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Dtown1
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I posted this thread to find out about the great restaurants that used to be around that are now gone. You can also post about a current restaurant that is good in Detroit.
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There used to be two great burger bars on East Warren -- Sabre Lancer and Wimpy's.
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Ive wriiten a blog about this before, hasnt anyone on the east side (Fox Creek in particular) heard of a burger place called HillyBilly Burgers. This was mainly before 1985 though. I dont even tink the building's standing anymore.

(Message edited by Dtown1 on September 18, 2006)
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"The Totem Pole", way out on woodward in the 1950's. It was a drive-in and you had to keep circling for a spot it was always so crowded. They had the best onion rings with chili!!
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Certainly worth mentioning:

http://detroityes.com/downtown /29muer.htm
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Anyone remember Bill Knapp's restaurants? Are any of them still around Michigan?
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Did you all know Agave closed?
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I miss the Downtown Hardees and Wendy's
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There was a place called The Sportsman on Gratiot somewhere between I-94 and Van Dyke. My grandparents used to take me there all the time. Ring a bell with anyone?
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Austin,
All of the Bill Knapp's restaurants closed in 2002. Here is a wiki-esque entry for it (Wiki has no entry). http://everything2.com/index.p l?node_id=1241822

Here's a photo of his cemetery headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi- bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6307
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D2dyeah.....
....The Totem Pole was the first thing that came into my mind too, although we tended to hang at the Big Boy.....
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There use to be a place called Checker BarBQ on Livernois around 7 Mile Rd. on the east side of the street. They had the best BarBQed chicken and ribs. Their hamburgers were the best in town as far as I am concerned. This goes back about 36 years ago. I don't know what ever happened to them. Then across the street from the Checker BarBQ on the west side of the street was Dot 'n Etta's Shrimp Shack. And, they had the best deep friend shrimp!

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

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I loved the Club 500 on East Warren a few blocks west of Balduck Park...they made the best pizza, square deepdish (but not too deep) with cheesy crust baked/burned just right!!

(Message edited by Kathleen on September 18, 2006)
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Live Dog, There's a Dot and Etta's Shripm Shack on Mack and Holcomb on the eastside.
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Live Dog, There's a Dot and Etta's Shrimp Shack on Mack and Holcomb on the eastside.
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Downtown restaurants that are just in our memories....

Pontchartrain Wine Cellars
Jim's Garage
The Salt Mine
The Underground
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Who remembers Chicken Delight? There was one on Mack Avenue at Canyon in Detroit.
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There were numerous Red Barns all over the area. Good food
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Chicken Delights still exist.

(Message edited by Jimaz on September 18, 2006)
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Can't forget the London Chop House, Kathleen!

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Jimaz: In Detroit? Haven't seen one in decades...

Livedog2: I wasn't trying to be complete...just starting with some of the not so obvious restaurants that are no longer with us.
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I remember the first time I had ever heard of the Detroit London Chop House was when I read Leon Uris' epic novel called Battle Cry. The description was such that all I could do is dream about going there one day. All I still have is that dream!

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There is a Chicken Delight at Hayes and M59 in Sterling Heights
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Kathleen, I recently visited a Chicken Delight somewhere near M-59 and Hayes? Yet that location doesn't appear at http://www.chickendelight.com/ Locations.htm .
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Thanks, Jimaz! I may check it out....just so that I can compare their chicken to Chicken Shack and Faymus Chicken, the main local chicken places around us.
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Heh, Dodgemain beat me to it. I think it's on the southwest corner of M-59 and Hayes, a bit south of the intersection on the west side of Hayes.

