Danny Raskin: A Rhapsody Of Flavors
Find authentic Hungarian cuisine in Southgate.
Honorable truly ethnic dining continues to hold a coveted place in the stomachs of many, and among favorites is a local Hungarian restaurant that is going into its 25th year as among the largest Hungarian eateries of esteem in North America.
The outside sign says Rhapsody, but it is best known as Hungarian Rhapsody on Northline Road, between I-75 and Dix Toledo Road, Southgate … three times voted best traditional restaurant by TV channel 4 … among its many other prestigious awards.
Owned by Steve and Darlene Szatmari, the latter who also makes its wonderful pastries like Dobos Torte, etc., with their daughter Jennifer Sullivan, Hungarian Rhapsody has satisfied the strong desires of many whose taste buds so often are satisfied by the enjoyment of authentic Hungarian cuisine as it should be prepared and served … Because of this rare dining trait, Hungarian Rhapsody is highly thought of as a sought-after place to partake this fare.
Seating 150 people in the dining room and on four bar stools, Hungarian Rhapsody holds its high standing with favorite dishes like chicken paprikash, stuffed cabbage, Hungarian Gulyas, Steak Budapest, shrimp Budapest, cottage cheese noodles, cabbage noodles, etc. … These and so many other dishes have done much in vaulting it to great dining heights … even including centuries-old special dishes like Fasirozott (Hungarian hamburgers).
When overly crowded, a second dining room for 150 more used for private parties may be enjoyed for further accommodation.
And where else can you honestly get homemade noodles for its kaposztas teszta or turos teszta … Very few, if any, Hungarian restaurants also have the real chicken or veal paprikash as they may have enjoyed back in Hungary … And, of course, not to mention its wonderful national dish of Hungarian Goulash would indeed be a travesty … This highly acclaimed dish with onions, carrots, potatoes, etc., is served at Hungarian Rhapsody as it should be to retain so much authenticity … from a kettle on the table where it stands atop a fire.
The old-world charm of Hungarian Rhapsody, with its wonderful truly authentic dining Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. and Sundays, 11:30-7 p.m., is an ethnic delight of much-satisfying proportions.
WITH A NINTH Andiamo slated to be opened in Fenton this October by Joe Vicari, his son Dominic Vicari, will be its operating partner, leaving Joe’s wife, Rosalie Vicari, to run the family’s Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield, Telegraph and Long Lake, by herself … But quite capably, I assure you … Although new street fixing slated until November on Telegraph may be somewhat of a problem.
REARVIEW MIRROR … When a supermarket in Oak Park had two electric slicers … One for kosher and one for non-kosher … Until one of the employees was seen slicing everything, kosher or non-kosher, on the same slicer … Then no more slicer, kosher or non-kosher, said the Council of Orthodox Rabbis.
GOOD THINGS are being said about the Greek salad at Leo’s Coney Island restaurants … And should be … with the chain owned by brothers Leo and John Stassinopoulis, also partners at Uptown Parthenon Greek restaurant.
GRAD TIDINGS … Mumford High class of 1956 brunch will be at Knollwood Country Club, West Maple, West Bloomfield, Sunday, July 29, noon … Call Sue Radner, (248) 669-0889.
GIVE NEW RESTAURANTS a second chance before forming an opinion … There is too much at stake for owners or operators after putting their key in the door … If there’s a problem, tell them … not others! … He or she or they are in business to make money … not to keep customers away!
IF NEEDED, I LIKE to give a new restaurant three tries before forming an opinion … You’d be surprised at how many eventually become huge favorites following mediocre beginnings … World-noted London Chop House after Den of 40 Thieves and London Bar … Highly acclaimed Carl’s Bar after Grand River Chop House … etc.
RESTAURANT RELIEF … At Stage Deli, West Bloomfield, son Ian and daughter Jolie Goldberg managers/servers helping owner Dad Steve Goldberg … At Steven Lelli’s Inn on the Green, Farmington Hills, sons Avi and Michael Zarkin doing the same in assisting Dad/owner Mark Zarkin.
NOT A BAD IDEA … Seen at a Cincinnati restaurant by Sam and Shirley Samson … Gent in tuxedo inviting folks waiting for tables to enjoy his no-charge goodies on a tray … Dick Lichtman used to do this at his Northgate Deli in Oak Park years ago.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE … A fellow sends his wife a parrot that could speak 11 languages. When he gets home, the gent asks his wife how she liked the new parrot.
“I have it in the oven for dinner,” she replied.
“What?” exclaimed the man. “That parrot could speak 11 languages!”
“So,” she exclaimed, “why didn’t he say something?”
CONGRATS … To Lorrie Isenberg on her birthday … To Ken Maier on his birthday … To Hecky Lazar on her birthday.
Danny’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.