? ... Back in 1941, sellers kept on but perhaps pre-
Sam used to own an Envoy in De- pared in another way unless oth-
Remy Berdy, Larry's brother- troit that later became the site of erwise requested.
in-law, married to his sister the City-County Building Then
It is hard to fathom how such
Karen, is in the kitchen every Sam took over a Chinese laundry goodness is created in the little
evening except Wednesday, per- on Second and Temple and 375-square-foot kitchen (15x25)


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