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arts & entertainment >> the best of everything

Kudos For Crumpets!

Somerset Inn bistro draws acclaim far and wide.

W

hen this spot is mentioned,
former Detroiters the world
over who return to the area
for various functions easily recognize its
name as one that spells a good-time visit.
But the reputation of Troy's Somerset
Inn is also much more than that of a very
worthy place to return for school reunions,
weddings bar and bat mitzvahs, etc.
Those who come back also greatly
appreciate what present residents have
known for years ... That Somerset Inn,
owned by the Frankel family on Big
Beaver, between Crooks and Coolidge, also
has a wonderful restaurant to enjoy.
Crumpets at Somerset Inn, is a "sleeper"
goodie, the likes of which many folks con-
stantly seek for quality dining at respect-
able prices.
Now celebrating its 28th year, Crumpets
has an award-winning executive chef with
a collection of 12 gold medals won in
world competitions, retaining a reputation
that easily puts it in a most-wanted "dining
sleeper" category.
Chef Mark Kuzma's talent for honey-
glazed salmon and dry-aged lamb chops
is respected among folks looking for good
things to eat ... His Chilean sea bass is
also a big favorite ... as are the broiled
perch, baked whitefish, eggplant parme-
san, filets, chicken dishes and New York
strip, etc., that are in demand.
The steaks have their own separate iden-
tities ... Like a Delmonico steak that is

Executive Chef Mark Kusma and Pam
Holland, director of sales and marketing

marinated in Cajun spice, with
the side service of a bell pepper
sauce ... Customer desires, too,
that may be due to dietary or
other restrictions are cooked
exactly as required.
Crumpets is one of not many
eateries that does its own
butchering ... Entire sides of
beef, for example, are bought
and cut at the restaurant ...
The steaks are aged for two to
three weeks and devoid of fat
and sinew ... Mark's sauces are
all natural.
Seating in the dining room is for 130
guests, with seating for 50 in Crumpet's
lounge and at 25 stools at the bar ... It can
be enjoyed Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
... for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is a quietness about Crumpets,
probably because it is a hotel restaurant
... But its charm and quiet elegance is not
to be ignored along, of course, with its
excellent preparations ... They are a small
example of Chef Kuzma's highly thought-
of ability and the efficient ways of Pam
Holland, Somerset Inn's fine director of
sales and marketing ... to go with the out-
standing reputation owned by Stan, Stuart
and the entire Frankel family.
THE TIME - AGO standing of the
London Chop House, owned then by Les
and Sam Gruber and Al Woolf, achieved
such national reputation for its cuisine
that gastronomic lovers made it a "must"
when visiting Detroit.
The same high esteem is held for Cafe
Cortina on 10 Mile, east of Orchard Lake
Road, Farmington Hills, which recently
honored its 37th anniversary at the same
location.
Its repute also draws celebrities and
worldwide visitors like a magnet with
choice culinary desires for authentic
Italian cuisine ... Cafe Cortina's own

Italian recipes are choice
selections.
DANDY DINING DEAL
... 10-12 oz. whitefish ...
Includes soup or salad, veg-
etable and choice of potato
... $6.95 ... 10 days only,
Thursday, Jan. 23, through
Saturday, Feb. 1 ... Siegel's
Deli, 15 Mile, just west
of Haggerty, Commerce
Township.
MAIL DEPT. ... "We can't
express enough the loving
devotion we have or feel at Pepino's res-
taurant in Walled Lake. Its food, service
staff and all-around wonderful happen-
ings are certainly with great feelings. We
particularly enjoy immensely the rainbow
trout, lamb chops and frog legs with or
without garlic" ... The Tuesday Night

Doctor's Cuisine Club.
QUESTION & ANSWER DEPT....
"Years ago, our dad used to tell me and
my sister about a delicatessen in Detroit
where people ate for free. Did you ever
hear about it?" ... Solomon Emmers
[Can't say that I have. The only one
that he might have been jokingly talk-
ing about could be Modern Delicatessen
on Fenkell, where owner Max Kruegel's
mother was cashier and used the honor
system. Nobody got a check, just told her
what they ate.]
READER MINI REVIEW ... From
Jerry Naftaly ... "I recently had lunch with
Paul Levine, Oak Park's mayor pro-tem,
at one of my favorite Jewish delicates-
sens, Sara's Glatt Kosher Deli at the Jewish
Community Center on 10 Mile Road in
Oak Park. We had one of the delicious
soup samplers, which included chicken
gumbo, mushroom barley and beefy bean
with corned beef, which Paul said was his
favorite.
"I enjoyed the chicken shawarma on a
bed of lettuce with hummus and almost

PRIME
29
CUSTOMER
APPRECIATION MONTH

STEAKS • SEAFOOD • COCKTAILS

ALL FEBRUARY I SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY

Enjoy A
4 Course Meal For $35

was tempted to have something that I
don't think anybody else has. It's called
`Ruth's Kitchen:' which is just about every-
thing but the kitchen sink on a half loaf of
rye, $34. But I chickened out and enjoyed
Sara's great Dinty Moore triple-decker
sandwich piled with corned beef, lettuce,
tomato and Russian dressing. It was deli-
cious, as is everything I enjoy when going
there. Always so wonderful!"
MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE ... that
was the count at last year's second annual
Detroit Burger Brawl by Fairway Packing
at Eastern Market, Detroit ... An increase
of triple attendees over the first one.
This year's date is set for Saturday, Aug.
9.
Last year's Best Burger winner was One-
Eyed Betty, Ferndale, with Rattlesnake
Club, Detroit, second.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE DEPT. ... An
American walks into an Irish pub. "I will
give $100 to anyone who can drink 10
pints of beer in under 10 minutes:' he
proclaims loudly.
Most people simply ignore the loud-
mouthed American, but one Irishman
gets up and walks out of the pub. He
returns a few minutes later and asks, "Is
that bet still on?"
The American man nods and signals for
the barkeep to set up 10 pints of beer. The
Irishman downs the pints in less than 10
minutes and collects his prize money.
The American man asks him, "Where
did you go when you left the bar?"
The Irishman replies, "I went to the
pub across the way to see if I could do it
or not."
CONGRATS ... To Dr. Stuart
Kirshenbaum on his birthday ...To
Cathy Ciccone on her birthday ... To Dr.
Seymour Rosen on his birthday ... To Avi
Kapen on his 40th birthday.



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