(Message edited by Jimaz on September 18, 2006)
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There was a place at Gratiot and Barlow called the Little Cafe. Good German food pretty cheap. I think they lasted till the late 1980's.
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Kathleen--Indeed, the Ponchartrain wine cellars, Jim's Garage,
Berman's steak house
the Chambertain (Dearborn, in a Holiday Inn, of all places)
the Java Junction in Royal Oak,
the 1940 Steak house,
Bodega's on Telegraph in Redford,
Chuck Joseph's in Rosedale,
Haas prime beef on Gratiot,
Topinka's on the blvd and at 7 mile/telegraph
The Normandie
the Royal Eagle (Parkstone apt. bldg)
Cregar's Pickwick house
Little Harry's
Schweitzer's
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Does anyone remember Greenfields cafeteria. That was always a treat when we went downtown with our mother to shop. I believe it was on woodward and it was huge.
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For Kathleen:

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well, I guess now would be a good time to post this again

d-troit matchbooks
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Chin Tiki

Victor Lim's

Danny's Gin Mill
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quote:

Live Dog, There's a Dot and Etta's Shrimp Shack on Mack and Holcomb on the eastside.



It's Dot & Etta's Shrimp HUT, people. Big difference between a hut and a shack. Miley & Miley's Shrimp Shack, on the other hand, is a shack.

Also, Dot & Etta's Shrimp Hut on Mack & Holcomb closed last year. :-(
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I'll second the Little Cafe, DMain, went there many Sundays after church to eat some of their great schnitzel & spaetzle.

Another original was Doug's Body Shop. My recollection was it was around Woodward & 8 mile, but not completely sure, I was pretty young and directionally challenged. Similar to Jack Rabbit Slims in PulpFiction, get in your 58 Chevy and order up a $5 shake and burger.
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there should still be a dot and etta's shrimp hut on livernois between the lodge and mcnicols, across from udm.

and wimpy's burgers and chicken delite both still exist, just can't remember where exactly (not that i've been to either place...)...i think they both have a couple of locations.

and not that this was in detroit, but i miss vicili's that used to be on southfield road in lathrup village. it was greek and/or lebanese food. the place was a dive but the food was good. i think it burned down when i was about 13 or 14.
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McGinnis

Milroy's

Pontchartrain Wine CellarsBotsford Inn

Sunken Ship
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How did these cowboys end up on the east side?

Lee-Mar

Bar-B-Q time:

Charlie Red's

Brothers

Temp-Tee
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my grandma used to work at the botsford inn...we have a whole bunch of these old timey calendars they gave out every year...i think they might be in my basement, come to think of it. i might just have to go check that out...
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I remember the Egg and I restaurant as a kid. I don't recall where it was at, but I liked the name.
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Joey's Stables and Al's Lounge in Delray.

Aldo's on the Eastside would get this Downriver boy to make the drive for some of the best Italian food ever. (Andiamos made a great decision to hire him for his expertise).

At the other end of the scale, I really miss Carter's at the foot of Southfield and Hamm's on East 7 Mile.
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I don't believe anyone has mentioned Pinkey's on East Jefferson on the northeast corner of East Grand Boulevard.

Nor the Soup Kitchen south of Jefferson. Nor the Rhinocerus also south of Jefferson a few blocks west of the Soup Kitchen.

I believe someone mentioned the Little Harry's. Anita Baker's husband demolished the 1850's house in which it was located since at least the 1920's on East Jefferson between Joseph Campau and St. Aubin for a pancake place.

The Playboy Club used to be on the southwest corner of East Jefferson and Rivard. Its building had been a restaurant previously, but I don't remember the name.

Bob Cosgrove
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Has anyone mentioned Singing Sam's Pizzeria on 8 Mile Rd.? A great old place!

Hey Mikem do you have an add for Singing Sam's in one of your old phone books?

Livedog2

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Bob, I took a date to the Rhinocerus about 15 years ago. Great food, but the decor looked like a Mapplethorpe photo exhibit--we just kept looking around saying "not many women in these photos"
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It is Chicken "Delite" on m59 and hayes, not "Delight", two different companies.
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This thread has been done again and again, but whatever....somebody wake up the Rock.
Great stuff Mikem....I particularly like the ad for the "singalong steakhouse," with 3 organs daily! (sweetbreads, brains etc.) How can you beat that? Such fun to sing and eat red meat with our hosts Leo and Christine.
The other classic is the sunken ship lounge in Higland Park....oh what fun it would be to dine in the atmosphere of a great lakes schooner, with an observation window into the pool. I wonder what that place looked like in its declining years (I am assuming the Monterey Motel is no longer). I'm thinking Edmund Fitzgerald meets 70's era Long John Silvers....

