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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-09-03

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THE BEST OF

/ER 'T !NG

'Old World' At Our Doorstep

Hungarian delicacies at the Blue Danube are just across the river.

W

Sam had been a cook, baker and
butcher in the Army, but follow-
ing his military obligation took
cooking classes in Budapest
almost three years ... Many of
the dishes served today are from
bona fide Hungarian recipes of
years past.
Blue Danube, on Ottawa Street,
just minutes from the Detroit-
Windsor tunnel, is celebrating its
35th anniversary with an enor-
mous pride that has lasted since
opening in 1974 ... The six win-
dows in front are no longer boarded with
plywood as in the beginning, when British
law said that places serving liquor, could
not have open-sighting windows ... Seating
in two rooms has increased from 110 to
about 140 ... Peppers from Blue Danube's
own garden are roasted and served with
creamier and less-dry Bulgarian feta cheese
... Its goulash is brought to tables in kettles
with fires lit under them.
About the Blue Danube's excellent gou-
lash, which has been a huge standout, well
over a million gallons have been served
in the 35 years, with more than a million
customers enjoying a million pierogies,
about 750,000 pounds of chicken paprikash,
one-and-a-half million pounds of wiener
schnitzel, etc. ... All with authentic taste,
made from scratch on the Blue Danube
premises ... Like one of the favorites not on
the menu, Cheese Delight, a tenderized veal
seasoned, grilled and topped with melted
cheddar cheese ... Many will remember
this dish from years past that has been spe-
cial ordered since the Blue Danube opened.
Among the best sellers menu-listed are
wiener schnitzel (lightly breaded veal cutlet),
Hungarian goulash, cabbage roll and piero-

ould you travel far to another
country to visit a favorite
destination restaurant? ...
Perhaps not unless you're like some folks
who have been known to hop into their
jets and do just that on sudden notice.
However, when the other country is just
minutes away, the visit is a regular jaunt
via auto ... Especially if the restaurant is
one like the Blue Danube, across the river
in nearby Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where
going is eagerly anticipated.
Here is excellent Old World charm
with some of the best Hungarian and
Continental dining cuisine available ...
cooked right on its own premises, too ...
No frozen, thawed, cooked and served ...
Heaven forbid ... Blue Danube owners
Sam and Zora Papadick, shudder at the
mere thought ... When customers get
their goulash, paprikash, schnitzel and
other dishes the knowledge is so won-
derful that all have been prepared from
scratch by Sam, his family and knowledge-
able Hungarian and Eastern Europe kitch-
en staff members proud of their heritage
and premises-made dining presentations.
Being a family owned and operated
Hungarian restaurant is choice ... There's
Sam in the kitchen ... Zora hostessing,
bussing tables, etc.... son Steve, their gen-
eral manager, bussing tables, cooking and
helping in the kitchen ... daughter Sandy
Popovski, a truly efficient and personable
waitress on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
... and Zora's sister-in-law Vela Petrovs
making hot apple strudel, palachintas (thin
crepes), noodles for chicken soup and more
at Blue Danube for over 20 years.
Nothing leaves the kitchen without, if
needed, Sam's finishing touches, includ-
ing soups and Hungarian specialties ...

gies combination and Chicken
Royale, the latter marinated
breast boiled and topped with
the restaurant's own mush-
room and bell pepper sauce
and two melted cheeses.
Blue Danube is a six-day-
a-week restaurant, lunch and
dinner, Tuesday-Thursday,
11-10; Friday and Saturday,
11-11; Sunday, 11-10.
There are rare ethnic dining
experiences more enjoyable
than those with true authen-
ticity of its country's cuisine ... The Blue
Danube in Windsor, with its Old World
decor, warmth and elegant Hungarian
dining wisdom is with few equals of hard-
working family graciousness and prepara-
tion of a country's true traditional fare.
A GOOD LITTLE Italian neighborhood
restaurant is celebrating its 14th anniver-
sary and receiving many money-saving
thank-you smiles for its slight takeoff, only
in a much bigger way, on what a lot of gas
stations are doing ... At Luigi's Trattoria
in the Village Plaza, Farmington Road,
Farmington, owners Dominick and Vivian
Belcastro take 20 percent off the tab when
customers pay with cash for their tradi-
tional Italian dining specialties all seven
days, breakfast, lunch or dinner ... And
no coupon is needed ... Enjoyable family
dining with a discount on quality food
and low prices is hard to beat.
MAIL DEPT.... "One of my favorite
restaurants, Nippon Grille in Berkley, closed
its doors permanently on Aug. 30 ... Both
Nguyen and Lisa Vu were born in Vietnam
and served a wonderful Japanese menu
from his experiences at Cherry Blossom
and Cafe Sushi!' ... Esther Allweiss Ingber.

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NOT TO BE outdone by his sister
Nicole, who won two silver and bronze
medals in track, Gary Meisner starred at
second base and shortstop for the Detroit
baseball team that recently won the first
Detroit baseball Gold Medal in Maccabi
Games history ... Joining the youngsters
of Mort Meisner and wife Leslie Magnas,
Dad was coach of the number five-seeded
baseball squad that upset first seed Los
Angeles and second seed Philadelphia ...
While Gary Bistrow, Mort's coaching assis-
tant, wore a protective cloth on his sun-
burned arm, the team never lost a game
... At the gold medal ceremony, Gary
noticed the label saying "Made in Israel,"
prompting Mort to remark, "The team
must have been watched over by a power
greater than all of us."
IT DOESN'T SELL cars anymore, but
the open sign out front means just that at
Audette Cadillac, Orchard Lake Road, West
Bloomfield ... Ken Vogt, service director;
Jeff Olen and Ivan Smith, service advis-
ers, are still writing up service orders on
a limited basis ... The showroom closing
just doesn't make sense ... Audette was
the only Cadillac dealership within miles
and a top seller.
CONGRATS ... To Harry Katzman on his
86th birthday ... To Revona Kassab on her
21st birthday ... To Sheldon Yarsike on his
birthday ... To Pam Bail on her 50th birth-
day ... To Marion Moskovitz on her 85th
birthday ... To Marc Goldman on his 60th
birthday ... To Sam and Mildred "Mickie"
Orechkin on their 60th anniversary ... To
Sheldon and Nancy Satovsky on their first
anniversary.

Danny's e-mail address is

dannyraskin@sbcglobal.net.

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