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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-08-21

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Arts & Entertainment

THE BEST OF EVERYTHING

'Par' Excellence!

Pro golfers swing by area's bountiful array of restaurants.

T

hey came from all over the
world and left extolling the
many virtues of the fine eating
places offered by Metropolitan Detroit,
that renowned chef James Beard once
acclaimed as having one of America's fin-
est selection of restaurants.
The recent 2008 PGA Championship at
Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield
Township brought some of the world's top
golfers to dine at Big Rock Chop House,
Birmingham, for short ribs; Carl's Chop
House, Detroit, for prime rib; Mon Jin
Lau, Troy, for Nu-Asian cuisine; Lark,
West Bloomfield, for Rack of Lamb
Genghis Khan; Capitol Grille, Troy, and
Morton's, Southfield, for steak; Tribute,
West Bloomfield, for steak tenderloin;
Hong Hua, Farmington Hills, for steamed
prawns with garlic; Mario's, Detroit,
for veal; Beau Jack's, Bloomfield Hills,
for hamburger; Steve's Deli, Bloomfield
Hills, for chicken soup; Andiamo West,
Bloomfield Hills, for Osso Buco with red
wine; among so many, many other won-
derful restaurants that the golfers have
gone home talking about.
And the great golfers are still licking
their fingers after enjoying the cookies
made by Bonnie Fishman and her excel-
lent staff at Bonnie's Kitchen & Catering
restaurant on Telegraph and 15 Mile,
Bloomfield Township ... Bonnie recruited
dough weighers and rollers, an oven gent,
packers, etc., for the huge lip-smacking
contract challenge given to them by the
Professional Golfers Association to supply
26,000 assorted flavored cookies for the
90th annual PGA Tourney.
Adding to this, the catering company
used by the PGA gave Bonnie's Kitchen &
Catering an order for eight of its luscious

large deep-dish apple pies, 384
He is not a vocal imper-
key lime tarts and 1,000 shoot-
sonator but his voiced styl-
ers, shot glasses filled with
ings would sometimes seem
various flavors of mousse ...
so ... Phil's large variety of
Shortly after the tourney closed,
selections are choice from
Bonnie donated over 300 more
Latin, rhythm and blues, jazz,
shooters to a Forgotten Harvest
Motown, oldies, standards,
Dream Cruise fundraiser ...
etc., that bring out much
She and sister Nancy, founder
rhythmic finger tapping and
Danny Raskin
of Forgotten Harvest, are the
foot stomping by folks hav-
Senior
Columnist
daughters of Mickey Fishman.
ing so much fun that many
The PGA also employed
tend to forget they have food
the talents of local celebrity tailor, Dino
or drink in front of them.
"Dino The Tailor" Mitropoulos, on Adams,
NEXT TIME the two friends open a
Birmingham, huge favorite of numerous
restaurant together it will be their third
community-ites ... He was the PG.& offi-
one ... And that number three may
cial alteration gent, fitting over 1,000 pairs possibly come in November ... That's
of slacks for the tournament's volunteers,
when Michael (Mike) Abrams and Brian
along with designing and altering for a
Adelman, owners of Lu & Carl's Bar &
number of its golfers.
Grill on Main at Grand River, Brighton,
And, of course, the golfers left Metro
and Stout Irish Pub, on Grand River also
Detroit restaurants with the usual joke
in Brighton, hope to open their Five Guys
sessions told over their food ... Golfer,
Burgers and Fries in Clinton Township
"Do you think my game is improving?"
... Mike, son of Ray and the late Shirley
Caddie, "Yes, sir, you miss the ball much
Abrams, owns Mr. Joe's on 12 Mile,
closer now" ... Golfer, "This is the worst
Southfield, and with his dad, McVee's on
course I've ever played on!' Caddie, "This
Telegraph, Southfield ... Brian is the son
isn't the golf course. We left that an hour
of Jack and the late Rhoda Adelman.
ago!'
MAIL DEPT. ... "My husband and I
ONE OF OUR locale's big one-man
tried a restaurant in Keego Harbor. It was
entertainment "sleepers" appears every
called Modern. They opened last August
Friday and Saturday evening on the out-
and the waiter told us that they have
door patio of Ginopolis' on the Grille, 12
gotten very busy since a bridge nearby
Mile and Middlebelt, Farmington Hills
opened again. It looks yucky from the
... Phil May has become a huge favorite
outside, but the food was great" ... Bonnie
with his wide variety of musical stuff ...
and David Otis.
No lip synching, he's the real thing while
Yes, the outside at Modern Food &
accompanying himself on guitar, electric
Spirits, off the beaten path on Cass Lake
computer piano and steel drum ... Phil's
Road, Keego Harbor, is much different
renditions, like Louie Prima doing "Just a
than the inside with its 88-seating and 11
Gigolo:' is choice along with other excel-
straw-back chairs at a well-stocked bar
lent selections and answered requests.
... The owners, wife and husband Kim

and Francis Stanton, are both chefs ...
She does the desserts, salads, soups and
appetizers ... He prepares the entrees
... Kim worked with Jimmy Schmidt in
opening the Rattlesnake Club and Tre Vite
... Francis was a waiter at the Lark and
Whitney and graduated as a chef from
the fine program at Oakland Community
College, Orchard Ridge Campus,
Farmington Hills ... The menu suggests
an interesting question to ask your wait-
person, "What wood are you grilling over
today'
QUESTION & ANSWER DEPT. ...
"Can you recall the name of the restau-
rant located on the corner of Second and
Grand Boulevard by the General Motors
Building? It was owned by a Mr. Warsaw
and located below the old Uptown Athletic
Club!" ... Alan Silver.
It was the Normandie Bar & Grill owned
by Henry Warsaw, noted for its terrific
hamburgers ... Folks stopped their to and
from the Fisher Theatre along with actors
and actresses whose signed photos were
on Normandie's walls ... No set entertain-
ment but when the piano there was used,
the keys were tickled by the likes of Cole
Porter, Richard Rodgers or Steve Allen
while appearing across the street at the
Fisher.
CONGRATS ... To Lisette Benyamin
on her birthday ... To Sharon Adelman on
her 55th birthday ... To Corri Natinsky on
her birthday ... To Harold and Avis Wolfe
on their 50th anniversary ... To Rose
Sweetwine on her 92nd birthday. El

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dannyraskin@sbcglobal.net .

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