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I miss Muir's restuarant of Gratiot Ave. and E. Vernor.
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It was Joe Muer's, not Muir's
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The Sing Along is now a pretty good Mexican restaurant. I cannot remember the name!

I miss the Wine Cellars. That place was great.

Did the Botsford Inn reopen?
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Jean's Pasties on Warren East of the Southfield
Judy's Cafe on Warren West of Greenfield
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The Flame.

And if the restaurants in Hudson's had names, perhaps someone could list them.

Qwikees on Washington Blvd.

Anyone remember the names in the Book/Sheraton Cadillac?

George's Coney Island on Michigan Ave.

Perhaps mentioned before: London Chop House
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Austinjohn - I waited tables for some 4 years at numerous Bill Knapp's around SE michigan in the 90's. I even appeared in a commercial, thankfully before the 'That was then, this is WOW!' idiocy.

A few of my friends still worked at Bill Knapp's when they closed and this quote is exactly what they said happened:

quote:

Employees came to work one morning to chained doors and a note from the company president apologizing for letting them know in such a way.


Pretty harsh.

There is a Knapp's in Battle Creek at the Capital Ave exit on 94, in a building which used to be a Bill Knapp's. It seems to be a pancake house though, I don't think the menu is the same. I keep meaning to stop by.

You can still get their chocolate cake at some grocery stores around here. I've seen them at Hollywood Market.

I still miss the marinated chicken and augratin potatoes. The cooks used to frequently make a few too many of each so we could eat them after closing.
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On 8 mile between mound and ryan on the corner of bloom there was Butter Burgers. would ride my bike there to get burgers. It is still there but called something different now.
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Karl...are you old enough to remember the Flame? Assume you mean the Flame Show Bar?
Not known for its cuisine, more for the entertainment. Closed 1963/64.
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Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see photos of the Monterey Motel and its "Sunken Ship Lounge", plus all of their other amenities. The Monterey Motel and the adjacent Howard Johnson's restaurant were owned by P.L. Grissom, who owned several Detroit auto dealerships over the period 1930-1959, including Jefferson Chevrolet (from 1942 to 1953).

Someone mentioned the "Egg and I". I think there were several in the Detroit area, but the one I always ate at was on Van Dyke south of 14 Mile Rd. in Warren. Today that building houses Michelle's Restaurant.

I fondly remember taking my date (now my wife) to the Chin Tiki shortly after we started dating. In 1973, I gave her an engagement ring over dinner at the Bodega Steak House on Van Dyke at Engelmann in Center Line.

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Jimg - no, sorry. Top of the Flame - atop the MI Con Gas Bldg. Frequented by my folks.
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Bodega Steaks ad from 1976. Locations were on Van Dyke in Center Line and on Telegraph in Redford.

Bodega Steaks
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quote:

George's Coney Island on Michigan Ave.




Still there and open for business.
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A favorite among the art / bohemian community was the International Restaurant in Greektown. Though long gone, squeezed out by the Trapper's Alley days speculation, memories and fondness are so strong that a reunion of sorts was held this summer and the restaurant's sign was hoisted again. How's that for loyality and memory?

http://corridortribe.com/tribe s/international/web_internatio nal/pages/IMGP8754.htm

Everybody's favorite Greek restauratuer Kos, is shown in this picture.

http://corridortribe.com/tribe s/international/web_internatio nal/pages/IMGP8729.htm

Kos's roast chicken was to die for [and inexpensive hence the appeal to artists] and if you were really into Greek dining you could get sheep's brains to wash down with you Roditis.
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DMain there was a Sportmans bar on Gratiot just about opposite Gunston. I stand corrected. Thanx

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CHECKER B-Q. Livernois off of 8. "Bestest" ribs and great after-hours jazz and blues....after midnight.
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Carl's, just for the fun of it:

Carl's

This place still stands behind the former Studebaker site. Some sort of church now:



Never been to any of these, but I sure they're long gone:









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My old China Clipper! The "if busy" phone was to their apartment over the restaurant.
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If anyone's interested, I have old matchbooks from Detroit area restaurants. Many have been mentioned in this thread. I don’t want a mint for them either.
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Diamond Jim Brady's...Seven Mile/Greenfield...Best Chili and Hamburgers in town!
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Moana Loa on Grand Blvd accross from the old GM Bldg.

