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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-08-13

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A World Of Flavors In Midtown

Detroit's Traffic Jam & Snug offers the traditional and the exotic.


One of Detroit's favorite
"quietly known" restaurants,
Traffic Jam & Snug, commemorates its
44th year on the corner of Canfield and
Second ... In the past, items like the
oddly named "Ants Climbing the Tree"
Vietnamese pasta were featured ... Lunch
and dinner attractions today include
diverse food selections like Madras
Meatloaf with leeks, apples and curry in
the mix, and a Hawaiian Island Salmon
topped with macadamia nuts, almonds
and gingered honey ... Also plenty of
American hamburgers, crab cakes, fish
and chips, premises-made meatloaf, etc.
... Traffic Jam & Snug is also recognized
for its museum-like collection of antiques
in a most interesting array ... But prob-
ably one of the best known features is its
in-house dairy, where Traffic Jam puts out
almost 2,000 gallons of ice cream yearly,
makes its own cheese and many breads.
REALIZING TODAY'S rough economy
and having a handle on things to do is
important in the restaurant game ... New
youthful owners of the former Giorgio's
Gourmet Diner, now called D'Pauli's on
Orchard Lake Road, north of 15 Mile, West
Bloomfield, Dina Kallis and Paul Demaj,
add another two more pluses in lowering
prices and adding more menu items ...
Complete dinners including whitefish,
$14.99 from $15.50; veal marsala, $15.99
from $17.95, etc. ... New choices like egg-
plant parmesan, chicken Siciliano, chicken
Caesar wrap and more ... Also, instead of
soup or salad and potato or vegetable with
meals, the word now is AND, not OR.
ounce prime rib, includes soup or salad,

Trio, Boar's Head; the Strolling
vegetables, potato or rice,
Gypsies, Sussex House;
$12.99, every Saturday eve-
Rene and Vic Duo, Kevin's
ning, 5-9, George's Honey
Lounge; George Young and the
Tree, Northwestern, West
Youngsters, Pier 500, etc.
Deli locale is open again ...
dogs and humans, that yearly
But not by Ron Forman ...
Bow Wow Brunch at Holly
It is now Rye Bread Deli and
Hotel restaurant in Holly, is
Restaurant, 14 Mile, just east
here again. It's Sunday, Aug. 23,
Danny Raskin
Senior Columnist of M-5, Commerce Township,
11 a.m., and my ears perked
opened by Vinnie Berishaj and
up discovering that John
brother-in-law Danny Koljcev.
Flowers and his clever arfer Spencer, who
RECENT WEEKLY Sunday concert at
were on the David Letterman and Regis
the little fishing village home in Ireland of
& Kelly television shows, will be there
David and Suzanne Syme (they also have
... $19.50 adults, children $9.50 and no
a residence in Houston, Texas), was a big
charge for us dogs, includes pre-brunch
surprise for all but 11 of the more than
fun with Spencer, brunch, dinner, mimo-
55 attendees ... Former movie super star
sas, bloody mary bar, organic take-home
Maureen O'Hara brought the 11 guests
treats made by Holly's pastry chef and
to hear David's piano program, plus her
show with Mr. Flowers and Spencer."
favorites like "The Isle of Innesfree" which
she sang in The Quiet Man while co-star-
When live music entertainment and danc-
ing with John Wayne, "Mother Machree"
ing were so prevalent nightly, not one or
and "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen,"
two nights a week or just weekends, and
all softly sung by her in accompaniment
were big parts of a dining experience ...
Back in the early 1970s, it was Alex Kalleo, with David's finger magic.
"I'm getting old, and it's boring," said
Saksey's; Bobby Laurel, London Bridge;
89-year-old Maureen O'Hara. "I did all my
Danny Holley, Railroad Crossing; Lennie
own stunts and it's catching up to me now.
Schick, Angel's Hour Glass; Larry Santos,
People think that we film people were all
Driftwood; Shar and Share Alike, Port 0'
wealthy, but the truth is if we did the
Three; Gary Jon Primo and Staff, Winery;
were paid. If we came up short, we
Tony and Carolyn, Mr. L's Silent Woman;
Billy Rose Trio, Danny's Gin Mill; Dottie
David was here last November, playing
Dunn and the Gypsies, Mitch Housey's;
with the Plymouth Symphony, after his
Charlie Dubin, Kingsley Inn; George
Carnegie Hall, New York, appearance, and
Martin, Kostere's; Don Hill, Gold Key
May 10 this year with the Birmingham-
Inn; Carl Steger, Scotch and Sirloin; Fred
Bloomfield Symphony ... David is the
Boyne, Farm House; Saucy Sylvia Stoun,
former community-ite brother of Temple
Royal Ascot; Mel Ball Quartet, Ralph's;
Vince Ramo Trio, Oak Barrel; Don Lessnau Beth El's Rabbi Daniel Syme of Bloomfield

Hills, and will be here in concert,
Sunday, March 21, at Temple Israel, West
Bloomfield ... No doubt also doing his
great Gershwin piano tickling artistry.
MAIL DEPT.... "I used to live in the
Hillel House at Michigan State University
years back from 1983 to 1984, before
it was torn down and rebuilt. It had a
small number of single room apartments
upstairs for students to rent. I was one of
the few and am trying to reach others that
lived there for a possible small reunion.
The MSU Hillel has no records either. I can
be reached at (248) 444-7474" ... Howard
AFTER WINNING two silver med-
als and one bronze in track at the
International Maccabiah Games in Israel,
localite Nicole Meisner almost had her
shirt ripped off her back, but couldn't
resist a cool athletic bag and finally gave
in by trading her shirt and one she had of
President Obama ... She also put wishes
in the Western Wall for her mom, Leslie
Magnas, and dad, Mort Meisner, and
called Mort from Israel to tell him how
much the salt hurt while floating in the
Dead Sea.
CONGRATS ... To Avery and Marilyn
Warnick on their same date birthdays ...
To Stuart Rosen on his birthday ... To Lew
Rose on his 96th birthday ... To Harry
and Betty Katzman on their 60th anni-
versary ... To Gilbert and Marilyn Cohen
on their 40th anniversary ... To Joel and
Linda Garfield on their 40th anniversary
... To Newton and Selma Freedman on
their 66th anniversary. ❑

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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