An Endangered Food?
As ubiquitous as the bagel is thought to
be, the real-deal bagel bakery is vanish-
ing, even in New York City.
"Talk about losing their way in terms
of making a bagel, the bagels I find
now in New York are more like gigantic
pieces of bread designed for a sandwich:'
A "real" bagel is 4 ounces, about 3
inches in diameter. Calorie count? About
300 calories (before toppings). Even as
bagels have fallen out of favor as a staple
for the health conscious, New York Bagel
has a whole wheat and multigrain vari-
ety. "To literally cut calories, some cus-
tomers ask us to scoop out the inside, or
they take them home and do that them-
selves:' Goldsmith says. "People find the
crust just as good:'
As for a life in bagels? Goldsmith con-
cludes, "Detroit has been good to us. We
believe in giving back what we can. After
all, we're all family here ❑
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of the green with
corned beef from a Jewish deli.
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lthough its origins are clearly
religious, St. Patrick's Day has
morphed into a secular holiday
in the United States, and many Jews may
lift a glass of green beer and a corned beef
sandwich in honor of their Irish neigh-
bors on March 17.
Incidentally, Irish-Americans can thank
the Jews for making corned beef and
cabbage a St. Patrick's Day tradition. In
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the late 19th century, newly arrived Irish
immigrants to New York City couldn't find or afford the traditional cuts of meat used
for their St. Patrick's dinner — something very much like Canadian bacon, but their
Jewish neighbors produced a koshered cured beef product made from the brisket,
"corned beer which was similar and cheaper. The Irish immigrants purchased the
corned beef from Jewish butchers for their holiday dinners and a tradition was born.
This year's St. Patrick's Parade takes place at noon Sunday, March 16 (also Purim),
in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. The 56th annual parade, a celebration of all
things Irish, with pipe and drum bands, color guards and clowns, will march down
Michigan Avenue , straight past a slew of bars and restaurants, including the Detroit
Institute of Bagels, owned by Jewish brothers Ben and Dan Newman. It's located on
the north side of Michigan Avenue just west of the Lodge Freeway.
"I'm thinking about offering some green bagels:' Ben says, "but we're all about
traditional Jewish bagels, which are not green, so I'm not sure. I'll decide a few days
before. But we will be open for the parade!"
If you're at the parade, you won't be able to stop by Hygrade Deli, 3640 Michigan
Ave., owned by Stuart Litt. It's closed on Sunday. "But I'll be selling corned beef and
cabbage all day on Monday, the holiday itself," says Litt, who even has a corned beef
and eggs special on the breakfast menu.
According to Steve Goldberg, owner of the Stage Deli (6873 Orchard Lake Road,
West Bloomfield), St. Patrick's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for delis. "At
Stage Deli, we handle the crowds with a smile and plenty of corned beef!" he says. ❑
If you're looking forward to staying home for the traditional "Irish" meal of corned
beef and cabbage, there are several local delis, many Jewish-owned, where you can
purchase it ready-to-go:
• Steve's Deli, 6646 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Twp., (248) 932-0800
• Star Deli, 24555 W 12 Mile Road, Southfield, (248) 352-7377
• The Bread Basket, 29920 Southfield Road, Southfield, (248) 569-DELI 
• Siegel's Deli, 3426 E. West Maple Road, Commerce Twp.,( 248) 926-9555
• Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, (734) 663-3354
• Plaza Deli , 29145 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, (248) 356-2310
• Bronx Deli, 37580 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, (248) 893-7587
• City Scape Deli, 877 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Twp., (248) 540-7220
• Tony's Deli, 3258 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake Village, (248) 683-3344
• Ember's Deli, 3598 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Twp., (248) 645-1033
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