_________ Tiki (?) in the Statler Hilton.

Maria's (close to U. of D...big college business)

Larco's (now in Troy)

What was the name of the really good Italian restaurant on Woodward north of 6 /7 Mile? Moved way North past the Palace years ago. Family name. Ate there often but can't remember the name if my life depended on it.

Lou's Deli by Marygrove. Still there?
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Lelli's, They were further down on Woodward, I thought, close to DIA.
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Somone asked about...

Sportsman's Lounge, 12230 Gratiot, which puts it a few blocks north of the Outer Drive/Gunston intersection.

Checker Bar-B-Q, 20050 Liverbois, 2 blocks south of 8 MIle.

Dot & Etta's Shrimp Hut
3838 W Warren (near W Grand Blvd)
15725 Livernois (just north of the Lodge)
9100 Mack (at Holcomb)

Only one Egg & I listed; 23830 Michigan, Dearborn
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My husband's finally up. He says Don Pedros is in the old McGinnes SingALong.

There was an Egg and I on Telegraph in Old Redford (between Grand River and Six Mile).
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LUMS and Hungry PenguinLums
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Jjaba and I have discussed The Bagel on Woodward just north of I-75 several times. The blueberry blintzes were incredible.

Back in the 70's a Mom&Pop restaurant owned by a Greek family was on the corner of Columbia and Park, it was the only place in Downtown that would make poached eggs.
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At least half of the ads are for Chinese (Chop Suey) and half of the remaining ads are for Bar-B-Q:

Checker Bar-B-Q

Tasty Bar-B-Q

Greens


Of course Italian fare is well represented:

Rocco's

Larco's

Mario's

The baby boom generation must have necessitated a great need for "Banquet facilities".

A couple of German places:

Brauhaus

Huck's


Someone mentioned Red Barn:

Red Barns
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Miss those German restaurants. I haven't enjoyed hassenpfeifer (sic?) since Little Cafe on Gratiot closed.

Still have the stein sitting on my desk with the cheery PROSIT holding my pens.
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What's going on back in the corner booth?

Bourbon Street


Sam Boesky? Has to be the same family:

Darbys


 Bolero

Golden Buddha
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If it was lunch with grandma, it was Ann Sayles Tearoom on Seven MIle Road then desert at Sanders. There were great dinners at the Chinese Village Inn on Livernois just South of Seven Mile Road and who could forget Sunday brunch at Darby's on Seven Mile Road and Wyoming ? For A brief period in the 70's there was a quaint French Bistro on Livernois at Outer Drive, forgot the name. Rocky's Pizza on Seven MIle Road near the Royal Theater was the place for pizza but I still remember the amazing and incredible pizzas from Rannucci's Ovens on Seven Mile Road just across from the Sherwood Forest Branch of the Detroit Public Library.
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Back in another lifetime I was the president of the St. Mary's of Redford Credit Union and we use to eat at the China Clipper all the time. It was the most authentic Chinese Restaurant I have ever eaten at then or since. I felt like I was in a Charlie Chan movie everytime I went in there! :-)

Mikem's posting of the phone book ad for their restaurant on Grand River and Lasher made me think of it which I haven't for years.

Livedog2
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Hey Mikem, what year yellow pages are these ads from?

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Anyone else remember Club Abyssinia, the Ethiopian place on E. Jefferson at Beaufait? Kind of a dive, but the food was great. Right after they finished painting elaborate African safari murals on the outside (1998, I think) their landlord kicked them out. Apparently he thought with the Lofts across the street and a Starbuck's over at E. Grand, the area was gentrifying and he was going to make a mint selling the place. It's still closed, still empty, and the murals have been painted over. :-(
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1967

I haven't looked in a Yellow Pages in years...do they still print corny ads like that?

"Minutes from Civic Center"

"In Oriental Splendor!"

