2003-2004 Award Winners
COMPILED BY RONELLE GRIER AND ESTHER TSCHIRHART • PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGIE BAAN
KOSHER HOT DOG
Various locations throughout metro
Detroit and the U.S.
"I take my mother out to lunch once a
week, and her favorite choice is
always a kosher hot dog at Costco.
We go there even if we don't have any
shopping to do."
— JoAnn Weissman, Birmingham
Costco warehouse stores carry everything from
milk and bread to computers, designer clothing
and automobile tires as well as financial, travel
and long-distance telephone services. Personal
and business memberships are available.
Customers can nosh on a variety of free samples
while they shop.
Claim To Fame: Costco is known for good prices
on prescription drugs.
Other Choices: Steve's Deli, Stage Deli
BAKED GOODS (TIE)
Diamond Bake Shop
"I like their colorful bread. I'm a first-
grade teacher and it definitely makes
white bread more exciting for my stu-
dents. Their seven-layer cake is won-
derful, too; we had it for my daugh-
ter's last birthday."
Gail Dvorkin, West Bloomfield
Diamond Bake Shop, which has been a metro
Detroit standard for more than 30 years, offers a
variety of Old World-style, pareve breads, coffee
cakes, rolls, cookies, brownies and other fresh-
baked treats. Holiday specialties are also avail-
able, including hamantashen and a made-for-
MATZAH BALL SOUP
"They've got the absolute best
matzah ball soup with noodles. Their
fat-free tuna and chicken salads are
delicious. Steve's Deli is perfect for
when you're craving homemade
Steve's Deli, owned by Steve and Joanee Hurwitz,
has been serving up corned beef sandwiches,
blintzes and other staples of that hearty cuisine
since 1995. It's got a bustling New York-style
atmosphere. Innovative dishes are offered daily,
including many vegetarian and low-fat versions of
old favorites. Everything is available for carryout
at the hot-food counter.
Claim To Fame: Carryout chicken soup in glass
jars, from pint-size to a gallon.
Other Choices: Matzah ball soup: Stage Deli,
Bread Basket Deli, Deli Unique. Corned beef:
Stage Deli, Star Deli, Bread Basket Deli. Carryout:
Intelligent Chicken, The Sheik, Greek Islands
Passover version of their famous seven-layer
Claim To Fame: Diamond's seven-layer cake,
which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to
fit any occasion.
Dakota Bread Co.
"I like everything about the store, the
service, the challah and I especially
like the way the people who work
there are always pleasant and
Dakota Bread Co., owned by husband-and-wife
team Tom and Jennifer Wilson, offers more than
20 varieties of freshly baked breads, cookies, fat-
free muffins and cinnamon rolls as well as sand-
wiches, soup and specialty coffees and tea. Gift
baskets, trays and special orders, including bar
mitzvah-sized challahs, are also available.
Claim To Fame: Dakota is known for its rich,
sweet challah, which customers can help bake on
Thursday and Friday mornings and before certain
Other Choices: Zeman's New York Kosher
Bakery, Star Bakery
"All of the sushi is really fresh. My
family and friends love it so much we
go at least two times per week. My
favorite is the California roll."
— Julie Jablonowski,
Baker Lynn Reister
of Westland adds
twist to Dakota
Mene Sushi, Japanese for "King of Sushi," offers
more than 70 different varieties of the artistically
prepared, raw fish and seasoned rice delicacy. For
non-sushi lovers, there is a wide selection of noo-
dle dishes, teriyaki and tempura. The restaurant is
open daily and has a full bar.
Claim To Fame: The Dragon Roll
Other Choices: Hong Hua, Mon Jim Lau, P.F.
Changs China Bistro
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