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March 13, 2014 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-03-13

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arts & entertainment >> the best of everything

68 Years Young!

Tasty innovations keep Buddy's Restaurant Pizzerias on top.


wo words seem to tell it all about
spinach, cheese or meat lasa-
the Buddy's Restaurant Pizzerias
gna, macaroni and cheese, etc.
small chain ... perseverance and
... Its Robby burgers, made
innovation ... Because of it, Buddy's has
from ground chuck, are largely
established a reputation rarely matched by
many chain dining operations ... small or
Plus the traditional square
pizzas among oodles of various
Like the proverbial river, Buddy's keeps
styles of toppings ... multi-
rolling along without need of too much
grain crust, fat-free mozzarella
fanfare, although it is given it many times.
cheese, gluten-free pizzas, etc.
The food is consistently good with con-
Little wonder why the park-
stant innovations added to already proven
ing lot of a Buddy's Restaurant
homestyle recipes ... Within them, the
Pizzerias, such as its flag-
unbeatable consistency of excellence, with
ship eatery on Northwestern
many items either improved upon or newly Highway in Farmington Hills, has so many
created for customer satisfaction ... These
cars on it.
are major contributions in the wholesome
HE LOOKED DOWN at the tooth
goodness of Buddy's dining presentations
that he found in his tender salmon
as it celebrates its 68th anniversary.
at Roadside Bar Grill on Telegraph,
Much has been written about Buddy's,
Bloomfield Township, and Joe Smiler
which was selected as one of five best pizza stopped eating ... Gazing strangely at his
operations in America ... Its products
companion, Leon Falk, Joe showed it to
have been lauded about many times in the
him and gulped ... Leon jokingly asked if
maintenance of an excellent reputation.
he was missing any ... Subconsciously, Joe
All 10 locations of
swirled his tongue and,
Buddy's Restaurant
sure enough, it was one of
Pizzerias maintain this
his own teeth ... from in
high note of consistency
back ... and Smiler could
and improvement in
smile again.
their dining products
... For this, many hats
REVIEW ... from Susan
go off to the customer-
Sherbow ... "We recently
pleasing abilities of
visited Crispelli's on
owner Robert Jacobs
Woodward in Berkley,
Robert Jacobs an d Wes Pikula
and his vice president
where we enjoy both
of operations, Wes
their thin and thick
Pikula, constantly on the lookout for new
crusted pizzas.
products, innovative ideas and dining
"We ordered a white pizza with moz-
upgrading when needed.
zarella, parmigiano reggiano, roasted garlic
Buddy's may be considered a wonderful
and artichokes. My husband, Mark, was
pizza operation, but here lies another story
able to substitute sausage instead of arti-
... There are few better premises-made
chokes on his half of the pie. We had the
gourmet 'white pie' from the menu, which
soups than those served at its locations ...
broccoli, minestrone, chicken, vegetable
is brushed with olive oil instead of tomato
... or items like meat or cheese ravioli,
sauce. The pizzas are made on a long coun-
mostaccioli, chicken parmesan, spaghetti,
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placed in a wood-fired oven
behind the counter. The thin
crust on the pizza is baked to
a golden or dark brown, but
since I like mine less brown,
they happily accommodated
me by taking it out of the oven
just a little earlier than nor-
mal. The crust is still nice and
crunchy and the combination
of cheeses is a great blend.
"The parmigiano reggiano at
Crispelli's adds a bit of a nutty
flavor. Roasted garlic on top
is abundant and fragrant. My artichokes
were perfectly cooked, not chewy as they
sometimes can be. Mark's sausage was not
spicy, as he prefers, but it complemented
the pizza and added a nice element to the
SINCE HE MAY NOT have to be in
Chicago with the Tigers on that date this
year, maybe their former manager, Jim
Leland, will stay here to play golf with
his good friend, Michigan Jewish Sports
Foundation honoree Tony La Russa at
the 2014 Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf
Invitational, Monday, June 9, at Franklin
Hills Country Club, Farmington Hills.
GIGI'S KORNER ... "We dogs sure
do like the one that Russi Arden tells about
the man writing a letter to a small hotel he
planned to visit on his vacation. 'I would
very much like to bring my dog with me.
He is well-groomed and very well-behaved.
Would you be willing to permit me to keep
him in my room with me at night?'
An immediate reply came from the
hotel owner, who wrote, 'Sir, I've been
operating this hotel for many years. In all
that time, I've never had a dog steal towels,
bedclothes or silverware, steal pictures off
the walls or use them as a coloring book.
I've never had to evict a dog in the middle
of the night for being drunk and disorderly.
And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel

bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my
hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you,
you're welcome to stay here, too:"
"My husband says that he was told that
fine dining is on the way out. And no more
dress codes. I can't believe this. Have you
heard anything about this?" ... Selma

[No, and I do not believe it to be true,
either. There will always be upscale dining.
It is definitely a way of life. Too many peo-
ple still enjoy dressing with shirt and tie for
the men, and smart hairstyle and dresses
for the women.]
man suffered a serious heart attack and
had open heart surgery. He awakened from
the surgery to find himself in the care of
nuns at a Catholic hospital.
As he was recovering, a nun asked him
questions regarding how he was going to
pay for his treatment. She asked if he had
health insurance.
He replied, in a raspy voice, "No health
The nun asked if he had money in the
bank. He replied, "No money, either:'
The nun asked, "Do you have a relative
who could help you?"
He said, "I only have a spinster sister,
who is a nun."
The nun became agitated and
announced loudly, "Nuns are not spinsters!
Nuns are married to God:'
The patient replied, "Then, send the bill
to my brother-in-law:'
"Dave" Dombey on his 99th birthday ... To
Steve Fishman on his birthday ... To Steve
Stein on his birthday ... [Correction ... To
David "Husky" Herskovic (not Brian) on
his 36th birthday].

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