"A Pleasant Relaxed Atmosphere"

"Ample Parking"

"Your Hosts _____ & ______"

"Know Nationally..."

"One of Detroit's Most Beautiful..."

"Delivered Piping Hot!"

"To add to your pleasure and eating enjoyment..."

"Always Hot"

"Never Closed"

"For the Epicure"
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Lelli's spun off from Mario's as the result of a family rift; it was in the New Center, before moving just north of the Silverdome on Opdyke.
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My matchbook collection has a Menjo's in it, they are older, from the early 60s by the artwork. I did some research on that place and was surprised by how long it has been there, it's new iteration, Gay Bar, is only since the Early 70s.
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I had a lighter from Edjo's Gaslight on Woodward N. of Seven Mile. It had a picture of the building (a former car wash. This must have been from the late '50 because it became a topless bar in the late '60s.
I say "had" because I left it on the bar when I went to the restroom and it was gone when I returned. So much for the safe, crime free area of Birmingham.
The topless bar was owned by a russian guy named Boris. John Zillinger was the night manager.
BTW, I was never there, never, honest, thats my story and I am sticking with it.
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Now that I think about it, Edjo's was opened by Eddie Shay (not the correct spelling) He opened many fine restrauants in the Detroit area in the 70's. Also of note is Don Vargo, Don had Vargos in Livonia , the 1940s Chop House, and last I heard, a bar on Grand River by Beech Daily.
A few of Eddies joints were:
Edjo'e
Saxy's
Club Berkley
Carls Kansas Steak House (madison hgts)
The Silent Woman (on Telegraph)
The Silent Woman (8 mile)
Eddie was found in the truck of his car in the mid '80s. Thats what happens when you mess with "the boys"

a few other joints were:
Virgo's on 8 mile
Sax Club 6 mile (really nasty place)
Basin Street 8 Mile (owned by Herman, now retired living in Vegas)
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I grew up near the Silent woman 8 mile, as I recall it never opened, there were customs stickers on the door. The story was they siezed the property as they proved the latest renovation was paid for with drug moneys.
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Mercury Fish and Chips.

Boy, does this thread bring back memories.

(Vanelli's was the place on Woodward between 6 and 7 Mile Rds.)
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It was opened before the renovations, and that was before Eddie was killed.
Maybe the name was different when it was open. I can't remember.
I know it was never opened after whoever spent a ton of money on the fixup. I think it was torn down.

Oh another joint was DG's which was the Lobster Trap. It is that old house on 8 Mile next to the Onasis Coney Island.
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There was a hot dog stand on 8 mile, south side, on the west side of the Lodge. It was below the overpass.
I worked at WDRQ in 1970, and thats were we ate all the time. It was right next door. I think the gal that ran the place was Angie.
Hot Diggity Dog?
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I never did get to eat at Joey's Stables, though everybody raved about it and I could have gone. How sad.

My dad said Checker BBQ used to deliver as far out as the east side of Dearborn. Anybody know if there's any relation to the Checker BBQ downtown?
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Hot Diggity Dogs, 15951 W 8 Mile


I see listings for about a dozen Daly Drive-Ins. What were they? Similar to Dog & Suds?
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Meyerson's Scotch and Sirlon ,(Greenfield & 8Mile)
The Grog Shoppe, Stoffers Northland Inn
The Golden Mushroom, 10 Mile Greenfield
Trio, Northwestern Hwy N. Franklin, now FTD headquarters
The Vineyards, Franklin and Northwestern
The Baloon Saloon World Headquarters, (old location)
Victoria Station, old RR Box Cars
Raligh House, Telegraph and 10 Mile
Hugo's, (then Pat Archer turned it into ?)

(Message edited by PSIP on September 19, 2006)
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Dalys were hamburgers joints, they put chili sauce on them to make them special. Pretty good.
I think they had in car service.

(Message edited by PSIP on September 19, 2006)
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Thanks MikeM for the confirmation, my brain cell is not as bad as I though. :-)
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I can never find chili sauce in any restaurant. How can you eat sausage without it?

