The Best Of Everything
Upscale Family Fare
Moe's on Ten Seafood Grill in Novi takes family dining to a higher level.
Brennan's in Houston.
Presentation of tuna sashimi, raw
t would be somewhat
Along with traditional fami- slices atop a transparent glass that looks
like putting a tuxedo on
ly dining entrees of home-
like a block of ice, is an example of
a mannequin ... You can
ake all the changes you
hot turkey sandwich, grilled
Moe's homemade chicken soup made
want ... but it's still a model
chicken breast, etc., comes
by Moe himself, is a standout ... So
dressed in a different garb.
some of the finest seafood
much so that it is still a daily feature ...
And so it is when a restaura-
preparations to be gotten ...
and one of the mainstays from his pre-
teur is heavily instilled in fam-
both with that fine New
vious concept ... where Moe went
ily dining ... No matter what
Orleans influence and the
through 15 to 20 gallons daily.
changes he or she may make
great Chuck Muer impact like
Gary and his staff make the excellent
to their restaurant, it still
the fish chowder soup that is
sourdough rolls and desserts ... that is
retains much of that same fine
called Italian at Moe's only
except the delicious rice pudding ...
having a tomato base.
That's Moe's baby ... homemade by
Case in point is Moe's on Ten
Shrimp Creole sauteed with peppers,
him into a creamy textured body filled
Seafood Grill ... 10 Mile Road just east
of Haggerty in Novi ... an upscale
toes, herbs and
restaurant with family dining a heavily
A good family dining spot is like gold crab cakes
... very valuable and so very much
and pico de
What better person to run it, too,
than one whose life has been a true
dedication to this exalted style of din-
etc. ... Give
Moe Leon, owner of Moe's on Ten, is
Gary a couple
the same gent whose previously-named
of days notice
Leon's Family Dining restaurant was at
the same location for 21 years ... and
still remains family-owned and operat-
His wife Debra, is hostess on week-
ends, daughter Angela, hostess, son
Tony in the kitchen and Moe the
friendly, smiling very knowledgeable
and pleasant host.
Gary Tottis and Moe Leon
And so it was that when Moe's on
Ten Seafood Grill opened its doors in
May 2003, to the kind of family dining with shrimp ...
he has wanted for years ... notches
topped with black bean sauce and a
with a lot of homemade goodness.
above the normal style of this kind of
roasted red pepper sauce is outstanding
I don't know of too many restaurants
operation ... it would be with Moe's
... As are the portabello mushrooms in
around that have such tender lightly
acquisition of one of this area's better
a red pepper sauce, stuffed with three
breaded calamari ... very much unlike
chefs ... Someone capable of intermin-
cheeses, and a filet presented over roast-
those with rubber band consistency ...
gling traditional family dining with
searched and searched before
modern seafood preparations to contin-
finding someone in Boston,
ue bringing out the best that can be
mushroom demi-glace in a red wine
where he gets about 90% of his fish, to
supply it for him.
Executive chef Gary Tottis is best
Gary's knowledge of seafood is huge
Moe's on Ten is open seven days ...
known for his excellent preparing of
... with excellent preparations of Lake
lunch and dinner ... Monday-Thursday,
food while at Charley's Crab in Troy
Perch, Chilean sea bass topped with
11-10; Friday, 11-11; Saturday, 4-11;
where he was executive chef almost
3-9 ... 140 seating is at tables
nine years ... For the next six years,
with white linen napkins,
Gary did his chefing chores in New
tabletops and 12 stools at a
Orleans ... a year at Antoine's in the
salsa, white fish, etc.
"Moe's Bar" sign emblazoned in neon.
French Quarter and five years at a
And a much-wanted favorite is the
Daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Moe's
Brennan's restaurant operation ... plus
22-ounce Porterhouse steak with melt-
on Ten has a Sunset Menu that has
another six years at the company's fine
ed herb butter and crisp onions.
been going over in a big way ... about
nine entrees plus appetizer, soup or
salad and dessert ... that might just be
among the best bargains around for
Entering the restaurant one sees a
large fish tank ... and "Moe's Bar" with
dimly lit blue-domed spotlights ...
while a nearby wine cellar holds about
a thousand-bottle selection.
Along with his Novi restaurant, Moe
also owns the Leon's Family Dining
restaurant in Wixom . Another eight
additional Leon's Family Dining eater-
ies are owned by his brothers, Sam and
Each year for the past 10 years, Moe
and his brothers have opened their
Leon's restaurants to the public for a
free turkey dinner on the day before
Thanksgiving ... To date, over 100,000
people have enjoyed a free turkey din-
ner at the 10 Leon's family Dining
eateries ... Although Moe's on Ten is
not included in the group since it is no
longer a Leon's restaurant, his Wixom
Leon's is again part of the annual cus-
Many people have soft spots for good
family dining because of the stability
contained in good home-style cooking,
comfortable atmosphere and budget
The concept of upper-scale family
dining coupled with fresh seafood that
makes up Moe's on Ten Seafood Grill is
choice ... This wonderful eating-out
adventure is surely one of our region's
better little dining secrets.
FINALLY ... BUT as expected ...
although not so soon after opening in
February of 2002 ... George Golematis
has increased space and seating at
Giorgio's Gourmet Diner of West
Bloomfield in Sugar Tree Plaza ... on
Orchard Lake Road, north of 15
His next-door expansion has been
completed ... and is now at last open.
To go with Giorgio's former 45 seats
... including the already well-noted
counter, plus booths and a table ... is
another 35 seats.
One-third of the center wall has been
removed ... and the addition has a U-
shaped booth for 10 to 12 people, 2
round tables for eight, two booths each
seating four people, 2 booths seating
three, and three two-top tables.
Also. a beverage service station in the
newly opened sector ... plus a hostess
post between the two rooms.
COACH STEVE MARIUCCI'S
Detroit Lions will be playing the
Oakland Raiders here the day before ...
so it would be great if he shows up the
evening after to attend the honoring of
his good friend.