Fressing With Fishman: Great Place For Groceries



By Ryan Fishman

Typically, I write about the restaurants that help make our communities what they are … But what about when you want to bring a taste of Michigan into your own kitchen?

Last weekend, I stopped by Westborn Market in Berkley (27659 Woodward Ave.) to do a little grocery shopping and couldn’t help but get lost exploring the aisles and aisles of Michigan-made products.

Sure — we all know Vernor’s and Faygo — but Westborn clearly makes an effort to stock locally sourced products that go beyond the brand names. From local produce to pastries, popcorn and even breadsticks from Eastern Market’s Milano Bakery, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find not-so-hidden amongst the Sander’s bumpy cakes and Bill Knapps dunker donuts.

If you’re not big on cooking (or burn toast, like I do), check out their huge prepared foods section, which makes Westborn a perfect place to run by for easy lunches or dinners.

Westborn MarketThe bottom line — at a time when supporting local businesses is absolutely en vogue, even if it costs a few more dollars, Westborn is definitely worth a visit.

New Bucharest Grill Locations
Rumor has it while the doors aren’t open yet on the third Bucharest Grill, expected this month at 112 Piquette St. near New Center, there is already work under way on a fourth location in Northwest Detroit, on Livernois next to the Sherwood Forest Art gallery. Owner Bogdan Tarasov is staying mum on the subject of a location just north of Seven Mile, but the Livernois Shopping District shared the news on Facebook as work began on a new brick facade for the space soon to be occupied by the city’s most popular shawarma.

Be Ready To Eat
If you decide to visit the Dearborn Meat Market (7721 Schaefer Road), know what to order and come hungry. That’s the lesson New York Times travel writer Seth Kugel almost learned the hard way — he shared this week his peculiar encounter with owner Hussein Saad, who initially refused to serve him just one skewer of kabob and told him to “come back when [he’s] hungry.”

Saad ultimately relented, and Kugel praised the hunk of seasoned meat he almost never tasted, but also recognized, admittedly, that one skewer really wasn’t enough for a meal.

Don’t Limit Charities
Don’t get greedy, Royal Oak. City Commissioners Kyle DuBuc and Michael Fournier sounded like they wanted to wet the city’s beak at the expense of some worthwhile causes last Monday as the pair challenged the rental use of the city’s Farmers Market at a commission meeting.

When the event space is rented out and liquor is served (think events like Beer Fest or the Burger Bash), state law requires a portion of the proceeds goes to charity. DuBuc and Fournier only want that money going to charities headquartered in Royal Oak, not meaningful organizations like Forgotten Harvest and the Michigan AIDS Coalition, which have benefited in the past but aren’t operating strictly within the city limits.

Mazel Tov to …

Ronnie Klein, honored last week at this year’s Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Annual Dinner with the absolutely deserved Outstanding Leadership Award.

Jackie and Larry Kraft, who will be honored at this year’s Holocaust Memorial Center Annual Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Tickets available at

David Foltyn, re-elected as chair and CEO of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, and Alan S. Schwartz, re-elected as the law firm’s vice chair.

Jennifer and Brian Hermelin, honorary chairs of the 22nd Annual Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Partners Night, which raised more than $800,000.

And all of Michigan’s newest Jewish attorneys who passed the July bar exam and have made their mothers very proud, I’m sure.

Happy birthday to Dr. Stuart Stoller, Dustin Sherman and Savorfull’s Stacy Goldberg.

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