Did the Wilson Dairy Co operate any burger stands? I used to lunch at a Wilson's near Mack & 8 Mile.
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Raleigh House was at 8 Mile and Telegraph. It's a Blockbuster Video and strip mall now.
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OldRedfordette, That may be a different one, The original (?) one was at 10 mile. There was talk that Jimmy Hoffa's body went into the dumpster there. It was primarly a banquet hall, but had a restauant and bar on the north side. IIRC it was called the Lions Den. I think some guy named Sammy owned it.
There is a huge office complex there now.

(Message edited by PSIP on September 19, 2006)
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Raleigh house was at 10 and T-graph, the Raleigh office center is in it's spot now. 7 and Telegraph block buster was the _____? Roadhouse.
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You're thinking of Machus's Red Fox at Maple and Telegraph, that was the last place Hoffa was seen. The Raleigh House was on 7 Mile, not 8 Mile (my bad) on the corner. Big chalet looking place.
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No, that was Topinka Country Inn, across the street from Laffertys Steak House at 7 and Telegraph.
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This is starting to sound like an afternoon bar argument :-)
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East Side's Milroys Fish and Chips on Hayes or Kelly, I can't remember.
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Topinka's Roadhouse! The Topinka inn was by Masonic Temple. Interestingly, one of my matches is for Dino's Bar, the original inhabitant of the Laffrey's location.
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Totem Pole - Big Chief: Best burger on Woodward
Zukins by 9 mile and Greenfield: Ribs Delivered!
??? Can't remember the name. Help! Somewhere around Telegraph & 7 mile? Really nice place, had to wear a sports jacket to get inside. If you didn't have one, they supplied one... green I think.
Tunnel Bar-b-que in Windsor by the tunnel. Is it still there?
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Milroy's was on Kelly
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Was'nt there a Zorba's Greek Restaurant in the Northland Mall in the 1970's?

And was'nt there a Playboy Key Club near 8 Mile, Greenfield, and Northwestern Highway?

I remember the Raleigh House, Machus's Red Fox, and Zukins in northwest Detroit.

And I used to hit up the Bill Knapp's that was in Battle Creek off the 94 Freeway in the late 90's when driving between Chi and the Motor.

(Message edited by vetalalumni on May 28, 2007)
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M&P restaurant on Mich ave @ 31st

Marcus Hamburgers on Livernois near Joy

Jags Shrimp Hut W. Chicago w of Livernois

The original Senate Coney Island on Mich
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I didn't see any mention of Elias Bros. Big Boy.
I am craving a slim jim sandwich and a chocolate malted now...........
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Tom's Tavern is still going strong, albeit without Tom...In fact, I'll be going there tomorrow....
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Dang - I used to love Tom's Tavern! Thought it was closed. Worst looking restaurant ever, but man, those steaks...

I think I read the whole thread, here's what I haven't seen yet:

Haas Prime Beef - 24 hrs, roll in at 4am after a gig, and there's a girl in a chef hat ready to carve you some beef. Two locations, 8 Mile/ Ryan, and Outer/Gratiot (whoever was asking about Haab's, that's in Ypsi)

Benno's - damn fine food. Harlequin is there now.

Van Dyke Place - OMG!!!! Awesome food, high high prices.

Maple House - chain, 5 or 6 locs, Oakland County. They made a German Pancake w/ Cherry topping that was to die for. Mmm mmm mmm.

Marc's Family Restaurant - 2 locations, Old Redford and (new) Redford. Excellent family fare. Didn't last long, closed for 25 years now, but my wife still talks about it.

Magic Pan - I suppose this was a national chain, but it was Mrs. Daf's favorite. Yummy.

The Ivanhoe - fish & chips were excellent.

Archie's - another local chain, perfect after-bar date place. Took my wife-to-be there for our first date. After a gig, of course.

Brother's Bar-B-Q. Jean's "Sauce of the Islands" ruled! 2 locations, 6 & Wyoming and near the Ren Cen.

Loved the Nemo's in the Ren Cen too. I think that's gone now.

Ping On Cantonese - 2 locations, Utica nad Clinton Twp. Excellent buffet. Both closed now.

