Dining Guide – Nosh News Around Metro Detroit
Pizza For A Cause
MODPizza is introducing its first “Impact Pizza” in all its stores. The Isaac pizza launched in partnership with the Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for the nation’s teens and young adults. The Isaac pizza, named after a young patron who died by suicide, will shine a light on teen suicide and mental health and be available until October, during which time MOD will use its platform to help connect employees, customers and communities to JED. MOD will also donate at least $50,000 to support JED’s programs and initiatives.
“Young adulthood is a time of growth and transition that can bring on significant challenges for many,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director/CEO, JED. “We are excited to partner with MOD Pizza to spread awareness within their communities about suicide prevention, mental health and resources available for teens and young adults.”
The Isaac Pizza features an olive oil base topped with garlic, ricotta cheese, sliced red onion and roasted red tomatoes, finished with a swirl of Balsamic vinaigrette and topped with a sprinkle of fresh basil. There are MOD Pizza locations in Livonia, Northville and Rochester Hills.
Summer Fare At The Stage Deli
Nosh Plates and the “Evan Hansen” sandwich are just a few of the nearly 30 new summer menu items available at Stage Deli, located at 6873 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield.
Akin to small plates and tapas-style menu concepts, diners can choose three, five or eight out of the 14 various items to sample on the Nosh Plates, including choices such as garlic hummus, eggplant caponata, Israeli salad, Greek cucumber salad and more.
“Over the years, the availability of small plates has become important to our diners,” Stage Deli owner Steve Goldberg said. “The options for the Nosh Plate reflect our expansive menu and allow our diners to sample a variety of different foods and cultures.”
New entrees also have been added to the menu, including a Baja taco bowl, a Tuscan steak and the new “Evan Hansen” sandwich (thin-sliced rare rib-eye cap steak, arugula, parmesan, crisp onions and herb mayo on an onion roll).
Expanded vegetarian/vegan offerings have been added this summer, too, including: the “Footloose” sandwich (roasted cauliflower, wilted spinach, grilled onion, melted havarti and roasted red pepper sauce on grilled multigrain) and the Falafel Salad (crisp romaine, falafel, eggplant caponata, tabouli, english cucumber, hummus, garlic tahini and tomato).
“We really have taken steps to appeal to diners who have a variety of tastes and diets … so whether you like your steak and poultry or are a vegetarian, our customers always have many options,” Goldberg said.
“I feel it is important to update our menu to reflect the evolving expectations of our customers. We want to stay as fresh with our menu ideas as the ingredients are in our food.”
The new menu will be available at the West Bloomfield location only through the end of September.
VegMichigan SummerFest at Madonna University: A celebration of vegan food with local restaurants, food makers and nearly 60 food trucks, plus family-friendly fun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5. Free. 36600 Schoolcraft, Livonia. vegmichigan.org.
Johnny’s, An Underground Speakeasy, Opens In Royal Oak
Johnny’s, an underground speakeasy located in downtown Royal Oak, opened at 215 S. Main Street on Saturday, July 28. The speakeasy celebrated its opening weekend with complimentary amuse-bouche, specialty cocktails and signature Johnny’s speakeasy lapel pins.
Johnny’s, an innovative speakeasy, will feature small plates, including herb-crusted fillet mignon stuffed with chèvre, lump crab napoleon, lobster mac and cheese, vegan meatballs impossible and a craft cocktail menu.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time studying market trends — good speakeasies are sought after and followed, and we just don’t have them in the Metro Detroit area,” said Johnny Prepolec, owner of Johnny’s. “There is a certain sense of mystery, an allure, that you feel as you enter a speakeasy. Johnny’s is going to be a special place.”
Guests can enter the speakeasy through a back staircase accessible only from an exterior kitchen door in the back of the building, with an entrance inside disguised as a cooler door. Reservations are required and can be made by texting (248) 794-1261 for a secret, rotating code or by visiting
The 1,500-square-foot space, which seats up to 42 guests, features a long bar with an additional 12 seats and A/V capabilities for private party use.
Speakeasy hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 7 p.m.–1 a.m.
For additional information, visit www.johnnysroyaloak.com.
Vegan Coney Island Opens In Detroit
After a long wait, vegan coney island Chili Mustard Onions opened this week at 3411 Brush St. in Brush Park.
Owner and chef Pete LaCombe plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as at any traditional coney island diner. He also obtained a liquor license to serve vegan wine, beer and spirits.
The small 30-seat diner offers meatless — and mostly organic — versions of many coney standards. There are coney dogs, chili cheese fries, a version of the Hani, a gyro, a “beetball” sub, a chicken parmesan sub, a “Big Mock,” nachos, potato skins, fries, waffle fries, soft serve ice cream, cheesecake and more.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with plans to extend hours later in the future.