sushi from Joe Muer Seafood

Danny Raskin: Seafood Bliss

Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield Hills celebrates one-year anniversary.

Really? Many people who lived, worked or visited in the regions that surrounded it were thrilled to learn that a second Joe Muer Seafood restaurant would be coming to the site of Kingsley Inn, Woodward and Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills.

To offer one of the best selections of seafood much like yesteryears … and much more … Raw bar, sushi bar, etc., and would also enable them to go to either Joe Muer Seafood at the Renaissance Center in Detroit … or the new Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield Hills.

Now enjoying its first anniversary, Joe Muer Seafood has surpassed all visions expected or hoped for.

Dominic Vicari, Rosalie Vicari and Joe Vicari

Dominic Vicari, Rosalie Vicari and Joe Vicari

It was projected to offer, like Downtown Detroit’s locale, another wonderful dining experience as they might have had at the former favorite spot on old Gratiot, Detroit … but never the unbelievable attendance that it now embraces … Where people can get their coveted stuffed flounder or so many can close their eyes and savor a choice lobster tail.

It is now also interesting to see … People seem to want to try things from the raw bar … from the sushi bar … from the varied items as in the same menu as Downtown Detroit … Whatever the reasons, they made for a different type of visit … Seeing old friends … next-door neighbors … spending more time laughing … No hurry in most cases … no dashing back to work … no hastening to catch a show or whatever … no rushing to catch a plane … Neighborhood dining seems to have a way of more relaxed togetherness … Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield Hills has accomplished a setting of relaxation in another way to better health and easy living … while giving the very utmost possible in selective menu choices without needless hurry.

Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield Hills is accomplishing exactly what people need to enjoy the full benefits that neighborhood dining affords while satisfying many palates.

Waving hello to friends and relatives at other tables has ways of saying, “This is living!” … While its Downtown sister restaurant has its own features … Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield Hills in its first year as a neighborhood seafood eatery has again proven this to be so very true.

READER MINI REVIEW … From Jerry Naftaly … “Several friends and I shared an enjoyable dinner at Oak Park’s iconic Eddie’s Gourmet Restaurant, located on Greenfield and Lincoln Boulevard. I have been there many times and always enjoyed the large portions and quality of the food. This time, I enjoyed the lemon rice soup and savored the fresh Lake Superior whitefish with lemon butter, garlic and dry vermouth sauce. The large portion was delicious and lives up to its reputation. Jim Luxton enjoyed spaghetti topped with fresh Atlantic salmon prepared in a tomato cream sauce. Kim Soave chose and loved the tasty grilled chicken salad with crisp iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, Mexican blend of cheese and honey mustard dressing. Michael Soave greatly relished his very large strips of crispy but very tender deep-fried chicken breast, steak fry potatoes and homemade honey mustard dressing. We also got a large portion of Roma pasta, which Eddie said was his own recipe of our flavorsome mixture of Ziti noodles tossed with cream, Eddie’s own sauce, fresh basil, mushrooms and carrots topped with chicken breast. We again thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful meals there.”

MUCH EXCITEMENT WAS in the air when a story hit this area that Monroe Street in Greektown, Detroit, would be closed off to traffic for outside street dining during a period of the summer months … Flaming Saganaki, Opa! amid much frivolity would fill the air in accompaniment to the favored dining selections … The rumor started by one of the Greek restaurant owners never did happen for whatever reason … Too bad … Sounds like it would have been a lot of fun … Tony Hadjisofroniou at Uptown Parthenon has been toying with a similar idea.

HE’S CALLED the Crab King by many … With Dan Dunsky, owner of O’Brien’s Crabhouse on Opdyke Road between South Boulevard and Auburn Road, Auburn Hills, putting up yearly numbers like more than 8,000 pounds a year of crab legs and 1,400 pounds of crab meat … Also, king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab, stone crab, soft shell crab, crab cakes, crab imperial, spicy crab soup, crab-stuffed flounder and crab-stuffed shrimp … But Dan’s bestseller is the perch piccata over rice pilaf.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … Blunders in synagogue newsletter … “Ladies of Hadassah have cast off clothing of every kind, and they may be seen in the basement on Tuesdays.” … “Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.” … “A bean supper will be held in the community center. Music will follow.”

CONGRATS … To Lorraine Bushman on her birthday … To David Elbinger on his 80th birthday … To Bonnie Nosanchuk on her birthday … To Carolyn Nosanchuk on her birthday.

Danny’s email address is dannyraskin2132@gmail.com.

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