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May 16, 2003 - Image 126

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-05-16

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Arts is Entertainment

The Best Of Everything

Like Wildflowers

Great dinner deals abound at
the Wildflower Family Cafe.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, living
Motown legend Gladys Knight performs all her
Grammy winning hits including "Midnight Train

to Georgieand "Neither One of Us (Wants to
be the Fist to Say Goodbye) Come see Gladys

Knight in a rare Detroit appearance.

comes with soup ... All the
is the kind of neighbor-
sandwich specials at dinner
hood restaurant you
include soup, too.
would like in your neck
George sells a lot of chick-
of the woods.
en dishes ... About 20-25
A lot of home cooking, very
cases of chickens a week ...
clean and reasonably priced.
One of the chicken dishes is
On Garfield, just south of
a big favorite ... called
19 Mile Road in Clinton
Chicken New Orleans ...
Township, Wildflower Family
with red and green peppers,
Cafe is one of about 10
sauteed mushrooms and
restaurants within a, couple of
Local C olumnist onions ... fully topped with
blocks ... But people don't
provolone cheese ... nestled
even know they are there as
on a delicious wine sauce.
folks pass them to line up at this
Seating is for 130 in the seven-day-a-
favorite dining spot.
week operation ... Monday-Saturday, 6
There aren't too many places any,
a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m. 3 p.m.
more where one can get a complete
Home cooking also includes meat-
dinner that is priced almost as low as a
loaf, of course, and carrot cake, cream
sandwich at a lot of restaurants.
pie, cheesecake, strawberry cake, etc.
With soup or salad, potato, veg-
A good neighborhood restaurant is
etable and bread basket.
beyond worth ... It is a treasure ...
Imagine an 8-ounce club steak din-
Those who live in the areas of places
ner with sauteed green peppers and
like Wildflower Family Grill can count
mushrooms for $7.45 ... or veal cut-
their blessings.
lets, $6.75 ... or 9-ounce New York
THE ONLY THING wrong with
sirloin steak with sauteed mushrooms,
the pre-opening media party by the
$9.95 ... or chicken breasts, $7.95.
new Bamboo Club in Novi was local
Remember Chef Dennis Lindinger,
magician Dan Fishman changing my
formerly at Kingsley Inn, where he
one-dollar bill into a hundred ... and
used to skin the perch on request? ...
Dennis is executive chef at Wildflower, giving me back the dollar instead.
He weaved some excellent magic and
doing his perch skinning on Friday
sleight-of-hand ... but not much more
than that by general manager Karry
Wildflower owner, George
Vanvakas, is no stranger, either ... He
used to have the Campus Lounge in
Royal Oak ... and Don Hill used to
tickle the piano ivories at George's
Mediterranean Steak House, former
Bon Jour, on East Warren.
Just as the Wildflower is a family
oriented restaurant ... so is it a family
operated one ... George's wife, Nike, is
hostess and manager ... daughter Patty
Thanasas, is a dining room manager ...
son Spiro, washes dishes, is a host, etc.
... plus also being a chemical engineer.
Fresh turkey? ... Certainly ... cut
right off the bird ... complete dinner,
$7.15 ... Also other specials like old-
fashioned home-cooked pot roast,
$7.45; chicken kabob, $6.95; home-
cooked stuffed peppers, $6.55; broiled
Alaskan salmon, $7.95.
About the turkey, the Wildflower
kitchen goes through seven-10 cases a
week ... each one holding four 14-20
pound turkeys.
George Vanvakas
Even Caesar salad at dinner, $5.75,



A star everywhere you look: television, film
and the stage, comedian Howie Mandel has
been entertaining audiences for years. Come
laugh the night away with Howie, one of
today's most successful comedians.


Grammy Winner and one of country music's
brightest stars, Lee Greenwood captivates
audiences with a variety of musical styles
from movies themes to his patriotic anthem

"God Bless the USA".






East 14 Mile Road. West of Van Dyke.
Warren, Michigan

Dunn and her good group of servers.
Karry's pleasant personality and
obvious know-how oozes onto the
employees ... whose training program
certainly must have included a lot of
smiling because they were very profi-
cient in this pleasantness.
Bamboo Club officially opened
Wednesday, May 7, at the Fountain _
Walk Mall, off 12 Mile, west of Novi
Road ... with a strikingly beautiful
interior and impressive variety of
choice Pan-Asian cuisine.
NEW GREEK restaurant will soon be
opened by former Rialto owner, Charlie
Pappas, on Monroe in Greektown.
IT WON'T BE A little diner any-
more ... but that's all that will change
at Giorgio's Gourmet Diner in West
Bloomfield's Sugar Tree ... With addi-
tion of next door, seating will be 85
after an added 45 ... Same menu, same
counter,.more booths and tables ...
Half of the present wall separating the
two areas will be knocked down ...
Opening of the new space is hoped to
be by the end of June.
WITH HIS NEW restaurant now
open, Tom Goulas makes it Honey
Tree number 20 that he has opened
since 1975 ... It's on 14 Mile Road,
one-half mile west of Haggerty ...
Seating at his newest spot is 145.


man can tell a good thing when he hears
it ... And when it happens to be right
down his alley, the plus is even bigger.
When Raju Sadasvian was merchan-
dising gent at Kroger of Michigan, his
cooperation led to Kroger and the Jewish
News working together on a Jewish com-
munity educational program.

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