Your Winners Reflect
Jewish Detroit's Top Choices.
RONELLE GRIER/KELLY VICTOR
Special to the IN SourceBook
Traditional Jewish Fare
etropolitan Detroit has about 960,000 Jews and, as
V the old saying goes, that means 138,000 opinions.
But you'd be surprised what we all agree on when it
comes to finding what we like best, especially about our
That's a main reason we inaugurated the Readers'
Choice Awards and added it to your annual JN
SourceBook, a guide to Detroit Jewish living that's useful
all year-round. Why not make our favorite choices
official and share what we like best with each other?
Balloting was done mostly by mail, fax or e-mail. Voters came from all parts of
our community, including Ann Arbor and Flint. They were young and old;
native Detroiters and newcomers. Sometimes spouses canceled each other's votes
by disagreeing over a particular category.
Some voters showed family favoritism by voting for their grandmother's
chicken soup, their great-aunt's challah or their wife's interior design. But most
pinpointed favorite places, people and products they've grown to love and that, in
many cases, have become Detroit traditions.
After all, what other city makes such a fuss about seven-layer cake?
Some categories didn't make it to the finals. And some categories weren't even
on the ballot, but some voters wished they were and wrote them in as
suggestions. We'll save those for next year's Readers' Choice Awards.
Along with your top choices, we've also listed other picks that garnered
Thanks go to all who voted. Enjoy the results, and maybe you'll find yourself
checking out new choices in the future.
West Bloomfield, Ferndale, Southfield, Troy, Oak Park
Keri Guten Cohen
Special thanks go to freelance writers Ronelle Grier of West Bloomfield and Kelly
Victor of Bloomfield Hills for their diligence and patience in preparing the
information about each winner. Victor also provided the photographs for the Readers'
Choice Awards listings. Thanks also to Lindsay Rubin ofWest Bloomfield for
tabulating the ballots.
New York Bagel
"Both my husband and I ate at
the \ew York Bacel at
Linwood and Clairmount 50
years ago. I have eaten bagels
everywhere since I was a
child, and when you're not
eating at \ew York, you know
Barbara Reider, West Bloomfield
New York Bagel has a sizeable wholesale
business in addition to five local retail outlets.
Bagels are still made in the authentic, Old World
way. They are boiled before being baked, a
Did you know...
New York Bagel is
more than 80 years old, and Jews still gather
there every Sunday morning to meet and
Detroit Bagel Factory,
Manhattan Bagel, Elaine's, Einstein Bros.
Bagels, Bruegger's Bagel
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