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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-01-31

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our food to be the healthiest it can be.
Sunday dinners at his grandmoth-
"We also do some wonderful com-
.L er's house, when she brought out
fort items, like old-fashioned meatloaf
her best china and cutlery to serve
with mashed potatoes and skillet
the family all manner of
gravy," he adds.
comforting, Southern-
Another standout is Loui-
style specialties.
siana Gumbo Salmon. The
Coleman aims to
Cajun-spiced grilled salmon
replicate some of those
filet served over a bed of rice
happy times at his Beans
is topped with the restau-
and Cornbread Soulful
rant's award-winning gumbo.
Bistro, open since 1997
It has a great, spicy flavor.
in Southfield. The cozy
The lunch menu offers
room, decorated in warm
more than 10 items priced at
tones, displays portraits
$6.99. When it comes to the
of African American his-
vegetarian SloppyJoe,"you'd
tory and memorabilia,
swear you're eating ground
Patrick Cole man
along with black-and-
beef, but it's made with
white photographs of jazz
crumbled soy and garnished
musicians. Coleman says,
with pickles and sauteed
"It reminds me of my grandmother's
onions,"Coleman says.
dining room:'
A soul food restaurant is always
In addition, there's the sleek and ca-
measured by its sides. Beans and
sual Side Bar and a 50-seat Red Velvet
Cornbread's lengthy list of side plates
banquet room.
includes red beans and rice, Michi-
With Beans and Cornbread, Cole-
gan-grown collard greens (flavored
man's intent was to"take my back-
with smoked turkey), candied sweet
ground in fine dining and pair it with
potatoes, pasta salad, green beans,
the food I saw my grandmother and
fried okra and Hoppin'John (black-
my mom prepare. I just wanted to
eyed peas and rice). I tried country
give their Southern cooking a more
corn with bits of colorful peppers and
epicurean and healthier spin:'
baked macaroni and cheese.Yum!
Coleman's experience in restaurant
Those were my sides when I ordered a
management includes working for
delicious New York strip steak, topped
Unique Restaurant Group and man-
with caramelized onions and grilled
aging Big Fish in Dearborn for C.A.
Muer Corp. and Forte in Birmingham
Traditional items are served a dif-
ferent way with the Harlem Burrito.
for Epoch Restaurant Group.
He relies on Executive Chef John
Collard greens, tomatoes, black-eyed
Arnold and able assistants to keep
peas and rice are rolled in a grilled
Beans and Cornbread going strong
flour tortilla and served with Span-
because"when it comes to running
ish Harlem salsa.The most popular
a kitchen, I'd be like a (cat)fish out of
desserts are peach cobbler and sweet
potato pie.
Coleman strategically located his
Beans and Cornbread, featured on
restaurant in Sunset Strip on North-
Food Network, was a 2012 Soul Food
western Highway, a largely black and
finalist for Steve Harvey's Hoodie
Jewish area that's close to Franklin
Award and recognized multiple times
Village. With 42 percent of his custom-
for best Southern cooking by Metro
ers not African American, Coleman
Times and Hour Detroit. In 2009, Ra-
correctly predicted that other ethnic
chael Ray's magazine said the sweet
groups and nationalities would appre-
potato muffins here are "addictive:' I
ciate"the only cuisine indigenous to
the United States:'
Worth noting: friendly but leisurely
I enjoyed eating light-battered, not
service, open daily and early dinner
specials ($11) from 4-7 p.m. weekdays.
greasy, fried chicken — one of the res-
Sheila Landis, a jazz and R&B singer,
taurant's three most popular entrees,
along with fresh salmon croquettes
adds flavor to Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-
and farm-raised catfish. The chicken
2 p.m., for $12.95.
parts are seasoned simply with salt,
pepper, garlic and onion powder, and
Beans and Cornbread
then dredged in flour and deep-fried
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in 100 percent vegetable oil.
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"That's the healthiest way to fry,
(248) 208-1680
without trans fats, and so important
with the incidence of heart disease
$$ out of $$$$$
and diabetes,"says Coleman."I want


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