Red Devil, Fenkell by Greenfield. Building's still there, but they haven't looked open when I've driven past - some of the best Italian I ever had.

And what was the swanky Italian place in Dearborn? Hell, I used to play there, drawing a blank.

I liked Lou's, but there was a deli at 696 & Orchard Lake, before it became Silverman's. Best deli food ever.

And it's not quite Detroit, but the one I miss most is East Lansing's Bagel Fragel shop, which closed a couple years ago after a 30-year span. Fragels are THE BEST!!! Or were - not sure where to find any now: deep fried raisin cinnamon bagels rolled in cinnamon sugar. Wow.

Thx for listening.

xxxoo,

Daffy
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Here's a secret: Tom got his steaks from the grocery store....They must have tasted better cooked in that old oven....
The Red Devil was still open last year. I think some Yeminis bought it. Food was still good.

Gregg's Pizza is still on Livernois, just a block down the road from its original location.

Scotty Simpson's is still open.

Brown's Fish and Chips is gone...

Swanky Italian place in Dearborn????
I can't remember the place on Wyoming, but that's gone. I think it started with an "A". There was Roman Village in the south end....That's still there.

Rocky's Pizza on 7 Mile. I think the Ledo was good....That's gone I believe....
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I miss Andy's Town Lounge on Michigan Ave. in Inkster and Blakely's Ranch House on Grand River in Farmington. Both had great food and good atmosphere
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"You're thinking of Machus's Red Fox at Maple and Telegraph, that was the last place Hoffa was seen. The Raleigh House was on 7 Mile, not 8 Mile (my bad) on the corner. Big chalet looking place."

Nope, he's right. There was a lot of talk that Hoffa was taken to the Raleigh house and disposed of there after meeting you know who at the Red Fox.

Anyone remember Applegate's Beef House in Dearborn where ACE Coin now is? I was reading somewhere that Herb Applegate was hooked up with Pete Licovoli. I know that Herb went to Phoenix and was a partner in the Hobo Joe's restaurant chain along with Barry Goldwater's brother. I think the chain was later bled dry. Herb also used to hang out with Lana Turner and was a friend of one of her 8 husbands, Rober Eaton.
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Red Devil had the best Pizza. Will have to check them out next time we're up there. Hudson's Maurice salad was also great and I think they still have it in whatever Hudson's is now called.

Shirl
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Someone earlier mentioned the Mauna Loa on W Grand Blvd, were there two? I remember a Mauna Loa on Adams in the theatre district. They had a waterfall in the lobby; we thought it was very cool.

Diamond Jim Brady's is still around, has been in the Novi Town Center mall for a number of years now.

Update on Botsford Inn: Botsford Hospital owns the property, and demolition will begin this fall on the two non-historic wings (built in 1960s). The historic center section (built 1830-40ish) will be restored and used as office space. A new cancer treatment facility will be built next to the Inn on the property.
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'swanky Italian place in Dearborn?'

to answer my own question, Francesco's. Best Caesar salad ever.
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I've skimmed through the thread and I don't think I recall any mention of the Bull Market - I seem to remember it being on Fort Street or thereabouts. We used to go there for lunch sometimes when I worked in the Penobscot Building...oh 1980-88 or so. They had the best and biggest Reuben's. There was no way you could eat it like a regular sandwich. You had to use a fork and knife - and take more than half back with you.
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OK you old-timers, does anyone remember the Wigwam cafeteria at Ten Mile and Woodward? After a day at the zoo, it was a fun place for a meal. The site is now somewhere in the middle of the 696 intersection.
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Swanky italian place in Dearborn could have been Amato's on Wyoming just south of Warren. It burned several years ago now.
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A relative of mine insists there was a Black-owned, fancy jazz supper club on Woodward across from Palmer Park. Those who remember Paradiso, Roumell's, and Vannelli's please help me if you can recall the name and exact location.
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Philbo
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Post Number: 86
Registered: 09-2008
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 12:30 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd give my vote to a Coney Island that used to be on Van Dyke just north of Harper, does anybody remember it? They had great Burgers and Dogs and the place was always loaded with Cops and cab drivers. It was a must place to eat on pay days.

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