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December 18, 2008 - Image 73

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-12-18

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Arts & Entertainment


Five'II Get You Ten

Moe's on Ten marks its fifth year of thrifty, upscale dining.


sk him what he knows best
about being in the restaurant
business and without hesitation
his answer will be family dining ... And
it is because of this that the reputation
of Moe Leon has been revered by many
who can appreciate the importance of this
Moe's On Ten Family Dining, 10 Mile,
just west of Haggerty, Novi, and Moe's On
Wixom, South Wixom Road, between 15
Mile and 1-96, are prime examples of this
and why consistency has played such an
important lead role in the success of their
They are the offshoots of Moe's original
operation, Leon's Family Dining, which
had previously occupied the present same
location on 10 Mile ... Family-owned and
operated low-priced semi-upscale restau-
rants are important, especially in these soft
economic times when folks are watching
their pennies ... Moe runs the Moe's On
Ten restaurant, and wife, Debra, and their
son Tony work Moe's On Wixom ... Both
eateries have like hours, 7 days, Monday-
Thursday, 7-10; Friday and Saturday, 7-11;
Sunday, 8-9, and same menus.
This is the fifth anniversary of Moe's
on 10 that began 20 years ago as a tradi-
tional mom and pop family dining eatery
named Leon's at the former Landmark
site ... As Moe's On Ten, the family dining
offerings were continued but with a more
upscale importance and higher than rea-
sonable prices ... Moe's chef at the time
had visions of grandeur, which could be
enjoyed so long as he didn't have to pay
the bills ... Moe weathered the situation
of more money going out than being taken
in and after saying goodbye to the chef,

kept the name Moe's On Ten
again!" says Moe emphatically.
but reverted back to the Leon's
HE MAY NOT BE a restau-
established way of low-priced
rateur, but Ron Asmar, owner
family dining.
of Vineyards on Northwestern,
When he opened under
Farmington Hills, is doing what
the new name five years ago,
many other restaurant owners,
only one steak was featured
present and past, have done
... Today there are four, a 23-
during poor economic periods
ounce porterhouse (added
... They found ways to do what
nine months ago) big enough
they could to keep afloat.
Danny Raskin
for two people, $27; 10-ounce
His two newest offers are
Senior Columnist
filet, $23.95; 14-ounce New
free chicken noodle soup
York Strip, $19.95; and London
with any sandwich ... and on
Broil, $16.95.
weekdays from 8 to 11 a.m. 25 cents for
Additionally were dishes that have also
large Starbucks coffee.
become huge standouts at both of Moe's
But Ron's biggest might be for folks hav-
operations ... 10-12-ounce whitefish,
ing home shindigs on New Year's Eve ...
$14.95; lake perch, $16.95; walleye, $17.95; He and his Vineyards are giving both free
chicken alfredo, $12.95; pasta primavera,
party favors and free chocolate brownie
$9.95; chicken stir-fry, $10.95 ... All com-
assortment with carryouts of either of
plete meals including soup or salad, potato two deals ... Holiday Deli Meat Tray with
or rice and vegetable.
Swedish Meat Balls, choice of four meats
Two years after opening came the highly (corned beef, turkey pastrami, salami,
popular brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 8
turkey, roast beef, ham), potato salad,
a.m.-2 p.m., $9.95 adults, and youngsters
coleslaw, cut-up vegetables and dip, two
10 and under, $4.95, with about 20 items
cheeses, condiments and double-baked
including omelets and waffles (regular
rye bread ... enough for 10 people, $99.95
or egg white) made to order, four meats,
... An Hors d'Oeuvres Party Tray with
potatoes, regular and potato pancakes, etc. seven items, including coconut chicken,
Moe still makes his own noted chicken
shrimp egg rolls, Swedish meatballs, min-
soup, refusing to let anyone else prepare
iature roll-up sandwiches, etc., is $149.95,
it for fear of something being lost in the
also serving 10 persons.
goodness ... And being from the old
school of restaurant ownership, he is a
Hungarian goulash made by Betty Kastner
twice-a-week fixture at the Eastern Market at her husband's restaurant, Albert's
... "Nobody picks out my produce and
Dining Room on W. 7 Mile, Detroit.
fruits!" says Moe.
FOURTH CANDLE lighting for
"I always did dream of having a family
Chanukah at Yossi's, Robin's Nest, Orchard
dining restaurant with an upscale feel and
Lake Road, north of 14 Mile, West
low prices. Now that I have it, this is where Bloomfield, is Wednesday evening, Dec.
I'm staying! Nobody will ever change me
24, 6-9 p.m. ... All-You-Can-Eat buffet,

including latkes, music, etc. ... $15 presale
and $18 at the door ... (248) 626-0160.
MAKING ROUNDS ... To Assagi, Nine
Mile, Ferndale, for Moroccan-spiced bar-
becued duck ... To Bacco, Northwestern,
Southfield, for whole-roasted sea bass,
boned tableside.
EVEN THE VARIOUS buffet food sta-
tions were filled with "camp style" food
... Macaroni and cheese, mini tacos,
hamburger sandwiches, etc., as around
400 attended the 31st annual "Gala At the
Movies" by Crohns & Colitis Foundation of
America, Michigan Chapter.
The event honored the Michael Yendick
Foundation for Children, a major sponsor
of the CCFA of Michigan's Camp Oasis
for kids with Crohn's disease or ulcer-
ative colitis ... Food was prepared by the
culinary department at Birmingham's
Palladium Theater, where the movie night
was held ... Other than the paid food
servers, who work for Palladium, CCFA
members and kids volunteered in helping
with the desserts, acting as ushers, etc. ...
The attending guys and gals who enjoyed
a choice of five movies, free popcorn and
pop raised a whopping $120,000.
CONGRATS ... To Ben Rosen on his
85th birthday ... To Barbara Cohen on her
birthday ... To Carol Myrick on her birth-
day ... To Julie Backalar on her birthday ...
To Joseph Bradley on his 70th birthday and
wife, Myrna Bradley, on her 69th birthday
... To Boris Shain on his 60th birthday ...
To Robyn Graham on her birthday ... To
Lou Damraur on his 80th birthday ... To
Norman Samson on his 60th birthday.

Danny's e-mail address is

dannyraskin@sbcglobal.net .

201 S Old Woodward Avenue • Birmingham MI 48009
248.594.7300 • www.forterestaurant.com

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December 18 • 2008


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