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house-made pesto and a topping of
melted cheeses ... An artichoke spinach
and spinach dip, hot and creamy, is
served in its own "bread bowl."
A couple of chicken dishes are large
favorites ... tender boneless breast mari-
nated in O'Mara's own teriyaki sauce
and topped with water chestnuts and
sweet Mandarin oranges, served on a
bed of wild rice ... Another wanted
chicken taste delight is also boneless
breast ... with papaya, mango and sauce
of chutney, curry and a slight bit of
Specialties that are available at
O'Mara's, of course, would include an
Irish lamb and beef stew with Irish
potatoes, pearl onions, etc., and sauce ...
in a "bread bowl" ... and corned beef
But there's the heavy favorite of New
England clam chowder, too ... plus the
great American order of onion soup
with baked croutons and cheese.
Salmon and whitefish in various
forms are highly-requested orders ...
The Atlantic salmon piccata fillets are
lightly dusted with a seasoned flour,
sauteed with mushrooms, artichoke
hearts, tomatoes and spinach ... with a
white wine and lemon finishing.
Sundays are a big day for O'Mara's ...
with its old-fashioned pot roast particu-
larly something which many folks come
for from miles around.
Dining at O'Mara's is a
pleasant experience of good,
wholesome food and rea-
sonable prices ... that will
be enhanced even more
when the 10th anniversary
in its new setting rolls
environmental chemist ... with
is quite a way to cele-
his own company.
brate the anniversary of
He started out checking
a restaurant that he
products for the Food & Drug
never expected to be
Administration ... and now
honoring at year number 10.
does ecological studies for the
The big birthday isn't until
March 2004, but Kevin
O'Mara, owner of O'Mara's
O'Mara's is an Irish tavern ...
Restaurant on 12 Mile and
and much more ... Bagpipes
Coolidge in Berkley, has
are on a wall, as are photos,
begun an outside transforma-
Local Co lumnist
artifacts, etc. ... Bagpipes are
tion that, when finished, will
generally thought of as a
give his restaurant a complete-
ly new and different appearance from its Scottish musical instrument, but there
are Irish bagpipes as well.
present outer look ... according to a
It is a seven-day-a-week operation ...
mega-bucks styling shown on a scaled
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-mid-
night; Friday and Saturday, with the
An Old World air of elegance is
kitchen open until 2 a.m.; Sunday
revealed ... with second-floor dormers
10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. with brunch served
and false windows, outdoor gazebo with
until 2:30 p.m.
four tables, outdoor fountain, outdoor
Seating is 130 in two large rooms that
cafe seating 75 ... looking like a street
include a wall separator to close for pri-
side dining spot you might find in
vate parties ... A bar lounge has about
Europe, windows facing 12 Mile, etc.
The interior at O'Mara's won't be
Sure there's Irish coffee ... and Spanish
touched ... It doesn't have to be ... The
core of O'Mara's has always
been a pleasant and relaxing
one ... in the freestanding
building that opened on
March 10, 1994 ... taking
over the former Chuck
Joseph's Place for Steak.
O'Mara's is the first restau-
rant Kevin has owned ... He
ON THE SPOT
had been an assistant chef at
REPORT ... From Gail
Dane's in Fraser and at the
Shapiro ... in California ...
former Stephenson Haus in
"A fabulous trip down
Royal Oak. .
lane was enjoyed
But it was while working
attended the first
next to Chef Harry Sawyer
at the Blind Fish in St. Clair
reunion on May 24, 2003,
Shores that Kevin looked at
at the El Caballero Country
Harry and said, "Someday,
I'm going to own my own
Owner Kevin O'Mara shows off his restaurant's look of the future. Club in Encino, Calif.
"The gala event, repre-
restaurant" ... Today, Harry
the years 1953-
is Kevin's executive chef.
by a committee of
At the former Boston Fish Market on
Eight Mile Road in Detroit, Harry's
"The production company, chaired
Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, etc. ... Wines
brother, Lou Sawyer, was chef and
by Karen Rogers Goldstone, included
from France, Chile, California,
Kevin its baker ... Today, Lou is Kevin's
Ron Okum, Sharon Horowitz Gorman,
Germany, Italy, Portugal ... Whiskeys
Greg Adelson, Joyce Crenshaw,
from everywhere, too.
Harry's 27-year-old son David is at
Cornelius Grant, Judy Ellis Osteimer,
The crab cakes at O'Mara's are note-
O'Mara's what Kevin was at Blind Fish
Rick Gold, Joel Gilman, Leslie Sklar
worthy ... with the crab meat mixed
... Harry's assistant.
Molitz, Jerry Jaffe, Judy Smith
Having his own restaurant is the
Goldberg, Pattye Asarch, Marcia
and seasonings ... Also the mushroom
dream of almost every chef ... However,
Brickner Mohr, Stephen Dunn, Gloria
appetizers stuffed with spinach,
Kevin has made his niche ... and a big
Taylor Walton, Linda Wolnez Howard,
chopped walnuts, parmesan cheese,
one ... in another direction ... as an